Your Word Processor bogging you down? Six reasons to Try Scrivener

Staring at a blank screen as you start your next research paper, blog post or lesson plan? Maybe the traditional typewriter turned into a word processor method isn’t the best approach. Need to move a paragraph or two around in Word to another section? Not always straightforward. Settings get changed. Fonts can change and other oddities happen when you don’t need them. Consider checking out the writing program made for writers called Scrivener.

Think Different

As Apple computers said in their advertising campaign from 1997 – Think Different. I am in Higher education, working on a doctorate and I require a different approach to writing. So shouldn’t it stand to reason to think different about my approach?

Scrivener is a program developed for writers and academics who think different, who don’t fit in a nice safe box. Once you get the hang of it, Scrivener is an amazing program for your writing needs.

Six Reasons to Try Scrivener:

  1. You get a 30-day (of time used) free trial with full functionality. Go to the Scrivener website HERE  and try it.
  2. It has the ability for you to move sections of your writing around with ease.
  3. If you like using note cards – Scrivener has that function.
  4. Want to create an eBook – you can do it. Export to Word or a plain text document – no problem.
  5. The program rarely crashes (if at all) and you don’t get the notorious rainbow wheel as you scroll through your document.
  6. It is reasonably priced with an academic discount.

Scrivener isn’t the only writing platform out there. Check out Ulyssess (for Mac) and Mellel (for Mac) or others. I don’t work for Scrivener – I just found it to be an excellent program for writing.

Instructional Links

You can watch online tutorials here, here, and here to get you started with Scrivener. If you would like another testimony about the usefulness of Scrivener go here.

Writing doesn’t have to be painful. Writing can be energizing and fulfilling. If you do make the switch, you might notice a change in how you write, maybe a change for the better. The point is to get writing and not let a program be a distraction in the process.


More than cosmic consciousness?


I was flipping through channels on the hotel TV and I paused on an interesting show on the knowledge network. In a few minutes I was preached at about the wonder and beauty of scientific humanism in its finest.

The narrator, a young man in his twenties with a British accent described the cosmos and its power and majesty. I was drawn in to the program for a moment – there were amazing photos and cinematography of the universe and the earth. I couldn’t help but be awed.

However, the crux of the show left me with unanswered questions. He said humans are here for but a mere moment in the history of the universe. Our purpose is to explore and experience the awe of the universe and understand its beginning and ultimate end. We are but a blip in a movement from order to disorder until the last black hole is swallowed up and the universe ceases to exist. What about purpose? Why am I here? What’s the point? Where do we get notions of morality or ethics? The narrator doesn’t answer all these questions. According to the narrator we are the consciousness of the cosmos who are here to understand the universe. That’s it. For me that reason is found wanting and is truly inadequate to provide meaning and worth for my life. I am not going into an discourse on the existence of God, Jesus, etc. but faith in God and the good news found in the bible offers more robust and life affirming reasons for my existence. Needless to say, the philosophy of scientific humanism under girded the entire TV program. Very slick and well-produced, but it left me empty if that was the only purpose of life – to be cosmic consciousness with no hope and oblivion my ultimate goal.

Interesting TV for a Tuesday night.


Mediation verse of the week and reflections

I have been challenged to begin memorizing scripture again. In the church bulletin there is a weekly verse to memorize, which spurned me into meditative action. The only difference is that I am going to make the attempt to begin memorizing passages from the Greek (UBS 4th Revised ed.) This weeks verses are from Mark 1.17-18: καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, καὶ ποιήσω ὑμᾶς γενέσθαι ἁλιεῖς ἀνθρώπων. 18 καὶ εὐθὺς ἀφέντες τὰ δίκτυα ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ.
Today’s thought as I reflected (a nicer evangelical term instead of meditation? :)) on this passage was the phrase “ἀφέντες τὰ δίκτυα” and I thought ‘what net, or thing, or idea, etc., am I holding on to? What do I need to immediately drop and follow Jesus in my life? This phrase is interesting when contrasted with the response of the disciple in Mt 8:21 who hesitates before following Jesus and wants first to bury his father (κύριε, ἐπίτρεψόν μοι πρῶτον ἀπελθεῖν καὶ θάψαι τὸν πατέρα μου). Then Jesus leaves the crowds with his disciples and gets into a boat. Am I like the sons of Zebedee who drop their nets and immediately follow Jesus, or am I like the disciple who has other things to do before he follows Jesus?

