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Podcasts & Podcatching

DowncastThis 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!

1. Downcast Features

2. Downcast Additional Features

3. Downcast on iPhone and meet the Developer

Sermon on the Mount

The core teachings of Jesus Christ are recorded in Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount.  This video is an experiment, using the Glo Bible and other online resources to build upon Dick Woodward’s Mini Bible College lessons.  Dick has some unique views on the context and content of Jesus’ formative teaching.

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A Fresh Approach

Here’s a video that captures the essence and purpose of this blog.

If you’re not getting much out of studying the Bible, consider these examples of the kind of material that can help you ‘see’ the Bible in a new, realistic light.

The events recorded in the Bible did not happen “long ago and far away,” as in a fairy tale.   Take the Apostle Paul for instance.  Paul was real, lived in real places under the harshest of conditions, and had a real reason for carrying out his mission.  Paul knew the truth.  His willingness to suffer for the sake of spreading the Gospel message is a powerful apologetic in its own right.

Paul’s writings contain a consistent prescription for peace and joy, perhaps best documented in Romans 12 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.  The video concludes with a special interpretation of Paul’s central theme.

In the Bible we have Paul’s lengthy first-hand testimony, an amazingly accurate biography from Luke (i.e. the book of Acts), and an acknowledgment from Peter.  Study the accounts.  As you do, ask yourself why Paul would take the punishment and suffering that came along with his mission. 2 Timothy is a great place to start if you’re picking up the Bible for the first time.  It’s Paul’s last will and testament.  Listen to Dick Woodward’s teaching on 2 Timothy from his Mini Bible College audio series before you read the Scripture.  Then by all means read the text of 2 Timothy and develop an appreciation for the incredible man who wrote half of the New Testament.

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