Instagram Friday: Preaching From an iPad

There are few things I get more excited about than new Apple products. That’s why when Megan got me an iPad 2 as a wedding present, I was stoked. Not only because I’d wanted one since the first day I saw the commercial, but I knew that since I was going on internship, I’d have a lot of opportunities to use it. Right after I got it, I Googled “Best iPad apps for  Pastors” and found a great blog post about all the different ways to utilize the iPad. One of those opportunities is in preaching.

I use the Goodreader app and have been really impressed with how smoothly it works to just flip to the next page. This picture I took is the sanctuary out at the Gold Canyon campus as I got ready to preach out there a week or so ago. I didn’t receive any negative feedback from the congregation, mainly because it went pretty undetected. That’s the key. As long as it flies under the radar and you don’t make a big deal about it, it can be a great tool for preaching, teaching and a lot of other things.

If you’re going to preach from an iPad, here are a few things to make sure everything goes well.

  • Turn the Mute switch off: You don’t want your alarms or other alerts go off while you’re preaching. It’s just easiest than worrying or waiting for an interruption.
  • Lock the Orientation in Portrait Mode: This isn’t an issue if you’re just setting your iPad on a stand or a pulpit, but if you’re walking around with it, you don’t want the orientation to change mid-sentence. That’s happened to me before, not good.
  • Set the Screen Auto-Lock to 10 Minutes or longer: this way the screen doesn’t turn off on you while you’re preaching (especially awkward if you are going from a manuscript)
  • Turn the Wifi Off: If you have it loaded on there, it can save battery. If you have a full charge, you’ll be fine. But if you’re running low, it’s a good and easy way to save battery.
There you have it. Everything you need to know about preaching from an iPad. For those of you who have experience with it, what are your pros/cons with it? For those who haven’t, what do you see as the pros/cons to using an iPad in the pulpit?

Tillich on the Responsibility of the Church

Lately, I’ve been reading quite a bit of Paul Tillich. I came across this quote and thought it summed up some of my recent thoughts as well. I think it’s pretty easy for us to pay lip service to the “new reality” in Christ. But Tillich brilliantly forges new ground into what it means for us to live into this reality. He is an invaluable voice for the church and I hope we continue to listen and heed his advice as we move into new territory as the body of Christ.

“The Church is the Community of the New Being. Again and again, people say, ‘I do not like organized religion.’ The Church is not organized religion. It is not hierarchical authority. It is not a social organization. It is all of this, of course, but it is primarily a group of people who express a new reality by which by which they have been grasped. Only this is what the Church really means. It is the place where the power of the New Reality which is Christ, and which was prepared in all history and especially in Old Testament history, moves into us and is continued by us.” – from Theology of Culture

What stuck out to you in the quote? What do you like about it? Anything you dislike?



James K.A. Smith Supports My Addiction

Keep books in every room of the house. Pile them up on the end table or nightstand or back of the toilet. Have the books there, staring at you, inviting you, wooing you, calling to you, shaming you. Keep bumping into them. Pick them up and look at them. And even if you have a first job, resist signing up for cable and spend the end of each day reading. Then find a friend who loves to read (and, if possible, a spouse) and talk about books.

Good to have company.


What Your Writing Says About You

I recently heard someone talk about the website Typealyzer — a website that supposedly deciphers your Meyers-Briggs type based on the writing on your blog or website. I’m always curious about these sorts of “tests” or analysis so I figured I’d give it a try. And I was pretty dang surprised! I know that I am an INFP on the Meyers-Briggs with the first letter I/E being somewhat negotiable. As I’ve moved through high school through to graduate school, I’ve tested more away from ‘E’ into the ‘I’ category. So I put this site into the Typealyzer and here’s what it found…

ISTP – The Mechanics

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment and are highly skilled at seeing and fixing what needs to be fixed. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.
The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.
This really makes me think about the whole idea of writing as an expression of who we really are. There seems to be a disconnect for me because this description doesn’t necessarily match up with my understanding of who I am. Maybe because I try to be practical on here to have some sort of tangibility, rather than just getting caught up in big, abstract ideas, which is what I’m more prone to do.
If you have a blog, check out Typealyzer. Have fun with it. If you’ve used it before, how did it match up with what you know about your Meyers-Brigg type? What do you think a difference may be between the way you write and your general personality? I’m getting very intrigued by this. Hope it was an interesting venture for you.

In Defense of My Generation

I recently read an article that described the new wave of young adults as the “Peter Pan” generation. It described a generation of kids who refused to grow up. I know I’ve talked a lot about this in a couple recent posts. But this struck me in a different kind of way. It seems incredibly pejorative. Now there is some merit to these claims if we look at specific instances of my generation — Jersey Shore comes to mind. Easy target, I know. But embedded in this “Peter Pan” label is the broad, sweeping implication that we’re all childish, immature, petulant children who are afraid to grow up. I think it’s far more complicated than that. These implications spread much further than simply the church, politics, or education.

With the rise of technology and the internet, we are able to know more than ever before. Because of this, my generation’s view of authority is different than any other generation in history. A general mistrust of societal institutions has become commonplace. One could even make a case-by-case argument that every cultural institution that we have been taught to hold in high esteem has given us ample reason to question their integrity and their motives. Our coming of age has involved a massive re-assessment of the meaning of responsibility and accountability. The fact that we have to employ a fact-checker in our political discourse (and that most of what is said is, at least somewhat, false) is seen as reason enough to submit to the tempting call of apathy.

Our generation has and will continue to struggle to create meaning in a time where there is almost nothing we can be sure of. Every generation is messy, complicated, and has its own obstacles to overcome. In this way, I think we are just like every generation that has come before us.

The course of history — not misplaced apathy or optimism — gives us hope that we will get by. We will welcome the responsibility of adulthood on our terms and in our own time. We grew up with loose ends, inaccurate labels, and exceedingly high expectations. I think we’re going to do just fine.


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