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Published on April 9th, 2016 | by Discussion Questions

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?





J. WRITES: It’s only in the last year that I’ve really started listening to podcasts and realizing their benefits, both for entertainment and teaching value. I listen to both fun and serious ones, the silly and the theological, and I’m always curious what others find worthwhile to listen to. So if you listen to podcasts, which ones are your favorites? Why?


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  • BeautifulPrincess

    Yay – first comment!
    I love listening to the Ravi Zacharias! :)

    • Oooh, Ravi is great! So glad someone else thinks so!

  • Stephan Carter

    Well.. I don’t really listen to podcasts, but I do listen to Adventures in Odyssey and I like it.

  • Olivia W.

    On the completely silly side of the scale, I’ve listened to Adventures in Odyssey every once in awhile, and on the completely serious scale, I’ve listened to sermons that friends have asked for me to listen to and some of my pastor’s sermons that I’ve missed before…

    I don’t know whether or not that’s “podcasts” though… (I know hardly anything about such things…)

    • John Oxide

      Adventures in Odyssey is the most amazing :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  • Haven Asnip

    I enjoy listening to Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh Demoss!

  • Anne

    I love listening to Jonathan Park and Adventures in Odyssey!

    • John Oxide

      Odyssey. Yay!

    • Haley

      Oh yeah, me too! I never came across AIO and Jonathan Park lovers until the Reb! I agree that Odyssey isn’t as good now, but I listen to all the old episodes over and over. I am very dedicated to AIO. Also, I would like to know why they aren’t making more Jonathan Park!

      • ZeePt3

        funding?

        • Haley

          Maybe. The new owners may not have gotten the business going as well as they would have liked. Oh well….it’s just that I love Jonathan Park so much!

          • ZeePt3

            which album did you like best?

          • Haley

            Probably album #3 and #4. It is so hard to choose. I like all of them for different reasons. You?

          • Regan Seba

            I liked the Winds of Change and the Hunt for Beawolf, whichever ones those were.

          • ZeePt3

            I liked those ones best too

          • Anne

            I don’t really have a favorite cause they’re all so good, but I do like the Explorer’s Society. The Winds of Change is good too.

      • John Oxide

        AIO is the best!!!!!!!

    • Feeling Bookish

      Same. I was so upset when the company that produced Jonathan Park went out of business. I still haven’t yet listened to the last one, but my family owns all of them. I’m trying to get my family to take time to listen to it, because if I listen to it without them they’ll kill me 😉

  • John Oxide

    We listen to Ask Pastor John every night in our family, and I also listen to some podcasts occasionally to help me in my writing. My dad loves the Briefing by All Mohler, and I used to love Adventures in Odyssey. Well, no. Scratch that. I still love Adventures in Odyssey, but I don’t really listen to it any more. And the new ones aren’t as good. I’m also not sure if Adventures in Odyssey counts as a podcast. They do have a podcast though, and apparently Wooten’s twin brother is the actor of Samwise Gamgee which is weird because I wasn’t aware that Wooten had a twin brother.

    • Haylie

      Wait wait wait, Sean Astin plays Wooton’s twin brother? *mindblown*

      • John Oxide

        Apparently, I just learned that a while ago. *whispers* (Don’t tell anyone I still check whitened.org)

        • Regan Seba

          Um, I still do.

          • John Oxide

            Yay! I guess we can still be friends then (despite the Narnia movie).

          • Regan Seba

            Gee, thanks. 😉

          • Regan Seba

            You’re a movie book purist, aren’t you? I think you’re just going to have to not watch any book/movie adaptations to survive in life. 😀

          • John Oxide

            I’m not like a complete purist. The Giver movie isn’t too bad. . .and LOTR’s pretty close to the book.

      • Regan Seba

        I know, right? Samwise Gamgee was my favorite character in those movies. Is it just me, or were those seriously well done?

