CHICAGO — Standing in a security line at O’Hare International Airport seven years ago, the Rev. Bobby Gruenewald wished he had a Bible in his pocket to pass the time. Then the tech-savvy pastor raised in central Illinois had a thought: Wouldn’t it be grand if anyone could have their favorite version of the Bible within reach anywhere at any time?
“Could we be at one of these moments in history where technology, if we leverage it correctly, could transform how we engage in the Bible?” Gruenewald, 37, recalls thinking that day. “Drawing from the story of the printing press, for centuries, that really changed our access to the Bible. It’s probably something today we easily take for granted, but it came through invention.”