A few weeks ago, our very own Eric Dye let us in on an exciting development from Lifechurch.tv: the upcoming application aimed at younger people interested in the Bible: the YouVersion Bible App for Kids.
Well, it’s here! Smack dab on Thanksgiving day, it is currently available for Android and iOS devices.
Styled as the Bible for Kids, it isn’t just a stripped down version of it’s old, more established big brother, the Bible App; indeed, it’s a relatively fresh vision that takes heed of the app’s target demographic.
My kids love mobile devices.
From an iPod to a tablet, they dig it.
Because they love it so much, we try to be responsible parents and present them with apps that inspire, teach and stir up their imagination. So, when I saw that YouVersion—the top Bible app in the world—was getting ready to launch a Bible app crafted for kids, I was excited!
In case you hadn’t already assumed this was true, it seems that we now have some concrete proof that Bible reading is becoming an increasingly digital undertaking.
According to newly released report from the American Bible Society:
Four in ten Bible readers (41%) used the Internet on a computer to read Bible content during the past year, while 29% searched for Bible verses or Bible content on a smart phone or cell phone, 26% listened to an audio version of the Bible, 26% listened to a teaching about the Bible via podcast, and 17% read an electronic version of the Bible on an e-reader such as a Kindle or iPad.
This infographic is visually beautiful as well as it’s context.
The bottom graph represents Bible reference frequency, creating a timeline of sorts as it presents the different books of the Bible. The colorful lines show the connection points of these references, changing color and arch depending on its reach, creating the most beautiful Bible cross-reference you’ve ever seen.
Take a look at this rainbow of promise:
I wish that I could built or buy a computer setup that would allow me to type on a typewriter, but still get all of my text into Evernote. Maybe one day. Until then, Noisy Typer will just have to suffice.
Old technology just seems really cool to me, and I won’t apologize for that. There’s just something so cool about a massive computer that takes up an entire room. I don’t care how cool my MacBook Air might be—nothing beats the WOPR. (Say it with me: “Shall we play a game?”)
This is part of why I was so struck by this story of a couple limiting their family’s technological use to tech items invented before 1987. The reason behind this technology-time-shift? The couple’s child was becoming quickly addicted to their iPad.
I was pleasently suprised after looking at the Bible.is Bible app.
Not only can you read the scriptures, but you can also listen to audio recordings of the Bible being read or dramatised. If that isn’t cool enough for you, there are also many video segments provided from The JESUS Film Project.
Plus, Bible.is offers mobile access to more languages and Bible translations than any other Bible app!
Even for those whose primary language is American Sign Language:
This is another cool infographic from YouVersion!
This details not only how the Bible is shared, but what from the Bible is shared.
A very interesting look:
For many web-enabled and mobile Christ followers, Lifechurch.tv‘s YouVersion Bible App is a very useful tool. It is easily accessible (on all major OS platforms), is available online and, in some iterations, offline as well, has 500-some versions across more than 300 languages and has plenty of extras added in. When you factor in the integrated “Live” functionality and social networking, it is a pretty compelling tool for people of all generations looking to engage with Christ.
On July 10th, the Bible App celebrated its fifth birthday. A few days prior, it hit a major milestone: 100 Million installs of the Bible App!
A recent survey says that people are not reading their Bibles. Because of these recent findings, Logos Bible Software and Crossway Books is tackling this problem by giving away the English Standard Version made available on the Faithlife Study Bible app.
Despite most American households having four or more Bibles, here’s what research says about Bible reading by church attenders:
This is a story that caught my eye recently.
For some background, my wife and I were reminiscing about how important having good, legible handwriting used to be. As kids, we spent significant time honing our ability to write in cursive, for instance. For the first years of college, I actually had professors who encouraged us to submit handwritten papers. I was actually pretty good at shorthand (I bet most folks will have to Google that). As a coming of age present, as was customary, I received an expensive fountain pen on my eleventh birthday.
Things have changed, though. I seriously avoid ink. If I can’t jot it down in Evernote or Google Keep, it probably won’t get written down. I’m finicky like that. Most forms I have had to fill out in recent times have been done electronically, and the closest I’ve come to a pen recently is to initial my son’s agenda.