Friday, January 02, 2009

Podcast Review

Daily Audio Bible

This is a podcast that takes the listener through the entire Bible in a single year (twice through the Psalms). I did it in 2008 and highly recommend the site to anyone else who learns best via audio. I encourage anyone who is still working out their devotional or bible reading plans (or resolutions) for 2009 to check out this daily audio resource.

The daily podcast runs from 20-35 minutes, and follow a constant format. The actual Bible reading is the first 15-20 minutes of each episode. These are read each day by the same person, Brian Hardin (unless he is sick or traveling, in which case his wife, singer Jill Parr, handles the reading). He uses 5 or 6 translations for the readings, rotating through them a week at a time.

After the reading, Brian spends a few minutes reflecting on some part of the reading -- this is not quite formal enough to be termed a "devotion," but it's close. Brian then prays, makes a few announcements, and then plays a prayer request from someone who has called in a request.

2008 was a good year for this podcast, and in 2009 they are growing: In addition to the flagship English edition, which will be Hardin's 4th time through the Word, they are adding editions in both Spanish and Hindi.

If the time commitment is too much for you, check out the related Daily Audio Proverb or the Daily Audio Bible for Kids (just the new Testament), both of which run just 5-10 minutes per day.

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