A Cornucopia of Blissful Audio (Well, Almost)

It’s been a good week of listening.  I stumbled across a website housing a vast assortment of lectures.  Needless to say, my MP3 player is still burping.  Out of the ten or so lectures I’ve been able to digest thus far, along with my usual regiment of staple podcasts, several have emerged as contenders of your attention.  I’ll list four.

Neither Poverty Nor Riches – Craig Blomberg

In this lecture, well known NT scholar, Craig Blomberg, journeys through the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, exploring the topic of personal wealth.  What especially struck me about this message is the sense of clarity one gains from observing the matter from a lofty vantage point.  It’s as if you’re flying over the biblical narrative in a plane, surveying the land below.

He’s written a book on the subject, so for those who might be interested in digging further into the matter, I would point you to that.  You can find it here.

The Audio can be obtained here.

Suffering and the Christian Life – Reformed Forum

In this episode of Christ the Center, Ligon Duncan joins the crew over at Reformed Forum in order to discuss the subject of suffering.  Talks about this subject abound.  But listen, this one really shines.  It’s excellent.  Pastor Duncan masterfully handles the issue, speaking not only with theological precision, but with tremendous pastoral care.  Great episode!  Loved it.

You can find it here.

Wheaton College at 150: Faithful to the Church Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy – John Woodbridge

John Woodbridge is one of the foremost scholars on biblical inerrancy.  When the allegation was made that someone like B.B. Warfield invented the doctrine of inerrancy- that it was a historical novelty- Dr. Woodbridge arguably wrote the definitive rebuttal.  If you want to catch a sense of his expertise, listen to this lecture.  Good stuff.  I can almost guarantee that you’ll hear something new.

You can find it here.  It’s from Wheaton.

Only One Way? – Trio of Speakers

Justin Taylor called Dan Strange’s message, “A Strange Lecture on World Religions from a Gospel Centered Perspective.”  But that’s only part of it.  Three theologians delivered messages on the subject of pluralism at Heythrop College in London.  Two were Roman Catholic, and one, Dan Strange, was Reformed Evangelical.

Rarely have I felt so utterly frustrated, baffled, surprised, infuriated, and ready to weep, as when I listened to Professor Gavin D’Costa and Professor Paul Knitter address this issue of pluralism.  They are not kind of wrong.  They are not kind of mistaken.  They are profoundly wrong.  Scarily so.  Simply put, they are false teachers, disgracing the name of Christ before a watchful audience.  I literally blurted out “What!” a couple times while delivering the mail.  That rarely happens.

So if you need a good reminder of the danger of fine sounding arguments (Colossians 2:4, 8), give this a listen.  Thankfully, Dan Strange maintained the exclusivity and Lordship of Christ.  After listening to the other speakers, his message felt like a cool glass of water.

You can find the lectures here.


  1. timbloedow January 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Thanks Austin. I have very little time for the Reformed Forum after listening to several items from there, mostly with a Christ and culture bias, but I’ll try to give them another listen with the item you recommend.

    Your column a couple of days ago to which I submitted an article seemed to have been taken down when I checked back later?

    • Austin Brown January 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Yeah, give it another try, Tim. You should enjoy it.

      And yeah, that post was removed. Very perceptive, you are! Some of the things I expressed could have been stated more clearly. I may re-post it later, but for now, I don’t want to create a stumbling block for some readers.

  2. Tim Bloedow January 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    That was a good item on suffering at Reformed Forum. I’m going to have to relisten to John Woodbridge. Trying to listen while multi-tasking wasn’t very profitable!! Hopefully it will help a friend of mine who’s going astray and pursuing Catholicism, in part because he thinks they have the backing of history.

  3. Ram Rao January 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    I listened to the trio of speakers on the Only One Way forum. I am surprised that Paul Knitter denied the Atonement, and dismissed Adam and Eve as mythical, when he is a professor at a Catholic Seminary. I thought the Catholics kept a tight rein on their scholars, not letting such heresy (even by their doctrinal standards) go unchecked.

    • Austin Brown January 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      Yeah, actually many (if not most) Catholic theologians tend to be liberal, if not blatantly so. It seems to me that the Catholic apologists are the conservative ones amongst the group. It’s sad. But then again, I can be thankful that the lines aren’t blurry.

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