SOCIAL MEDIA & A list of church apps for mobile smartphones #DJChuang

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: For insights on social media, as well as the growth of the Asian American community in North America, follow my colleague, D. J. Chuang’s insightful blog. The following is a recent article.

by D. J. Chuang, posted in church internet and tagged apps mobile on July 22, 2016 (updated 1 day ago)

With so many people with smartphones, there are now so many church apps too. Most church apps have custom branding & design specific to a church; common features include: sermons, events, announcements, church info. Less common features: Bible, prayer, social. Some vendors focus on just developing customized church apps; other vendors have church apps along with other services they provide. In the mix are all kinds of different features and a variety of pricing models.

List of church apps

List of church apps + other services

My personal opinion is a good church mobile app must have online giving that’s easy to use baked in (aka frictionless). And for that, I’d recommend eChurch by PushPay as the platform to look at first; they have excellence and high-touch customer service. [disclosure: I may receive a small referral fee if you’re a satisfied PushPay customer.]

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AGE & Preachers Over 75 Still Preaching Regularly #DJChuang

by D. J. Chuang, 1/18/16.

… In a recent conversation, we recalled how several highly-influential pastors we had admired during seminary, when we were in our 30s, are still actively preaching today… Quite a long run for these preachers with fruitful ministries. There’s something to be said for such longevity.

5preachers75Chuck Swindoll (age 81) at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX

John MacArthur (age 76) at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA

Charles Stanley (age 83) at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA

John Hagee (age 75) at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, TX

David Jeremiah (age 74) at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA

… BTW, the late Rev. Noah Smith was oldest practicing preacher in America until September 2015 when he died at 107.

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BIBLE & Top Bible Websites, Plain and Simple #DJChuang

by DJ Chuang, 9/20/14.

… The most valuable resource for all humanity has become that much more accessible through the Internet! … the 20 most popular Bible websites with a very brief description:

  1. – providing the Bible online for over 20 years, currently with over 70 languages and 180 versions (a division of The Zondervan Corporation)
  2. – provides quick access to many Bible versions and multiple languages, topical studies, interlinears, sermons, commentaries (a production of the Online Parallel Bible Project)
  3. – with multiple Bible versions in English and a large resource library for in-depth Bible study (Salem Web Network)
  4. – the King James version of the Bible; the most popular website for the most popular version
  5. – home for YouVersion and the Bible app (
  6. – home of the NET Bible (New English Translation), “where the world comes to study the Bible”
  7. – with multiple versions of the Bible, linked with Bible-centered study aids and courses (a ministry of Sowing Circle)
  8. – “Bible Study Online” (a service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software)
  9. – “a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life,” links to
  10. – English Standard Version of the Bible by Crossway—an “essentially literal” translation of the Bible in contemporary English
  11. – the Bible and prayer resources used in the Church of England and in the wider Anglican Communion and elsewhere
  12. – EasyEnglish is clear and simple English (vocabulary with a smaller word count), developed by MissionAssist
  13. – “eBible aims to capture all the answers, to all the questions, about all the verses in the Bible.”
  14. – “Bringing the Bible to everyone in the world in their heart language, in text and audio, free of charge”, a ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing
  15. – the Bible in English and Chinese (GB and Big5)
  16. – Bible website with “Zip Search With AutoComplete,” part of the suite
  17. – nice visually-designed online Bible and Bible verses with Facebook covers and images for social sharing
  18. – links to an online study Bible by Digital Bible Society with robust UX and other Bible resources
  19. – provides the King James Bible in HTML, viewable and downloadable, by
  20. – many Bible versions and languages, with desktop and mobile websites, provided by American Bible Society, and free Bible tools (widget, highlighter, API) to bring the Bible to your audiences

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