I have hundreds of preaching tapes collected over the years. I have worn out the tape deck of every car I have ever owned listening to them. My collection includes all kind of preachers, including many from my Dad. I have recieved contributions from all over, and refused no preacher. I see it as a historic deposit. I even have an ongoing process of digitizing many of them.
But the truth is between wearing out all tape decks in my possession and my schedule involving less traveling (the timespan of listening to a whole sermon) I have not listened to many in quite a while. But the beauty of technology steps in.
Kim and I got ipods about 6 months or so ago, and we listened to music for months. I had some knowledge and experience with podcasts but had not gotten into them. But recently, I have shopped for podcasts of notable churches/preachers and it has been a very enriching devotional experience. Walking the dogs, driving around town, or working in the yard have taken on a new significance, and has provided an great stage for taking in new ideas.
I have some concern about doing so much multitasking and not devoting time to the single purpose of spiritual growth as should be given. I am not sure what the didgital age means for spiritual disciplines such as solitude (as per Barth), and I hope I am not savving my guilt at not giving enough time to such by listening to podcasts while engaged in other business. But I have been greatly blessed as well as challenged by the experience so far, and am thankful for it.