The Ipad and Reading The Bible

ipadLast week I wrote about the importance of reading the Bible.  This week, I want to make another recommendation to you.  If you have an iPad, it should become your primary means for reading the Bible.

When I first got an iPad about 18 months ago (I wasn’t an early adopter), it felt like an oversized iPhone.  I wasn’t entirely sure what I would do with it, but I love techy things so I was excited to try it out.  One thing I was certain I wouldn’t do with it was use it as an e-reader.  I spend a lot of time each day staring at a computer screen in my day job, and I couldn’t imagine reading books that way.  Give me an old fashioned book with a highlighter, and I was happy.

As it turned out, I couldn’t have been more naïve.   Reading is in fact one the primary uses for my iPad these days.  I review pdfs on it.  I read my blog feeds on it.  I love the Kindle app and have several books store there that I use in preparation for children’s ministry lesson.  And, perhaps more than anything else, I love the ability to read my Bible on the iPad.  I use Olive Tree’s app.  To this day it, along with the ESV Study Bible, is still the most expensive app I’ve purchased, and it was worth every penny and more.  The ability to search the Bible, highlight as you read, tag things, keep bookmarks and so much more has made the iPad an invaluable tool both for Bible reading and study.  Commentaries are available for the text you are reading at the touch of a button.  Charts and graphs come alive as you see them side by side with the text.  I am able to keep my personal notes as I read right alongside any sermon notes I might take as I sit in church.  I haven’t counted, but I have upwards of 15-20 different highlighting colors (all customizable) to highlight relevant passages.  So, for example, all the different names of God are highlighted in purple.  Passages about children and families are in blue.  References to the Holy Spirit are in Orange, and so on and so on.  Each time I  read through the Bible, I add more an more highlights as God leads me to knew topics to study whether than be the love of God, fear of God, holiness or whatever else.  And, all of your highlights transfer between translations of the Bible.  My “go to” translation is the ESV, but I also have an NASB and HCSB in my Olive Tree library.

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Changing Education Paradigms

Whether you agree or disagree, this is a thought provoking speech from Sir Ken Robinson on the problems with the current educational system and ADHD.

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Devotional Christian…The Remix!

So, back in April I wrote a brief post about a site called Devotional Christian. Here is that post in its entirety:

O.K., so Devotional Christian is giving away free books this month. I like books. In order to enter I need to blog about their site. So, here is my shameless blog entry to try to win some free stuff. 🙂

Here is a link to their site.

To be honest, it’s actually quite a good site that brings together a number of other devtional sites on the internet. It’s worth checking out. If you have a blog, you may want to enter the contest as well!

Enjoy!

P.S. – You’ll note I added them to my blog roll as well – extra entries! 🙂

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My Christian Blogs

I almost titled this post…”Tony Kummer Strikes Again!”  Tony is a Children’s Minister from Indiana (a neighbor I guess since I’m here in Ohio).  Like myself, Tony is also the father of four kids.  I first came across Tony through his site Ministry-to-children.com because of my work in that area.    The subtitle to that site is “practical help for children’s ministry” which is exactly what it is.

In addition to that site, Tony has started numerous other blogs which I follow, if you will pardon the pun, religiously.  They include:

  • SBC Voices which is described as “a web portal designed to track just about everything Southern Baptists are talking about online. The core content of SBC Voices is the growing number of RSS feeds we aggregate by source, state location and a few other factors.”  I first came across this one during Blog Madness – an annual “tournament” of SBC blogs and the principal reason my blog reader is as full as it is on any given day.
  • Devotional Christian which I blogged about a little while back….here’s the link!
  • Kummeropolis which is “an internet publishing and consulting company that manages several fast growing Christian websites.”
  • Said at Southern which features bloggers from Southern Seminary.

Today, though, I am writing to inform you of one of Tony’s newest sites founded April 3, 2009 called My Christian Blogs.  It describes itself as “My name is Tony Kummer. Welcome to MY CHRISTIAN BLOGS, a new way to track all the best blogs for Christians in one place. This project will create a categorized blog aggregator similar to Alltop and Popurls – except the focus will be on niche topics popular among Christian blogs.”  That being rather technical, it can best be described as all the best Christian blogs in a given category all on one page.

It curently includes pages for the following categories:

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Devotional Christian

O.K., so Devotional Christian is giving away free books this month.  I like books.  In order to enter I need to blog about their site.  So, here is my shameless blog entry to try to win some free stuff. 🙂

Here is a link to their site.

To be honest, it’s actually quite a good site that brings together a number of other devtional sites on the internet.  It’s worth checking out.  If you have a blog, you may want to enter the contest as well!

Enjoy!

P.S. – You’ll note I added them to my blog roll as well – extra entries! 🙂

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