As you may or may not know, Wildwood’s Senior Pastor Bruce Hess’s messages are transcribed, translated and then read again on Latvian Christian Radio each week. Because of this, Wildwood ends up with lots of sermon transcripts (written copies of sermons). Literally every word spoken in the sermon is written down in these transcripts. Therefore, the transcriptions don’t read all that well, but they do read 🙂
Anyway, for the first time we have transcribed my last two sermons on prayer (Can You Hear Me Now parts 1&2). I am posting both transcriptions here in pdf form. (NOTE: If you are reading this on facebook, the files may not import so you might need to go to my blog to check out the files – http://wildwoodmark.wordpress.com) I would love to hear from any out there if you think it is a good idea for us to begin posting these transcriptions on a blog or on the church website. I would love to know if you think these sorts of files would be of use to anyone. Thanks for your honest feedback! We are not sold on the idea, but wanted to see if anyone might be interested. Thanks!
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I think that’s actually a really good idea. One other thought: it might be possible to make an “edited” version of the transcription that doesn’t lose any content but reads more clearly. Obviously that’d be more work involved for someone. I think that’s essentially what Desiring God does (e.g. here). Those may actually be some combination of Piper’s outlines and a transcription, though; the audio is distinctly different and probably longer.
I do like the idea of having the transcript handy. I know I enjoyed re-reading through that first week’s sermon just now.
In terms of implementation, putting them on the website, probably as an actual page, sounds like the best idea. (It wouldn’t hurt to have them available for download as .pdfs, but I know for my online habits, just having the content on the site directly would be the best.)