The Zagg Slimbook for iPad pro.

After having my iPad pro for some time, well since it first came out, I finally bought a keyboard. I had other keyboard that worked fine with it mind you, since as a Mac owner I accumulate bluetooth keyboards like they are going out of styler, but I had not gotten a dedicated keyboard for my iPad Pro. The last time I had gotten a keyboard was for an iPad 3 many many mooons ago, and it held up fairly well, but my key complaint with that one, also a Zagg, was that uncoupling the keyboard from the iPad was a chore. So while the family and I have gone through a few more iPads since then, no more keyboards. 

This Zagg finally had me interested again, for two main reasons :

  • Backlight Keys
  • Simple iPad detachment from keyboard.

Now those reason may sound great in theory, but how do the keyboard work?

Well after about four days of testing, all I can say is the keyboard itself is great. Far better than my original Zagg, which was also great. 

Unboxing the Keyboard

The packaging of a product can often be a setup, but bad packaging rarely is indicative of a quality product. The Zagg Slimbook however has very nice packaging. A simple cardboard box with magnetic method of opening and closing the box. It’s nice to boxes that require little to no effort to actually open and get to the materials. This is also very much in line with the packaging style that apple customers have grown to expect considering how refined the iPad and iPad pro packaging is itself. After opening the box you will see you keyboard, and upon pulling it out will also see the paperwork, as well as the charging cable down a sleeve on the side of the box. A quick note, the charging cable is very very short, so expect to find a place very close by to put the keyboard where ever you plan to charge it, don’t expect to use a mid tower desktop with no space close by as the charging cable is approximately 12 inches long.

Keyboard Resonse

 I would say the keys are a little stiffer but basically have the same motion and usuage of my MacBook pro built in Keyboard. There is no noticeable lag between what I type and what is shown on the screen. All the keys are very nice and there have been no sticky keys. The row of functions keys is nice, and work great, it’s nice to have the same function as The Backlighting is quite nice as well, though there is some light bleed beneath the keys. You can also customize it as there are 6 different backlight colors to choose from, honestly I like the ease at which you can change those colors, because at least for me (with rental sight issues) different colors sometimes are more helpful than others.  

Battery Life

It also has a very large battery so you can type for quite some time before the keyboard needs recharging, Zagg states that if you only type for about 1 hou a day, and don’t use the backlighting, you can go upwards of two years between each charge. I’m not certain about that, but In the four days I’ve been actively using it I have only just now remembered to turn off the backlighting, and yet I am still typing on the very first charge.

So overall I am very happy with the keyboard, and would highly recommend it. The fact that it detaches from the keyboard and gives you you iPad back is also great. Logitech’ keyboard wasn’t for me because of that problem.


Today’s Psalm

So whether you are an episcopalian or not “The Book of Common Prayer” is a good reference point, and a great thing to have around. The main thing is it provide a nice devotional, and since it is based on a year round schedule, you can always flip to the actual date it is.
Today’s Morning PSalms were Psalm 93 and 96. I had a good time explaining crashing waves to my Kids. My 11 year old has been to the ocean once, when he was 2. So Explaining the following verse took some time:

 4 More than the sounds of many waters,

Than the mighty breakers of the sea,

The Lord on high is mighty.

 New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 93:4). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

It reminded me of just how Landlocked Northwest Arkansas really is. But the Psalm itself really does speak to the Majesty of God.

Logos 7 is here, and I got sucked in.

I just upgraded to Logos 7. Not a whole lot to say at the moment, since I’m still playing with it. It does seem to be better optimized for Mac though, because the temperature on the CPU never exceeed 79C . Logos version 6 was very bad about throttling the CPU, to the point that indexing you library might very well result in a CPU temp of 95C or worse.
As I explore Logos 7 I will post more on it.

Reviewing iPad/iPhone Bible Study apps.

I definitely know this topic is very much a matter of opinion, after all the best Bible Study tool is the one that helps you study the Bible more. And you can have the one with the best tools on the planet and if it doesn’t help you study the Bible, then it’s worthless. That being said I figured it oiled be worth going over the various options on the iPad, and which one I like better.

I intend to cover 

  • Accordance
  • Logos
  • Olive Tree

If someone wishes for me to look at something else I will be glad to look at that as well, but for now I will stick with the three I have played around with the most.

