by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends, LifeWay, 11/4/16.
The connection between the Bible and technological advances didn’t end with Gutenberg’s printing press in the 1400s. Today, many are still discovering creative avenues to share the biblical message with new audiences.
The YouVersion Bible app continues to expand its reach to smartphone users around the globe. Since 2008, the Bible app has been installed on smartphones more than 240 million times.
“The original idea for YouVersion came to me in 2006 as I was standing in a security line at a Chicago airport,” says Bobby Gruenewald, founder of YouVersion and innovation pastor for Life.Church. “I thought about how Gutenberg’s invention revolutionized the accessibility and distribution of Bibles hundreds of years ago, and wondered how technology might be able to do something similar for our generation.”
…But there’s no slowing down for Gruenewald and the YouVersion team. “More than two billion people still don’t have any portion of the Bible in their native language,” he says. “In working closely with our many Bible society and translation partners, we believe it is within our reach to see the Bible translated into every language within this generation.”