Scaled Down

March 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Some maintenance on Biblefox.com has been recently performed, after leaving the site mostly unmaintained for a year or so. This recent maintenance has unfortunately made it difficult to continue to support all of the old features of the site. As a result, the feature list of the site has been trimmed down. We are not currently accepting new users until we reestablish a core feature set. Existing users should still be able to update their existing blogs.

Publish to Facebook

July 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

The new Facebook Login button

We just implemented a new feature that connects your Biblefox account with a Facebook account. Biblefox can then automatically publish your Biblefox posts straight to Facebook. This makes it easy to let your friends on Facebook see your latest Biblefox updates.

To try it out, you can use the Facebook login button that appears below the regular Biblefox login button, or if you are already logged in, you can go to your Facebook settings page (it is under your account settings menu).

If you run into any problems, let us know on the Site Help Forum.

Birth

June 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Birth is an amazing thing. My wife and I had our first baby 6 months ago. One moment you have no baby, but you know the baby is alive inside of its mother. Then the baby is born, and suddenly everything is different. You can suddenly see and touch her, and start to get to know her. You fall in love instantly!

Update: A few hours after I wrote this post, my sister-in-law Heidi went into labor. 4 hours later she experienced the birth of her first baby. Amazing!

Likewise, things drastically change when you are born a second time. Jesus said, “no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again… The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3, 8).

God designed births, both physical and spiritual, to be pivotal moments in time, when the world changes suddenly and permanently.

For the last two years I have been slowly working on this Biblefox project of mine. I have a pretty elaborate vision for making the site into a powerful, community Bible study tool. My vision has changed so many times during the last two years, and I have spent time developing many things that just haven’t panned out. But now here I am at this point, where I think I have a decent site set up.

Biblefox is designed to facilitate online community discussing the Bible, but I have been so slow in actually marketing it to create this community. Now I’m finally going to do just that, starting by releasing many of my tools as an open source plugin for WordPress (and BuddyPress). This is a big shift for me, as the site will stop being just a personal experiment and will hopefully be a tool that many people around the world can start to give me feedback on.

I’m praying this will be the real birth of Biblefox, where one moment Biblefox has no community and the next moment community begins to come to life. There are a lot of amazing ways you can study the Bible with an online community, and websites have so far only scratched the surface of what is possible. I’m praying Biblefox can begin to take some large steps in exploring online community Bible study.

Activity Stream Updates

March 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

We recently upgraded our site to use BuddyPress 1.2 (BuddyPress is an open source plugin for WordPress sites that enables various social networking features). This new version puts a big emphasis on the activity stream, and has allowed us to greatly improve the Biblefox Bible page.

The old Bible page had the scriptures, followed by a list of blog posts about that scripture, followed by a note taking mechanism. The new Bible page is much more streamlined: it simply displays the scripture followed by a stream of activities about that scripture. Activities can include blog posts, blog comments, status updates, group updates, and forum posts, and everything is all in one easy to use stream. Check out our new Bible page now!

We also made various other improvements around the site and enabled groups and forums. You can create a group for any purpose (for instance, create a group for your church, ministry, or Bible study), make it public or private, and decide whether you want the group to have a discussion forum.

There is a special group enabled called the Site Help group. You can post questions on the Site Help forum to get help learning how to use Biblefox.

Biblefox Friends

August 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

We have just made a significant update to the Biblefox site – we added some social networking tools which make everything much easier to use. We are definitely not trying to be another Facebook or MySpace, but we thought this would improve the usability of our site.

Everything now focuses around developing your network of friends. Once you have some friends, you can go to the Bible reader and read their blog posts about the Bible. For instance, if you’re reading John 3 and a friend of yours wrote a post on their blog about how inspiring John 3:16 was, you can read it right there!

The social networking features actually come from a powerful, open-source application called BuddyPress. Special thanks to all the people who have worked on that project! Actually, because we are currently much stronger with engineering than graphic design, we have even kept the default look and feel that BuddyPress comes with. We might change up the look in the future, but for now, thanks to BuddyPress, we think Biblefox looks great!

Why Study the Bible?

August 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

There are many reasons to study the Bible. Biblefox is designed to allow anyone to study the Bible, and for any reason, from the Atheist wanting to show that it is a ridiculous book full of errors, to the Christian cherishing every word as sent from God. Our hope is that these different people will be able to study the Bible freely and be able to share their thoughts freely, so that whatever is truth, will be brought to the light.

To test whether it is Truth

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in John 6. Jesus is giving a teaching which many find very hard to believe. He claims that He is “the bread which came down out of heaven” and whomever “eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:58). Because this teaching was hard to accept, many people turned away from Jesus.

66 At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?”

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

John 6:66-69

To whom would we go? I really identify with Peter. Words are everywhere in this world. Everyone has something to say. But it has been my experience that I can go nowhere but to the Bible for the words of eternal life.

We all have different experiences, and many of us of have come to different conclusions. But the Truth cannot contradict itself, so either the Bible is God’s Word or it is not.

Biblefox is designed as a tool to facilitate the study of the Bible, so that we can each study the Bible for ourselves to determine if it is the Word of God. Whatever you believe about the Bible, feel free to create your own blog to use as a tool for sharing your thoughts with the world.

To better know the Truth

For those of us who come to the conclusion that the Bible is God’s Word, we have further reason to study the Word. We have discovered that God has given us the keys for furthering our knowledge of Him. He has given us the Bible, and through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, given us His Holy Spirit as our guide.

He has formed our minds and hearts to understand His Truth, and has put us in fellowship with one another as a Church in order that we might refine each other. God can divinely reveal any truth to us, but He gave us our minds as a tool that would could use to seek the truth through His Word. And He gave us the ability to create tools which can organize our thoughts, and further enhance our knowledge.

That’s where Biblefox comes in. Our passion is to design tools which help you organize your thoughts about the Bible and share them with the world. Create a blog, and begin writing about the Bible. We will automatically organize your blog according to the bible verses you mention. Then anyone can subscribe to read your blog alongside the Bible, just like a commentary or devotional.

Open to the public

June 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

We are now open to the public. Anyone can create a blog for free and join in on the Bible discussion. We hope you and your friends will be able to get a lot out of studying the Bible together online! Although we are public now, we are still ‘Beta’ and still have many features to implement.

Biblefox Begins

September 8, 2008 in Featured

Welcome to Biblefox!

What is Biblefox? It is a blog community with a focus on studying the Bible. We have taken the most popular blog software there is (WordPress) and customized it to turn it into a powerful bible study tool. It is not finished yet, but we have many basic features in place and have now begun initial testing.

It is currently being tested privately, but will soon open up to public use.

How much will it cost? Nothing. Like so many web services, we are seeking to make this website free to anyone who wants to use it.