A musing on my Master’s thesis

Yesterday I received my master’s thesis in the courier. I defended my thesis on March 25, 09 and passed with an amazing mark (to my surprise, but excitement). After a final edit I submitted my thesis to my program chair (Dr. Bruce Guenther – a history professor at ACTS) and then he forwarded it off to a format checker to ensure my thesis is following the precise formatting for binding and placement in the library. I laboured for 10 months on my thesis and still it comes back riddled with the infamous red pen. I always find it amazing what another reader finds in a paper, thesis or probably a dissertation even after you have spent many hours meticulously searching every page for grammar, editing and spelling errors. Now I’m back at it and hopefully I can get this beast of my shelf and start thinking about a proposal for a PhD in NT Studies (but first I need to find a job so I can pay for a PhD program…)

New SBL review of Biblical Literature

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The following new reviews have been added to the Review of Biblical Literature and listed on the RBL blog (

NOTE: The 31 August 2009 RBL newsletter contained an error, for which we apologize. The review of James M. Robinson, Jesus: According to the Earliest Witness, was by V. George Shillington, not Petri Luomanen (whose review was published this week and is listed below). Prof. Shillington’s review may be accessed directly at

Octavian D. Baban
On the Road Encounters in Luke-Acts: Hellenistic Mimesis and Luke’s Theology of the Way
Reviewed by Ron Clark

Randall C. Bailey, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and Fernando F. Segovia, eds.
They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism
Reviewed by Gerald West

Richard Bauckham
The Jewish World around the New Testament: Collected Essays 1
Reviewed by Christoph Stenschke

Augustine Casiday and Frederick W. Norris
The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 2: Constantine to c. 600
Reviewed by Paul Dilley

Gregory Lee Cuéllar
Voices of Marginality: Exile and Return in Second Isaiah 40-55 and the Mexican Immigrant Experience
Reviewed by Timothy Sandoval

Lawrence DiPaolo Jr.
Hymn Fragments Embedded in the New Testament: Hellenistic Jewish and Greco-Roman Parallels
Reviewed by Daniel Darko

Daniel Durken, ed.
The New Collegeville Bible Commentary: New Testament
Reviewed by Peter Judge

Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Richard B. Hays, eds.
Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Reviewed by Mark Elliott

Axel Graupner and Michael Wolter, eds.
Moses in Biblical and Extra-biblical Traditions
Reviewed by Hallvard Hagelia

Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons
Illuminating Luke, Volume 3: The Passion and Resurrection Narratives in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting
Reviewed by Thomas E. Phillips

Andrew T. Lincoln and Angus Paddison, eds.
Christology and Scripture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Reviewed by Douglas Campbell

Mark McEntire
Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch
Reviewed by Lissa Wray Beal

Marvin Meyer
Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends about the Infamous Apostle of Jesus
Reviewed by Philip Tite

Anita Norich and Yaron Z. Eliav, eds.
Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intercontext
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

James M. Robinson
Jesus: According to the Earliest Witness
Reviewed by Petri Luomanen

Dan R. Stiver
Life Together in the Way of Jesus Christ: An Introduction to Christian Theology Author(s):
Reviewed by Yolanda Dreyer

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Hello all

I will try to get to writing shortly. My interests are in Markan studies, Narrative criticism (especially of Mark’s Gospel) and Greek. I am currently working through the Epistle of Philippians with some colleagues and my former thesis advisor Dr. Larry J. Perkins – the meetings are called Greek and Breakfast. We meet once a month to have breakfast and discuss the Greek text; questions of interpretation, syntax, development of the author’s thought, etc. Next meeting we will discuss Philippians 1:11-26.