iPad for Bible Study: Audio / Video Apps

iPad for Bible StudyThe new year is upon us, and you’ve got a shiny new iPad.  Now what?  Well, when it comes to Bible study, the iPad is a wonderful sidekick.  For the best Bible study apps currently available, check out the list in my previous post … iPad for Bible Study:  Bible Apps.

In this article, let’s take a look at audio and video apps that are useful for Bible study.  Multimedia resources have surged in popularity in recent years, and the iPad is a perfect vehicle for utilizing them.  Here are several audio / video apps that will assist you as a student of God’s word.

Although there are certainly numerous multimedia resources that you can purchase, such as audiobooks and DVDs, which can then be imported into iTunes and synchronized with your iPad for Bible study, all of the following apps are free.  So, don’t be afraid to give them a try.  And if you are familiar with any audio / video apps for Bible study that are not on this list, let us know about them in the comments below.

Bible.isBible.is

Bible.is is an exciting app!  I reviewed it several months back, and it has only improved since then.  Bible.is provides front-end applications for various platforms, including the iPad, to access hundreds of audio Bible translations at Faith Comes By Hearing, the world’s largest audio Bible ministry.  Some of the audio Bibles are even dramatized.

The Bible.is app and the audio Bibles are free!  There’s no excuse not to have and use this excellent Bible study tool.

iPodiPod

Every iPad comes with several native apps already installed, including the iPod app, which manages your audio resources.  However, I wanted to mention it specifically, because it is so valuable for Bible study.

Any audio Bibles, audiobooks, sermons, lectures, podcasts, or music that you own can be accessed through the iPod app by first importing them into iTunes on your computer and then synchronizing them with your iPad.  (The Word of Promise Audio Bible is one such resource.  Although it is not free, it comes with my highest recommendation!)

You can find additional suggestions for free podcasts and audiobooks in my article on using iTunes for Bible study.

OnePlace.comOnePlace.com

OnePlace.com is the “premier internet provider of online streaming Christian radio broadcasts and programs.” You can either subscribe to OnePlace.com podcasts for free via iTunes and synchronize them with your iPad, or you can install the free OnePlace.com iPhone app on your iPad and listen to streaming audio without actually downloading the audio files (podcasts).  Either way, you will find many wonderful ministries that will help you study the Bible and edify you in your Christian walk.  Here’s a small sample of what you’ll find:

VideosVideos

Another native app that comes pre-installed on every iPad is the Videos app, which manages video resources.  Clever name, huh?  Any video sermons, lectures, podcasts, music, movies, and television shows that you own can be accessed through the Videos app.  All you need to do is import them into iTunes on your computer, and then synchronize them with your iPad.

One excellent resource for videos is LightSource.com, which hosts video podcasts for many nationally-known Bible teaching ministries.  You can subscribe to these video podcasts for free, which will download new episodes to your local computer via iTunes.  Sync these podcasts with your iPad, and then you’ll be able to learn from some wonderful Bible teachers at any time of the day or night, wherever you happen to be, using the Videos app.

You’ll find additional suggestions for Bible-related video resources in my article on using iTunes for Bible study.

SermonAudioSermonAudio

The SermonAudio iPhone app allows you to access hundreds of thousands of free sermons from SermonAudio.com.  Don’t let the name fool you.  SermonAudio hosts audio sermons as well as video sermons and even PDF transcripts for reading.

You can stream sermons over the Internet, or you can choose to download the MP3 (audio) versions of sermons from within the app for offline use, which is great for situations where you may not have access to an Internet connection (like on an airplane).  Although the SermonAudio app has not been optimized for the iPad’s larger screen size, it still works very well on the iPad.  In fact, the videos I’ve watched look great!

The SermonAudio app includes several other features, so you’ll want to check it out.  After all, it’s free!  You can search for sermons by speaker, by topic, by Scripture reference, or by date.  The messages are generally conservative and include many well-known speakers, pastors, and teachers, such as R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, and Ken Ham.

Sermon.netSermon.net

Sermon.net is a network that many local churches use to distribute their sermons.  You might even find your own church in the directory.  There are both audio and video sermons.  Sermon.net is similar to SermonAudio (see above) in its functionality.

iTunes UiTunes U

iTunes U isn’t exactly an app.  Rather, it is a component of the iTunes Store that houses thousands of free audio and video resources just waiting to be found.  According to Apple’s website:

“iTunes U is a part of the iTunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, that you can enjoy on your iPod, iPhone, [iPad], Mac or PC.  Explore over 200,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, museums and public media organizations from around the world.  With iTunes U, there’s no end to what or where you can learn.”

At iTunes U, you will find offerings from organizations such as Liberty UniversityDallas Theological SeminaryWheaton CollegeStanfordYaleUCLA, and many, many others — all for free.  Stop by iTunes U, and see what treasures you can find!

Other Resources

  • Some churches offer their own iPhone / iPad apps with audio and video resources.  You may want to check with your local church or the websites of other churches or ministries to see if they provide an app.  For example, Saddleback Church in California, led by Pastor Rick Warren, offers a free iPhone app, which gives you access to their various audio and video resources.
  • The Internet is strewn with free audio and video Bible study resources, so be sure to check with your favorite Bible study websites.  For example, Ray Stedman‘s excellent commentaries are available, for free, in MP3 format, which you can download into iTunes and sync with your iPad.
  • Additional audio and video resources can be purchased from the iTunes Store, Amazon, and other retailers.
  • I’ve mentioned it more than once in this post, but it bears repeating.  My article on iTunes for Bible Study provides additional suggestions and Bible study resources for the various components of iTunes that you can sync with your iPad.

So, put that new iPad to good use, and enjoy some media-rich Bible study!

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2 Responses to “iPad for Bible Study: Audio / Video Apps”

  1. Morse Holland May 16, 2011

    Bible.is offline

  2. Hi, Morse. If Bible.is was temporarily offline, it appears to be back up and functioning properly.

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