Catch The Common English Bible “audio edition” before January 31st at…
Catch The Common English Bible “audio edition” before January 31st at…
Seriously. Let’s at least start memorizing some big chunks. Take a look at Jon Bloom’s strong set of recommendations at…
So why are we mentioning this now? We’re hoping to get a shot at reserving a spot on your New Year’s Resolution list. : )
Here are some hard-working field people who have come up with a tool you can install on your website that lets visitors download the Bible in Arabic for free — in a couple of different versions, in fact. Check it out at …
Once you’ve given it a try, please give feedback for us (and the developers) by clicking to the online version of this item and leaving a comment. Thanks.
They might be “Common English Expressions” to you, but to your students, they’ll be precious. Do you need another tool for teaching English using the Bible? Consider “Putting Words in Our Mouths: A Look at Biblical Expressions in American English,” at
Written by Craig, a former missionary in Taiwan, the site includes over 150 idioms, words, and phrases that originated in the English Bible. And since the entries are arranged in chronological order, they tell the Bible story from Genesis through Revelation. “Putting Words in Our Mouths” offers a great path for leading English learners to an understanding of scripture and for leading students of the Bible to a fuller use of the English language. (Thanks Craig!)
I’m asked that question now and then. Many believers today are more excited than ever about progress with Bible translation — and rightfully so. If you haven’t been keeping up on the progress, you really owe it to yourself to get updated. One easy place to go:
There you’ll find all the recent stats, as well as some great visual maps (right column). Download a PDF copy of the page there, when you’re finished, by using the link at the end of the page. (Thanks Pete!)
Have you been following the development of the folks at MissionAssist in UK? They’ve now succeeded in getting the entire Bible up online (accessible by anyone for free!) at …
What does this mean for you? If you’re an English teacher, it means you can guarantee your students a clear and simple set of easily-memorized passages. Learn more about Easy English in this Microsoft PowerPoint presentation:
(Thanks to MissionAssist for their tireless efforts, and thanks to Tony for bubbling this back up to us again! It’s been too long since we promoted their site.)
To us, it makes sense to carry a printed Bible when on a trip for His Name’s Sake, even though there are a host of great Bible apps for our smartphones and other digitally connected devices. Why? What if the power goes out for an entire day and the batteries on your laptop and phone tucker out? Besides, I’m convinced that in some contexts, it still just looks WEIRD to teach or share the gospel using a phone or laptop Bible, especially in some contexts. So we recommend the thinnest NT/OT you can find (with print you can still read). It’s probably best to visit a Bible bookstore for this purchase, but as a rule of thumb, the NIV Thinline Bible seems to be a good compromise for font size and packing size. See a sample here…
If you’re looking for an app, we’ve featured dozens over the years in Brigada. For research and lesson/sermon prep, pretty much everybody compares their app to the granddaddy of them all, Logos, at…
[truth in advertising: if you buy a Logos product at this page, you save 15%, but Logos also will make a gift to Brigada. Having said that, our opinion still stands: It’s still the one to which everybody else compares.] Nothing seems to compare with the depth and breadth of Logos offerings.
But sometimes you might now WANT that much depth. If you have an ultrabook laptop, for example, Logos’ 15 gigs (plus) might be overkill. In these cases, throughout the years, we’ve noticed a consistent interest in the Laridian line of Bibles. See their features at…
By going with a product like Laridian, you can still keep your purchases across multiple platforms. That is to say, the Bible version you purchase for your laptop can also be available on your phone. Another advantage of Laridian and similar class Bible apps: They’re just faster, sometimes, than opening up a giant application like Logos.
Of course, you might find that the YouVersion app at…
might be enough for you. Around 165 million users have made that decision by installing the app on their own devices. Over 1000 versions are available in 779 languages. In addition, some still haven’t noticed that YouVersion now offers several Bible versions for offline reading too. Learn more at…
We’ve already been asking about this one in past editions of Brigada. Logos Bible is great, but if you just need something quick, do you end up opening e-Sword LT, BLB, Olive Tree Bible+ Maps, or what? What’s your favorite currently and why? So far, there’s been no clear winner.
Wait no more. :-)
(Thanks for the heads-up, Greg!)
Barcelona Multimedia is pumping out the apps for you. You’ll find activity Bibles, Bible stories, Bible games and much more — in 7 languages. What’s not to like about these?
With this app — Daily Devotion, by Woodfield Labs — you get a free daily devotional wherever you are in the world. Stay on task. Keep your heart and mind focused. From your phone! Look for the app in your appstore or marketplace.
If you haven’t visited YouVersion for a while, it’s worth the time.
Thanks to the organizers, you finally have a free bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. It’s simple, clean and ad-free, with 150 million installs (and counting). With it, you can read, study, subscribe to Bible-reading plans, and use it across all your devices, with your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and plans syncing perfectly. And by visiting their “Now” page at…
You can get an idea of how much use the product is getting. (A lot, by the way.) So far, they’ve incorporated 982 versions in 679 languages. YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, which, in and of itself, is worth a visit. Wow.
They began in Oklahoma City with 40 people meeting in a two-car garage in 1996. They have multiple locations in five states, along with 20 tv campuses. ChurchReport.com considers them the 5th most influential church in the USA. If you have kids, see the next item. :-)
What would you say is the best Bible study app for the money? We asked our new web publicist (Tina) and she immediately responded with BLB.
Her reasoning? First, it’s free. Always has been, always will be. Second, she says it’s easy, fast, and thorough when looking up original meanings of words. She says it breaks down the whole verse one word at a time. If that’s the case, it’s probably every bit as good at that as some of the “big guns” that charge a lot. So basically, BLB just might be a great “poor man’s Bible study app.” Sounds like it’s worth giving it a whirl! Unfortunately, it’s only available for iPhone. But there’s a mobile site for those with other versions:
I know we mentioned a while back that the Holman Christian Study Bible had put their entire resource online. But did you get a chance to check it out?
More than just a Bible, you’ll find study notes galore and lots of other helps, many of which are free.
According to II Peter 1:5-8, “Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” Peter goes on to add that, “If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:8) I think it’s time we sought out those biblical qualities! :-)
It’s the Holman Christian Standard Bible … but it’s a lot more than a regular Bible – and it’s all free. Point to any word and learn about the Hebrew or Greek. Hover over any footnote and see an explanatory pop-up. Check out the free word studies, dive into the topical concordance, look up terms in the free Bible dictionary, and even listen to videos and other media about each scripture. Bottom line: If you’ve got the bandwidth and access to the internet, the Holman Study Bible online is one of the best deals in town. In fact, if you register (also free), it’ll save your notes, highlighting, and all your accompanying work.
But maybe you have a similar site at some other Bible publishing house. I don’t know of many for this price. Do you? If so, please jot a note in the Comments after this item on the web. Thanks in advance for any resources you can share.