        • John Oxide

          They were good for movies of books, but don’t start talking about the Hobbit or I’ll murder someone (probably a hobbit.)

          • Regan Seba

            Yeah, I haven’t read the Lord of the Rings book, but I really enjoyed the movies, and I haven’t seen all of the Hobbit movies, but I loved the book. So I should probably just read them all and then watch them all…

          • John Oxide

            If you still care about my sanity, please don’t watch the Hobbit!

          • Haylie

            But, but I love The Hobbit! *cries* And Narnia was my favorite when I was younger, tbh. John, I don’t know if we can remain friends… 😉

          • John Oxide

            Do you? Well, if you truly love the Hobbit (as do I) then you will not speak of the movies which I was trying to say above.

          • Haylie

            Whoa okay, here’s the deal. The book was ten… no twenty times better than the movies, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movies just as movies.

          • John Oxide

            Our friendship is on a very thin rope. . .Say something about Connie before I fade from reality

          • Haylie

            *panics* Ahh, John don’t do this to me! You know I love Connie! I’ll always love Connie!

          • John Oxide

            *Head hits concrete* *starts dreaming about Connie with a ring shouting something about her precious**I think she’s talking about Mitch*

          • Haylie

            Oh dear. He’s gone loony folks… somebody call a doctor!

          • I’m with you :) The movies themselves were great and very well done. Were they exactly like the book? Of course not XD Were they entertaining? Definitely! I like to think of them as movies based on the original book, not as an adaptation of the book itself.

          • Haylie

            Yes. That. Thank you. 😀

          • ZeePt3

            YES! That’s exactly it! Even though I’m only in the middle of reading The Hobbit right now.

          • Haylie

            Oooh keep reading! I loved the book so much!

          • Hmm… that’s a “No True Scotsman” fallacy if I ever saw one… (which is a logical fallacy, btw)

          • John Oxide

            Trying to sound smart, are we?

          • Oh dear, no, I wasn’t trying to come across pretentious or rude or anything! I’m sorry if you felt like that!
            I was just remarking on your comment of, “Well, if you truly love the Hobbit (as do I) then…” which felt a little bit presumptuous. I’m sure you know that people can “truly” love the Hobbit *and* love the movie, though, and were just being silly. I was also trying to be a little silly by poking fun at the logic–I didn’t mean to look haughty or arrogant, but looking back at my comment, I did kind of sound that way, didn’t I? :( Sorry about that, John–I hope you know I was just kidding!

          • John Oxide

            I’m sorry Kim. I didn’t want to make you feel bad. It’s a little hard to read people’s tones online. I was just teasing since most people might not know that the “No True Scotsman” fallacy is, but I wasn’t offended or anything! Btw. I can sort of guess what it is, but what exactly is the “No True Scotsman” fallacy?

          • Oh, I thought I’d made *you* feel bad! Good thing we cleared that up ^^

            The “No True Scotsman” fallacy is based on the scenario of someone saying, “All Scotsmen drink beer!” Then someone else goes, “Well… I’m a Scot, and I hate beer.” And to counter, the first guy goes, “Well… no *true* Scotsman would hate beer!” It just doesn’t quite work that way, haha

          • John Oxide

            Like all of my *fake* friendships are coming into question right now

          • Louis Gervais

            Wow. One of the most true comments on this thread =^D

        • Haylie

          I loved the LOTR movies… and The Hobbit trilogy, actually (sorry John).

          • John Oxide

            i have made an oath

          • ZeePt3

            I love The Hobbit movies! That’s the difficult part of our friendship!

    • Whoa! The really pretentious twin brother who was forced to do the chicken dance in front of everyone at that charity dinner? That was Sean Austin???

      • Regan Seba

        Haha, no. Wellington wasn’t voiced by Sean Austin.

        • Yeah–it didn’t sound quite right to me, either, haha

  • Regan Seba

    Unshackled is a good one. It’s so old, but our favorite radio station used to play it at 9 after Adventures in Odyssey and a half hour sermon by some pastor that I don’t remember. It’s the stories of how people came to Christ.

    Also, if you’re looking for really good sermon series, you should listen to the Old Testament Challenge series by Willow Creek Community Church, and the Covered in the Dust of your Rabbi series by Rob Bell. I haven’t listened to all of those two, but my dad and sister really enjoyed them.

    On the more flippant side, radio drama rocks. Adventure in Odyssey has already been mentioned, as has Jonathan Park, but Down Gilliad Lane is a really good one. And ALL Focus on the Family Radio Theatre(FOFT Radio) is fabulous. They’re the people who produced AIO, but they also have done a bunch of classic books dramatized and stories. They’re absolutely wonderful. I suggest the Father Gilbert mysteries, Oliver Twist, the Secret Garden, the one about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Ben-hur.

    I’m no good on podcasts, though. Sorry! I’ve got some sort of aversion to them because I didn’t like the AIO podcast.

    • ZeePt3

      So, we listened to Down Gilliad Lane religiously for a time. Those were really good! FOFT is amazing!

      • Regan Seba

        Every Saturday at 10, after which came AIO. Children Corner music all morning, with those two shows. AIO and Unshackled every night. I love radio. Seriously, why do we have TV? Radio was doing quite well by itself!

        • Regan Seba

          I’m about a generation behind, in case you noticed. Possibly 2. I always thought I should have bene born in the 1920s, and now I have confirmation…

        • My radio station played exactly the same stuff! Did you listen to Life at the Pond, too? 😀

          • Regan Seba

            Nope. Our station didn’t play that one. I’m so sad that it sold to another Christian station a few years ago, because the music isn’t quite as varied and they have no radio programs whatsoever. I fee like KLJC had it down pat on what to play and when to play it.

          • Sarah A.

            I love The Pond! My brothers and I are all teenagers and we still quote the episodes! We used to only have two albums, so we listened to them over and over. We probably could’ve preformed them ourselves, lol!

          • Ahaha! We just listened to it when it came on the radio; I still know the whole theme song, though 😉

          • Sarah A.

            Even the “rap?” I remember the song, but I don’t remember all of the “rap” part.

          • Oh, no, I don’t know the rap haha 😀 Ah, well.

          • ZeePt3

            It’s permanently ingrained in my brain…

      • John Oxide

        Are they the creepy ones? No that’s Redrock

    • John Oxide

      You can’t forget the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s so weird to see the White Witch as a good guy in Lamplighter Theatre

      • Regan Seba

        Actually, I haven’t listened to those. They’re wonderful, I’m sure. Everything FOFT does is. But when it comes the the Chronicles of Narnia I’m rather partial to the books and the movies(the newer ones). I think my Narnia imagination is stuck in that mode. 😀

        • John Oxide

          Wait. . . .um, you like the movies? I can no longer associate with you. . .(Maybe?) I guess that’s not true. Not the movies! Please. Aaaa. No. I’m panicking. I’m having a nervous breakdown. Let’s talk about AIO. :)

          • Regan Seba

            Yep, I actually do, despite some of the discrepancies in the second two movies.

          • Louis Gervais

            …. I never read the books but like the old BBC film adaptations =^D

          • Aww, I’m assuming you don’t? I’ll admit that they weren’t done exactly to the books, which was disappointing, but I did enjoy them for the most part. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them, though. Don’t have a nervous breakdown! You can get through this! 😉

          • Regan Seba

            Prince Caspian was my favorite, even though it wasn’t completely like the book. And the music in those movies, in my mind at least, totally captures the Narnia spirit.

          • Haylie

            That one’s my favorite too 😉

          • Hailey

            YES. Ugh I love the Narnia movies soundtracks. The Chronicles of Narnia are my favorite movies(:

          • Olivia R.

