Concordia Publishing House had a regular radio-broadcast interview with Deaconess Pamela Nielsen on the upcoming Growing in Christ Sunday School lesson. That has been replaced with a podcast — an audio show that you can catch on your computer over the Internet. To tune in, go to the CPH podcast page. Some web browsers might automatically know what to do with the podcast link. If yours does not, then you may have to install something like iTunes or Windows Media Player. I use Amarok, which is developed on Linux, but also available for other computer operating systems.
Why are these called podcasts? For one thing, it rhymes with “broadcast,” but more importantly, it refers to the iPod, Apple’s portable media player that seems to be everywhere. With the right software, your computer will automatically load a portable media player with the content of a podcast, so that when you are ready to take it with you, there will be something new to listen to. At Bethany and Concordia, we also use podcasts, containing recordings of recent sermons. In fact, we have about a year’s worth of recorded sermons just waiting for someone to listen through the web. Go to the home page at bethanythedalles.org or concordiahoodriver.org, and you will see the links in the left-hand column.