I like the YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone. I downloaded it shortly after making the jump to
camera phone smart phone in December 2011, and use it most every day. It’s great because I pretty much have my phone with me at all times, and because of this app, I have the Bible with me whenever I have my phone.
One thing that I really like is that it’s got somewhere in the range of 1.4 million versions of the Bible, so if I’m confused by the wording of one I can check another. For example, I was recently talking to a friend about the idea of “abiding” in God from John 15. As two guys who had been raised in the Church, we knew the usage of the word, but were discussing the word “abide”. Neither of us have ever used it in any context other than talking about God. So I opened up my (NIV) Bible to John 15 and found that it doesn’t even use the word abide. It says remain. At that point, I was confused, so I looked it up on my Bible App and found that other versions use abide, most notably, the English Standard Version that my friend prefers. It’s also nice to be able to check out the way that the King James Version or the Message translate different passages. It can definitely help to bring clarity in different circumstances.
I also like the “Plans” feature. Under this section of the app, you can check out and try a number of different Bible reading plans. There are all sorts of options ranging from 1 week topical studies to whole Bible in 2 year plans. They’ve also got whole Bible in 3 month and 6 month plans. Once starting any of these plans, you can check off progress in a calendar view, and your phone can tell you how much you’ve read. Another nice feature is that you can set your phone to remind you every day to read the Bible, which is great for those of us who are forgetful/undisciplined.
I’ve been doing a lot of travelling recently, and this app has come in really handy because it allows me to read scripture on the subway, train, public bus, etc. without drawing attention to myself. Added Bonus: I can use my free hand to hold on to something, keeping me from tumbling into the old woman with a paint bucket full of eggs, making it stuff I like.