Monday, May 29, 2006

The spiritual life enters brave new digital world

Connection to god: FaithMobile will send a daily Bible verse to your cell phone for $5.99 a month. In this harried age, a founder asks, how else are you going to "get in touch with the Word?" This screen shot of the FaithMobile Web site features its Promise Keepers content on a mobile phone. - Los Angeles Times

The spiritual life enters brave new digital world

A recent national poll found just 17 percent of adults view the local church as essential for developing faith.

By Stephanie Simon / Los Angeles Times

A recent national poll found just 17 percent of adults view the local church as essential for developing faith.

Small wonder.

Sitting in a pew on Sunday morning seems almost embarrassingly old-fashioned in an era when you can watch a video re-creation of the Last Supper on your Palm or get Scripture text-messaged to your cell phone.

Bored with your pastor's ramblings? Select a peppier sermon from among hundreds of "godcasts" online. Just pick a topic: Christian dating? Old Testament prophets? Then download it to your MP3 player.

Finding the old leather-bound Bible a bit cumbersome? A quick download from Olive Tree Bible Software and you'll be able to search Scripture on your BlackBerry.

"At first blush, it may seem a little peculiar to connect with God on your cell phone," said Christopher Chisholm, a TV-executive-turned-digital-evangelist. He recently helped launch FaithMobile, a service that will send a daily Bible verse to your cell phone for $5.99 a month.

In this harried age, he asks, how else are you going to "get in touch with the Word?"

The explosion in digitized spirituality might seem likely to make the traditional sanctuary obsolete. But pastors are fighting back with high-tech tricks.

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