Displaying Bible Verses During Sermons

Posted on: March 24th, 2008 by Craig Rairdin 2 Comments

I just had a customer write to ask how to solve a problem. His pastor speaks very extemporaneously and as a result, the computer operator/projectionist is scrambling to look up every verse he mentions in a printed Bible, type each into PowerPoint, and display it on the screen.

At a minimum, running PocketBible for Windows and cutting/pasting into PowerPoint would be a good idea.

But better yet:

  1. Turn off the toolbar (View > Toolbar)
  2. Set the size of the Bible text to 72 points (Edit > Options > Appearance, make sure “Bible” is selected next to “Set”, then change Font Size to 72)
  3. While you’re there, choose pleasing foreground and background colors
  4. OK to close the Options dialog
  5. Zoom the Bible window (using the zoom button or View > Zoom Window)

Now your Bible will appear in very large type. On Sunday morning, all you need to do is type the reference into PocketBible. Remember, with its instant “type-n-go” feature all you do is type the reference while the Bible is selected. So to go to John 3:16 there’s no need to select Search > Go To or press Ctrl+G. Just type J O H N [space] 3 : 16 [enter] and the Bible will go there. Assuming PocketBible is running on the monitor that you’re projecting, you’ll instantly see the referenced verse on the big screen.

(In case you’ve wondered, this is why we gave you the ability to set the point size up to some outrageously large number.)

PocketBible Screenshot - John 3:16

2 Responses

  1. Eric Hicks says:

    I did this very setup a few months back and it’s been great. Gone are the days of displaying only the Book and Verse numbers. Now we have the complete scripture available for all to see.

  2. I just deleted a comment from someone who implied that this posting was recommending PowerPoint for the purpose of selling copies of PocketBible, because “real” worship management software that we might recommend “wouldn’t sell PocketBible through, would it?”

    Obviously this article is neither recommending nor disapproving PowerPoint but rather is responding to a particular customer who, for whatever reason, is using PowerPoint during sermons. I think it’s a fine tool in that context. The program recommended by the person leaving the comment is for song presentation, which isn’t even the subject of this article. But mostly I think he wanted to get in his dig against us for our blatant promotion of our product on our own blog. Forgive us.

    Normally I would go ahead and allow such a comment to be posted, but the poster gave a bogus email address. This kind of hit-and-run bomb-throwing has no place in civilized conversation, let alone Christian discourse, so I don’t want to encourage it. If you post a negative or inflammatory comment here, have the courage to identify yourself.


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