I attended a fantastic training class for Logos 6 software from Faithlife this week put on by Morris Proctor of MPSeminars called Camp Logos. I attended both Camp 1 and Camp 2 (you get a discount when you attend both). Before I go on, let me say that it was worth the price of admission by the end of the FIRST DAY! This is outstanding training for any owner of Logos and Mr. Proctor is a very good trainer.

For my sermon research and writing I use three main tools:

  1. Logos 6 for my research.
  2. Evernote to “house” all of my research findings, as well as other notes, illustrations, etc. that I use for my sermons.
  3. Microsoft Word to write my sermon manuscripts, as well as the notes I use on my iPad for preaching.

I was really excited to find that I could import my sermon manuscripts into Logos and they become indexed and searchable. For more information of how to do that, see the Personal Book Builder article and videos (created by Morris Proctor).

On Day Two of Camp Logos, I asked Moe about integration between Logos 6 and Evernote. I’m a huge fan of Evernote. I use it for all my research “collecting” when I’m preparing for a sermon and/or a sermon series. I was disappointed to find out that – as far as he knew – there was no way to integrate the two.

But guess what? I figured it out! The key is the Notes feature in Logos 6.

If you’ve not used Notes in Logos 6 (I hadn’t) it is a really great tool that attaches notes to your Bibles (by the scripture reference). As Moe was teaching us how to use Notes, I began to click around and play with the options and found a Link Tool and thought, “This might be the key.” It was!

Here is how to link an Evernote note to a Logos 6 Note:

  • In Logos 6, open your Bible and create a Note (for more information on how to do that, see this article on the MP Seminars website).
  • Open Evernote and make sure you can the note you want to link to from within Logos 6 in the Evernote sidebar.
  • Right click on the note and choose “Copy Note Link.”
  • Go back to your Note in Logos 6 and type something you want to use as your link (something like Link to Evernote). You may want to bold, use all caps, and/or change the color of your text so that it is easily identified later (you’ll see why in a minute).
  • Highlight the text you just added to your Logos note and click on the “Link” button in your Logos Notes toolbar:

 

  • Logos will drop down a box from your toolbar:

 

  • Right-click and choose “Paste” to paste the hyperlink from Evernote into the box (or use the keyboard shortcut for Paste: Ctrl+V [Windows] or Cmd+V [MacOS]). Hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • The text you selected in Logos is now connected to your Evernote note.

Now here’s where it’s a little tricky, so follow these steps carefully. To access the link to your Evernote note from within your Logos 6 note:

  • Open your Bible and click the note icon next to the Bible text that you used to link to Evernote.
  • With your note active, CAREFULLY hover your mouse cursor over the text that you hyperlinked to Evernote. Your cursor will turn into a pointing finger. When you see that, right-click and choose “open hyperlink” from the drop down menu. If anything is active in the note, your mouse will not turn into the pointing finger. If that happens, hit Esacpe (Ecs) on your keyboard to deselect everything on the note. Then your mouse will turn into the pointing finger when you hover on your hyperlink.
  • If Evernote is not open, it will open in your default web browser. After you have signed in to Evernote on your Web browser, you will either be asked if you want to open the Evernote application on your computer, or Evernote will automatically launch and open your note.

That’s it!

Note: As of the writing of this article, you can only link to a single note in Evernote. You cannot link to a Notebook.

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Have fun studying God’s Word!

Open-Bible-with-PenWe just kicked off a new sermon series at CCF called “Relentless.” It’s about the book of Jonah and God’s relentless grace and love for all people.

I had a number of people ask me where I got my material. I had one group ask me if I could make available my rough notes from my study prep. They correctly assumed that there are a number of things that make it into study prep that don’t actually make it into the sermon.

I love the idea of being able to share some of those “extras” each week. I hope you find them helpful, edifying, and encouraging.

In addition to the PDF of my notes, there is also a link to the message from Sunday (in case you missed it).

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For a number of years I was part of an excellent conference – the re:Create Conference in Nashville. You can read all about what re:create is about HERE (and if you’ve never been, I would recommend it to you if you are involved in the arts or are a church leader). It is an outstanding, paradigm-shifting experience.

In 2010, author Stephen Mansfield was one of our keynote speakers and he gave the following insights for worship leaders/worship pastors/arts pastors/artists in the church, especially as it pertains to working with your senior leader. They were great words then, when I was still an arts pastor. And they resonate even more, now that I am a senior pastor:

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Here’s a little something that should make you laugh…

After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes. As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to him
pulled out her cell phone and started talking in a loud voice: “Hi sweetheart. It’s Sue. I’m on the train”. “Yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting”.

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I was inspired by this post on Pastors.com that got me thinking about my method of study and preaching using my Apple products. Then, earlier in the week I had a conversation about it with my former boss at my former church. So I thought I’d share some of the ways Apple has made my life easier as a pastor, especially as it relates to delivering messages on Sunday.

Here’s some of the things I’ve learned…

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The Pixar Theory

July 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

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I won’t spoil the ending, but this article from Jon Negroni over at Mashable is worth a read. Negroni spent one year untangling the secret world hidden deep within Pixar films. This thesis originally appeared on his personal blog and quickly became a viral sensation. The author contends that every character in the Pixar films are all part of the same universe. And he proves it (with a stunning ending!).

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Wednesday Laugh Break

July 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Sometimes you just have to laugh. Really. It’s even the Bible:

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Prov. 17:22)

So go ahead… take your medicine!

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Today the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to not rule regarding a lesser court’s ruling to overturn California’s Proposition 8. What impact does today’s ruling by the Supreme Court have on the church?

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I remember watching Father Guido Sarducci (played by Don Novello) back in the original SNL days. Here’s a classic bit about the meaning of life, sin, and Purgatory.

“Most nuns are former Mafioso…”