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SMARTPHONE SALVATION

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EVERY SUNDAY morning, worshippers sit on the wooden pews of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Accra, Ghana, with their heads bowed and their faces glowing—lit up by their smartphone screens. As the minister preaches the Holy Scriptures, members of the congregation stare at their devices, choosing to read along with the Bible verses on an app rather than on paper.

It is one of several ways that technology is beginning to infiltrate this church and thousands of others around Ghana. Many church leaders no longer see phones as a disrespectful distraction during a service—the devices are simply another conduit through which pastors can deliver the word of God.

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