Archive for November, 2010

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  I did.  The turkey was tasty, the time with family was good, and we watched the fantastic movie “How to Train a Dragon.”

Good times.

As far as audio is concerned, I’ve been busy working on my new house, so I haven’t been scavenging quite as much as usual.  That being said, I did stumble across this great lecture from Dr. Trueman.  It’s an interesting look at the Heidelberg Catechism… though not the catechism, narrowly considered, although it does do that a bit, but the historical events leading to its formulation. 

If you’re into history, you’ll definitely enjoy this lecture.  It’s interesting and informative.  I know I certainly learned a lot.  Dr. Trueman is a good lecturer, as well.  He knows how to hold people’s attention.  But then again, I’m a total sucker for an accent.  It’s just simply cooler.  

Difficulty: Fairly specialized.  Not meant for new Christians.  But is nevertheless very understandable. 

Must Listen Factor: Medium.  Like the mashed potatoes and freshly cooked turkey, history gurus will want to gobble this up.  For them, I suspect that this very high. 

Length: 1 Hour

To Download: Click picture.   It is lecture 5 (I suspect this link will go bad after a while.  The page will probably be changed when a new conference hits the scene).

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Well, it’s been a slow audio week.  Mediocre is the word.  Nothing earth shattering.  Nothing deplorable.  Just average.   

So I guess I’ll go ahead and bullet what I did scavenge, in the event that someone else out there might find it tasty.  Maybe it will feel like shopping at Pier One Imports.  Whenever I go there, it feels like a treasure hunt.  There are piles of knickknacks everywhere- strange tokens and foreign items stacked up to the ceiling.  I’ll stumble across something and hum, “Oh, what we got here?”

Maybe you’ll feel the same way.

So without further adieu, here’s a hodgepodge of stuff.

Knowledge Beyond Science: How Can We Know The Truth Outside the Material Realm? – David Helfand and Ken Miller

A wishy washy (that’s my first impression, anyway) Christian interacts with a firm (shall I say passively arrogant?) agnostic.  There are some nuggets here and there, but overall, the conversation was frustrating.  It’s the same old-same old case of Mr. Scientific Christian failing to apply the details of the Christian worldview. 



What Does it Mean to be Human – Ravi Zacharius

Ok, so this was a great message.  But if you’ve followed Ravi over the years, it’s going to sound a bit familiar.  The Q and A had some interesting questions, but Ravi went for too much, in my opinion.  How so?  He tried to provide really deep and profound answers, each and every time.  That’s to be applauded, no doubt, but some of the questions, I felt, could have been answered more succinctly.  I guess I’m trying to say that it felt like he was trying too hard.  But this is a minor complaint.   



Nonsense of Stilts – Massimo Pigliucci (Point of Inquiry)

An atheist addresses the question of demarcation, namely, how we can determine what is science and what is pseudoscience.  He’s an atheist, so prepare to be annoyed. 



Word, Water and Spirit – John Fesko

Ok, so I was wrong.  Here’s a good one… if you’re interested in the subject of baptism.  Basically, the regulars on Christ the Center ask Dr. Fesko a number of interesting questions, which he answers, not only effortlessly, but with profundity.  I commend this to you.


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I’m going to come right out and say it: This message is tremendously insightful. 

If you want to understand more fully and more deeply the theological maxim “We become what we worship,” hesitate no longer and download this message.  And if you didn’t know that we resemble what we worship, download this message!

A brief caution is in order.  I almost stopped listening to it.  During the first couple of minutes, I was like, “Oh, ok, another Romans 1 sermon.”  But I hung with it, and it surprised me.  So don’t give up.  It isn’t what you might expect. 

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Must Listen Factor: Must Listen (Young children probably shouldn’t listen, however).

To Download: Click Picture.

Additional Resources: If you want to read a book that delves deeply into the truth that we become what we worship, check out G.K. Beales’ work on the subject- “We Become What We Worship – A Biblical Theological of Idolatry.”  Now look, it’s a fairly dry read, but it’s solid.  And it’s not meant for the uninitiated.  You should really enjoy reading theology before buying this one.  But if you’re willing to mine, you’ll dig up some gems.  

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There is something strangely refreshing, but ultimately terrifying about a consistent atheist. 

In the course of my listening, it hasn’t been uncommon to hear atheists, even devout atheists, seek to objectify morality, as though there were, even in a wholly materialistic universe, something beyond the purely relativistic with which to anchor their claims. 

The entire enterprise, of course, is a futile endeavor (I can hear the disgruntled atheist kicking and screaming now).  Human morality, in their view of things, can be nothing more than a preference, a mere whim bubbling around in the cauldron of their highly conditioned wills.  It is a human convention, a simple game of “Oh, I think- according to my subjective and limited perspective- that such and such is wrong.”

Well, let me introduce you to Cambridge Philosopher Arif Ahmed, a man who is frightfully consistent in his atheism.  Like I said, it is, on the one hand, refreshing to witness honesty, but at the end of the day, it’s woefully inadequate, not to mention scary.

In this episode, he interacts with Christian philosopher, Glenn People’s.

Difficulty:  Difficult to Advanced.  The conversation turns technical at many junctures.

Must Listen Factor: Oh, I’d say moderate to low.  If you enjoy this kind of stuff, or if you’ve never listened to anything along these lines, give it a go. 

Length: 1 Hour.

To Download: Click the picture.  Scroll down to October 16th.  Do you see the little headphone symbol near the bottom.  Save that.

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