Interactive Preaching with the iPad

preaching from an ipadI’ve posted a few blogs about my journey using the iPad to preach (see related posts below).

Thus far I’ve loved using it. I own the original iPad and I’m waiting to upgrade until next year’s version releases.

Here’s my current sermon prep and delivery process.

  1. Write sermons on a Word doc on my Airbook.
  2. Convert doc to a PDF.
  3. Drop PDF into Dropbox on my Mac.
  4. Open Dropbox on my iPad.
  5. Open the PDF in Noterize.
  6. Mark up my PDF.
  7. Enthrall millions with my eloquent preaching (oops, Freudian slip there…I meant preach to a few hundred) 🙂
  8. Here’s a snapshot of what one page looked look from last week’s talk on spiritual gifts.

    preaching with an ipad

    This week I’m trying something new.

    Can Vacations for Pastors Stifle Ministry?

    Pastor VacationsI’m reading David Platt’s book, Radical, along with the guys in my two men’s groups.

    I just returned from a vacation to the beach.

    And, I’m feeling conflicted about the effects of my vacation on my spiritual and ministry life.

    A pastor I served under at two churches captured the biblical concept of rest in this phrase: Divert daily, Withdraw weekly, Abandon Annually. I believe God wants us to periodically rest. That means He endorses vacations.

    But after being in a ‘beach’ environment for a week, I realize how self-indulging a vacation can become. For many, a vacation becomes a time to eat too much, drink too much, spend too much, and generally indulge too much.

    Don’t get me wrong. I do love the beach, the sun (I’m from Chicago), the great seafood, and the break from pastoral leadership demands. But I’m wondering if I need to re-frame my future vacations, especially as I’m reading Platt’s book.

    This quote in chapter 1 struck me.

    I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.

    So, as I contrast a vacation to spiritual commitment, I’m wrestling with how to make the two biblical concepts compatible so that my vacations lead me to greater commitment to Christ and to more effective ministry.

    I’d love to hear what you think.

    Related post: 8 Point Checklist for Pastoral Body Care