John Piper:

Why should we think of the Facebook app threatening the Bible app? Why not the Bible app threatening the Facebook app, and the email app, and the RSS feeder, and the news?

Resolve that today you will press the Bible app three times during the day. No five times. Ten times! Maybe you will lose control and become addicted to Bible! Again and again get a two-minute dose of life-giving Food. Man shall not live by Facebook alone.

I’m serious. Never has the God’s voice been so easily accessible. The ESV app is free. The OliveTree BibleReader app is free. And so are lots of others. Let the Bible threaten your focus. Or better: Let the Bible bring you back to reality over and over during the day.

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6 thoughts on “Smartphone Apps: Fighting Fire with Fire”

  1. Justin Crandall says:

    That’s funny ’cause I recently removed my Facebook app from my iPhone and have been using that time to keep up my Philippians memorization (yes, I’m that trendy).

    Justin

  2. Glenn says:

    I completely agree with this article by John Piper, but sadly I know it will go down like a lead balloon with too many young (and not so young) people.

  3. Kara says:

    Love this!

    “Why I’m Taking a Break from Facebook…”

  4. Yed A. says:

    Great post, I recently came across these stats on Bible reading habits in the US from the Center for Bible Engagement (CBE) here http://www.centerforbibleengagement.org/images/stories/pdf/Scientific_Evidence_for_the_Power_of_4.pdf

  5. I love the idea of the “Bible apps” taking over our world. I originally got on Facebook to stay in touch with some of our mission contacts and I still do that. Since then, half of my church has joined FB (and it’s not a small church), so we all have hundreds of “friends” from our fellowship where we get to dialog theologically and ministerially (matters for prayer and rejoicing as well as opportunities to help each other are posted on a daily basis) throughout the week as we have time. My RSS feed is filled with enough theology and spiritual admonitions to keep me pulling up Bible apps and online Bible resources throughout the day as I break from work.

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