This post describes how you can tap into a wealth of audio and video resources in the form of podcasts.
If you’re not familiar with podcasts, they are essentially online audio and video files that you can listen to or watch on your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone, and many other portable devices.
Videos, music, sermons, radio programs, TV shows, lectures, debates—you name it—can all be delivered free or inexpensively and played back whenever and wherever you like.
Interested in personal discipleship? Podcasts give you easy access to teachers like Andy Stanley, Tim Keller and Dick Woodward. Go for a walk while listening to Dan Wallace describe exciting work at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. Listen to Hugh Ross explain why the universe is the way it is while stuck in traffic. Cook dinner while Ray Vander Laan teaches about the Dead Sea Scrolls. How about Mark Driscoll while waiting at the doctor’s office? OK, you may want to wait on that last one, but you get the idea. Great teaching is easier to access than ever before.
There are lots of ways you can get podcasts, which is why I’m writing this post. It’s easy to get lost in jargon and apps and how-to guidance. There is a great app for podcatching (that avoids synching with iTunes) called “Downcast” but there isn’t a lot of documentation. So here’s a quick video to get you up to speed.
If you decide to use the Downcast app, here are a few more videos that go deeper into the features. Enjoy!