Mobile Ministry Magazine, which we have been reading from time to time, has done a post about us and used such nice words as “Effective In-Bible Interfaces” (is it really about us?) The full extent of the power of mobile Bibling (Bible-computing, my coinage) is still to be explored. But even now it is clear that mobile Bibles penetrate through the tightest of fences. The Soviet Union may not have survived as long if God’s Word was freely available electronically as it is now (see my earlier post about the treatment of God’s Word in the Soviet Union).
MMM* has reminded me about my ruminations about various approaches to Bibling: (a) a walled-garden, expensive, heavy weight one a la Logos; (b) apps way (for iOS, Android, etc.), (c) epub/mobi open ebook method (what I have been mostly doing); (d) simple Java Bible for each cell phone that has power to revolutionize missions in prosecuted countries. I may refine them and put them to paper (screen) in the future.
*Apropos, there are a couple of associations for me with this abbreviation, 1 and 2
Another point of comparison among Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Fire, and Kindle Touch is the use of hyperlinks. Hyperlinks are especially important in Bibles and Bible Study materials for reading a footnote, a cross-reference in the Bible, a dictionary entry, etc. Continue reading
Below is the email I sent to a person asking about Kindle Fire.
“Kindle Fire is a new device. However, even now I can tell that the Kindle Fire lacks a lot of functionality when compared to Kindles 2, DX, and 3, and even Kindle Touch.
… many people are fond of an intricate worship – an involved religion – one they can hardly understand. They cannot endure worship so simple as ours. Then they must have a man dressed in white, and a man dressed in black; then they must have what they call an altar and a chancel. After a little while that will not suffice, and they must have flowerpots and candles. The clergyman then becomes a priest, and he must have a variegated dress, with a cross on it. So it goes on; what is simply a plate becomes a paten, and what was once a cup becomes a chalice; and the more complicated the ceremonies are, the better they like them. They like their minister to stand like a superior being. The world likes a religion they cannot comprehend! But have you never noticed how gloriously simple the Bible is? It will not have any of your nonsense, it speaks plain, and nothing but plain things. “Look!” There is not an unconverted man who likes this “Look unto Christ, and be ye saved.”
from the sermon “Sovereignty and Salvation” by C.H. Spurgeon
“The Christian man, though not called to the post of danger in witnessing publicly of the grace of God, is destined in his measure to testify concerning Jesus, and in his proper sphere and place, to be a burning and a shining light. He may not have the cares of a Church, but he hath far more, the cares of business: he is mixed up with the world; he is compelled to associate with the ungodly. To a great degree, he must, at least six days in the week, walk in an atmosphere uncongenial with his nature: he is compelled to hear words which will never provoke him to love and good works, and to behold actions whose example is obnoxious. He is exposed to temptations of every sort and size, for this is the lot of the followers of the Lamb.
Your life is one continued scene of warfare, both without and within; perhaps even now you are crying with the apostle, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” A Christian’s career is always fighting, never ceasing; always ploughing the stormy sea, and never resting till he reaches the port of glory. If my God shall preserve you, as preserve you he must, or else you are not his; if he shall keep you, as keep you he will if you have committed your souls to his faithful guardianship, what an honor awaits you!”
from the sermon “Enduring to the end” by C.H. Spurgeon
By A. Cunningham Burley
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON was one of the outstanding personalities of the Victorian era. He was one of the few ministers who had a world-wide audience — a preacher who had only to whisper to be heard of all men. His life and work are one of the cherished possessions of the scattered English-speaking peoples and is a living link which binds many of them together throughout the length and breadth of the earth. Spurgeon stands out as one of the most forceful individuals that England has ever seen.
It was another busy September morning. Moms fed their children breakfast and drove them to schools. Men and women rushed through traffic to their jobs. Students just sat through their first lecture. Nothing unusual. Just another day.
And then the time stopped.
Or did it actually move faster?
Fear, chaos, disbelief, panic, pain, grief.
How did it all happen?
Was anybody prepared for this?
How come we missed the signs, the “red flags”, the warnings?!
September 11th was a wake up call. Apparently, the life had become so laid back and comfortable, that people were lulled to believe the false sense of security and well-being. The death and destruction came in unexpectedly, stealing thousands of lives and bringing a flood of pain, sorrow, and uncertainty.