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This is by Brian Auten of Apologetics315.

I thought this was helpful, and some of things I’ve attempted to do in redeeming the time such as driving and waiting in line buying things.

Tap all your resources. There are online lectures, podcasts, audiobooks, Kindle books, audio bibles, and online sermons, to name some of the main categories. All these can be used to your advantage. Find lectures that address the topics you are studying and put them on your audio device (iPod, iPhone, media player). Learn how to use podcast feeds and RSS feeds so these are automatically downloaded to your computer. Use the text-to-speech feature on the Kindle to listen to books. Use audiobooks to convert drive-time (or other time windows) to listening time. Even if you can’t sit down and read for long periods, you can redeem plenty of time by listening to audio

2. Eliminate the Noise. You will quickly notice that you have too much content to listen to. Use iTunes playlists (or something equivalent) to plan what you listen to. Eliminate the “noise” of information overload by deleting unneeded content (or archive it for later). Stay focused on the best resources available to you and be intentional in your listening with a goal to learn not only the content, but the reasoning, the delivery, and the tone of the material. But unplug when you are with family and friends and focus on them.

3. Listen Faster. If you listen to lectures, sermons, or audiobooks at regular speed, you are wasting time. Unless the content is completely unfamiliar, or difficult, you most likely will be able to process it at a faster speed. So use the iPod/iPhone/MP3 player speed function to boost the rate at which you listen. You can go double speed quite easily. It may seem hard at first, but it becomes normal and you find that normal speed is just too slow after a while. (Unless, as mentioned above, you really need to work through heavy content.) This practice will keep you attentive and sharp, while saving you plenty of time. Most people read faster than the normal rate of speech anyway.

4. Convert Books to Audio. As mentioned above, Kindle books (most of them) can be listened to via the text-to-speech function. However, you don’t really want to be carrying your Kindle around like an MP3 player. So just record them to your computer as MP3 files and transfer them to your MP3 player. There are a few general steps: 1) connect the Kindle to your computer audio input with an audio adapter; 2) use an audio recording program to record from the line-in (Audio HiJack Pro for Mac is certainly the best); 3) Play from the Kindle and record on the PC/Mac into an MP3 file; 4) Import the MP3 into iTunes and change its properties to an audiobook [and change its settings to “remember playback position”]; 5) Sync with your device and you are ready to go. Of course, there are ins and outs with the technical details here, but these are just the overall steps.

5. Don’t Watch Video — Listen to It. Do you sometimes feel sitting and watching a video is a  waste of time – especially when you can be doing something else (dishes, ironing, exercising, etc.)? Most of the time there is no need to watch when there is a chance to listen. With that in mind, it is possible to convert videos to audio – such as youtube videos of lectures, classes, sermons, etc. There are many ways of doing this (some better than others) but one way is to use websites such as www.listentoyoutube.com. After finding the video you want to listen to on a video site such as youtube, you can paste the URL into the other site and it will extract an MP3 for you to download. Sometimes these sites can be a little fidgety, but most of the time they can be very helpful for creating audio from video.

And there you have it. Five ways to maximize your audio listening — and ultimately, increase your learning. The resources are there — so why not take full advantage of them?

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I’ve been listening to Grace to You’s podcasts.  John MacArthur went over the schedule in the beginning of 10/1’s podcast, saying after completing the more advanced “Doctrines of Grace” they’ll be “going in reverse,” by going back to the basics from October 8th to 17th. Then GTY will broadcast from October 18th to 19th a message called, “A Nation Abandoned by God” orginally given on the National Day of Prayer in Colorado Springs in May that received strong feedback from an airing on Focus on the Family. The message leads into “God’s Word to an Ungodly Society” from October 22 to 27, and ending October with 29th’s “Real Meaning of Christmas.” You can find all the details on GTY’s radio calendar.

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This audio from Unchained Radio is worth buying and saving on your hard drive if you follow the rational responders

Brian Culter on Rational Responders stated on National TV that they would debate anybody

Paul Manata inquire for a debate and this show is about his request for a debate with the Rational Responders and what did not happened

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http://tnma.blogspot.com/2007/08/debate-is-atheistic-woldview-superior.html

Christian Pastor Gene Cook debates Atheist Steve Scianni on August 5th, 2007.

Online for free for a limited time.

I have yet to listen to this debate…

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On the January 10th, Grace to You podcast, titled “The Only Way to Happiness: Be Meek Part 2,” there was an hour extra special, only included in the podcast and not aired on radio. In the podcast, Phil Johnson and John MacArthur talk about the Emergent Church Movement.

During the discussion, Phil Johnson prompts John MacArthur to give a summary of the emergent church movement. Also, the conversation compares the similarities of the emergent church to the seeker sensitive movement. They additionally predict that the movement, in an effort to reach the current postmodern generation, is a “planned obsolescence”, citing Crystal Cathedral and Willow Creek model as examples. In the end of the discussion they give some practical advice to a Christian’s selection of a Church.

John MacArthur boils down the emergent threat to an attack on the clarity of scripture, exchanging clarify for mystery. MacArthur also quickly discusses the clarity of scripture, noting that Jesus always had the expectation of Jews to have read and understood the Old Testament, as well as Paul’s expectations for Gentiles to learn about the Old Testament.

For personal application, MacArthur warns that if the church you go to currently does not have a doctrinal statement or revere the exposition of the bible, you should find a new church (Even if it’s not emergent), to prevent “being tossed to and fro by the winds of doctrine.”

Phil Johnson also quotes from a few books. John MacArthur also notes that Zondervan, Christianity Today, as well as another book publisher promote the Emergent Church Movement, by publishing a large amount of books on the topic.

At the end of the podcast, Grace to You announced that this spring they will be giving away books for people who sign up to their mailing list called, The Truth War.

As a presuppositionist sidenote, John MacArthur mentions that his view of apologetics is to use the bible, “letting the lion out of the cage.”

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On Thursday, I listened to DesiringGod.org’s podcast for January 1st to 3rd. They announced the upcoming conferences for 2007:

February 5th to 7th, 2007 – Annual Pastor’s Conference
Topic: Holiness of God
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: R. C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile, William Mackenzie, John Piper

April 21st, 2007 – Regional Conference
Topic: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
Location: Portland, Orgeon @ Good Sheperd Community Church
Speaker: John Piper

Septemeber 28th to 30th, 2007 – Desiring God National Conference
Topic: Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: John MacArthur, Jerry Bridges, Randy Alcorn, Helen Roseveare, and John Piper

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