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Did you know that your Mac can read text aloud? The feature is called “Text to Speech.”
I’ve been using it in three ways:
- Listen to a relatively long blog post or email while doing something else that allows me to multitask.
- Listen to something I’m copy-editing (whether it’s something that I or someone else wrote). This helps pace me, and it helps me spot typos. Sometimes my ears hear errors that my eyes miss.
- Listen to an English Bible translation that I don’t already own as an audio-Bible. (On listening to audio-Bibles, see here and here.) This is especially helpful when you want to listen to a variety of English translations while looking at a particular passage in Greek or Hebrew.
So how do you do this on a Mac?
1. Open “System Preferences,” and select “Dictation & Speech.”
These 30 posts from 2013 received the most views this year (my favorites are #25 and #29):
- Diabolical Ventriloquism: A 1-Sentence Summary of Each of Screwtape’s Letters
- How should churches relate to others with same-sex attractions? Read Peter Hubbard.
- 3 Reasons I Don’t Enthusiastically Recommend the History Channel’s “The Bible: The Epic Miniseries”
- Wayne Grudem on the Jason Bourne Films
- Piper Illustrates for Children How Faith Glorifies God
- Keller and Carson: Greco-Roman Slavery ≠ Race-Based Slavery
- Don Whitney: How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian?
- Top 10 Tips for Being Clearer
- How a Recent Thesis Defines the Glory of God
- 6 Discontinuities between the Old and New Covenants
- Carson: The most painful things I’ve ever borne are betrayals by Christian friends
- How to Listen on Double Speed with an iPhone or iPod
- How Reliable Is Your Memory? 3 Practical Lessons
- Murray Harris’s 6-Page Expanded Paraphrase of Colossians
- Joshua Harris’s New Book: Humble Orthodoxy
- The Best Book on Sexual Purity
- MacArthur: “It’s very easy to be hard to understand”
- Ben Witherington: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away” is “not good theology”
- What Is the Message of Each Book of the Bible?
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
- How to Disagree with Other Christians about Disputable Matters
- Exulting in Harry Potter
- How Should Parents Discipline Their Children? Is Spanking Wrong?
- An Unmistakable Sign of a Legalistic Spirit
- We’re Moving to Minneapolis: 5 Reasons We’re Excited to Serve at Bethlehem College and Seminary
- Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts
- Why You Should Not Be Dogmatic about All of Your Convictions: Lloyd-Jones on Silk Stockings, Baths, Radios, and More
- The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
- Why It’s Important to Understand Direct vs. Mitigated Speech
- The 2 Issues I Most Frequently Address When Copy-Editing
These 20 posts from 2012 received the most views in 2012 (my favorite is #20):
- John Frame’s Advice: 30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians
- 3 Ways to Nourish and Cherish Your Wife: Practical Advice C. J. Mahaney Would Give You If He Met with You at Starbucks
- Why People Hate the Sermon on the Mount
- Don Carson’s Three Secrets of Productivity and Godly Efficiency
- HCSB vs. ESV vs. NIV
- Ten Narnia Resources
- Must a Wife Always Follow Her Husband’s Leadership?
- Videos of All 44 Stories in The Jesus Storybook Bible
- Ten Resources for Enjoying Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
- Covenant Eyes
- My New Book: From Typology to Doxology
- 22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline
- Progressive Covenantalism: A Via Media between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism
- This Is How We Pray for Our Children
- A New Systematic Theology by an Eccentric Genius
- Falsifying Views on the Extent of the Atonement
- Limited Atonement in the Bible, Doctrine, History, and Ministry
- Tom Schreiner’s Top Three Commentaries on Each of Paul’s Letters
- Critiquing William Webb’s Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic
- Announcing Emma Elyse Naselli
These ten posts from 2011 received the most views in 2011:
- Why John Piper Doesn’t Own a TV
- iPad Resources
- How to Manipulate People to Make (Fake) Professions of Faith
- Is C. S. Lewis the Patron Saint of American Evangelicalism?
- Bible Memory for Young Children
- Evernote or OneNote?
- The Importance of Dignified Translations
- The Myth of Mutual Submission
- Mirror Reading
Colleagues and former students of Dan Block surprised him with this Festschrift last month during a session at the Evangelical Theological Society in Baltimore:
Jason S. DeRouchie, Jason Gile, and Kenneth J. Turner, eds. For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013. xxxvi + 572 pp.
In the last eight years or so, I’ve done a fair bit of copy-editing. For example, I’ve edited some books and copy-edited every issue of Themelios since TGC took over that journal in 2008. For the last three years I’ve been editing a massive forthcoming project that will probably be about 1 million words (more on that later).
Here’s my basic philosophy of writing in six words: Omit needless words, and be clear (HT: Strunk, Zinsser, and Williams). There’s a lot more to good writing than that, of course, but it’s hard to communicate well when your writing is cluttered and convoluted.
So I most frequently address two issues when copy-editing: Continue Reading…