What a crazy couple of weeks this has been! Our 9-month-old son just had his second surgery for his cleft palate (I’ve written a bit about our medical journey here, if you’d like to learn more). We’re thanking God that the operation went well, and although the road to recovery has been challenging, our little guy is on the mend.
Having your child go through surgery is a pretty time-consuming venture, so I’ve had precious little time for researching and writing. But it’s been a great time for catching up on some of my favorite theology podcasts!
And since one of this blog’s objectives is to provide quality resources for Christian growth and ministry, I figure it’d be good to share my favorites with you all!
If you’re new to podcasts, they can be a great way to broaden your thinking and discover what kinds of ideas people are talking about. I mainly use them to stay current on what’s going on in Christian academia (it’s like being in seminary again, but without all the homework!). 🙂 You can find all of these in iTunes or listen to them online (I’ve provided links to each one below).
Now, keep in mind, my endorsement of these podcasts is not an endorsement of all the views they present. I always go back to asking, “What does Scripture say?” “Where does the Holy Spirit lead on this?”
And you should, too! Take everything with a grain of salt, measure it against Scripture, and let yourself be informed, challenged, and/or encouraged by new perspectives.
But these podcasts have done much to stimulate my thinking on Scripture and on how we should do theology for the life of the church. They’ve also helped me stay abreast of current scholarship. For these reasons and others, they’re incredibly useful and worth a listen.
So without further ado, here are my top podcast recommendations:
Kingdom Roots with Scot McKnight.
Scot McKnight takes top-notch New Testament scholarship and makes it accessible for a wide audience. McKnight is a professor at Northern Seminary and a prolific author whose work I’ve enjoyed following since my undergrad days. I think he does a great job of helping listeners understand and prioritize the kinds of things that Jesus and the apostles prioritize in Scripture — e.g., the Kingdom of God and the life of discipleship.
The Naked Bible Podcast with Michael Heiser.
Dr. Heiser dives deep into Scripture passages, focusing especially on unpacking the ancient worldview of the biblical authors. He also offers great, scholarly responses to critical challenges non-believers bring against the Bible.
Disclaimer: some episodes get very technical — recommended only for serious Bible nerds (like me)!
OnScript with Matthew Bates.
This podcast features interviews with a variety of leading scholars on cutting-edge biblical/theological topics and studies. It’s a great resource for staying up-to-date on recent trends in the academic study of Scripture. Some of the topics are a little more esoteric, but there are a lot of gems throughout, too.
Theology on Mission.
On the more practical side of things, this podcast features two pastors/professors who discuss theological issues pertinent to the mission of the church. They cover a wide variety of current topics that call for careful theological engagement from Christians, especially those in ministry. I particularly enjoy their thoughts on how to converse with other believers on difficult subjects (like sexuality and politics) with charity and understanding.
Help Me Teach the Bible with Nancy Guthrie.
If you teach the Bible in any capacity, you need to check out this podcast! Nancy Guthrie hosts some of the best Bible teachers and preachers to discuss how to creatively teach people the Scriptures. And even if you aren’t a teacher, this one’s sure to have something that will stir up your passion for studying the Bible.
Church Grammar by Brandon D. Smith.
This podcast started pretty recently, but it already has some fantastic interviews with top scholars and ministry leaders (I especially enjoyed his latest episode featuring Preston Sprinkle — give that a listen!). Definitely a promising up-and-comer to subscribe to/keep an eye on.
And that’s my shortlist! Know any others that are worth checking out? Leave a comment and share your favorites!