Mobile Bible apps and free NIV available with YouVersion

One of the things I like to use my iPod Touch for is reading the Bible. There are many apps to choose from with different features. The ones that I use are BibleReader and Accordance. Both of these are offline reading apps. BibleReader is available on a variety of mobile devices and has some excellent features, particularly the navigation to allow quick access to any verse. BibleReader 5 added significant enhancements to give it further capabilities for Bible study. The Accordance iOS app is fairly new and allows access to modules from the Mac program and its powerful search capabilities.

BibleReader iTunes link

Accordance iTunes link

One of the other Bible apps is the YouVersion Bible app allows for both online and offline reading. Right now until March 1, along with Biblica, they are offering the NIV translation free for offline reading on iOS and Android devices.

Youversion iTunes link

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Windows PCs in the Ministry Book Review

Author: Steve Hewitt

Review by David Voth

Windows PCs in the Ministry is one of two books that I recently bought and read from the new Nelson’s Tech Guides series. The other book I read was Macs in the Ministry.

The book begins with a chapter with presenting the connection between using technology and ministry for discipleship, evangelism, fellowship, worship and service. The rest of the book looks at topics such as worship presentation software, websites and social media, Bible software and making use of audio and video podcasts for ministry.

The book is presented in a way that emphasizes the fact that we are living in a “personal communication age” as Steve Hewitt calls it. He also encourages the use of technology for evangelism, such as creating websites that will be inviting to people.

The book has a lot of information regarding the internet and social media and so this will be useful to people whether you have a PC or a Mac. Information and discussion regarding tools, such as using Facebook and MySpace in a safe manner are presented. There is also an extensive chapter on websites for churches, some of the purposes you might use it for and services available for creating them, both programs for churches as well as a couple free content management system options.

The book is challenging in its approach to churches that they be aware and make use of the new means of communication that people have available to them. Though sometimes I think he overemphasizes the importance of technology and its role in the church as a solution to problems.

This book will be of interest to church leaders that are needing to find out more information about what some of the possibilities are available with today’s technology and for Christians with technical skills and how they can make use of them.

Macs in the Ministry Book Review

Author: David Lang

Review by David Voth

The following is one of two books I bought and read recently. The other one is called Windows PCs in the Ministry. These books are part of the new Nelson’s Tech Guides series.

The book Macs in the Ministry is a book that discusses how to make use of Mac computers within the church as a means to support and enhance one’s ministry. The book is divided into two sections:

  • Part 1: Inspiration
  • Part 2: Perspiration

The first section covers different ways that computers can be made use of within the church, such as:

  • Bible study
  • presentation of music and sermons
  • creating websites and using other internet services
  • creating teaching guides, cards and calendars.

The second section is more practical in that it takes the first section and goes through the steps that one would go through. While some other applications are mentioned the focus is doing the steps making use of software that many people already have, namely iLife and iWork. A separate DVD is included with what you need, such as the images for creating the sample projects.
Some of the strengths of this book are

  • It maintains a focus on people and noting the importance of family and the work of the Holy Spirit within ministry.
  • It uses programs like iLife and the DVD for the projects means that anyone with a Mac can work through the projects outlined in the book and will make this book helpful to new Mac users.
  • Examples of what has been done by others are provided in the book as well as providing a list of other places to find help for Macs.

This book I would say is primarily written with pastors and Bible teachers in mind. However, I would also say that there is plenty here for any Christian that wants to make the most of their Mac in a creative way.

New Bible app for iPhone

If you are looking for free Bible software for your computer the SWORD Project has programs for multiple platforms such as MacSword for the Mac. The latest program to be released is PocketSword for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. It is a free app and additional Bibles and commentaries can be download. After downloading the program can be used to read the Bible without an internet connection.

Spanish Bible software for the Mac

Accordance Bible software, one of the leading Bible programs, has a Spanish CD available again. The CD includes several versions such as Reina Valera 1960 along with Strongs numbers. It also includes a couple Bible versions that come as study Bibles. An upgrade option is available for those that have Compubiblia para Mac. Accordance is a program that I use for studying the Bible and I would recommend it to anyone looking for such software.