Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption Promo Video

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Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption now has a promo page on bjupress.com. If you haven’t yet purchased a copy, you will want to do so now that there is a promo page. Bryan Smith, the presenter on the video there, is the one whose vision I was trying to live out in the book. His theological mentoring made a major impact on me during my nine years at BJU Press. He knows his Bible extremely well and works to apply it across all the academic disciplines with a depth and rigor I’ve never seen in anyone else I know personally.

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How to Listen to YouTube Lectures as Podcasts

(I kind of already posted on this, but I just have to update you on my workflow.)

511YS3hyhqL 31oQY9K3UjLI am all the time seeing YouTube lectures I want to listen to—that’s right, listen to, not watch. I just can’t watch a YouTube lecture. I’m distracted by all the other things I need to do on my computer. But if I can listen to the lecture on my bluetooth headset or my shower-room speaker (where has it been all my life?!), then I can get through it while doing other things. Getty ready, doing dishes, commuting. I get through a lot of great stuff that I never could get through before I had these tools. And though the goal here is not to feed as much information through my mind as I can, I find that if I listen during suitable times I really do profit from what I hear.

Here’s my workflow, and it all happens super fast:

  1. Find YouTube video I want to hear; copy link to it.
  2. Paste link into onlinevideoconverter.com.
  3. Choose appropriate settings so my file isn’t too big (see gif below; this step is very important):Screen Capture on 2015-11-19 at 15-39-20
  4. Download file into my personal podcast folder in Dropbox, powered by JustCast, which automatically sends the file to my personal podcast feed.
  5. Open up Overcast app on my phone, which has already downloaded the lecture in the background.
  6. Listen and gain wisdom, hopefully.
  7. Possibly share the podcast with friends through Overcast. (Shared page looks like this.)

One big advantage of this system is that when I’m done with the lecture, it goes away forever. I don’t have to fiddle with it. But I can find it again if I need to by going to my Dropbox folder.

Listen to YouTube

I don’t have time to watch YouTube videos that exceed 8 minutes in length. But there are plenty of lectures and sermons on YouTube that I’d like to listen to that I don’t need to watch to benefit from. For the last several months I’ve been using listentoyoutube.com to easily convert those YouTube videos to audio files so I can stick them in my personal podcast feed (with the help of Justcast and Huffduffer).

UPDATE: And here’s a site that can do Vimeo. It seems a bit slower on YouTube videos than listentoyoutube.com, but it can do those, too… It also promises a Chrome extension at some point.

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