Top Christian Podcast Recommendations

I had a meeting this morning with a congregant who asked for podcast recommendations that could help him grow in his understanding of the Bible, Christianity, and the Christian life. I realized I am being asked this more and more often. Podcasts seem to be a great medium for the age of the smart-phone commuter. That’s why we started one at Trinity.

I’d love to hear of other recommendations, but here’s a list of the podcasts I find most helpful:

  • Tim Keller’s Gospel in Life sermon feed
  • The Salem Presbyterian Church sermon feed
  • The Bible Project – A collection of in-depth conversations about the Bible, theology, and history
  • The Allender Center – Features Dr. Dan Allender and his team engaging topics on healing and restoration through the unique intersection of theology and psychology
  • Center for Faith and Work – Exploring and investigating the gospel’s unique power to renew hearts, communities, and the world, in and through our day-to-day work
  • Vocation and the Common Good – featuring a variety of Christians whose vocational pursuits have led to meaningful contributions to culture and the common good
  • Risen Motherhood – A weekly podcast for moms
  • Unbelievable – Engaging in fundamental questions on Christianity with the intention to openly discussing different opinions between Christians and non-believers

I hope you find them helpful too!

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Recent Reading Recs – 2018/02/13

Here’s a collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and books that I have recently found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I post, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume,” so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Blog Posts & Online Journals

  • Circe Institute, “Creating Homes of Beauty” – Lindsey Knott argues that a home is perhaps the finest earthly work at which a man or woman can labor.
  • Sistamatic Theology, “Decolonized Discipleship” – Ekemini Uwan asks us to consider what sort of disciples we’re producing, those that reflect the image of the oppressor and the empire or the marginalized and colonized, urging us to incorporate decolonization into our approach to forming mature disciples.

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • NYT, “What Teenagers Are Learning from Porn” – [CAUTION: THIS ARTICLE EXPLICITLY DISCUSSES PORNOGRAPHY AND IS NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE.] As the ripple effects of the #MeToo movement continue, Maggie Jones suggests teens are watching more porn than their parents know, arguing that it’s negatively impacting their ideas about pleasure, power, and intimacy, but she offers very little in terms of helpful solutions.
  • NYT Opinion, “Let’s Ban Porn” – Ross Douthat makes a brief case for censorship of porn on the basis of the evident harms we are now recognizing it causes.
  • The Atlantic, “The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids” – Erika Christakus argues that today’s young children are working more but learning less.
  • Pacific Standard Magazine, “An Interview with Bryan Stevenson” – James McWilliams interviews the Harvard trained public defense lawyer about race, segregation, and listening to minority voices.
  • Fathom Magazine, “The Voice Evangelical Men Wish They Had” – Dr. Anthony Bradley, professor of religion, theology, and ethics at the King’s College in NYC, explores Evangelicalism’s pained search for healthy masculinity by examining the recent popularity of clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson.

Podcast Episodes & Other Media

  • Vocation & the Common Good, “Isaac Wardell” – Host Philip Lorish interviews the Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Church in Charlottesville, VA and leader of the Porter’s Gate Worship Project, discussing the missionary calling of the church for our neighbors, the hymns of the church, and the church’s relationship to the broader culture.
  • On Being, “Brené Brown” – Krista Tippet interviews the renowned University of Houston research professor of social work who has written and spoken extensively about shame, vulnerability, courage, and human connection.
  • Redeemer Ardmore Media, “Uncommon Family Panel Questions” – Giorgio Hiatt tackles a few basic questions on racism, bias, and why the church must pursue racial unity.

Books

  • Making Room by Christine Pohl – a survey and recovery of the great Christian tradition of hospitality
  • The Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch – a survey of the biblical commands to show hospitality

Recent Reading Recs – 2018/02/04

Here’s a collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, videos, and books I’ve recently found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I post, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume,” so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Blog Posts & Online Journals

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • NYT Opinion, “What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party” – Duke Divinity professor Kate Bowler has been living with a stage IV cancer diagnosis and has some suggestions for all of us as we wrestle with the reality of death.
  • NYT, “The Follower Factory” – Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel Dance, Richard Harris, and Mark Hansen expose the mirage of fake social media profiles and the people willing to buy them to fake fame in order to gain influence.
  • Current Affairs, “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture” – Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson ask and answer why the buildings built in the post-war era don’t appeal to regular humans, suggesting architects have moved away from small scale details and ornaments to a focus on large-scale form in reaction to what was considered bourgeois decadence and European imperialism.

Podcast Episodes and Other Media

  • Vocation & the Common Good, “James Davidson Hunter” & “Tish Harrison Warren” – Host Philip Lorish’s new podcast includes interviews with leading Christian thinkers and leaders, starting with the sociologist and author of the groundbreaking To Change the World and the Anglican priest and author of Liturgy of the Ordinary.
  • The Bible Project– Tim Mackie and Jon Collins host a non-profit, crowd funded creative studio producing animated short films to help people see how the Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus, and they excel at demonstrating the literary genius of the Bible through beautiful and clear animated films great for adults and kids.

Books

  • Sex and Love in the Home by David McCarthy – the ethical theologian reframes our understanding of the household with Roman Catholic social teaching that rejects modern Romanticism, Personalism, and a home grounded in the public/private distinction

Recent Reading Recs – 2017/08/02

I’ve started posting a weekly collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and books that I have found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I post, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume” each week, so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Like last week, I’ve included material that’s a few months old.

Blog Posts & Online Journals

Online Newspapers & Magazines

Podcast Episodes

  • Risen Motherhood“How Many Children Should We Have”– Hosts Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler talk about embracing children into family life while raising a number of considerations to balance.
  • Audition: A Podcast of Mars Hill Audio, “Oliver O’Donovan on political theology” – Host Ken Myers interviews the moral philosopher on the Church’s historic belief that governments are expressions of God’s rule, and that the reality of the king of God is a necessary point of reference if we are to understand politics correctly.
  • Radiolab, “From Tree to Shining Tree” – Hosts Jad and Simon explore the forest and uncover the incredibly ability of trees to communicate and create symbiotic relationships with fungi.

Books

  • The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders – an exploration of the doctrine of the Trinity as it relates to Evangelical faith, the gospel, and the Christian life