ISSUE: 2014, Volume 11, Issue 3
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‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth’, 2 Tim. 2. 15 ESV.
This is the third article in a series about using a tablet to study, and to preach.
In this article we will explore some helpful note-taking applications (apps), which are very useful for preachers. There are many excellent apps in this category; some are simple to use, and some are complex.
The main advantage of using a note-taking and editing app is the ability to quickly capture and then later edit your thoughts as you prepare to speak on any given topic, or scripture passage.
Here are a few apps to consider:
• Notes – All tablets come with a pre-installed note app. Do not overlook this basic, but highly useful tool. I rarely prepare an entire message while sitting at my desk. Thoughts, ideas, verses, and illustrations can come to mind at any time of day, regardless of where I am. The Notes app is the quickest way for me to capture those thoughts. The text can later be exported by either email or copy-and-paste, and placed in your more formal notes.
Sometimes it is easy to dismiss simple apps in favour of those with a long list of features. However, I would caution you not to overlook them. Remember we are looking at apps for sermon notes. We are not looking for a full-featured word processor to write a 500 page commentary on the book of Ezekiel! Ultimately, the best app for you will depend on your own personal style and needs.
One more tip: note apps (like any other app) can be used simultaneously with your favourite Bible app ... simply open up both apps and then use the multitouch left/right swipe to quickly switch between apps.
Hopefully, these hints will help you as you study the word of God.