As the year comes to a close, I’ll be the first to kick-off the obligatory ‘Top 10’ lists with the Top 10 things on my iPod Touch. (Yes, I needed to indicate that it is a ‘Touch’ simply because other models cannot download apps). They are, in no particular order…
1. Daily Audio Bible (podcast): The host, Brian Hardin, reads through the Bible in a year. Each day contains a passage from the OT, NT, Psalms and Proverbs. His commentary at the end often goes in a different direction than I would, but I’m only interested in the Bible section anyway.
2. New York Times (app): While I use it as a way of remaining culturally literate, I find myself gravitating to the quirky stories more than the front-page news.
3. Words with friends (app): This is essentially Scrabble, but totally addictive.
4. This American Life (podcast): I’m a big fan of Ira Glass, and I find that more than any other source, TAL covers the most poignant human interest stories without lecturing…they are aware that the listeners know how to draw their own conclusions, which I appreciate.
5. Epicurious (app): I’m not the best cook, but this (free) app has helped me improve by leaps and bounds in the past year. I especially enjoy the fact that after I use it to find the meals I want to cook, I can just hit a button and save all the ingredients I’ll need to a shopping list. So much easier than using a pen and paper like a caveman. 🙂
6. Car Talk (podcast): I’m not a car guy, but on my commute to St. Andrews, these two never fail to keep me thoroughly entertained. Also, they win my award for the most down-to-earth MIT grads ever.
7. Bloomberg (app): I’m kinda into trading stocks, but even if I wasn’t, this is the best app (sorry WSJ) for keeping up with the day’s business news.
8. Michel Thomas’ Mandarin (audio recording): I’ve tried Rosetta Stone, but this is the most helpful program I’ve found for learning how to actually speak the language (aside from my wife).
9. Abbey Road (audio recording): ‘Nuff said.
10. The New Yorker: Fiction (podcast): Since I studied finance before my life in theology, I didn’t have much background (or interest) in modern fiction…I consider this to be remedial education.

There are scads of other wonderful podcasts out there…RTS and Covenant have some great stuff for those interested in theology. Yale also has some good stuff for those who are more inclined to a historical-critical approach to the Bible. And don’t forget all the free downloads at Mockingbird! What’s on your iPod/MP3 player?