Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Podcasts {A Great Tool for Redeeming the Time}


I've listened to lots of online books and sermons over the years, but since getting an iPhone this summer I've really gotten into podcasts. Kind of late to the party, I know... but better late than never!

Podcasts are a great tool for busy moms looking to make the best use of their days. They are an opportunity for truth to filter through and renew the mind. They allow you to multitask- doing the dishes, folding laundry, and ironing are all so much more pleasant when you're mentally engaged in a great sermon, interview, or conversation.

If you're new to podcasts, or a longtime listener just looking for fresh ideas, I thought I'd share five of my favorites with you today.

Truth for Life. Scottish Pastor Alistair Begg delivers sound exegesis of Scripture in an extremely pleasant accent. He is super solid, and I am constantly blessed by the nuggets I glean from his sermons.

Ask Pastor John. These sound bytes are usually ten minutes or less {perfect for quick car rides}. Listeners write in with questions, and Pastor John seeks to answer them with a thoughtful look at the Bible, and secondarily his many years of pastoral ministry. Topics cover an extremely wide range, from pop culture to politics to parenting, etc. Always interesting food for thought.

Just Thinking. Ravi Zacharias is an internationally acclaimed Christian apologist. I really enjoy his faith building illustrations and anecdotes, and learn a ton from his intellectual approach to the faith. His work strongly influences the way I think about and interact with unbelievers. A very gracious, very kind and down-to-earth man.

Sermon Audio, Voddie Baucham. This Houston pastor is a riot- excellent sense of humor, but a no-nonsense approach when it comes to the Word of God. I especially enjoy his wisdom when it comes to parenting and growing your family.

The Inspired to Action Podcast. Kat's ministry through her blog and podcast have been a great blessing to me as a mom. Her solid dedication to rising early, praying consistently and meaningful for her husband and kids, and striving to grow in grace for His glory are always hearty admonishment and encouragement to me. You will love listening to her and her guests- a very warm and casual conversation, you'll feel like you are sitting at coffee together. P.S- Bloggers will also enjoy Kat's How They Blog Podcast.

I go through spurts of listening all the time, to not even keeping up with my feed, depending on the season of children and life. The longer sermons {Voddie, and Begg} are harder for me to keep up with, but I love the shorter ones that I can listen to for a ten minute car ride. Sometimes kids are just too loud and attention demanding during the day, so I often do my listening while working on house projects after they've gone to be.

While all of these podcasts can be found via your phone's podcast app, I've shared direct links to the websites so you can listen on your computer or tablet if you're not a smart phone person.

What are your favorite podcasts? I'm always looking for a good one!

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