Other than thought-provoking entertainment, especially when you're stuck in a car, there are three big benefits to listening to the right Christian podcasts:
(1) The right podcasts give you access to topnotch Christian scholars and thinkers, and these people have a wealth of experience and knowledge.
(2) Even as a former seminary student and an avid reader, I’ve come to realize the knowledge I've gained from my podcast listening is substantial (and the effort is minimal). Plus, podcasts often point me to books and other resources for going deeper.
(3) Podcasts are up-to-date, addressing current events and topics of importance to Christians right now.
So, even if you don’t have a long commute, pick a podcast to listen to while you’re folding laundry or mowing the lawn or eating breakfast. If you can’t listen to a whole show in one sitting, so what? — Listen to it in parts, even if it’s just for 10 minutes at a time.
Way back in 2013, I wrote an article recommending Christian podcasts on my personal blog, so I figured it was time to update that article.
The first three podcasts listed below also appeared on my 2013 list. Clearly, these three have been staples of my listening for years. So, where all of these podcasts are recommended, the first three have stood the test of time.
This British radio show is primarily civil debates/discussions between people of opposing views on various topics, whether it's Christians debating atheists or other non-Christians or Christians debating Christians about issues within the church.
Justin Brierley, the host, does a great job of fairly mediating the debates/discussions, making sure both sides have time to flesh out their views and that the listener doesn't get lost if it gets too academic.
Unbelievable? gives you a good introduction at controversial issues and exposes you to opposing views on that issue. The subject matter varies from current cultural topics (transgenderism, social justice, etc.) to topics concerning the existence of God and the trustworthiness of the Bible to other philosophical and theological questions.
Also, check out Justin Brierley's Youtube series The Big Conversation.
Host Greg Koukl has been challenged and tested for the over 27 years he's been doing this show. He opens most episodes by sharing some thoughts concerning Christianity or a cultural topic, and then he answers callers’ questions on any number of topics encompassing Christianity — from personal application of biblical teachings to interpreting scripture to philosophical issues and apologetics.
Koukl’s ability to confidently, satisfactorily, and evenhandedly answer the vast diversity of questions he receives is testimony to his wealth of experience and what a valuable resource he is. Part of the fun of listening to Stand to Reason is thinking, "Wow, that's a tough question! How will Greg possibly answer this?" and then listening to Greg's response.
Also, check out Koukl's two books, Tactics and The Story of Reality, and Stand to Reason's website as a resource.
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the largest seminary in the U.S., examines current world news from a Christian perspective. New episodes are posted every Monday through Friday. In each 20-minutes episode, Dr. Mohler gives an overview of current events, and then he analyzes them from a biblical worldview.
The Briefing is a great, quick way to keep up on important news and issues that should interest Christians one way or another, some of which get lost in all of the noise of this media age. Dr. Mohler draws from a variety of established media sources, both left- and right-leaning, and he makes all the articles he refers to available on his website.
Dr. Mohler has a background in radio, so each episode is crisp, smooth, and professional. The historical background and insight Dr. Mohler often provides during his commentary is priceless.
Also, check out Dr. Mohler's other occasional podcast Thinking in Public.
The Jude 3 Project exists to help Christians "know what they believe and why they believe it" with a distinctive focus on the African American community.
Like most of the podcasts on this list, the Jude 3 Project does a great job of addressing theological, cultural, and apologetic topics concerning Christians, but it also does a great job showing how both historically and biblically Christianity is not just "the white man's religion."
The Jude 3 Project has introduced me to many Christian scholars addressing specific topics which concern the African American community (and should concern all Christians) that I wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise. The Jude 3 Project is providing an important service (and becoming an important resource) to all Christians.
Also, check out their website for resources.
Three Chords and the Truth wins the prize for the best balance of being informative and fun.
Each 40-minute episode has three parts. The first part focuses on apologetics - arguments for the trustworthiness of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus. Part two is some brief "geek talk," where they discuss a "tough topic" in comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy. (Who would win in a fight: Gandalf or Yoda? What's more powerful: the Infinity Gauntlet or the Elder's Wand from Harry Potter?) Finally, they look at a classic rock song from a theological perspective.
Honestly, I've learned just as much about rock history as Christian apologetics listening to this podcast.
Also, Timothy Paul Jones, one of the hosts, is a wealth of information. Check out his books.
I just started listening to this weekly podcast, but it has two top-notch hosts, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae, professors at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology, a key school in training Christian apologists. The format is easy: a 30-minute interview with a Christian author or thinker.
Looking through their backlog of interviews, I see nothing but names worth listening to on topics worth thinking about.
Also, Sean McDowell, though he's the one doing the interviewing instead of being interviewed, is a great teacher. Be sure to seek out his other work.
Apologia Radio wasn't on my 2013 list of podcasts, but I've been listening to it regularly almost as long as my "Top 3." If there's a podcast on this list that's going to ruffle a lot of feathers, it's this one. Apologia doesn't pull any punches (and they have fun while doing it).
They're especially good with addressing atheism, abortion, and cults, like Mormonism. They hold strong stances on some theological views, such as Calvinism, presuppositional apologetics, and post-millennialism eschatology. (If you don't know what those things are, you will if you listen to Apologia Radio long enough.)
Overall, even if you don't agree with every stance the guys and gal of Apologia take, you will be challenged, and they do a great job of engaging the culture from a biblical worldview.
Also check out Joy of Apologia's other podcast, Sheologians, and Apologia's many Youtube videos.
Though this wasn't on my 2013 list, it certainly should've been. This American Life is not a Christian show, so it wasn't on my last list and it shouldn't be on this list, but I'm including it anyway. I've been listening to This American Life longer than every podcast on this list.
Each episode is an hour long and centers on a (loose) theme with (give or take) three true stories connected to that theme. The beauty of this show is that it often centers on people and things you would never heard about anywhere else, and the stories surrounding them are engrossing, entertaining, and often quirky.
I love this show. No, it's not a Christian show, but it's professional journalism with master story-telling at its best.