Jump to content


Photo

Keeping Sermon Notes in Accordance


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 FC2143

FC2143

    Member

  • Active Members
  • Pip
  • 14 posts

Posted 18 October 2006 - 10:49 AM

I've been using Accordance for a number of years, but it just dawned on me that Accordance might be a good place to keep the notes I take while listening to a sermon. I assume the best way to do this would be with a user tool. I'm looking for suggestions and ideas on how other people keep sermon notes. Thanks!

#2 Robb Brunansky

Robb Brunansky

    Platinum

  • Active Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 701 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Glendale, AZ
  • Accordance Version:10.x

Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:07 PM

Personally I think it would be best to use a User Notes file rather than a User Tool. You could set up a new user notes files called "Sermon Notes" and then type in the notes in the corresponding verse references. If you use a user notes file, the notes will always be tied to a verse, and you can view them in parallel with any text that has that verse in it. You could use a user tool, but it seems like it would be much more complicated to organize a tool file than a notes file in this context.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Robb Brunansky

#3 FC2143

FC2143

    Member

  • Active Members
  • Pip
  • 14 posts

Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:56 PM

Personally I think it would be best to use a User Notes file rather than a User Tool.


I thought about that, but I see a problem with it. While my pastor has a specific text for each sermon, he may reference many other passages of scripture in that sermon. For instance, this week's sermon was on Acts 2:36, but he also referenced Colossians 1:15-19 for part of the sermon. If I'm studying in Colossians, I'd like to know that the pastor referenced this verse, but I wouldn't be able to do that if I stored the sermon notes as user notes.

#4 Robb Brunansky

Robb Brunansky

    Platinum

  • Active Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 701 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Glendale, AZ
  • Accordance Version:10.x

Posted 18 October 2006 - 01:22 PM

You could set this up the way most study Bibles do. Put the note on the main text, and then if there is a cross reference, type in parenthesis, "See note on Col 1:15." Then use the Scripture link feature to make Col 1:15 a link, and you could click right on it to pull up that text with note in parallel in a new tab.

To see that he referenced this passage you could just do a simple search on the user notes file for whatever verse you're looking for. If you're studying Col 1:15, do a search of your user notes for the Scripture reference Col 1:15. It would bring up your note on Acts 2:36 as a hit since you referenced Col 1:15 in the notes on that verse.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Robb Brunansky

#5 Helen Brown

Helen Brown

    Mithril

  • Admin
  • 8,029 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:heart in Israel
  • Accordance Version:10.x

Posted 18 October 2006 - 04:40 PM

Robb, the limitation with your idea is that user notes are divided only into Reference and Content fields, so they can only be searched for a note on Col 1:15, or for the string Col 1:15 in the Contents. The string would have to be exact. You cannot search for scripture references to Col 1 in the contents unless they have that exact format.

I think user tools are better suited for sermon notes as they can be organized by date or topic, and the Scripture referencec have their own field.
Helen Brown
OakTree Software

#6 Robb Brunansky

Robb Brunansky

    Platinum

  • Active Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 701 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Glendale, AZ
  • Accordance Version:10.x

Posted 18 October 2006 - 04:53 PM

Helen,

That makes sense. I didn't realize this limitation on the user notes. It would be a nice feature to be able to search them by Scripture reference, although the difficulty of adding that feature might be too high for it to be feasible.

I could see the advantages of using User Tools if you made each sermon a Title, so to speak, so it would be easy to browse. I suppose it depends on what type of notes a person is taking, exegetical notes or a sermon outline. Both tools combine nicely to allow flexibility for the user depending on what he is trying to accomplish with his note-taking.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Robb Brunansky

#7 Bud Lengtat

Bud Lengtat

    Member

  • Active Members
  • Pip
  • 47 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Grass Valley, CA
  • Interests:the Bible
    my wife and kids (sons and daughters-in-law) and grandkids

    Rubik's Cubes and similar twisty puzzles

    birds and other critters, especially those that hang out at my place
  • Accordance Version:10.x

Posted 19 October 2006 - 07:54 AM

I'm looking for suggestions and ideas on how other people keep sermon notes. Thanks!


I always like to hear Helen and Robb's take on things because they are definitely Accordance experts. Are there other Accordance users out there that have actually used Accordance to take notes during the sermon? Which method do you use?

This brings up another issue. When you pull out your computer to use Accordance in church, do you get funny looks and derogatory comments from others?

#8 David Hunt

David Hunt

    Member

  • Active Members
  • Pip
  • 12 posts

Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:02 PM

"This brings up another issue. When you pull out your computer to use Accordance in church, do you get funny looks and derogatory comments from others?"


Yes, I do. Its the same look people got when printed Bibles became cheap enough that
people could bring them to church and actually read them to see if what was being taught
was consistent with scripture.

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does often rhyme." Mark Twain

Dave Hunt




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users