Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Top 5 iTunesU Theology Podcast/Courses

Someone asked me, "what are you listening to these days?" While waiting for the new Eminem album, I've been mostly concentrating on various theology iTunesU courses and podcasts. These are the several that I've been enjoying, and of course it goes without saying that I don't agree with everything espoused. If I did, I'd be better off doing my own podcast.

NT Pod. 

Mark Goodacre is Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke University. Each podcast is roughly 12 minutes, and he covers a multitude of topics. Ample attention is paid to Paul's epistles and the Gospels. Dr. Goodacre's appeal (despite being affable and boasting a killer accent) is generally moderate and open in terms of scholarship. For example, he denies the existence of Q: something I find compelling. Well worth your time.

Renovatus.

Pastor Jonathan Martin is a pastor in Charlotte, NC. He's given me reason to hop up and down whenever he cracks wise about pastors and that one time he went to a basketball game. The dude is a marvelous storyteller and a sane voice in the midst of a polarized church.

Yale Open Courses -- Introduction to the NT.

Dr. Dale Martin (Yale University) gives me a lot to chew on. Coming from a more liberal side of the Christian spectrum, he takes a more critical view of the New Testament and Christian origins. Like Bart Ehrman, he emphasizes a fairly skeptical view of the NT. For example, he maintains a standard view that Paul didn't write the disputed seven epistles (2 Thess, Col, Eph, 1-2 Tim, Titus). But his viewpoint is extraordinarily valuable in challenging my presuppositions about the first two hundred years of the church.

Rethinking Hell.

(Mostly) hosted by my friend Chris Date, Rethinking Hell has interviewed such diverse guests as Douglas Wilson, Preston Sprinkle, Steve Gregg, Edward Fudge and Craig Blomberg. They have also posted a debate, as well as responses to many traditionalist arguments. Irenic and hard-hitting, pleasant and guided by Scripture.

Woodland Hills.

I've been listening to Greg Boyd ever since I came across his book "Letters From a Skeptic." I believe it was while I was at Biola. Maybe my senior year. Anyway, Greg is a centrist evangelical, critical of both fringes. He has a unique ability to delve into the text and illuminate details that are often missed. He is also compelling because of his passion and how his personality shines through his theology. The same applies to Jonathan Martin.

What are your favorite podcasts?

--Nick

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