About two years ago when you looked across your church the chances of seeing more than a couple of iPads in the hands of worshipers was rare. Today, there’s a good chance that a third of a congregation has an iPad in their possession. (I totally made that stat up.)
I bought an iPad the month it made it’s debut. When I unsheathed it’s glory on the platform of a church I was preaching at it seemed foreign. I got some strange stares. Some envious stares. And, some looks of disgust with my over indulgence of modern technology.
A lot has changed since then. Which brings me to an important question. Should you ditch your old school leather bound Bible and use your iPad with a Bible application?
I go back and forth constantly between the two. I’ve written about the history of my Scofield Bible before and how much I use it. Yet, there are times I really enjoy reading the Bible with my iPad. (Note: you can plug in whatever digital Bible you use where I use the iPad in this article.)
I’m want to give you a few of my pros and cons of using the iPad as a main Bible.
Pro- Any and all translations are at my finger tips. I use the KJV, ESV and NKJV primarily.
Pro- I can read it in the dark. C’mon, that’s awesome.
Pro- Plugging in earbuds and listening to music while I read. Even awesomer.
Pro- I can take notes using helpful note applications such as Evernote.
Here are a few cons
Con- I can’t use a pen or highlighter. Yes, within apps this is able to be done. But, it’s a little tedious and hard to reference again in later reading.
Con- Major distractions. I can listen to music on Pandora, but I can also check email, check Twitter and shop on eBay. This can be a hinderance for me if I need to be focused on reading.
I don’t believe I could ever not use my leather Bible. I absolutely love it. It’s worn in, and it has all my chicken scratches for notes written in it. At the same time, using my iPad as a Bible is really fun. I find myself using it more during my time of devotions.
This all comes down to preference. It’s God’s Word. Read it any way that you can. If it’s in a pink Sunday school New Testament, if it’s on a Franklin Electronic Bible, if it’s on your smart phone, if it’s the mother of pearl deluxe size family Bible, if it’s on a scroll, or even if it’s the newest technological advancement, just read the Bible.
The best answer to this question is to use which ever Bible you will read.
Which do you use?