(Verge) The American public is becoming less religious and less likely to attend church than in decades past, according to research like the Pew study released last month. But for Christians looking to spread the faith, there's been a recent bright spot: apps that can put the Bible in the pockets of millions, plus open the door for new and potentially more habitual forms of prayer and meditation.
"Jesus met people where they were at and then drew them really deep into understanding the truth of God," said Neil Ahlsten, who left Google last year to found the app Abide. "We're creating liturgy that people can consume whenever and wherever and however works for them. It fits the modern life." Ahlsten has heard from many users who check Abide in bed — first thing in the morning and right before they go to sleep — as many secular people do with their phones. Christians have been praying at morning and night for millennia, but it turns out the tradition fits comfortably with habitual smartphone use.