If you have not yet jumped in to the world of podcasts this is a great time to take the plunge with some great shows that can give you a spiritual shot in the arm, encouragement and pique your curiosity. The best way to start is usually by checking out the following podcasts’ past episodes to see what stands out to you or seems interesting.
Host Krista Tippett dives into all things spiritual in this weekly podcast. She has a variety of guests ranging from Jewish rabbis to evangelical pastors to writers to Buddhist Monks. In a friendly, curious posture she aims to learn as much as possible from each guest: asking questions, clarifying and not shying away from the uncomfortable. She is willing to go where she needs to as an interviewer and does it gracefully. On Being offers both depth and a wide breadth of exposure.
TED Talks are immensely popular, known for their quick presentation and quality and interesting content. Whatever you are into, chances are there is a talk about it—whether you want to learn about the vastness of space, the effects of vulnerability, the importance of creativity or the lessons learned during a stay at a mental hospital—they can all be found. In listening to these talks it is amazing to hear about the wonders in the world or the intricacies of the human body. Ultimately it points back to God, if our perspective allows it. Not every presenter is an active Christian or following Christ, but often they have made a compelling case for an all-powerful, creative God who breathed this world into existence.
Michael Gungor and Mike McHargue (Science Mike), along with a rotating group of hosts, talk about the things that many Christians want to talk about, but don’t have a proper venue for it. They tackle all kinds of things: marriage, women, enneagram, the media and Lent. They don’t shy away from difficult conversations or uncomfortable ideas. These episodes can be a little longer, often going over an hour, but when you consider the content and depth, it makes sense why extra time would be needed to process and discuss. It is very well produced and a pleasure to listen to.
Warning, there is occasionally (kind of often) some adult language used during the podcast.
Soul City Church
Founders, lead pastors and spouses Jeanne and Jarrett Stevens share their weekly messages as a podcast, and it’s a great one. As gifted communicators they share the responsibility of the weekly teaching. Their church is a growing, vibrant community in the heart of Chicago and you can hear their love for the city and their community as they speak. Both Jeanne and Jarrett are masterful storytellers, have a comprehensive understanding of the Bible and deeply desire for the good news that comes from knowing God to inspire life change. They are passionate, honest and hopeful as they journey through topics as a church.
Rob Bell’s aptly named Robcast has been named one of the best podcasts by iTunes in 2015. The space Rob Bell creates is encouraging, inspiring, informative and honest. Remember it is great to learn from people who think differently because they are often those who can teach us the most. I am thankful for his voice and creativity, it is positive and life-giving when the national conversation can seem overwhelmingly negative.
Rich and DawnChere are the lead pastors of Vous Church in Miami. They are every bit as fun, fresh and bright as you would imagine from a young couple leading a stellar church. They are intentional each week to share the hope and love that comes from knowing Christ in addition to how it looks for them to live out their life in the world as Christ-followers. You will appreciate their sweetness and their sense of humor, but they are making a huge impact in their local community as well as worldwide. These young leaders are inspiring and it makes for an exciting listen each week.