Today’s Reading for me. Psalm 66

So today I read Psalm 66. For those with subheadings in their bible, it is for the choir director, not attributed author. It is all about praise God for his deeds and for God answering prayer. It was poignant for me, because the Lord answered My Wife’s and my prayer. This week has been a rollercoaster, our Daughter had an eye hemorrhage which as found during a routine eye checkup, and so the optometrist sent us to the doctor for lab work. Chief concern was the possibility of a blood disorder. God answered our prayers though, and it was not anything like that. They aren’t sure what caused it, but she is suffering from allergies.

Still yesterday I was reading Psalm 61 yesterday, reminding me to lean upon God (the rock) that is higher than I, then today the next Psalm I read is about praise God’s answering of prayer.


So I do plan to post more here. And as with most blogs, you should always presume the primary person you are writing to is yourself. Not because other people might not read, but to presume other people are truly interested in what you say is a bit presumptuous. Back to the title of today’s post though. I believe the irony lies in the title of my blog and the fact that it has so little content to it. I struggle very much with my daily reading, in part because I can always come up with one excuse or another, but ultimately it is a struggle with sin in which I often lose. Perhaps irony is ont the right term but poetic. 

In any case I plan to change that. I have now taken some steps to help with that at least for now, in that I have gotten a keyboard for my iPad. As goofy as it sounds, and its tons of tech around me, I really get much better Bible Reading and Bible study from the iPad. I think it is the more personal feel, or the fact it seems a lot more like having a Bible open, and writing on the side. Something about looking at a large 27 inch ore better monitor I just don’t get.

It is also that time of year to look at the Logos Upgrade. Logos 7 is now out, and I am looking at my upgrade options. For once in what seems like forever I don’t feel like they are making the upgrade exceptionally expensive.
In any Case I will be trying to keep up with an actual bible study, as well as a discussion of tech and such on this site. 
Yours in Christ,

Sunday’s Service “False Leaders and False Prophets”

Today’s sermon is from Micah 3.

Rulers Denounced

 1 And I said,

“Hear now, heads of Jacob

And rulers of the house of Israel.

Is it not for you to know justice?

 2 “You who hate good and love evil,

Who tear off their skin from them

And their flesh from their bones,

 3 Who eat the flesh of my people,

Strip off their skin from them,

Break their bones

And chop them up as for the pot

And as meat in a kettle.”

 4 Then they will cry out to the Lord,

But He will not answer them.

Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time

Because they have practiced evil deeds.

 5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray;

When they have something to bite with their teeth,

They cry, “Peace,”

But against him who puts nothing in their mouths

They declare holy war.

 6 Therefore it will be night for you—without vision,

And darkness for you—without divination.

The sun will go down on the prophets,

And the day will become dark over them.

 7 The seers will be ashamed

And the diviners will be embarrassed.

Indeed, they will all cover their mouths

Because there is no answer from God.

 8 On the other hand I am filled with power—

With the Spirit of the Lord—

And with justice and courage

To make known to Jacob his rebellious act,

Even to Israel his sin.

 9 Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob

And rulers of the house of Israel,

Who abhor justice

And twist everything that is straight,

 10 Who build Zion with bloodshed

And Jerusalem with violent injustice.

 11 Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe,

Her priests instruct for a price

And her prophets divine for money.

Yet they lean on the Lord saying,

“Is not the Lord in our midst?

Calamity will not come upon us.”

 12 Therefore, on account of you

Zion will be plowed as a field,

Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,

And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest

Verses 1-4 show us the results of false teachers and prophets. Micah likens what false teachers do as to canibalism. What is clearly being spoken against. Leaders and teachers are to know and love Justice.

Verses 5-7 speak to God’s judgement upon those false teachers. The prophets will be wrong and God will not answer them.

Verse 8 shows the mark of a Godly ministry. That mark is justice and courage and that the Lord fills you with the Holy Spirit. This isn’t a reference to speaking in tongues or anything like that, but that they will be willing to speak against injustice and point to the sins of the Nations.

Verses 9-11 speaks to what happens with a false ministry. How its leaders twist the straight, who seek to build their work on bloodshed. Corruption, violent injustice , phophets and teachers offering to “help” for money.

Finally in verse 12 we see God’s judgement on such people and countries. That judgement is utter ruination of what they held dear. In thhe book of Micah that was tangible earthly destruction, today it is the promise of eternal damnation.
But God is still gracious and his mercy is sure, and so if we repent and turn to him we can avoid the judgement.