A few months ago, I listed nine magazines worth subscribing to. I’d like to follow up today with some podcast recommendations.
Just like I don’t read every magazine cover to cover, neither do I listen to every episode of these podcasts. But here are the ones I turn to on a regular basis. All of them are free on iTunes.
(I’ve decided not to include church and sermon podcasts. I listen to some great preachers, but for the purposes of this post, I wanted to focus primarily on news and cultural commentary.)
Here’s my list:
As I wrote before, I like World magazine. This podcast is a half hour newsmagazine that summarizes the day’s top news and features commentary from a conservative Christian perspective. The quality is excellent, and you can forward to the next segment in case you’re not interested in what’s being discussed. Great coverage and commentary!
This is a newer addition to my podcast subscription list. Two of my friends (Matthew Lee Anderson and Derek Rishmawy) engage in conversation with Alastair Roberts and Andrew Wilson. Good group of guys whose discussions are always thoughtful and whose perspectives are always worth considering. They’ve done two episodes on N. T. Wright, they’ve tackled the “transgender” issue while reading Oliver O’Donovan, and they’ve had Fred Sanders on as a guest to discuss the Trinity. What are you waiting for?
I think Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales) is funny and Skye Jethani is insightful. (Not that Phil isn’t insightful or Skye isn’t funny, but whatever…) Put them together on a podcast and you’re going to learn while you laugh (kind of like Vischer’s projects for kids). Big-tent evangelicalism has never been so fun!
Jonathan Howe hosts this podcast, a weekly conversation with Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. Rainer talks about different trends he observes in the landscape of churches and ministries in North America. Always food for thought here.
John Piper’s biblical knowledge and pastoral experience is on full display in this – the shortest podcast on my list. Each episode is only a few minutes, but in that time, Piper offers wise counsel and biblical advice on a variety of issues. You may not always agree with Piper, but you’ll find his consistent appeal to Scripture to be stimulating as you work through some of these issues on your own.
This is the oddest submission on my list, I admit. It is a recitation of every day’s morning prayer from The Book of Common Prayer - fifteen minutes or so of biblical readings and ancient prayers set against a relaxing soundtrack. I don’t listen to this every day, but there are times when I’ll put it on in the car or house and just sit back and “listen” to the Word delivered according to the time-tested pattern of Cranmer’s liturgy.
Like his book Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner explores “the hidden side of everything.” This is a weekly podcast that offers a twist on what is accepted knowledge in society today.
I subscribe to a variety of other podcasts that are updated on a less consistent basis, including TGC and seminary chapel and conference talks.
What about you? What do you recommend?
What podcasts should I should add to my list?