Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

This page is dedicated to things I’ve recently found interesting or helpful in my own efforts to increase in wisdom and make the best use of time.

Theology:

A number of years ago Dr. Ivan Fiske introduced me to Thomas Watson’s Divine Art of Contentment, which I began reading as a duty to a friend and finished reading as a lover of Watson. I’ve also listened to it once through and change. Find it here

This falls under biblical theology, and isn’t strictly audio, but if you haven’t been made aware of the Bible Project, it’s worth checking out. Rather brief, visually attractive videos covering a large range of biblical books and the main storyline. I’ll be using one of the videos in my class this Sunday.

This sermon by Spurgeon on election is brilliant. I’d have loved to have heard the man himself deliver it, but I suppose this is the next best thing. Those who say the doctrine of election necessarily dampens evangelistic fervor haven’t finished this sermon to the end. His appeal to the lost is powerful.

Current Events:

This conversation between Jordan Peterson and Milo Yiannapoulos is worth listening to, but I need to preface it by saying there’s a certain way it needs to be listened to, or it will be of no value whatsoever. If you listen to it as a critic looking for reasons to hate it, you’ll find plenty of reasons to do so. If you listen with an “open mind” and entirely uncritically, you’d be foolish. But if you listen as if eavesdropping on a conversation one table over, I think you’ll find it fascinating and insightful, at least I did.

Not sure quite where to put this, so I’ll put it here. When I arrived in the Twin Cities area twenty years ago, I tuned to an AM station one afternoon on the way home from work and ran across one of the funniest, wittiest, entirely unusual radio guys I’ve ever heard. I think the first time I heard him, he was doing a radio ad for some company and halfway through he stopped and said, “Hey wait a minute, these guys are a bunch of bums! I’d never buy anything from them!” Mischke now does a podcast from various places across the United States, and once in a while I’ll listen to one and rarely regret it. It’s not a hotbed of sound theology, but it is a useful and entertaining insight into human nature, for better or worse. Episode 61 is a fun look at the radio days. You can find the podcast here

Literature:

Thomas Sowell is increasingly one of my favorite thinkers and commentators from a “common grace” perspective. I was looking him up and ran across the audio of his book Basic Economics. Admittedly, Youtube is a pretty terrible platform for a nine-hour book, but if you can deal with its cumbersome nature, it’s totally worth giving this a listen. I asked my teenage son to listen to it as well, and he has been enjoying it and it’s given rise to some wonderful father/son conversations.

In trying to keep myself from being enslaved to the tyranny of the urgent, I’m intentionally trying to feed my imagination with widely recognized great works of art. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie, but you really should take the (long long) time to read or at least listen to Alexander Dumas’ classic The Count of Monte Cristo. My wife has read well and widely, so of course she’s read it, and this gives us some fun, cultured conversation now that I’m catching up with her a little bit.

Archive, such as it is:

Theology:
James White on Apologetics (1-4), Islam (5-7), Mormonism (8-9), Jehovah’s Witness (10)
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
Daily Dose of Greek
Carl Trueman’s Reformation History
Ligonier 2019 National Conference
Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones on Preaching and Preachers
Al Mohler sermon “Exegete or Exorcist”
Master’s Seminary channel; lots of great stuff here
Shepherd’s Conference 2019
Den Dulk Lectures, feat. Dr. Carl Trueman

Current Events:
G3 Pre-Conference on Social Justice.
Dr. Jordan Peterson on the Marxist lie of White Privilege
Dr. Jordan Peterson’s GQ Interview

Literature:
Pilgrim’s Progress
David Copperfield
Oliver Twist
The Innocents Abroad
Abridged Bunyan Holy War, appx 1hr. Good for kids too.

Puritan Literature:
Timothy Rogers, “Trouble of Mind and the Disease of Melancholy.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne Stories:
The Birthmark
Mrs. Bullfrog
The Celestial Railroad

Other:
Oversimplified; really cool big-picture view of some of history’s major events.
Fascinating interview between Dr. James White and the notorious KJV-only Steven Anderson

Kids, or the kid in you:

The House That Bacon Built

Midnight Bread

The Billy Goats Grinn

The Unforgiving Servant

You Know All About Me, Lord