Redeeming the Time

Redeeming the Time

Do you have a computer or a smart phone? Of course you do, you’re reading this. Do you also have ears? I sincerely hope so. Then perhaps you can benefit from some of these free audio resources.

One of my absolute favorite things about getting an iPhone was discovering this new world of free audio resources! I believe strongly in the podcast because it can build up your mind to glorify Christ, even passively. You can be listening to something while you’re driving, folding laundry, doing dishes, cooking dinner, sweeping the floor, or changing a diaper. If you find your hands occupied but your mind free, that is a perfect time to listen to something edifying. I love “redeeming time” this way. So here are my recommendations for any and all free Christian audio you can get on your iPhone. I will indicate what’s available for android or online use as well.

Bible Apps

Youversion – iPhone, android, and online. Everyone probably knows this baby will read the Bible to you. It’s nice sometimes to have just a fatherly voice reading to you. I use this one fairly frequently, but I also like…

Bible.is – iPhone, android, & online. This app has an option for a dramatic reading of the ESV called “ESV 2001 English Standard Drama.” The dramatized version uses different voice actors for different characters and includes background music.

Podcasts – All podcasts are available for iPhone and android as long as you have a podcast app. “Onecast” and “Stitcher Radio” are free for Android. “Podcasts,” “Stitcher Radio,” and “RSSRadio” are free for iPhone  Or you can listen on a desktop through iTunes.

The Briefing – “A daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, releases a new 15-20 minute podcast every weekday reviewing major headlines and other items of interest from a distinctly Christian worldview. I listen to this nearly every morning while getting ready for work or sometimes on the drive to work. It’s a great way to keep up with current events if you can’t stand the local news (like me).

Connected Kingdom – Tim Challies and David Murray offer a somewhat weekly podcast with the tagline “connecting truth with life in a digital world.” They’ve discussed many topics and currently are going through an online Old Testament and wisdom literature class.

Revive Our Hearts – This one’s for girls only, sorry guys. Her name is Nancy Leigh Demoss and the podcast is a daily encouraging word from a great women’s Bible teacher. The current series is called “How to Fall and Stay in Love with Jesus.” The previous series on “The Lord’s Prayer” was also excellent.

All About Worship – For worship-types (obviously). Wisdom Moon & Ben Abu Saada (yes, those are their real names, and they are a couple of pretty funny, laid-back guys) bi-weekly put out this podcast meant to equip, encourage, and inspire worship leaders. Their archives include interviews with many well-known worship leaders and other great resources.

Renewing Your Mind – The one and only Dr. R.C. Sproul has his daily radio broadcast of Bible teaching available as a podcast. Listen to one, you’ll be hooked I promise.

Other Apps

Ask Pastor John – iPhone or online only. A quick 5 minute daily podcast put out by Desiring God in which John Piper answers emailed questions from listeners.

Refnet – iPhone, android, and online. A 24/7 radio program, sponsored by Ligonier ministries, that includes Bible teaching, Bible readings, audiobook readings, news, and radio drama. Teachers include R.C. Sproul, John Piper, John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, Ravi Zacharias, Albert Mohler, and more.

Ligonier – iPhone, android, and online. I mention this because the app contains not only the “Renewing Your Mind” daily broadcasts, but also hours of conference messages, teaching series, and sermons.

Desiring God – iPhone, android, and online. Contains audio for hundreds of John Piper’s sermons, conference messages, and seminars. One feature I especially like is the “Browse by Scripture Index” option that allows you to see what resources are available for a particular book or passage in Scripture.

Audiobooks – iPhone, android, and online. The app is free and there are some free books available for download (many classics) and others available for purchase. Fair warning that the free audiobooks are “Libravox” recordings, meaning that they are read by volunteers, not professionals. But they are entertaining and edifying nonetheless. I’ve listened to Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Heretics by G.K. Chesterton, and Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.

Do you have other favorite audio resources for smartphones? Please leave a comment and let us know!

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