February 22nd, 2006

Thanks and an invitation ::

Thanks to Raymond Lum who identified Rochelle Andrews from Global Christian Centre for us, now picture 13 is no longer nameless!

The invitation is not directly PodBible-related but any reader of this blog, or listener to the podcasts, is most welcome to the launch of Tim’s Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary over coffee and desserts on March 10th at 7:00pm at Carey Baptist College, 473 Great South Rd, Penrose, Auckland

If you can RSVP to anne.adlam@carey.ac.nz so we know how many to cater for.

You can see the working test files from the commentary at Bible.gen.nz

Podcast: Word of the Year

December 11th, 2005

OK people, it’s (quasi)official: “The term ‘podcast’ has been declared Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary.” (according to BBC News) so we were just in time to be trendy!

BTW we plan still to try to podcast the Bible in a year as well as the chapter a day version, starting Jan 1st, so be ready for the Bible Podcasts at PodBible…

There’s another interesting experiment in communicating the Bible started a few weeks ago just across the ditch from PodBible, the Bible Society in Australia‘s SMSBible. Of course, there are people who think TXT is just not “holy” or “beautiful” enough for the Bible even the esteemed if:book , a blog dedicated to the future of books.

Kim White’s post there sounds like someone who can’t stand change, and prefers the snobbery of the highbrow. Listen to this:

…the SMS version changes the voice of god from that of a wizened poet to that of a text-messaging teenager. Here’s an example:

4 god so luvd da world

I’m all for reading on cellphones and other portable devices, and I understand using a shorthand language for keying in messages, but why does the published book need to look like an electronic stenographer’s notepad? I realize that the form of the electronic “page” is changing the way we write, but I’ll be more than a little disappointed if this is the direction we are goingÂ?toward a cutesy-looking shorthand that compromises the integrity of the text for the sake of expediency.

Kim White concludes: Are you with me when I say that they jst dun hav d powR of d orignL txt.

OK admit it, TXT IS ugly, and has no place in print (yet). However, it is (currently at least) convenient. I use TXT (badly, as my fingers prefer trying to spell things in full and use punctuation too 😉 when communicating on MSN with Sarah in France. Though when we can I prefer to use voice, she often prefers TXT – since she is also carrying on three other “conversations”… For some things TXT is best.

So, I agrere with Kim, in some things, but there is also a spare and contemporary flavour to the extracts from the TXT Bible that seems to work. Remember too, that the original Greek of much of the New Testament was no literary linguistic masterpiece, but was koine the langauge of the streets and everyday letters – the TXT of the first century?

Genesis 1

November 8th, 2005

Today we start again, with a new book, this time at “the beginning”. Actually this is a rare occasion where we have not read using the traditional chapter boundaries. It just made no sense not to finish the week of creation…

The down to earth straightforward language of the CEV may not be perfect for this chapter, but even in this medium some of the majesty and mystery comes through, and some of the echoing patterns…

Filed in:

OK, here’s a post where you can add your thoughts, questions etc after hearing Mark’s gospel…

Was hearing the gospel a chapter a day the same as how you normally hear/read it, if not what was different?

Discussing the “reading”

November 7th, 2005

Tomorrow we finish Mark’s Gospel… PodBible aims to encourage listeners to reflect on the Bible texts they hear. That’s why we have the |Think|Pray|Do|s… Maybe though people would like to consider the ways others interact with the text… So, we have toyed with, but so far not started to work on, ideas to make this easier. For now, how about posting to the “comments” of posts on this blog… (I’ll post a post above this one called “Mark” that can hold anything for all 16 chapters, but will try to post an opportunity more regularly such as we move into Genesis.)

MP3 players under $50

November 3rd, 2005

The lowest price of MP3 players in NZ is now under $50 (facts correct at 7am 4th November local time or see this page for latest info) so those of you who have been wanting some way to take your PobBible with you away from the computer can do so much cheaper!

Thanks to Dave Warnock who’s blog 42 alerted me to the drop in price through this post on church use of digital audio.

The podcast system is running well, we are onto Mark 3 today (Mark one was the sample available early, and Mark 2 was published yesterday).

Nathan K took some photos over the weekend, so I have uploaded them, eventually we will reorganise the site, for now just follow this link to the photos of the BibleCast weekend.


October 23rd, 2005

Please give thanks, the weekend went well, only a few small glitches, we even finished ahead of schedule… More news later when I’m rested. Must fix up the podcasts for the next few days…

Give thanks to God, and also to all the 300+ volunteers who made the broadcast, and to the organisations that made it possible… We’ll write a thanks web page soon. (One more thing that didn’t get done because of the rush!)

We finished the Old Testament at lunchtime today, quite a bit earlier than we expected, so we are likely to finish tomorrow morning, we just don’t know how early!

We haven’t had any more stats, but it quite pleasing that a good number of people have listened to parts of the BibleCast, we now just need to make sure that lots subscribe to the Podcasts or download the files when we break the recording into books and chapters…

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