Advertisements

Podcasts

Most mornings I go for a walk after the school run. As I stride out, I gaze upon the architectural wonder of our 1980s housing estate.

No, that isn’t the reason. It’s blood pressure. Longstanding friends will know how I used to have a dog. While he was still vigorous, he used to take me for a daily walk. He was a lively, if obscure breed in this country – a Finnish Spitz. When he died three years ago, I started putting on weight. Eventually, a medical paid for by the church nearly two years ago raised concerns. To cut a long story (largely filled with my procrastination) short, my prescription is mild medication and regular brisk walks.

But how to make the walks interesting? I decided that an MP3 player would make it worthwhile. Not being able to stretch to an iPod (or at least, not to the 160GB model I would have wanted for my CD collection), I bought a phone with an MP3 player.

Unfortunately, the Sony Ericsson W810i is a pain in the neck, despite outstanding reviews. The software on the PC always crashes, and SE technical support tried to blame other software I had installed (not that they could say which). When you transfer CDs to it, the tracklisting is scrambled. The first track may be put at the end, they may be put in reverse or even random order.

But it’s OK with podcasts. You only have one ‘track’ there. Even the W810i can’t foul that up.

So I’ve started to entertain and edify myself by listening to podcasts while I walk. For music, the weekly production from The Word magazine is entertaining and informative, as is their occasional ‘Backstage’ interview. On the latter, I’ve heard conversations with folkie Pete Atkin and his famoust lyricist Clive James, and a sci-fi author whose name escapes me, but who believes in ‘mathematical Platonism’, jsut at the time when Platonism is long discredited in theology.

Christian-wise, I’ve subscribed to the Sunday talks from HTB and heard the odd decent sermon. Godpod from HTB’s St Paul’s Theological Centre has so far been a little worthy but dull. Less intellectual on the surface but LOL-funny has been the podcast from the American show Steve Brown Etc. Other pleasures await from the Internet Monk, including his coffee cup apologetics show.

These are just my early explorations. What do you listen to? Any recommendations? Anything to avoid?

Advertisements

About Dave Faulkner

I'm a British Methodist minister, married with two children. I blog from a moderate evangelical-missional-charismatic perspective, with an interest in the 'missional' approach. My interests include Web 2.0, digital photography, contemporary music and watching football (Tottenham Hotspur) and cricket.

Posted on November 11, 2008, in Music, Personal, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. In the News/Humour side, BBC 4 Friday Night Comedy and the Times Online’s The Bulgle are great.

    For the lectionary/sermon prep, WorkingPreacher.org have a short roundtable discussion on the week’s passages.

    If you need more, I can tip you some others, but that should be enough to get started!

    Like

  2. Thanks Will, I’ll have a look.

    Like

  3. Update: have subscribed to the Sermon Brainwave podcast at Working Preacher, having listened to this week’s episode. I didn’t know about Working Preacher: it’s a good complement to sites like Text Week.

    Thanks again, Will.

    Dave

    Like

  4. Dave,
    When are you going to do a podcast? It’s the only way this American will probably ever get to see or hear you preach! Have you done one and I just didn’t know about it?

    Dan Smith
    San Diego

    Like

  5. Dan,

    There’s a saying which I assume to be British: ‘Flattery will get you nowhere’! 🙂

    Seriously, even if I thought I were podcast material, I don’t have the facilities. None of my churches even records to CD, only to cassette, so it would be a long process even with a program like Audacity to turn it into a podcast. I quite like the idea of sermon podcasts – it would save the labour of putting a text version of a sermon on the site (although bandwidth might be an issue). However, the only reason my churches record the services is generally for elderly housebound people who may well not have a CD player, only a cassette.

    Like

What Do You Think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: