I must admit, there was a time when the only bible I read was the online bible at Bible Gateway. The features I loved most were the search by topic and search by keywords. As I helped a preacher friend with his teachings, I would need to search for verses that would fit into his sermon topic. For the way I was using it, the site was perfect!
Then I started writing spiritual reflections and I would constantly refer to bible verses in them. Bible Gateway still helped me write these so I was very content with using it, and quite honestly did not know how it could be improved from how it was now.
I was reading through the review series at Read Write Web about Religion and Web 2.0 and came across the site lifechurch.tv. That site itself was overflowing with great resources, but I stumbled upon their YouVersion application and was immediately impressed.
It took the bible reader to a dimension I never even thought it could go - it built a community around it. Web 2.0! Wow! What a great concept - imagine having your bible study group on there, posting their reflections on the verses - sharing it with others. Or you can keep an online journal available only to yourself.
I actually found a really wonderful article link while I was browsing the site and wrote to the author. She wrote back to me thanking me for my kind email. I think YouVersion is also a great way to promote your ministry to bible readers looking for study guides on the site.
It's the bible for the modern Christian community - making bible study groups more convenient because it removes the barrier of common availability and location. Great job!