New Toy

I got a new toy.

A new purposeful toy–well, at least that is what I’ve said.

I purchased my first iPod (mp3 player).

The primary reason I purchased an iPod was for podcasts.

Clarification: Podcasts are simply mp3, the most common audio format available. It is the most common because anyone can use it. Many different mp3 players are available. iPod is the brand name for the Apple mp3 player–the most popular player.

Podcasts are audio (and sometime video, called vodcast by some) program / messages that can be subscribed to. Meaning that once you subscribe each time your turn on your podcast receiver–iTunes for iPods the audio program is automatically downloaded. (If you have another brand of mp3 player or if you want to use Windows Media Play or other media play I recommend Juice to manage podcast subscriptions. Not as easy as iTunes but it does work.)  If you already use RSS (Really Simple syndication) to subscribe to blogs, you may be able to use it to subscribe to podcasts–I use google reader and it has that capability.

You can subscribe to podcasts without an mp3 player–just use your computer. I recommend iTunes it is the easiest and most widely supported.

That was for those who might be new to podcasts.

Why did I want to listen to podcasts?

For learning and growing.

There is an amazing amount of free material available. For example:
Audio read through the Bible

Thought I’m still new to this, here is what is on my iPod now:
Northpoint ministries–Andy Stanley (I’m listing to a great 6 part series on margins in life)
Mosaic–Erwin McManus
Dallas Seminary Chapel messages
1 Year through the Bible–Tom Dooly
Mission Network News
3 Part series on Christian Theology by Alister McGrath
ABC News (I’m looking from something better).

You may even be interested in Romans: The Transforming Power of the Righteousness of God podcast (go to the bottom of the page and click either subscribe through iTunes or RSS depending on your podcast preference).

What podcasts do you listen to?

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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