I use Bible apps on my iPhone and iPad. I use them for devotional time. I use them in church. Not exclusively, but I use them. So I am not against new technology when it comes to Bible reading.
There is a growing trend among church goers to leave their Bible – in whatever form – at home. In place of it, they simply follow along with the “verse on the screen”. So what’s the big deal with that?
It’s a matter of history. Church history. As people became illiterate in the Dark Ages, the churches during that time (read: the Papacy) began to spread heresy based on the fact that the people in the pews could not fact check. How do we avoid this in our day and age with all of our modern technology? Simple: bring your Bible to church, in whatever form it takes.
I believe this is reason enough to encourage our congregations to bring their Bibles to church, and to begin our sermons with a phrase similar to “open your Bibles to….”
What is your opinion? Is it okay to just follow the verses on the screen, or should you still take your Bible to church?