YouVersion mobile Bibles: interview with Bobby Gruenewald
The significance of free mobile phone Bibles cannot be overestimated for these reasons:
- Christians can have access to a 24/7 Bible.
- In the Majority World, mobile phones may be comparable in price to printed Bibles, maybe even cheaper.
- In closed countries, Bibles can be hard to obtain, and it may not be wise to be seen to own one.
- Inquirers can privately download Bibles in a growing range of languages.
- Even many simple phones can download Bibles and other discipleship materials.
Below is an TechCrunch interview with YouVersion’s Bobby Gruenewald. YouVersion is the most widely-used mobile Bible, available in 100s of languages, and downloadable to all smartphones and tablets as well as older Java-equipped phones. Other options for older phones include GoBible and other resources. The ESV Study Bible is also a popular (though not free) smartphone app for iPhone, Android and Windows 7. Check also the resources of the Digital Bible Society – on CD for China, and SD card for Arabic and Farsi.
To help inquirers, there is surely a big need for mobile apps that actually explain the Bible to outsiders (Acts 8: 26-40), without jargon or assumed prior knowledge. There are very few books that attempt this. Are there any such apps?
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