The trend of Bible engagement–aka: reading the Bible, living the Bible, understanding the Bible–has taken a serious nosedive.
This was really alarming to me, especially if you take the word Bible and replace it with God’s Word. After all, that’s what it is, and if we don’t know what God has to say, then there’s hardly any chance we can live in a Godly manner.
With that in mind, this infographic by Kenny Jahng of Liquid Church tells us that:
- 700 people stop reading God’s Word every day
- 25% less people in one generation are occasional readers
- And 40% of those reading God’s Word feel confused, overwhelmed, doubtful, bored and discouraged.
But wait, there’s more:
As we think about and retell the story of our crucified and resurrected Lord, I found this infographic particularly interesting, today.
It answers a few questions, such as:
- What do Americans believe about the Bible?
- What role does it play in their lives?
- And more.
Take a closer look and give me your thoughts:
The Story ESV Bible is an excellent resource for sharing the Gospel, and with this current Easter special, your church could consider providing your Easter service guests with a copy!
Launched just last month, “this new outreach Bible features a 12-page, beautifully designed and full-color presentation of the storyline of the Bible. The material covers creation, the fall, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the hope of the second coming. It also provides a clear invitation to readers to receive Christ as their Savior. Specially prepared, full-page introductions by the creators of The Story show how each Bible book contributes to the Bible’s storyline.”
And it even has a cool mobile app!
YouVersion, the Bible App offering from Lifechurch.tv continues to evolve, and this month, it added video content to it Android and iOS ports.
The addition of this functionality coincides with the being selected as the official application of Bible Series, which just premiered on the History Channel. As to be expected, YouVersion has content from that production, as well as more from other sources. The videos can be shared, and come in very nice quality.
All in all, it is a nice addition to a very nice scripture application. The YouVersion Bible App continues to add and tweak functionality to increase its utility offline and online as well as around the world.
Take a closer look at the YouVersion video content added:
I was scrolling through my Google Reader the other day when I stumbled across this article:
iPad with Bible app saves the day at firefighters swearing-in ceremony
I immediately started reading. Here’s the basic story: someone forgot to bring a Bible to a ceremonial swearing-in of some newly promoted firefighters. Clearly, this wasn’t the end of the world, but my old-school, “raised on the KJV” mentality kicked in. Long story short, I was angry. For at least a day or two, I slowly fumed about this.
“An app isn’t the Word of God!” I kept saying to myself.
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LifeWay has released a reader that can be used on your mobile device or straight from your browser.
The LifeWay Reader app brings thousands of Christian books right to your iPhone and iPad. The LifeWay Reader enhances your books with live links to Bible passages wherever the author references a verse. Fully integrated with the LifeWay ID platform, this app connects you directly to the content that you love.
Nice! All on the cloud.
Think: “Kindle”, but with the LifeWay Christian book selection!
Here’s a closer look:
After a lengthy beta period, Android users can smile: PocketBible (from mobile Bible application stalwart Laridian) has finally hit the Android Play store.
Folks that became familiar with the application on PalmOS and WinMo will be happy to discover that accounts will still work, along with compatible materials (translations, books, plans, etc.) already owned. Additionally, it is still a great offline option post-download.
For new and legacy members alike, the Laridian store is as expansive as ever, with plenty of free materials for download. Of course, licensed materials from sources like Tyndale and Zondervan available for purchase as well.
In Atlantic City, several firefighters were promoted at the City Council chambers. Upon realizing there was no Bible to place their hands-on during the ceremony, someone quickly pulled-up a Bible app on their iPad and the ceremony proceeded.
Reading the Bible out loud from memory can be an ambitious challenge; that is if it’s just you.
But, what happens when you have thousands of people contributing to the same goal?
This past Summer I reviewed a set of devotional apps for iOS/Android. They were pretty solid, but I had a few critiques:
“The $1.99 price point seems a little high, to me, considering you’re only paying for features while the content has simply been regenerated.
Now, had this entire list of apps been crammed into one, you’d be a fool not to jump on it! [bold added]
Despite the price point, if you’re in the need for a daily devotional app, this is one to consider. I read a hardback version of Streams, so the Daily Streams app is really tempting me! It would be great to have it on my mobile device!”
I hope it isn’t too weird that I quoted myself, but I thought I would save you a click to the post.
The developer of this fine app followed my advice and now delivers all five devotionals into one app! It’s EPIC!
Take a look: