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Introducing The Bible App for Kids!!!

Bible App For KidsTo celebrate the start of Advent this year, YouVersion – the creator of the free Bible App – is launching a new app to encourage a new generation of Bible readers. The Bible App for Kids, designed for ages 4 to 10, is available to download for free on all Apple and Android mobile devices. The app was developed in collaboration with international ministry OneHope which has reached nearly a billion young lives with the Bible.

Children are becoming more exposed to smartphones and tablet devices than ever before, and they are using their parents or their own devices to engage with content.

“Just like we’ve seen the Bible App transform how our generation is engaging with Scripture, we believe the Bible App for Kids will change how the next generation discovers the grand narrative of the Bible,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Innovation Pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, the creators of YouVersion.

The primary catalyst for the project was the YouVersion community itself, the world’s largest digital Bible-sharing community. A YouVersion survey indicated that more that 95 percent of community parents would be interested in a Bible app which would help their children engage with the Bible in everyday life.

“It’s important that we don’t lose the tradition of reading with our children in the digital age,” says James Poulter, the UK representative for YouVersion. “The Bible App for Kids is a great way for children to engage with the Bible’s text in a way that is fun and interactive. It’s not just a brilliant Bible app for kids, we think it’s one of the best mobile experiences for children in app stores right now.”

An engaging, interactive adventure that’s beautifully illustrated and animated, the Bible App for Kids explores the larger story of the Bible from a walk through the garden with Adam and Eve to a journey to Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. The app was designed from the ground up to engage kids who can’t read or are learning to read.

“Even in countries where evangelism is difficult, smartphones are prevalent,” said Poulter. “With translations in other languages also in development, the App will make it possible to reach children all over the world.”

YouVersion also plan to add features allowing parents to interact with their kids by connecting their YouVersion accounts.

 

The Bible App for Kids is available to download at www.bible.com/kids

Pressgram: Is A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words?

Well I dont often blog about phone apps on here, but here’s something I particularly wanted to shout about. A while back, the Instagram photo sharing app changed their Terms and Conditions, and all of a sudden people didn’t own their photos anymore. This has since been changed, but do you upload images to Facebook? Yeah apparently they own the rights to any photos you upload as well. Want to keep your own images? Try Pressgram.

John Saddington wanted to be able to upload his images to his wordpress site, with the usability and filters from something like Instagram, so he decided to do something about it. A successful kickstarter campaign has led to Pressgram being developed, submitted to the App store, and it has now been released.

I guess if a picture is worth a thousand words, then you get to keep all thousand when you upload via Pressgram.

Heres a demo of Pressgram in action:

Pressgram is available from the iTunes store.

See Pressgram website for more information.

I’ll be using Pressgram to update this place every now and then on the .PhotoBlog page… hope you enjoy…

What is Church About?

Where are we all going?

The iPhone Case

I have something to confess. I might love my new iPhone case, just a little bit. (I’ve been known to understate my feelings). You see, my little 7 month old has certain feelings towards my iPhone.

She see’s it.

She wants to eat it!

And. Well. In an attempt to love my daughter more then the phone, I checked my insurance, and let her get on with trying to suck it. (Thankfully she currently is minus teeth). But when she started on the corner of the phone that had the camera lens, then myself and the Good lady wife started to get worried, and she commented about the survival case from Griffin.

After some pondering, I got it ordered from Amazon, introduced the case to my phone… When the little one decided to try eating it again, I was a little bit more relaxed about the whole, baby – eating – iPhone, thing.

Where are we now?

The great thing about me being relaxed with her holding it / playing with it, is I just get back to lean back, and keep half an eye one what she’s doing. Well I don’t want her to delete my email just because of some unlucky hand moves. As I was sat there, watching Doctor Who on the phone that she was holding, it occurred to me. My child was watching a TV show on a phone that she was holding in her hand. Maybe I had a moment of feeling old, but I couldn’t help but wonder where we’re going with Technology. The millennial generation have seen a move from tube based TVs, landlines, and VCRs. We’re now in a world of HD TVs, smart phones, and iPlayer.

Have you seen the stuff about Google Glass?

Where are we Going?

If we’re starting to talk about Google Glass now, what will we be talking about in 30 years time?

I guess I wonder where we’re going with all of this?

Deuteronomy ends with the death of Moses:
10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Deuteronomy 34

Strong words. What did the Isrealites feel about the death of their leader? Did the Israelites wonder what was going to happen? I want to say that they put their trust in God, and words such as, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” from chapter 31.

But did at least some of them wonder where they were also going?

If you’re wondering where you’re going in your future, then you may find this prayer helpful.

“Father God, I realise that You have set an appointed time for everything, and I may not necessarily know when it will come or how it will happen. I choose to remain expectant & trust that You will bring my breakthrough no matter how long it takes. Amen”

A version of this first featured on the Big Bible website.

Should there be more discussion about how technology and Social Media is used?
In a world where it seems that everyone has a Facebook account, should more be done to educate people about behavior online, and how?
Do you have any concerns about where technology is heading?

Jesus Film - The App

Jesus. The App.

Jesus Film - The AppWell. Nearly.

christiantoday.com has reported on The Jesus Film now having its own app:

There are apps for all kinds of things, from fun and games to travelling. But the Jesus Film Project has developed an app to help people share the Gospel.

Jesus Film Media is a free app providing Android and iOS phone users with access to the complete library of the Jesus Film Project.

The library has some 66,000 video clips in over 1,100 languages, including the entire two-hour Jesus Film and its 61 teaching segments.

Read More.

I’ve checked this out on iPhone; and while I dont see myself using it much, it maybe a helpful youth group resource for showing video clips featuring Jesus and moments from the Gospel.

Download iPhone App.

Would you use something like this? How would you use it?

AmericanBibleChallenge

The American Bible Challenge Game

AmericanBibleChallenge

What is The American Bible Challenge Game?

According to iTunes:

Based on our new game show, GSN presents the official American Bible Challenge Game!

Test your Bible knowledge, earn as many points as you can, and compete with your friends and fellow group members to achieve the highest score. Show host Jeff Foxworthy will encourage you throughout the game as you unlock new rounds and levels.

This game features four different question types that span the entirety of the Good Book. Answer correctly and you’ll be racking up points for yourself and your group, and moving up the Leaderboard. Answer incorrectly, and you’ll get new chapters in your Bible Study that will help you get those questions right the next time.

Ready to play? Download the free app now, and don’t forget to tune in to The American Bible Challenge on GSN- The Game Show Network.

  • Would you play this?
  • Do games like this run the risk of making people think that being a Christian is all about knowledge?
  • How great is that guys mustache? 
(ht to @vahva)

Why God would own an iPhone

Every now and then, there is a blog post that stirs the soul and body into action. Not just to comment on the post, not just to discuss on Twitter, but to also write a reply post yourself. I hear you mutter… “What could this outrageous post be?”

Well it came from the pen of @garethjenkins82, in his post “Why God would own a BlackBerry“.

I feel that couldn’t be allowed to pass without stepping in to defend the humble iPhone, so in true Sofa style we’d like to present:

Reasons Why God Would Own an iPhone

  1. We’ve tried Android. We’ve tried Windows Mobile. And yes, we’ve tried Blackberry…
  2. Its known as a Jesus Phone! Enough said surely?
  3. Gareth argues that “God created every part of us just the way He wanted it.” Well yes he did, but he also gave us the chance to adapt and learn new things… just like installing apps…
  4. God likes a conversation… Siri likes a conversation…
  5. I’m sure God takes pleasure in the beautiful moments… the camera on the 4s would do that perfectly…
  6. He doesn’t need to worry if he uses a BIS or a BES server*.
  7. God is a user friendly God. The iPhone is a user friendly phone…
  8. Due to how easy it is for multiple Apple devices to sync up, he’ll be able to have one for the Son, and the Holy Spirit as well.
  9. Have you ever walked into an Apple store? They are beautiful places, well kept, and full of friendly approachable people… like Church?
  10. At the end of the day God would own an iPhone quite simply because he’s awesome.
Still not convinced? Check out this video from The Rend Collective playing “How Great Is Our God” just on iPhones:

 

Obviously none of this should be taken 100% seriously… maybe 95%….

 

*Sorry for the geekery

Weekly Round Up

I have to admit, I did try to think of a more amusing title… I’m presuming that due to the mild case of creative fail that seems to be happening at the moment, the above was the best I could come up with…

Do you read the Bible on your phone? I have to the admit, the YouVersion Bible app for the iPhone does make Sunday mornings a lot easier by not having to balance a Bible on my lap throughout the service. It also kinda amuses my housegroup by reading from my phone instead of a traditional Bible. According to The Underground, I’m not the only one who finds smartphones the way forward in Bible reading.

On the subject of smartphones and stuff, the Alpha Course have released an iPhone app… It may interest if you happen to be an Alpha fan…

Are you a Simpsons fan? Do you remember that episode where Maude Flanders dies? Remember when Bart tries to cheers Rod and Todd by playing a “Christian” computer game with them? You may want go to the Simpsons Character Page,  select F-H, click on “Flanders, Rod”, and from there you can play “Billy Graham’s Bible Blaster”.

Enjoy :-)