From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:16-17 (NIV84)
Being a blogger is a lot like being a fisherman—lines in the water all over the place, always fishing for material to share. I learn a lot.
One of the places I like to go fishing is in podcasts, listening to the likes of William Lane Craig, the scholars at Reasons To Believe, Andy Stanley, and Dick Woodward while commuting. But this summer I agreed to read straight through the Old Testament, and that meant weeks of listening to the reading of all 39 books. No podcasts—just reading through the Bible (an essential prerequisite for personal discipleship).
Finally, I reached the end of Malachi and the next day it was time for something new. I really missed the podcasts, so I pulled out my iPhone and ran through some favorite podcast libraries, settling almost randomly on an Andy Stanley sermon entitled, “When Gracie Met Truthy.” It’s a really powerful message on what it means to be a ‘Christian’, and I couldn’t wait to share it here on Veracity.
So here you go. Click on the image below, then click on the video that appears and listen to some very fine homiletics.
Sometimes Less Is More
But…when I sat down to link everything up for this post, a simple Google search produced a lot more than I bargained for. It turns out this is THE controversial sermon Andy Stanley preached on August 15th, 2012. You know, the one where he made an illustration about a messy situation involving homosexuality and adultery. The rocks started flying in the blogosphere, and even some big names weighed in on the attack. Continue reading
How are you doing with your decision-making?
I have a long daily commute, with lots of time to fill running the Interstates of eastern Virginia. Four months ago Veracity’s bass player, Clarke Morledge, got me into podcatching, and life hasn’t been the same since. It’s definitely getting to me—there have been several times lately when I’ve been happy to be stuck in traffic. Really. I plug my iPhone into the car stereo and dive into a world of wonder, mentally shielded from the wacky races occurring all around me. On-demand theology, philosophy, apologetics, interviews, sermons, and some of the world’s finest teaching.
If you need a how-to primer, check out our previous post on Podcasts & Podcatching, and give your spiritual life a real booster shot. Try it, really. If you want some great sources of Podcasts, check out Veracity’s Top 10 Scorers.
So What’s the Point of This Post?
OK, now that we have the mechanics out of the way, let’s get to the content. One of my favorite (free) podcast subscriptions is Andy Stanley’s Your Move. Continue reading
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!
1. Downcast Features
2. Downcast Additional Features
3. Downcast on iPhone and meet the Developer