The American Bible Society has announced that more than 1 million of its reading plans have been downloaded on LifeChurch.tv's YouVersion Bible App, which just marked a major milestone of 100 million downloads by mobile users.
According to the American Bible Society, founded in 1816 and located in New York City, its reading plans are among the most popular options on the YouVersion Bible App, which boasts a nearly solid 5-star rating on Apple's iTunes store and on Android's Google Play store.
"With so many sinking trends for the Bible, it's great to see God's Word break out here in the opposite direction on YouVersion," Geoffrey Morin, chief communications officer of American Bible Society, said in a press release. "We're thrilled to play our part in helping the world's best-selling book become one of the most-downloaded apps of all time." more >>
Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and author of the award-winning bestseller The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, recently fielded dozens of questions about culture and Christianity from Twitter followers. The online dialogue included a provocative exchange with popular spoken word poet Jefferson Bethke in which he found one of the influential Christian minister's responses to be "so true and so good."
In his first-ever Twitter Q&A, Keller, who joined the social network in March, took questions on Monday for an hour that touched on several issues.
Bethke, author of Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough (Thomas Nelson, Oct. 7, 2013) and who gained popularity with his "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" YouTube video, managed to get a response from Keller that other participants found "profound" and worth retweeting nearly 500 times. more >>
A hashtag called #BadChristianRapNames hit Twitter towards the end of last month and spawned a list of monikers combining some of hip-hop's most famous with terms frequently used in Christianity.
The thread was actually started by Rapzilla writer Steve Patton.
"Last night I was in a silly mood. While I had the sillies, I came up with the idea of a Christian rap name 'Crawse.' It made me laugh to myself and I shared it with some people around me. We all laughed and then … it hit me," he said. "I wonder what other people would add to the discussion of something called #BadChristianRapNames." more >>
Google celebrated Monday the 407th anniversary of the birth of Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), whose drawings, etchings, and paintings captured the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age and, in what may have been artistic evangelization, created hundreds of biblical scenes.
For the occasion, Google used as inspiration one of the painter's 40 self-portraits, painted in 1659. His "Self-Portrait with beret and turned up collar," along with his many scenes from the Bible, featured his most famous painting technique, chiaroscuro – "an Italian term for light and dark shading techniques," according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Unforgivingly lined and dark, the artist stands before a shadowed wall, etched with the ever-familiar "Google" name. more >>
Brian Jaques' Redwall, the children's fantasy series often compared to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, is coming to your Mac or PC. Soma Games, a video game company started in 2008 by Christians, not only has the rights to Redwall, but will premiere a version of the game at the Christian Game Developers Conference Thursday.
The conference, CGDC 2013, will run July 11-13 at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. "We'll be beta testing "Abbey Craft" tomorrow and Friday," Soma Games CEO Chris Skaggs told The Christian Post in an interview Wednesday.
Skaggs described Redwall as "one of the best-selling books ever" with "upwards of 35 million copies sold." In 2009, the Daily Princetonian reported more than 20 million copies of the series sold worldwide in 28 different languages. "From the purely business angle, a lot of people think that it is the only unmined IP (unclaimed Intellectual Property) in the world," Skaggs said. more >>
As Christians and tech fans alike watched the YouVersion Bible App hit the 100 million downloads milestone Sunday evening, the pastor who came up with the idea of using technology to make the Bible more accessible on smart phones and tablets said he hopes it will surpass the popularity of other top rated apps in the field.
"We're excited to see the Bible rising in the ranks, because it means God's Word is becoming more widely known," Pastor Bobby Gruenewald of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma told The Christian Post on Monday. "One day we hope it would far exceed the popularity of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram."
The free YouVersion Bible App was among the first 200 apps available on iTunes. Today, there are over 900,000 available on iTunes, which celebrates its five-year anniversary on Wednesday. For three consecutive years, Apple has ranked the Bible App among the top 100 free apps. Currently, it's available for virtually every mobile device. more >>