Aaannnndddd we’re back with another leg in our podcast series!
This time in history is so unique. We have access to more information—more content-—than ever before. We can find what we need to know about anything at all. And we continually have someone whispering in our ear.
That’s why it is so important to carefully guard what kind of information we allow in. The content we consume can be detrimental. It can make us feel guilty and drained.
It can also uplift us. It can teach us and admonish us. It can be used to sanctify us.
That’s what I feel the following podcasts have done for me.
This week, I want to share with you some of my favorite faith-based podcasts. Just like other teachers of God’s Word, it is important to remember that not all Christian podcasts are created equal. Here are some things to remember:
1. Podcasts do not equal church.
Contrary to some cultural perceptions, church is not going to hear someone preach. The Church is the body of Christ. It is a community of believers (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 28:20, 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 Peter 2:9). Listening to a pastor on a podcast can be a great supplement, but the minute we become tempted to use a podcast as our weekly “church time” the minute we neglect God’s command to commune with His people.
Anything other than gathering with God’s people cannot be defined as church.
2. Podcasts do not take the place of reading the Bible.
Likewise, in the hustle and bustle of busy schedules, commuting to and from work, getting kids ready for their days, and having a thousand responsibilities, it can be easy to plug in a podcast instead of opening the Bible. Again, a podcast can be a supplement. It cannot be the Word of God.
Listening only to human words, even if they are good words, will drain us. They will not nourish us like God’s Words can. Go to the main source for truth, friend. Start there. If you don’t have time for anything else, make time for Scripture.
3. But podcasts can be amazing tools for our growth.
There are people who God has given a unique ability to clearly communicate His truths. I am so thankful that some of those people have put their voices out into the world so I might glean from their knowledge. Podcasts are so helpful and encouraging, and they keep me company while I am doing laundry or driving to Target or cooking dinner. Like I said before, we are in a unique space in time. We have so much content at our fingertips, so let’s make what we choose to take in worth while.
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Someone left a review on Apple Podcasts saying this is the “Healthy green smoothie” of podcasts.
In this podcast of The Village Church, Jen Wilkin, JT English, and Kyle Worley explore how our faith is founded in Scripture. They walk chapter by chapter through books of the Bible and tackle all kinds theological topics through the lens of Scripture. They don’t dumb things down, but they have a beautiful way of making really hard topics simple enough for my mind to grasp. Oh, and they’re hilarious.
Don’t come to this podcast for easy answers or a Bible pep talk. Come ready to learn. And you might want to take notes.
Right now they are doing a series on the Apostles Creed. I would suggest starting at the beginning of that series (the start of the last season).
“Matters of culture should matter to us—because they matter to God.” This is another podcast that started at The Village Church, but has recently become its own. It is hosted by Adam Griffin, Adam Hawkins, and Elizabeth Woodson. Each week, they tackle whatever is most news and noteworthy, helping us to look at these things through a Biblical lens.
Here’s the most helpful thing about this podcast: the hosts help us turn conversations about culture into Gospel sharing opportunities.
I love their description: “Looking at everything from politics, art and entertainment to issues such as racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life, we discuss what it looks like to live faithfully on mission—in the world but not of the world.”
Listen to the most recent episode for things going on in our culture right now. But if you’re going to start with one poignant episode, I would check out #97, “Love Refugees as Yourself”. One of my favorite listens of all times.
The Bible Recap
This year I have recommitted to reading the whole Bible—and I am actually sticking to it! I think this is partly because I have used The Bible Recap to help me connect the dots after some hard passages of Scripture.
Each morning, after I read the Word and spend time in prayer, I hop over to The Bible Recap to listen to Tara Leigh Cobble recap what I just read and give her “God shot”, where she saw God in that day’s reading. Each podcast is between five and ten minutes, and it really helps me to digest what I just read. Tara Leigh does a great job communicating how God’s character has remained the same throughout eternity. Her podcast is not something to listen to instead of reading the Bible; rather, it amplifies our time in God’s Word.
If you want to start back at the very beginning, Spotify has all the episodes from the very first season! You can start there. Otherwise, just jump in where she is! Or search for what you read that day.
Grace Community Church/Words of Grace
If you’re looking to listen to a sermon series, I gotta give my own church a shout out. My pastor, Scott Patty, does a beautiful job each week walking through the Bible and encouraging believers in God’s Word. If you want to be stirred up with affection for God through His Scriptures, check out some of these sermons. My two favorite series are Revelation and Job, and we are in Romans right now. Feel free to jump in wherever!
Then each week, two of the pastors get together and chat about some greater implications and clarification of that sermon in the “Words of Grace” podcast. I may be biased, but I always leave these sermons and podcasts feeling like I know and love God’s Word more than when I came.
The JourneyWomen Podcast
My last shout out is a sweet one. In this podcast, Hunter Beless chats with some really wise women about Biblical topics. The podcast description reads, “Journeywomen is a truth-filled, gospel-driven resource for women seeking to gracefully navigate the seasons and challenges they face on their journeys to glorify God.”
I feel like I am sitting in a room with Christian friends when I listen to Hunter’s conversations. She and her guests are honest about struggles and victories, and they remind me to take Biblical conversations into real life friendships and value vulnerability among my sisters.
My very favorite episode is #74 “The Will of God”. Start there. You won’t be disappointed.
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There are SO MANY faith-based podcasts out there. Yes, some bad, but so many are good. I could probably spend all my days listening to amazing women and men of God share what He is teaching them on this platform. Honestly, I haven’t even listened to many of the great ones out there, and if I listed the ones that I know are awesome, but don’t listen to regularly, I could have written a whole book.
These are just my very favorites, the ones that stir my affections for Christ the most.
What are your favorite faith-based podcasts? Will you comment below so I can check them out?
Check out my other favorite podcast lists!