Podium Pro iPad App Released

Podium Pro iPad app for public speaking and preachingA few weeks ago I posted a short article about a new iPad app in development that promises to be of help for all public speakers including preachers.

The app’s developers just released “Podium Pro Lite” to Apple’s App Store. You can find it here. Best of all is the price: free.

I am presently downloading the app my iPad… after I have a chance to mess around with it and use it I plan to write a full review here on Digital Sojourner.

Have you given the app a try? I would appreciate hearing your thoughts in the comments.

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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter One

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 NKJV

And so begins King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes with a searching question: “what does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” An excellent question, a question that many have asked. Maybe you have asked a similar question about life… “is all of this worth it?” or “work, work, work and then I die?!”

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, explores his question with brutal honesty. In the end Solomon comes to the conclusion that life is meaningless if it is lived for the things “under the sun.” But there is hope! And that hope is found above the sun.

What about you? Are you living for those things under or above the sun?

Recorded: Sunday April 23, 2006 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA.

 

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Preaching With An iPad – There’s A New App For That

 

Two of the most popular posts on Digital Sojourner explored the use of an iPad as an aid for preaching. Those posts are available here and here.

I recently discovered that there is a new iPad app currently under development that holds great promise for all public speakers, including preachers. The app, Podium Pro, is still in private beta but should be available soon in the app store.

When the app is released Digital Sojourner will write a comprehensive review.

The app is being designed by public speakers for public speakers. Several functions that preachers will find helpful are being built into the app. Some of those features are: word processing, Dropbox integration, count down timer, count up timer, overtime clock, ability to record and share your sermon, and much more.

 

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Audio: A False Gospel

Rob Bell Love Wins Back Cover

Back Cover of Love Wins

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10 NKJV emphasis mine.

About a year and a half ago Rob Bell, who at that time was the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI, published a book titled “Love Wins”. The book instantaneously became a New York Times bestseller and caused a considerable amount of controversy in the evangelical church and beyond. The book even made the cover of the April 25, 2011 issue of Time Magazine.

As the controversy raged I found myself reading blog posts by both the supporters and detractors of the book. What I read shocked me… the detractors of the book claimed that Rob Bell denied the very existence of a literal hell and that in the end love will “win” — meaning everyone will spend eternity in everlasting bliss.

Could such accusations be true? Could a pastor of an “evangelical” church teach such things? To find out I purchased a copy of the book and read it. What I read in Rob Bell’s book Love Wins astounded me. From my reading of the book it seemed that the book’s detractors had actually understated the severity of doctrinal error!

After studying Love Wins in the light of God’s Word I had the opportunity to speak about it.

Recorded: Sunday April 17, 2011 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

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Audio: Kadesh Barnea

Likewise, when the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice. Deuteronomy 9:23 NKJV

There were giants in the land and the children of Israel, cowering in fear, turned back from the blessings of the Promise Land. They believed the ten spy’s majority report, scoffed at the 2 spy’s minority report, and rebelled against the commandment of the Lord not believing or obeying His voice.

What about us? Will we believe God’s Word and move forward into His blessings? Or will we not believe God nor obey His voice?

Recorded: Sunday January 6, 2008 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

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Online Collection of Sermon Videos

I recently ran across an excellent collection of sermon videos that is worth taking a look at. The collection features several excellent Bible teachers including Jabe Nicholson, Alan Gamble, Peter Brandon, and Joe Reese.

The videos were recorded during the Northfield Bible Weeks– a series of tent meetings held annually for two weeks in Newcastle Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

You can find the collection of sermon videos here: Northfield Bible Weeks Sermons.

 

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Audio: The Book Of Obadiah

Edom Petra

Obadiah 1:3-4

This morning I had the privilege of preaching God’s Word. My subject matter was the little book of Obadiah– the shortest book of the Old Testament (only 21 verses in length). While the book may be short in length, it contains a very powerful message with numerous lessons for today.

 

Recorded: Sunday July 8, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

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Photo Wikipedia/Petra

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Voices For Christ Website Updated

Voices For ChristIf you have been following this blog you will know that one of my favorite websites is Voices For Christ.

If you are not familiar with the VFC site, you can think of it as an online repository of sermons. The present collection consists of 55,316 full length messages in mp3 format. All of the messages are available free of charge. Messages can be listened to immediately with one click via ‘streaming’ or downloaded to your computer or other mp3 compatible device to be saved and used at a later time. While the collection of sermons is the main feature of the site, other excellent resources are available including written ministry, and hymns.

If you are familiar with Voices For Christ you will immediately notice many of changes to the site. The site’s layout been greatly improved with a ‘clean’, minimalist feel. The site is also much easier to navigate. The homepage features a tag cloud to help users quickly located messages by subject matter and a search bar for more specific queries. I am great impressed with the functionality and speed of the search bar, as you type in words results automatically begin to appear in a drop down box. If you press enter a listing of matching sermons quickly appears. When I entered “missionary acts” I was quickly given a listing of 24 messages, mostly dealing with Paul’s missionary journeys.

Hopefully I will post a full review of the redesigned VFC website soon… in the mean time head over to VFC and checkout the new site for yourself.

Other posts about VFC: Podcast: Interview with Dwight Beavers of VFC and Website Review: VoicsForChrist.org.

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Titus 1:2-4 Why God Called Paul to be an Apostle

 

This is the fourth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

In this vblog we explore two main reasons why God called Paul to be an apostle. They match very closely to the two main public functions of any local church. The main purpose of any local church, and the church which is the body of Christ, is to bring glory to God but these are the means by which that this is brought about.

1. To preach the gospel
2. To teach the believers so that they become godly in character and practice.

I trust God blesses His word to you.

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Preaching With An iPad — There’s An App For That

 

In a recent post, 5 Thoughts: Preaching with an iPad, I lamented the difficulty of simultaneously using the iPad as a Bible and a notebook. Switching between a Bible app and an app with my notes is much too distracting– not only for me but also for the audience who can probably see me fiddling with the iPad.

As mentioned in the article, preaching is about Christ not the tools we are using. The objective of preaching is not to impress or “wow” a crowd with the tools or the technology being used, the object is to proclaim the Word of God and to proclaim the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since writing that post, someone was kind enough to tell me about a Bible app that allows you to simultaneously view the scripture text and your notes on a split screen.

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