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What would Jesus text?

What would Jesus text?

Mashable looks at how smart phones are changing worship:

There are plenty of recognizable figures in the digital universe. And if recent trends are any indication, religious icons may soon edge into the spotlight.

“Bible,” the unadorned Christian Scripture app from YouVersion, recently surpassed 100 million downloads in the App Store, placing it on equal grounds with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in terms of users.

Other religions, Abrahamic and onward, have embraced digitization — in the form of apps, social networks and day-to-day practices. In the app market, there’s an iQuran, iTorah and Book of Mormon; an Islamic Compass provides Muslims with accurate prayer times and directions; a Buddhist Meditation Trainer shares quotes, exercises and tranquil soundtracks. And an upcoming Google Glass app called JewGlass translates Hebrew and locates nearby synagogues and kosher restaurants.

Gruenewald (founder of YouVersion’s Bible app) agrees. When he attended a Christian conference in Australia four years ago, one of the speakers asked attendees to hold up their Bibles. “There were about 20,000 people there. I looked around the room, and thousands — thousands — were holding their phones and Kindles up in the air. I knew from that point that the context was going to change forever.”

Read more about the digital world of religion here.


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Ann and Richard, thank you for the resource suggestions and information.

I’m on Android so checked out the web app at BSG – that looks good and works well! I’ll pass that one along.

Thanks again.

Richard Edward Helmer

More resources:

Church Publishing offers the highly usable eCP (an electronic version of the BCP) for iPhones and may be launching an updated version soon.

There is also a free web app for the BCP Daily Office I developed with the support of Derek Olson at the St. Bede’s Breviary. We’re now seeing over 2,000 hits a week.

Ann Fontaine

The NRSV is copyrighted and the Council of Churches is not very open to sharing the text. Bible Gateway has it now in their list after years of asking. Not sure what fee they charge. For a Daily Office and RCL you can download

There is also an iBCP available at iTunes


This is a powerful message about where people are today and I he potential for technology going forward.

However, I downloaded the app only to find that the NSRV is not included. Neither is the daily reading per the RCL offered in the list of reading plans.

What can TEC do to be included in this app?

Lara Dreyer (name added by editor)

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