Podcoin Pays You For Listening To Your Favorite Podcasts

I have been trying a new app this past week that rewards you from listening to podcasts. The app is called Podcoin.

Here are some pros and cons so far…..

Pro: It’s super easy to earn, for every 10 minutes you get one podcoin, which are redeemed for gift cards and gifts.

Con: It takes a lot of coins to get anything worthwhile. 1200 gets you a 2 dollar gift card from Amazon and 20,000 for a 50 dollar gift card. I listen to about 6 to 8 hours of podcasts during a work day, so even though it will take awhile, why not earn something for something I do anyway.

Pro: You can get bonuses for streaks and some podcasts. So after a few days, you start earning two coins for every 10 minutes, and if you listen to a bonus podcast, it’s 2.5 coins per 10 minutes. I have discovered some new podcasts that way.

Con: There is a limit to how many hours you can earn. At some point of the day, I reached my limit, but it doesn’t give you a heads up. I hope they implement something like Sweatcoin where you can spend some of your points to extend the daily limit. I like to sleep with some podcasts running (yea I have a problem) but eventually, it stops because it notices you are dominant, so people can’t just play podcasts all day without activity.

Pro: Easy interface and clean look.

Con: Very basic. There is no speed up like other podcasts player. I listen at a 1.5 to 1.75 speed so going back to regular speed is annoying. It also doesn’t keep up when podcasts become available. It takes awhile for the podcasts to pop up and when they do, it’s also not organized by new episodes but by when you subscribed.

I’ve enjoyed the app for the most part, and like the bonuses, it offers for podcasts that I wouldn’t discover on my own. Especially right before bed, I try to find the dullest subject I can find, and it makes a great night sleep.

Give it a try and use my code Briannpk to get 150 points for signing up.

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Disappointment With Religious Podcasts

One of my favorite things to do is to listen to podcasts. I grew up listening to talk radio while doing puzzles in the garage and gradually moving away from partisan conversations to ones that will challenge me in every element of my life.

I listen to podcasts about manliness, etiquette, politics, debates, religious and hobbies.

One of the reasons I find podcasts beautiful is the extended conversation usually on a specific topic. There are no quick jabs into a commercial break like talk radio instead it’s a well thought out idea that makes you consider other opinions.

But the one thing that I notice is my religious podcasts (especially evangelical podcasts) every so often to expand on statements that have a generalization of the culture.

For example, they might talk about the current culture and then instead of giving a statistic, they give their opinion with the statement “It is true.”

Well, how is it true? Where does this truth come from? Is the true relevant to today or just a mindless thought that you feel truth?

It reminds me of the t-shirt from Philip DeFranco.

This is just lazy and shouldn’t happen on a medium that has no time limit. And it makes me mad that religion podcasts are the ones that do this the most.

All this does is create blind ignorance and those who don’t and won’t research the statements will spread possible falsehoods to their peers.

If you are a religious person, you need to be better with your knowledge. You are already discredited by many because of their view of “faith” and how they feel a crutch in life. So if you want to be a credible resource, you need to make sure you are spreading real truths with real stats not just a general observation with no evidence.

Love This Clip from Timbits Hockey

Sometimes you need take a moment and enjoy the awesomeness of children. I love this clip and thanks Coach Jeremy for allowing the world enjoy a little piece of pure awesome. Take a minute of your day to sit down and smile.

Loving This Press

One of the best things that I bought in 2019 so far is a Silver Tea Press from DavidsTea.

I’ve been trying to limit the amount of caffeine that I consume in the afternoon so that I can get a good night sleep, and this press has done a great job of giving a warm drink that lasts hours in the afternoon.

I usually make their Cool Eucalyptus loose leaf green tea that has a nice smooth taste. And it’s super easy to use. You put around one or two perfect spoons into the bottom of the tumbler then add hot water to about 3/4 of the way up. Let it steep for about 4 to 5 minutes, then you press it down. The press makes the taste of the tea consistent for as long as you drink. There is a small amount of water at the bottom with the tea which is easy to dispose of when done.

It’s a little pricey around $35 but every so often they have a decent sale.

If you enjoy loose leaf tea, this is a great accessory to have in your collection

Noticing God In Good Times

I have been going through the book of Job during my morning coffee time which is always a surreal experience.

For those who haven’t read the book of Job, it’s a story that explores themes of suffering and what it means to righteous. It’s part of the poetry books in the Bible, so it’s more of a parable then a narrative story as part of the book has God having a conversation with the devil.

Job is a blessed man that has all of his blessings stripped away as almost an experiment of whether a righteous man would be able to believe even when he has nothing left. And Job wrestles with that concept throughout the book.

As I said, it’s a surreal experience and an excellent book to read as a person who was randomly born in a country filled with enormous blessings.

One particular section that I have been chewing on comes in chapter 35 where one of his friends is trying to give Job council.

When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts, When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom, using birds and beasts to teach wisdom. People are arrogantly indifferent to God— until, of course, they’re in trouble,

Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005. Print.

The friend then says that God is indifferent to those who are indifferent to Him, but that part I know isn’t biblically true as John 3:16 (a corner belief in Christianity) that God loves us all so much that He would become a sacrifice so that we no longer will perish in the next life.

But this piece of his friend’s argument makes me consider my faith in the good moments and in the bad ones.

When everything is okay in my life, sometimes I dredge up something in the past that is more trivial, so I have something for a prayer request.

Why don’t I share my thankfulness of an okay life? Why don’t I share the song that is in my heart and share it with others?

I need to better at taking every day seeking God in the things around me whether it be the birds who chirp in the air to the days of when I have good health. Because God is there and I shouldn’t be indifferent toward Him.

Time To Get Back Into Routine

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So far 2019 has been a strange year so far regarding my routine. Since mid-December, my office time has been hit and miss. Days off for holidays, snow days and retreats have caused me to have only a few full weeks in a weekly routine.

I am a creature of habit so these past months could have become very annoying to me, but I have been working on my patience by meditating in the morning while my coffee is brewing. Those few minutes each morning have been a great way to center my life on what is important and helped me feel at peace with the irregular schedule.

Have I been entirely at peace throughout the whole day? I wish I was peace especially when it comes to family, but I know that I would have been awful if I didn’t give myself a moment of reflection during the morning.

Now my schedule is back on track, and I can reflect on these months as a wonderfully anomaly that I don’t want to see again for a while.

We Should Be Better Than This

In the song “Hosanna” by Hillsong United there is a part of the bridge where we sing “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” Those words are so powerful to sing, and I wonder if churches in the U.S. want that to be true.

With the reports from the Houston Chronicle about the Southern Baptist scandal, my heart is hurting. And I can’t imagine what God’s heart feels right now. So many victims, so much injustice happening by merely turning a blind eye so ignorance can be an excuse.

It’s a giant mess and because of this many people will never believe in the religion that should be above these evils. I mean the churches are quick to judge “Hollywood” for their misconducts, but it looks like we needed to get the log out of our eye before we judge others.

As a pastor now for almost twenty years, I have seen my share of pastors I knew to get in trouble for these situations. I had to have phone calls from elders where friends of mine wanted to go back into ministry after being fired from sexual misconduct.

I had seen parishioners support their pastor even after inappropriate conversations because he stood up in front of the congregation and repented for his sin. And then when he got fired, the church got heat because he repented.

This shouldn’t be a gray issue, but it looks like from the report churches either do a terrible job with their hiring practices or sadly doesn’t care.

I know the more that will come out, isn’t going to be good and I hope this story stays in the headlines for a while as a wake-up call to the churches in this blessed country because we should be and need to better.

If you haven’t read the article, feel free to read it here