Spreading the Word Through Technology Powered by YouVersion

By Carla Hinton, Courtesy of the Oklahoman

Earlier this year, Oklahoma Christian connected with a popular Bible app for a technological approach to Bible study. 

Many OC students, faculty and administrators read the Bible together through the popular YouVersion Bible app. “WORD: OC’s 60-Day New Testament Plan” includes devotionals written by many Oklahoma Christian students, faculty and staff members. 

Summer (Sehon 00) Lashley from OC’s Office of Spiritual Life came up with the idea because she knew almost 90 percent of the people at the university have smartphones or other mobile devices. 

She said she thought the Bible reading plan would be a way to connect the campus, which she considers a large extended family. 

“I wanted to find a way to challenge the campus spiritually,” she said. “It’s common for this generation of students to have an app on their phone, so to make this available to them gives us a lot better chance of reaching them.” 

She said those who started using the plan at the beginning of 2014 will have read through the New Testament by finals week. 

Lashley said working with the YouVersion Bible team was a “double blessing” because of their cooperative approach and the fact that the Bible reading plan is available not just to OC, but to others as well. 

“People tell us over and over again that Bible plans have been instrumental in helping them stick with a daily Bible habit, and we’re excited to see how the Oklahoma Christian University community grows through this plan,” said Bobby Gruenewald from LifeChurch, the creator of the YouVersion app. 

Two OC students who wrote devotionals for WORD said they have enjoyed seeing people around campus participate in the Bible reading plan. 

“I thought it was a really good idea to unite the student body because it’s something that we could all do together. It just kind of fit,” said Vivian Edmunson, a psychology major in OC’s Honors Program. 

Zekariah McNeal, a junior majoring in electrical engineering and Bible, wrote a devotional focused on the importance of mentoring, based on Scripture from 1 Timothy. 

“I think people are fans of having a Bible app that’s tailored to them for a semester,” he said. 

Summer 2014

View more stories from the Summer 2014 issue of Vision magazine.