It’s been a long-time coming. Probably two years or more. It all came to a head in the last month. I believe it was God’s timing and leading that three weeks ago at the SCORRE Conference (a public speaking conference I coach at a couple times a year) I had the opportunity to have dinner with Cliff Ravenscraft, known online as The Podcast Answerman. He has trained more people to podcast than anyone else in the world. (That’s a lot.) More about my conversation with Cliff in Reason #3.
Bottom Line: In the next several weeks I will be launching the Falling In Love with God’s Word Audio Podcast.
For those of you who aren’t sure what an audio podcast is, the simplest way to put it is that a podcast is an “audio blog.” The beauty of a podcast is that if you subscribe, each new episode is delivered directly to your smartphone or tablet. Listen whenever you want. In your car, taking a walk, doing dishes – whenever is most convenient for you. If you choose not to subscribe, you can still listen to the episodes from your computer.
A few inches down your screen, I’ll share how you can be on the podcast and what I’m planning to put in it. But first, here is the WHY behind this new adventure.
Reason 1: I like to talk.
For those of you who know me well…stop laughing! Since much of what I do has to do with the Word being spoken and heard, it seems right to have a medium where you can hear my tone of voice and emphasis. It is challenging to help you hear the Bible with fresh ears if you’re only reading what I write.
Reason 2: Some people don’t like to read.
I have this nagging suspicion that there is a whole group of people out there who would greatly benefit from the discussions we have on this blog (Relational Bible Study, internalization, and passing on a love for God’s Word to the next generation to name a few). And I’m missing them because the only way to join the discussion is to read it in email or on this blog. Maybe you are one of those people who would much rather listen than read. If so, the podcast is for you.
Reason 3: A guy who knows what it takes has encouraged me to give it a shot.
As I sat with Cliff (and another podcaster who’s been at this a while) a few weeks ago, he asked me about my ministry. He asked about my audience. He asked about my presentations and my books. Then I heard this:
You need to do this. You can do this. In fact, you already have enough content for 50 podcasts. Easy!
This is the guy who has trained more podcasters than anyone in the world! A guy who produces several podcasts every week. A guy who knows what it takes, loves Jesus, and believes in what I’m trying to do with this ministry. He encouraged me to give it a shot. So I’m giving it a shot.
By the way, if that was the only reason, I wouldn’t do it. But it might just be this reason that gives legs to the other two reasons.
A few elements you’ll find in the podcast:
- “How To’s” for Relational Bible Study
- Interviews with authors, pastors, speakers, and lay people
- Q & A
- Short Scripture presentation with practical application
- Resource Reviews (books, study tools, blogs, websites, curricula, etc.)
Would you like to be on the podcast?
My desire is to make sure that the Falling In Love with God’s Word Audio Podcast is extremely practical and helpful for you. To that end, I created a super-short survey so you can share your input on things like: topics to focus on, ideal length, ideal frequency, etc. It’ll take you less than three minutes. I promise. Here’s the link.
I also want to include your questions in every episode. There are three ways you can submit your question:
- Fill out our online Contact Form. (Or hit “reply” if you get these posts in your inbox.)
- Call the new dedicated message line – (425) 522-3487 – and leave your question. This is really cool because listeners can hear you ask the question!
- If you don’t have nationwide calling (or you live outside the United States), simply click the link below. You will enter your phone number, your phone will ring, and you can record your question. (How fantastic is that?!)
I am really, really excited about this. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Jot a comment here on the blog, shoot me an email – or better yet – give me a call and let me know what you think!