I’ve always had a love for the pure, unadulterated beauty of talk radio. No faces – just information and delivery. So naturally, I’m a podcast junkie. And since my modes of transportation consists of two feet, a train and a bicycle, I’m left with no other choice but to subscribe to more ‘casts than I have time to listen. But I have narrowed it down to a few select ones. NPR, BBC, Radio Lab, Studio 360, The Onion News and This American Life are all in there. But the crown jewel – the one that rises above the rest is the Daily Audio Bible with Brian Hardin.
I doubt that many of you are not familiar with Brian and his daily venture into the wonders of the Good Book. There might even be a few of you who have politely declined this method of “study”. But let me give my two cents anyway.
Every January, Brian begins a daily study consisting of four parts: OT, NT, Psalms and Proverbs. The daily dose is about .5 hours of him reading these various parts of the Bible. On paper, it might not look very extraordinary but Hardin has found a unique, unassuming way of sharing with us the Word of God.
As a young record producer, photographer and designer, he brings an extremely simple but youthful and creative approach to the scriptures. The podcasts start with a layer of ambient music (nature, guitars etc. – not as cheesy as it sounds) and follows with the gravely but poignant voice of Hardin himself. Each week he rotates between the many different versions of the Bible for a balanced understanding of the text. This aspect has really broadened my understanding of the words and meanings. Why we, as Mormons, still stubbornly hold on to the KJV is beyond me.
At the end of each reading, he will briefly give some commentary on what he has read (no deep doctrine – just finding ways to do God’s will and follow His path) and maybe some thoughts on the Daily Audio Bible community at large – but that’s it. And that is what I love about it – sweet and simple.
It might not be for everyone but its brought me closer to God in a new and profound way. Especially for the never-time-to-read-my-scriptures crowd – I would highly recommend it.