Friday, August 12, 2016

AVALANCHE OF AUDIO FOR APOLOGETICS & BIBLE STUDY

OUTLINE OF RESOURCES BELOW:
1. BIBLES (FREE)
2. AUDIOBOOKS
    A. FREE
    B. PAID
3. ONLINE COURSES & LECTURES (FREE)
4. PODCASTS (FREE)
5. PREACHING, TEACHING, ETC. (FREE)


There is an amazing array of audio resources available today for studying the Bible and apologetics. And this is extremely helpful for our busy lifestyles, making it possible to learn while commuting, doing yard work, projects around the house, washing dishes, shopping, taking a walk, etc., etc. I encourage you to take advantage of these resources and make the most of your time.

1. BIBLES....ALL FREE!
My #1 pick for listening to the Bible on a phone or tablet.
*YouVersion: If I listen to the Bible it is usually using my phone. Nice assortment of Bible plans for reading through the Bible. Get free app at Google Play. 

Top 2 picks for listening to the Bible on a computer:
*Bible Gateway: Lots of versions to choose from.
*Blue Letter Bible: Fewer versions to choose from than Bible Gateway, but it has the best assortment of study tools of any site that also has audio files for the Bible (as far as  I know).

Other sources:
*Free MP3 downloads of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible.
*Many more sources for audio Bibles.


2. AUDIOBOOKS
Audiobooks are a great way to access the exploding number of books available. I especially like to find books that I can access both in audio and ebook. I listen to the audiobooks; and if I want to look at something more closely or copy and paste a quote into my notes, I can do so easily.

A. FREE! SOURCES
*TOP 10 FREE Classic, Must-Read Apologetics Books in Ebook & Audio: Includes links and info for Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, The Person of Christ by Philip Schaff, Pensees by Blaise Pascal, Eusebius' Church History, Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther, First Apology of Justin Martyr, The Bridge of History Over the Gulf of Time by Thomas Cooper, and Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen.
*"The Early Christian Research Library online": Includes The Septuagint Bible Online, The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus, The Writings of Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, The Book of Jubilees, The Book of Jasher, New Testament Apocrypha (called the "Lost Books of the Bible" though they were never really lost), Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (sensationally called "Forgotten Books of Eden" though nevery actually forgotten), The Books of Enoch, and the Apostolic Fathers (works written by those who knew the apostles). 
*Librivox: A massive selection of public domain books available in audio. If you are looking for a classic work that is in the public domain, there is a good chance you will find it here. Or choose the genre/subject category you are interested in and browse the titles. FREE app at Google Play.
*Sermon Audio hosts more than 9000 audiobooks.


B. PAID SOURCES
*Christian Audio: ONE FREE! AUDIOBOOK EVERY MONTH.
*Audible: 30-day FREE TRIAL. Audible is an excellent source for audio books of all kinds. Get the nice FREE app from Google Play. Also, if you buy a Kindle version of a book, you can get the Audible version for a reduced price (usually only $3.99). So if you see a Kindle book on sale, grab it and get the Audible version cheap. :) Here are the Christian Theology books available in both Kindle and Audible.


3. ONLINE COURSES & LECTURES (FREE)
*My top 2 picks:
*Biblical eLearningAn impressive array of excellent courses on the Bible, Biblical background, Biblical languages, and Church history by top scholars. Among them are lectures on Matthew, Acts and Romans by Craig Keener. The first lecture on Matthew is a defense of the historicity of the Gospels. Lectures 2 & 3 are a defense of miracles and exorcisms in the Gospels. Keener is perhaps the greatest living scholar on Acts and has recently published a massive commentary with more than 45,000 references to ancient extrabiblical literature. He has also published 3 commentaries on Matthew, the Zondervan Biblical Background Commentary on the New Testament, and a massive 2-volume work on miracles. Having nearly completed the course on Matthew, I cannot recommed it highly enough.
*Biblical Training: A well-rounded curriculum. And the classes are all of very high quality. Some are by foremost scholars for the area being taught. There are many Bible courses at Biblical Training. I do highly recommend the course on Romans taught by Douglas Moo, whose Romans commentary is generally considered to be the best available. The courses that are explicitly about apologetics are listed below. There are also courses on philosophy: "Essentials of Christian Apologetics" by Ronald Nash (2 hours 20 minutes); "Christian Apologetics" by Ronald Nash (14 hours 35 minutes). Four courses by Dr. Nash that are related to worldview analysis and thought. See my "Worldviews" bibliography here. Dr. Nash is witty, brilliant and easy to understand. I highly recommend his courses and books.

*For Much Much More....
*See "FREE ONLINE CLASSES & LECTURES FOR STUDYING THE BIBLE & APOLOGETICS"



4. PODCASTS (FREE)

*Deeper Waters Ministries with Nick Peters. Lots of interviews with top scholars on various topics related to apologetics (and occasionally other topics).
*Unbelievable? with Justin Brierely. Justin hosts informal debates between 2 scholars on opposite sides of an issue.
*The 16 Best Apologetics Podcasts rated by Brian Auten of Apologetics315
*Apologetics Podcasts Worth Your Time at Apologetics315
*Apologetics for Your iPod at Apologetics315
*Audio Debates at Apologetics315
*Interviews with Apologists at Apologetics315
*Top Ten Podcasts for the Christian Thinker at Sententias (Max Andrews)
*The Big LIst of Christian Podcasts at Reasonable Theology. Topically arranged and "Apologetics" is the first topic.
*The Ultimate List of Christian Apologetics Podcasts at Credo Courses. A very long list that is arranged alphabetically.
*Sermon Audio hosts more than 1100 podcasts.



5. PREACHING, TEACHING, ETC. (FREE)
*SermonAudio: Not just sermons....Well over a million audio files in multiple genres: audio book, Bible study, debates, broadcasts, teaching, devotionals, etc. Includes Multiple ways to search for what you want: browse categories, sermon topics, search engine. Includes audio from R.C. Sproul, C.H. Spurgeon, John MacArthur, Paul Washer, and many many more. FREE app available at Google Play.
*Monergism: Lots of resources, topically arranged.
*SermonIndex has a nicely organized and extensive list.



STILL LOOKING?....
*Check out "The Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audio Page" at Apologetics 315
*Audio and MP3 Apologetics links at Christian CADRE




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