OK – I apologize to the Windows users out there, but today’s tip is for MAC users only.
The latest version of Logos 4 for MAC has added a great new feature for MAC users. You can now cut and paste Bible passages from Logos into any program that uses the Services menu from MAC OSX – all you have to do is update your Logos if you haven’t already (type Update Now in the Command Box), then you need to turn the feature on in the MAC OS.
Open System Preferences and select Keyboard. Select Keyboard Shortcuts at the top of the dialogue box and Services in the right hand column. Scroll down the list and select Copy Bible Verses and Replace with Passage. Note the keyboard shortcuts for each, this will help later. Once these are checked you can close System Preferences.
Now open a document in Pages or MS Word for MAC (it should also work in Keynote, PowerPoint and other programs as well). Type a passage reference in the document, then select it by clicking and dragging. Once selected, you can use the keyboard shortcuts (shift+command+J to copy that verse text to the clipboard, or shift+command+E to replace the reference with the Bible text). You can also use the Services Menu provided to access these keyboard commands.
Now, basically anywhere you can type a verse and need to paste the text in, you can use the universal keyboard shortcuts provided and you are off and pasting.
IMPORTANT NOTE for MAC users who are running Logos 4 for Windows in Fusion or Parallels – This feature has a bug right now that when invoked, tries to open the Windows version to do the copy and paste even if you have the MAC version installed as well. Logos is aware of the bug and is working on the fix.
I just discovered a link to a great post on searching syntax in Logos 4. It gives a great overview of all the different ways to do searches. Sometimes it hard to remember all of the options and operators you can use – this is a good refresher. Check it out here – http://wiki.logos.com/Detailed_Search_Help#Matching_Case_or_All_Word_Forms
A friend ask me if there was a way to find all forms of a particular Greek work in a book using Logos 4. Rather than try to explain it I thought I would just record a short video to show how to do it.
This is a bit of a different post. Many of you know that I teach a course at the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver on Ministry Technologies. This post is to see which of my current students have been paying attention. If they have, they will be able to find this post and download the Study Guide I have attached here to help them prepare for the Midterm exam they have next week. If they have subscribed to this blog using Google Reader they shouldn’t have any trouble spotting it. Fun huh?
STUDENTS: – If you find this, remember that you may not tell any other students about it directly. You may post a link on Facebook or Twitter to help others find this, but that’s it. Happy studying!
The Pew Internet and American Life Project just released results of a new survey regarding the use of tech devices. While some of this may not be that surprising, it is interesting to see how we love gadgets as a culture.
- 85% of American adults own a cellphone
- Desktop computers are most popular with the 35-65 age group
- 70% of Millennials own a laptop, 54% own a desktop machine
- Almost half of all adults own an iPod or other MP3 player
- 74% of those 18-34 own an iPod or other MP3 player with only 56% of those 35-46 owning one
- 63% of those 18-46 own a game console
- 5% of all adults own an e-reader
- 4% own an iPad or other tablet
Interestingly, 9% of adults polled do not own ANY of the devices listed, but that number jumped to 43% of adults age 75 and older.
Clearly, we are (especially in the younger age groups) a culture that loves our gadgets. I hope that we as Christians, will continue to strive to learn to use these devices to spread the saving message of the cross and strengthen the church throughout this land.
I have tried to use a stylus with my iPad before and I was disappointed with the experience. My first experience was with a Pogo Sketch stylus (on left). It was very light weight and had a fabric tip. The biggest problem for me was that it felt like trying to write with a mushy Q-Tip! The fabric tip flexed back and forth as I pressed on the screen and it always felt like it was going to come off the body. Straight up…I hated it. It didn’t simulate the writing experience for me at all and as a result I gave up on it by the end of the second day of use.
This week though, the Griffin Stylus for iPad (on right) has made me a believer! This is a completely different experience from the Pogo. First, the Griffin Stylus is much heavier than the Pogo. It feels more like having a pen in your hand which helps more than I thought it would. It is a bit longer too which makes it fit my hand better. The biggest difference is the tip. Instead of a mushy fabric, the Griffin Stylus has a soft rubber tip. When you push down it flexes, but it feels firmer to me than the fabric of the Pogo. The tip doesn’t shift from side to side like the Pogo did for me so I feel like it is more precise. Now don’t misunderstand. These tools are a but like writing with a dull crayon, but the Griffin gives me a better feel and more precision.
Where I like using the stylus the most is in drawing apps, but I also like using for highlighting text in the Kindle app, drawing diagrams in Penultimate and Circus Ponies Notebook, and even selecting individual words in Logos for further study. All in all, I believe I am hooked. I see myself using this stylus more and more. If you want a usable, good feeling stylus that closely simulates the actual writing experience check out the Griffin Stylus for iPad. It is worth a close look. Now I just have to figure out how not to misplace it!
Lifeway Research just released a new survey (two actually) on the use of websites and social media by churches. Over 1000 “protestant” congregations were included in the survey. The first report addressed churches use of websites. Here are some of the basic findings:
- 78% have a website
- Less than half use their website for interactive purposes
- 43% get and distribute prayer requests from members
- 39% for registering people for events and activities
- 91% provide information to potential visitors (although the survey doesn’t specify what type of information. I would think worship times and driving directions would be enough to qualify as a yes here)
- 79% provide information for the congregation
- 57% use their website to encourage increased attendance and involvement
- 52% solicit interest or volunteer opportunities
How often these churches update information on their websites was also addressed.
- 40% update information once a week
- 15% update more than once a week
- 42% update once a month or less
- 7% update their website once a year or less (yikes!)
Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research stated, “Many churches are using their website like a Yellow Pages ad characterized by basic information and infrequent updates. This is in sharp contrast with churches that use their website like a bustling church receptionist registering people for upcoming events, collecting prayer requests and obtaining volunteers”
SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE
A second survey addressed churches use of social media tools. Here are some basic statistic reported from that survey:
- 47% of churches actively use Facebook
- 40% do not use any social networking tools at all
The size of the church and its location dramatically affect the use of social media tools:
- 81% of congregations with 500 or more (avg. worship attendance) use social media tools
- 27% of congregations with 49 or less use it
- 49% with 50-99 attendees, 46% with 100-199 attendees, and 56% with 200-499 attendees use Facebook as well
- 57% of suburban and 54% of large-city churches use Facebook
- 46% of small-city congregations and 39% of rural churches are on Facebook
Some interesting numbers are reported as to who these churches are trying to reach on Facebook.
- 73% use social networking for interacting with the congregation
- 70% for distributing news and information in an “outbound only” manner
- 52% for fostering member-to-member interaction
- 41% for managing the congregation’s ministry groups
- 62% use social networking to interact with individuals outside the congregation
Curtis Simmons, vice president for marketing and community at Fellowship Technologies stated;
“Social networking tools have become an integral part of most people’s daily lives and relationships. If churches desire to connect with their congregation and community in meaningful ways, then they need to establish a strategy for actively engaging in the social media conversation. Thousands of individuals are sharing support and encouragement through these tools. The church needs to be an active participant in these conversations and connections.”
Additionally, 1000 “pastors” were surveyed with nearly half (46%) personally using Facebook, 16% using a personal blog and 6% using Twitter. 84% use email to send information to groups.
These surveys confirm that many churches are reaching out through these digital technologies. Is your congregation taking advantage of today’s tools to expand its audience and reach more people with the gospel? If so share with us what you are doing and how you are doing it.
A recent trip to Atlanta to visit family for the holidays was the first major test for my new VirginMobile MiFi device. We were visiting my wife’s mother and she had no Internet connection in the house. So for six days, two families with kids (young teens no less) all equipped with Internet capable devices put the MiFi through it’s paces. The most frequent users we’re laptops (both MAC and PC), iPhones, iPod Touches, and my iPad.
There was no noticeable difference between connecting any of the these devices. The Mifi itself is the size of a 1/4 inch thick credit card. You simply power it up and in roughly 10-15 seconds a wifi signal can be seen on the device you are trying to connect. As advertised, the is a 5 device limit for access. The only issues we discovered all week seemed to be related to exceeding this limit. When 5 devices are already connected, trying to log in a new one results in a “connection timed out” error. As soon as one device was turned off or disconnected, another was able to connect without issue. This did bring up one issue. Once you sign an iPod or iPhone the connection stays active. A number of times we had to ask the kids to turn their wifi connection off on their iPods to make room for adults using laptops.
The other issue that came up involved the downloading of apps. Armed with new iTunes gift cards received as Christmas gifts, the kids started the downloading frenzy. I was immediately thankful for Virgin Mobile’s unlimited data use plan. For $40, you purchase 30 days of unlimited data without a contract. I haven’t checked the actual data use yet, but I am confident that we got out money’s worth out of this month’s fee. It should be noted also, that iPods and iPhones balk at downloading any app over 20MB in size unless you are connected to a wifi signal. Since the MiFi creates a wifi spot through the Sprint 3G network, these large apps did not want to download to these devices and large downloads even from laptops didn’t work well.
All in all I was very impressed with the MiFi 2200′s performance. We left it available almost 24 hours a day during the week. By leaving it plugged into AC power we never had battery issues. It works great at both airports during our waits to board planes and I and happy that I don’t have any ongoing monthly costs.
If you are looking for a mobile wifi hot spot, the VirginMobile MiFi 2200 should get a serious look. I LOVE IT!
Yesterday, On my MinistryGeek This Week podcast, we discussed using Google Reader to subscribe to blogs and RSS feeds. I have written about Google Reader in the past, but we have had two podcasts talking about the benefits of RSS and blogs in general. During the show Dale Jenkins and I offered some of our favorite blogs that we thought our listeners might like. Here are the ones that I mentioned, in no particular order:
The Equip Network (Christian podcasts)
From The Mound (Jeff Jenkins)
TheFaughnFamily (Adam Faughn)
Creation Faith Facts (Rob Lester)
Weylan Words (Weylan Deaver)
Preacherpollard’s Blog (Neal Pollard)
Walking With God (J. Randal Methany)
The Christian Practice (Daniel Howell) – I especially like Tech Tip Tuesday
The Fellowship Room – brotherhood articles
BVBID Extension News – News about training preachers all around the world
Logos Bible Software Blog – especially for Logos users
Presentation Zen – Presentation tips and skills
Barna Research Update – ongoing research from the Barna Group
Pew Internet and American Life Reports – ongoing research in society trends
The Unofficial Apple Weblog – yes, I am a MAC guy
Macworld – did I mention I am a MAC guy
LifeHacker – This one is the most eclectic, but fun!
LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION
The Leadership Fund (Bob Turner)
Michael Hyatt’s Blog – CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing – this is a favorite of mine
Seth’s Blog (Seth Godin)
Six Pixels of Separation (Mitch Joel)
WRITING AND BLOGGING
I am sure there are some I am leaving out, but these should get you started. Happy RSS reading!
Here is another video tutorial for Logos 4. This one teaches you how to create a list of words similar to the Vocabulary Lists in Logos 3. This is a much more powerful tool in Logos 4.
UPDATE: In playing with this report more I have discovered something. Since these searches are looking for all morphological forms within the pericope, if a word has more than one possible form the word is counted twice. This means that the number of occurrences listed may be slightly exaggerated. This is a rare situation but you do need to be aware of it.