Top 5 Tuesday — Top Bible Apps for You [2018]

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hello my Lovlies.  Well... this week it is actually only the Top 4. 

I am really into all things apps right now.  Gee whiz you think it maybe because I have an iPad Pro, an iPhone 8 plus, and a new Apple watch 3. 

Anyway, one of my online friends told me about this amazing Bible app called YouVersion.  With that in mind, I thought I'd make today's Top 4 Tuesday about Bible apps. 

The information for this blog post came from churchm.ag/best-bible-app/


NeuBible

Neubible is the best app in this respect. The reading experience is so good that many technology blogs commented that they wished NeuBible came as an ebook reader too. This is due to a few factors which include the simple but delightful choice of fonts, the clever interface featuring a quick way to search for the right verse via both text search or scrolling.
NeuBible doesn’t have any reading plans, nor does it have an audio version. Plus there is the significant factor that it is only available on iOS (sorry Android folks) and it currently only offers 9 translations of the Bible (though it does include the NIV, ESV, KJV, NKJV, and Holman Christian Standard Bible, some of which require and in app purchase). As such it is a good simple bible app. In fact, it is the app I often use during a church service when I don’t bring my paper bible so I can concentrate more.

YouVersion

YouVersion from LifeChurch (know as Bible.app by some) is almost a universal standard of Bible app. It is by far the most popular Bible app around and that is for a good reason. It has a lot of very useful feature and with the more recent updates, it looks great too. It is on a whole host of platforms include a web version, iOS, Android, Windows phone, Blackberry and more.
These features include
  • A huge library of Bible versions in different languages
  • Bible study and devotional plans
  • Audio versions of the Bible to listen to
  • easy sharing of verses
  • Bible verse graphics which you can share
  • community features to get inspired by your friends
  • following sermon verses (when the preacher uses …)
and more. Best of all, it’s completely free as it is supported by life.church. (though you can make a donation to help with the licensing fees). There is also the “Kids Bible app” which I can’t vouch for as I happen to never have used it…yet.

The Choice for Academic and Sermon Prep

Logos

If you are looking for a great tool for preparing sermons or deep academic study, then Logos is the app for you. This is not limited to being a Bible app but instead focuses on study and resources that support that purpose.
Logos also features a fairly minimal design with many hidden features like YouVersion. At the bottom of the page are a series of options including accessing different reading options, Home (a feed which includes content such as a verse of the day, promoted materials, devotional material), your library or materials, a powerful search option, the store and “more” which opens up your settings.
The real power of Logos is how it can connect material on the same topic together. So if you have a study on a particular book, you can access it easily from within the Bible as you read. You can also look up the original Greek or Hebrew of passage and a dictionary to help you understand the source material. There are also maps and links with resources such as proclaim which also come from the faithlife group.
Overall, it is a really powerful research tool but it can suffer from providing too much data (especially if you are looking for a resource for your quiet times). There is also a focus on their store and getting more content into your library.

BibleGateway

Bible gateway is another free Bible app including a lot of features such as audio versions, different translations, notes and so on. However, it is advert supported which in my opinion, distracts from the reading experience (that is an adverts purpose after all). I’d rather pay and not have any ads. As such, I find it hard to recommend.

     •   Bible gateway app on iOS

There you have it my Lovlies.  Check out some of the great Bible apps out there ~ I am sure you'll find one that you'll like and use. 

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