The iPad in Church?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ChocolateApple, May 6, 2010.

  1. ChocolateApple macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    New York
    I rarely go to church, but when I've gone, I have hesitated to use the Bible on my iPhone because it may look as though I'm texting or emailing.

    The iPad however is shaped like a book. Everyone can see the screen and know that you are worshipping with the Holy Bible app :D

    I have yet to attend church since getting the iPad, but would feel okay using it there. Would you?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I dunno. I'd probably just use a bible and leave the iPad for bible study and the like.
  3. 0s and 1s macrumors 6502a

    0s and 1s

    Mar 7, 2004
    OK, USA
  4. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    I use it occasionally when there isn't a Bible in easy reach. Plus you can read from further away if you make the text larger.
  5. ChocolateApple thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    New York
    I look like an idiot flipping through a Bible, lost, trying to find the book and verse that the Pastor references, truth be told. I would find it easier to do an electronic search and get to the scripture faster.

    But the responses are interesting. Keep 'em coming ;)
  6. Trexznl macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Just skip church and stay home playing with your iPad.

    Problem solved.
  7. J R R macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Yorks, UK
    Most here worship Apple and the prophet (profit?) Steve.

    This can be done via the iPad (whilst current) and has the advantage that you can stay on your couch on a Sunday morning.

    A thought actually - have any of those TV evangelist types started any serious 1-many and many-1 conferencing? You could attend the rapture and use your credit card to give your money to the Lord at the same time.
  8. ChocolateApple thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    New York
    I do attend Bedside Baptist, and the iPad is awesome for note-taking during TV sermons.

    LOL @ most worshipping Apple and Steve.
  9. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    At least Steve replies occasionally
  10. derryquinn macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    That is one of the best comebacks I have ever heard, well done! :D
  11. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    FYI : there's a free full Bible in the iBook store.

    But, don't bother taking it (iPad) to church. You will only stand out like a sore thumb. Take your real Bible. Why bother with the iPad. Maybe in 10 years when it's no big deal. Now, You will just be distracted and draw unwanted attention to yourself. Don't.
  12. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I took my iPad to Easter Sunday at our church. The pastoral staff descended on me, though I was trying to be inconspicuous on the back row. They are all Mac Heads and were dying to see the iPad. One of the staff members tapped the senior pastor on the shoulder and said, "Shouldn't we start the service?"

    During the Easter sermon, the pastor used his iPhone text exchanges with his daughter in a sermon illustration. Then he said, "What I really want is an iPad. There's someone here taking notes on my sermon using an iPad. Hold it up, will you?"

    A week later my wife bought her iPad. We've taken our iPads to church every Sunday since. We use the You Version of the Bible to read along and Notes to take notes. What I really want is a Bible app that lets you take notes in the same windows as the Scripture display. The members call us the "iPad-ers." Not only do members come up to talk iPad before and after the service, but we were invited to a church staff meeting to answer questions about the iPad and demonstrate its abilities. Two of the staff members bought iPads a week later.

    We've been taking our MacBook Pros to church for years. Some of the younger members wondered if I was playing WoW during the sermon. Older members wondered if I was following NFL or NBA game scores. One Sunday the pastor jokingly asked how many in the congregation had their Greek version of the New Testament open. I raised my hand. Everyone laughed knowingly.

    I'm an unashamed believer. And I'm an unashamed iPad/Mac user.
  13. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    If you are using your iPad in the right way. i.e to read the Bible, I fail to see how it is anyone else's business. The iPad is a tool for viewing content. In this context the content you're viewing is the Bible, your just using the iPad for what it was made for. The fact that it isn't a single purpose tool like a printed Bible makes no difference.
  14. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
  15. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I've been using the iphone as my bible in church for quite a while. Much more convenient than lugging a large heavy book around and flipping through pages attempting to follow the pastor. A quick search or a couple of taps and I'm immediately at any chapter/verse I need.

    Plus I have all the different translations available at my fingertips. My wife and I often go to different churches and it comes in handy to always be able to follow the scripture reading word for word no matter which translation is being used.

    I'd imagine this would be even better on the iPad because of the easier reading. Maybe if you have one of those Gelasoft skins or something like that on it, it might be a bit too flashy for church but I don't see why not otherwise. Especially if you have it in the Apple case.
  16. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I would tend to agree with this.

    Unless your congregation members and pastoral staff were familiar with the iPad and understood what you are using it for during the sermon, I would leave it at home.

    On a different note, I remember when I took my Newton 2100 to a conference with some very high level people. At first my boss was pissed at me -- gave me a few dirty looks from across the room. He had not seen something like the Newton before. Since I was typing on the external keyboard and using the pen, he thought it was some sort of game.

    However, during break, when he was able to come over, I showed him what I was doing which was taking notes in text and drawings covering the conference content. He was totally blown away -- especially when after the conference I e-mailed him the content to his computer.

    After that, he would always say in a reminding way to be sure to bring my Newton to each conference we had.

    I think the key is letting individuals see and understand what you are doing so they don't get the wrong impression which can be easy to do. Having bible apps on an iPad would be very nice. I have some on my iPhone and enjoy using them. The iPad versions would be much more usable IMHO.
  17. PsyD4Me macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    under your bed
    lightning might strike you or your ipad
  18. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    iPad on Easter Sunday
  19. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I play bass with for our churches "Rock Mass" and use the iPad as a music reader. I scan all the music to my Mac, then sync via Goodreader.
  20. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    I haven't brought physical Bible in years... I've been using the application from Youversion called "Bible" on all my devices, iPhone 2G/3G, Nexus One, and now iPad
  21. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Right but do you sit in a pew and read the bible from it? The guy is claiming he would look stupid searching through a bible for whatever passage is being read. I mean really? You mean before the iPad this was just all totally impossible?
  22. RunOverProducti macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2008
  23. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
  24. wgary macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Find a leather looking folio case (gold lettering on the front a plus) and you'll be OK.
  25. Salsero58 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010

    BibleXpress will let you make footnotes on each verse you are looking at. In addition you can make Folders, Notes and Bookmarks on the scriptures. As a backup feature you can email all your Folders, Notes and Bookmarks to yourself to restore if you have re-install the app or on another iPad if you like.

    The Program comes with alot of translation that you can switch rather quickly through a wheel selection.

    A Bit pricey $29.99 but I found it to be most helpful for what I needed. Since the ipad is such a draw as others have noted, I complied folders dealing different aspect fo Christianity with verses and notes associated with those topics.

    Hopes this helps.

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