I have subscribed to many podcasts over time, and most of them fail to enlighten significantly. However, a few have stood the test of time, and I enjoy them regularly. You’ll note that most of them are weekly rather than daily – because less often usually means better content.
Last Updated: 03.20.2017
Updates: Major overhaul!
- Academy of Podcasters – Annual awards
- Apologetics Podcasts Worth Your Time (apologetics.com)
- Lightsource.com – a vcast site for Christian ministries (I don’t vcast much, but there you go)
- Oneplace.com – this site is a clearing house for podcasts for thousands of popular ministries. Want to find your favorite radio preacher or show? Try here.
- Podcast Awards – Annual awards
- The Top 16 Apologetics Podcasts (apologetics.com)
Here’s my current OPML file, if you just want to download and upload to your podcast player. It includes my current faves (many but not all of those below) and my new, experimental podcasts.
* = Essential podcasts
- Apologetics 315 (Varies | RSS) – This relative newcomer is now the best place to get the latest audio of debates and lectures defending the faith. They don’t create any audio, they just list it from around the web. Not only do they update often, but they have their now infamous Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audio Page.
- Backpack Radio (Weekly, 45 min | RSS) – Self-proclaimed ‘street-level apologetics,’ this is a hip, up to date, conversational show.
- Cold Case Christianity (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – one of my top three apologetics podcasts. This one is unique in that it is not just intellectual, but practical. The guy who runs it is a cold case police detective, so very interesting application of evidence and argument.
- The Dividing Line (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – the talk show of apologist James White (Alpha and Omega Ministries), I like him because he is on the forefront of public debates with atheists, Mormons, Muslims, and guys like Bart Ehrman (you can see their upcoming debate in 01/09). If you like to argue over the Greek behind the text, this guy is fun.
- * Reasonable Faith (Bimonthly, 20 min | RSS) – a conversational program dealing with the most important apologetic questions of our day. It features William Lane Craig, the foremost Christian Apologist, debater, and philosopher of our time. Great for keeping up with current trends and arguments in apologetics.
- Theoapologetics (Monthly, 60 min | RSS) – Explores interesting doctrinal controversies and apologetics.
Current Events / News
- * Albert Mohler – The Briefing (Daily, 15 Min | RSS) – Explores current events from a Christian world view. It’s how I start each weekday, along with NPR. The show is not active during the summer months.
- Albert Mohler – Thinking in Public (Monthly, 60 min | RSS): An interview forum for intelligent conversation about frontline theological and cultural issues.
- * American Conservative University (3x/week, 60 min | RSS) – The best of conservative talk radio from the week. Very informative, not ranting.
- Council on Foreign Relations (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – This is one of my new, favorite academic think tank podcasts. This independent (but somewhat libertarian) think tank produces the highly regarded Foreign Affairs periodical. Amazing stuff, like the recent Religion and the Open Society Symposium, with full transcripts!
- * The Federalist Radio Hour (Daily, 60 min | RSS): One of the few deeply thoughtful and respectful conservative podcasts. Worth it.
- Catalyst (RSS): new, not reviewed yet
- The Disciple Maker’s Podcast (RSS): new, not reviewed yet
- More Disciples (RSS): new, not reviewed yet
- Movements with Steve Addison (RSS) new, not reviewed yet
- Acton Institute (Weekly, 20-90 min | RSS): This Catholic think tank has awesome, intellectual speakers – their tag line is “Integrating Judeo-Christian Truths with Free Market Principles.” Very world-view oriented and scholarly – faith and politics, economics, public morality, education, you name it.
- The Commonwealth Club (Biweekly, 60 min | RSS): This NPR show has some of the best public affairs lectures from high profile leaders and authors and other world leaders.
- Forward Thinking (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – Technology and trends, near future stuff. Sciencey.
- * Freakonomics Radio (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – one of the most interesting and intellectually stimulating podcasts around – the counter-intuitive guide to reality.
- Hillsdale Dialogues (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – Great, multi-episode collegiate level dialogue on the great thinkers – Augustine, Dante, Machiavelli, from a Christian and Western Exceptionalism point of view. Wow.
- ID the Future (Varies | RSS) – The home of the best Intelligent Design info. Skeptics of evolution, this is a must listen.
- Point of Inquiry (Weekly, 30 min | RSS) – Explores pseudoscience, alternative medicine, religion, and secularism. Interviews various scientists and thinkers. Great thought provoker. Not a Christian podcast.
- PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge – (Weekly, 120 min | RSS) – In-depth radio journalism on big ideas and interesting subjects. For the curious and intelligent.
- Radiolab (Biweekly, 30 min | RSS) – Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
- * NPR: Intelligence Squared (Monthly, 60 min | RSS) – Oxford-style debating (lively!) on hot topics in the news by top players. Too short for my liking, but a good start.
- NPR: TED Radio Hour (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – Snippets from and interviews with the latest TED speakers. Awesome.
- The Thomas Jefferson Hour (Weekly, 60 min | RSS): Clay Jenkinson is a historian, and has for years impersonated, or incarnated, if you will, various historical figures. Each show, he is interviewed and answers as if he were Thomas Jefferson. Fantastic thought-provoking and educational stuff, and way more interesting than dead history! Awesome.
- Veritas Forum – Best Of (60 min, varies | RSS)- A University lecture series started at Harvard, now spread nationwide. Their stated goal is to create “university events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.” Thoughtful, academic, awesome. The full feed of all their talks is below.
- Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast (Monthly, 30 min | RSS) – Andy Stanley is not only a great preacher (see North Point Ministries podcast below), he is one of the most knowledgeable and biblical man I have ever heard on organizational leadership. His insights are life changing for leaders.
- Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (RSS): Stanford hosts amazing lectures by productivity thought leaders.
- * The Fizzle Show Honest Online Business (RSS): If you are trying to launch your own internet business, this podcast is essential.
- * Hack the Entrepreneur Habits Mindset Ideas Productivity (RSS): Interviews one entrepreneur at a time, learns one major life hack from them. Nice.
- The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency (RSS): Strange name, great content.
- The Portfolio Life (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – If you are a writer or person who wants to maximize your life, please listen to Jeff Goins, he’s smart.
- Seth Godin’s Startup School (RSS): Seth Godin. Enough said.
- The Smart Passive Income Online Business and Blogging Podcast (RSS): Pat Flynn pretty much started the ethical Business 2.0 phenomenon.
- The Ziglar Show (RSS) – Inspiring Your True Performance (RSS): The host is a son of the great Zig Ziglar, and discusses the principles his dad taught. Very accessible, just like Zig.
- American Radio Works (Weekly, 20-60 min |RSS) – Serialized radio documentaries, very informative. Seriously awesome.
- The Moth (Weekly, varies | RSS) – this podcast has interesting, often funny and (WARNING!) profane or sexual content. However, it is thoughtful – people telling their true stories.
- NPR: Backstory (RSS): The amazing stories behind the news.
- NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross (Daily, 6o min | RSS) – Terry is one of my all time favorite interviewers.
- NRP: Snap Judgement (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – this fascinating show could best be described as an African American “This American Life.” It’s combination of story telling and interesting subjects will make you understand and ponder other people.
- * NPR: This American Life (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) the most popular podcast in the country (5 million downloads a week!), the stories and insights are just fantastic.
- The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (Daily, 8 min | RSS): The beloved Kiellor discusses what happened on this day in history, and reads a poem. True Americana.
Theology & Faith
- Ask Pastor John (Daily, 10 min | RSS) – Pastor John Piper addresses various Christian concerns. Practical and good.
- BBC All Things Considered (Weekly, 30 min | RSS) – Award-winning series exploring religious, spiritual and moral issues. All Things Considered adopts a variety of formats, from documentary to interview and discussion, but is always revealing.
- Bored-again Christian (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – Want to hear the latest in underground and cutting edge Christian music? Try this.
- Christ the Center (weekly, 60 min | RSS) – the Reformed Forum podcast is a bit academic, and they spend a lot of time reviewing new books. If that sounds good to you, this is a good podcast.
- Defender’s Podcast (Weekly, 50 min | RSS) – the Sunday school classes of William Lane Craig, foremost Christian debater, apologist, and philosopher of our age. If you want to learn about doctrine and apologetics, this podcast is a mind-full. See his other podcast, Reasonable Faith, below.
- Focus on the Family – (Daily, 30 min | RSS): Come on, you know you love James Dobson. Just give in. I actually don’t listen to most of these, but when something interesting comes up, his show can be exceptional.
- Issues, Etc. (5 per day / 20 min | RSS) – though this podcast is frequent and labeled as ‘Lutheran’, it is really just evangelical, and has really great content.
- K-LOVE Podcasts – the great KLOVE broadcast family has a few good podcasts, including the Closer Look podcast (Weekly, 15 min | RSS) and the Pastor’s Roundtable podcasts (Weekly, 5 min | RSS).
- * Love Worth Finding (Daily, 40 min | RSS) – Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) is one of the most passionate and organized preachers I’ve ever heard. Love him.
- North Point Ministries: Andy Stanley Podcast (Bimonthly, 40 min | RSS) The best of Andy Stanley’s sermons. Andy is the son of well-known expository preacher Charles Stanley, and is one of the best preachers from Generation X, or anywhere.
- Relevant Magazine (Weekly, 90 min | RSS) – Relevant is one of the premier cutting edge online Christian magazines, and their guest list is impressive. The show is long, and the first half is just the hosts discussing topics. However, you can always skip to about 40 min to hear the interview with their typically interesting guests.
- Rethinking Hell (Weekly, 60 min | RSS) – This relatively new podcast is dedicated to one of the doctrinal shifts in Evangelicalism that I believe must happen – from the traditional view of hell (eternal torment) to that of Conditionalism (or Annihilationism). Hear noted Evangelical theologians discuss the issue. This could be the Anabaptist movement of our time, correcting a serious doctrinal error in the modern church. You decide. You can read more there, or see my musings on the topic.
- * Thru the Bible Radio ( | RSS) – J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) persists as a favorite preacher, even years after his death. Don’t be fooled by his back-country voice, he’s a smart and often funny bible expositor. He teaches through the entire Bible over a period of 5 years, then does it again, over and over. His calming and funny voice are a favorite among truckers and bible students. He also has a great 6-volume commentary (Kindle).
- WholeReason (Intermittent, 30 min | RSS) – My own humble preaching. Not a show yet, but I’m out there.
- * Unbelievable (Weekly, 90 min | RSS): This UK podcast has really great discussions with thought leaders, usually having a very civil discussion between a Christian and a non. Well moderated.
OTHER LISTS OF PODCASTS
- 15+ Podcasts Every Geek Should Listen To (makeuseof.com)
- 7 More Fantastic Podcasts for Geeks (makeuseof.com)
- Top 10 Christian Podcasts (about.com)
- Top Christian Podcasts (gotop100.com) – I’m not sure of the quality of this list, but you’ll find some offbeat podcasts here
What are your favorites, Christian or non?