About eight years ago, I listened to dozens of podcasts, mostly sermon audio ones. About four years ago, I started cutting back on those feeds. Some I dropped because I’d grown kind of bored. Others because the material was no longer beneficial to me to listen to (or rather, the people speaking were not beneficial for me to listen to).
My listening habits have changed since then. I listen to almost no sermon audio feeds, but I do listen to a few that are focused on preaching and ministry. Most of the podcasts I enjoy are actually pretty short, as in 15-20 minutes (though some are a bit longer). Many of them are produced by and for Christians (at least the ones on this list), but there are a number of others I enjoy that wouldn’t fit in that category. But even though many of them are produced by Christians, the content varies—history, Bible, leadership, preaching and… well, random bits of randomness.
Check them out:
Word Matters. This is a pretty new podcast (in fact, it only officially launched the other day). But it’s really good. In each episode, Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax explore one of the most confusing passages in the Bible, helping listeners understand why it’s challenging and how they can teach it to others. My personal favorite so far? The third episode, which begins with an emphatic “no.”
The Happy Rant. I’ve been listening to this one since Stephen Altrogge was one of the co-hosts. But I’m enjoying the flavor Ronnie Martin brings to the table as he, Barnabas Piper and Ted Kluck discuss the serious issues that really don’t matter that much. It’s also one of the longest podcasts I listen to. An episode worth checking out? The one in which they discuss gender reveal parties and the “bro code”.
5 Minutes in Church History. I’ve been listening to this one since it launched in 2014. Stephen Nichols offers listeners a glimpse into the people and events that have shaped the church through the centuries, and somehow always manages to pack a lot into five minutes. Check out “Three Bible Firsts” and “An Eight-Syllable Heresy” to get a sense of the show’s flavor.
5 Leadership Questions. This show focuses on helping leaders in any capacity grow in their character, knowledge and skill with engaging interviews with Christian leaders. I really enjoyed hearing Trevin Wax dodge the “who’s your favorite coworker” question in episode 84.
Preaching and Preachers. Jason Allen’s new preaching-focused podcast is still finding its footing (it’s only got two episodes) but I’m enjoying what I’m hearing so far. The first episode featuring Drs. Timothy and Christian George on the greatest preachers in history is pretty great.
Renewing Your Mind Minute. I love this one simply because it’s so short. One minute isn’t a long time to deliver a substantial message, but these clips featuring teaching from R.C. Sproul, offer a thought-provoking nugget to let roll around in the back of your mind and come back to for later study. Check out “The Standard of Goodness” to see what I’m talking about.
So those are a few of the podcasts I’m enjoying right now. What are a few you’re enjoying?