Let there be bytes: Software firm brings interactivity to Bible

By Erik Lacitis

The Seattle Times

Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

The market around Bibles certainly is huge, although sales figures are hard to peg because millions are given away for free. Gideons International says that since 1908, it has distributed for free more than 1.7 billion Bibles, nearly 79 million just last year.

Logos keeps finding new ways to place the Bible in social media.

Another Logos product called "Proclaim" lets parishioners tap away on their smartphones or tablets as the pastor is preaching.

The pastor, of course, has a huge screen behind him that illustrates his sermon.

"Let's say I'm referencing something in a Greek or Hebrew word that's tied to a website. I can send a 'hot link' if people want to dig a little deeper," said Pastor Rick Bulman of New Hope Foursquare Church in Bellingham. "It's pretty remarkable. It makes learning the Bible fun and interactive."

These days, Logos is in the beta phase of a new platform called "Faithlife," a kind of Facebook for connecting "with your church, friends and Christian leaders online."

Pritchett was asked for any particular Bibles passages that would be pertinent to entrepreneurs. He emailed back several, including Proverbs 22:4.

"The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life."

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