Now that I have started doing PowerPoint with my sermons, the preparation time has increased quite a bit. This will take an investment of time to keep doing this, and I might have to give something up. Like many PowerPoint users, when you’re creating a presentation you can easily end up getting carried away with all the fine adjustments, and getting interesting pictures, and making the text look just right. For this particular sermon, I wanted to include some maps of Paul’s second missionary journey. I already had a good map on my computer that I could easily include, but I wasn’t satisfied with it. I wanted to present the missionary journey progressively, so I loaded the map into Microsoft paint and carefully erased the line showing Paul’s route. Then I redrew the route, and created four different maps each showing the different stages of the trip. Just by reading this you get the idea that it was rather complicated and took some time. I could have simply used the original map, but being the kind of person I am, it had to look just the way I wanted. This is just one example of the kind of things I end up making myself do for my presentations. Hopefully as I get in the habit of doing this, I will figure out ways to increase my efficiency. Anybody have suggestions on how to keep from getting too carried away?
Posted by: Douglas Mehling | January 12, 2008