When it comes to growing a life of faith, listening to Christian podcasts that help inform your mind and heart can be an important addition to your devotional life. Listening can be a spiritual discipline. Below are five podcasts that provide thoughtful Christian teaching or stimulating discussions about ways to connect faith and culture.
Timothy Keller Sermons
Good sermons have long been a source of excellent Christian teaching, and podcasts provide a way for you to listen to good teaching any day of the week. One recommended place to start is with the archived sermons of Presbyterian pastor and author Timothy Keller, whose clarity in speaking and love for the Scriptures provide thoughtful teaching for those already grounded in the faith as well as those new to it or still exploring. The sermons are podcast by Gospel in Life and can be downloaded on a number of devices.
Quick to Listen
The staff of respected magazine Christianity Today has put together a weekly podcast that explores current cultural events in the U.S. and around the world from a faith perspective. Recent topics include Christian persecution around the world, why Christians are sometimes prey to fake news, and how Protestants can better love and understand the virgin Mary. You can find out more about this and other podcasts the magazine posts at the main site for Christianity Today.
If you’re looking for thoughtful resources regarding the intersection of Christian faith with art, music, and stories, the podcasts of the Rabbit Room are well worth checking out. The podcasts are posted by the creative team connected with the Rabbit Room blog community, which is named for the back room in the pub where Christian author C.S. Lewis used to meet with the Inklings. Many of their podcasts center on music, books, or films, with recent forays into reflections on Endo’s Silence (a book recently made into a film directed by Martin Scorsese), and the work of George MacDonald.
Founded by author and pastor Richard Foster, Renovare is committed to providing resources for Christian spiritual formation, including books, discussion forums, online video and audio, and podcasts. Nathan Foster, the community’s director of community life, hosts the weekly podcasts which air each Monday, interviewing different “ordinary saints” and talking with them about their life and work as followers of Jesus. Some of those recently interviewed include retreat leader and author Beth Allen Slevcove, spiritual director Charles Ayars, and Canadian singer/songwriter Carolyn Arends.
The Relevant Podcast
Relevant magazine has been directing its content to “Christian twenty-and thirty somethings” for the past fifteen years. Their resources cover a variety of platforms, including a weekly podcast that now has over 500 episodes. They interview a variety of artists, musicians, teachers, writers, and pastors in their attempts to explore the many ways people’s multi-faceted lives connect with God as they live out their lives of faith. While many podcasts interview band members, film directors, or authors, sometimes their board does a mini-series such as their year-end countdown of favorite releases in popular culture.
These podcasts just scratch the surface of resources available to those seeking to live a vibrant and authentic Christian faith. They provide opportunities for Christians to reflect on the Scriptures and on books, music, teaching, and art that inform and inspire their lives of faith. Many other Christian podcasts are available that cater to certain specific audiences such as parents, youth, and pastors.