USA (MNN) — Less than a decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to have access to the Bible in audio, text, and video on your cell phone, not to mention in over 700 languages. Likewise, not too long ago, someone would be accused of heresy if they made the statement that they were going to “mashup the Gospel.” Needless to say, ‘The times they are a changing’…and they’re changing fast.
Wikipedia describes mashup as “a web page, or web application, that uses and combines data, presentation, or functionality from two or more sources to create new services…frequently using open application programming interfaces (API) and data sources to produce enriched results.” For Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) and Jesus Film Media (the digital expression of The JESUS Film Project, it is the newest way for this longtime partnership to work together. In essence, it is a mashup of FCBH’s Digital Bible Platform and the extensive video inventory of the JESUS film.
Each ministry currently offers access to their own digital content via apps, websites, and other digital expressions. In addition, FCBH’s Bible.is app has included some access to the JESUS film over the last year. However, API technology now allows full sharing of this content between organizations and across digital platforms. Simply stated, this is a collaboration that brings together digital Bible text, audio, and video in hundreds of different languages, on a level never before experienced.
“By sharing content digitally, ministries and Bible organizations effectively broaden their reach and strengthen their ability to bring the Word of God to the world,” states Troy Carl, FCBH vice president and architect of the Digital Bible Platform. “In this digital era, this is very much the church, the Body of Christ, working together as we are commanded to do in Scripture.”
Jesus Film Media adds, “The advanced technology partnership between Jesus Film Media and Faith Comes By Hearing now brings over a thousand language versions of the JESUS Film to millions of Bible.is users. We are excited about this breakthrough in both mobile technology and partnership which will resonate throughout the Kingdom and in every user’s heart.”
In addition to sharing content with Jesus Film Media, Faith Comes By Hearing also offers Digital Bible Platform access to approved developers seeking to join them in bringing the Gospel to the world.
“This is an exciting time to be a Christian and working to fulfill the Great Commission,” explains Carl. “Today’s technology allows unprecedented sharing of content between partnering organizations and across so many different platforms and devices. Most importantly, it provides unmatched access to God’s Word for the end user.”