            That one is my favorite as well! Even though, as you pointed out, it was not like the book. It is not often I meet a person whose favorite Narnia film is Prince Caspian.
            I agree, the music in Narnia is amazing and captivating.

        • ZeePt3

          I liked the movies.

    • Sarah A.

      Down Gilead Lane is so good! My brothers and I used to listen to the first album over and over because it was the only one we had! We still quote them every once in a while, lol!

  • Jolie Simmonds

    Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, has a great one that can be found at his website. It’s normally him, pastor Skye Jethani, and Christian Taylor and sometimes a guest.

    I also love AIO!!

    • Anne

      I think we can all agree: AIO rocks!

      • John Oxide

        Amen sister!

  • Blimey coooooooow!!!!!

    • Regan Seba

      Yes! Not sure that counts as a podcast, though.

    • Olivia W.

      Blimey Cow is awesome! :)

    • ZeePt3

      Wait, Blimey Cow does podcasts?

      • Sarah A.

        Josh does one with Kevin McCreary, I don’t know if they do any other ones…

        • Grace

          Yes, Blimey Cow has a podcast, its great! And there is a fan based podcast for Blimey Cow called the Cowmoonity fancast and Josh Taylor has podcast called Dear Future Josh.

      • Yeppers!!

        • ZeePt3

          cool

  • Rachel S.

    Christ and Pop Culture!!

  • Heather C.

    I often listen to John MacArthur’s sermons from https://www.gty.org/resources/sermons You can search by topic, scripture or keywords. He’s a really engaging speaker who takes everything straight from the Bible, with historical and language context.

  • Matthew B.

    I listen to podcasts from Passion City Church in Atlanta. Louie Giglio is a great pastor who really paints a picture for what he is speaking about. His sermons are fun to listen to and really get me pumped up!

    • Alex

      I LOVE the PCC podcast and Louie Giglio! Definitely one of my favourites. I’ve been listening to it for years.

  • Sarah A.

    I don’t really listen to a whole lot of podcasts, but one that I like is called the Inner Tube. It’s done by Josh Taylor from Bliley Cow and Kevin McCreary from Say Goodnight Kevin. It’s about content creation: blogs, podcasts, YouTube, etc. It’s really helpful for someone like me who’s thinking of starting a YouTube channel.

    • ZeePt3

      me and john were just talking about that…

      • John Oxide

        Lol

  • Joy Swen

    I don’t know if this counts. But I listen to my churches sermons that are published as a free podcast. It’s nice to relisten to them cause I learn a ton.

    As for why? Because I like the biblical teaching. And it helps me pass time during my job.

    • Josiah

      What church is it? I wan’t to be involved in ministry so I would like to branch out my understanding on different texts and topics.

      • Joy Swen

        WestHill Church in Auburn WA.

        All of the sermons can also be found online at WestHillchurch.org/sermons

        Pastor Dan Lloyd is currently going through the Gospel of Luke. He’s taken it one paragraph at a time and taught in it.

        • Josiah

          Thank you.

          • Joy Swen

            You’re welcome

  • Joe

    I highly recommend going to DesiringGod.com (or maybe it is .org). Pastor John Piper has some amazing sermons you can download. The great thing is, as far as I know, all of his sermons are archived. On another note. If you are interested in science, Radio Lab is a very well produced and thoroughly entertaining podcast. Most of the material is family friendly but certain episodes may be considered “un-Christian” so just keep that in mind if you intend on checking it out.

  • Josiah

    I occasionally listen to podcasts on my iPad. The ones I listen to are our churches sermons.
    If you want to listen to them, there free. Look up York St Church Of Christ on Apple podcasts.

  • Apparently we all love Adventures in Odyssey and our own church podcasts, so I’ll throw something else out there 😉

    I really enjoy listening to Thomas Frank’s “College Info Geek” podcast–he gives awesome studying advice, practical tips about school, college, and work, and is overall a really great guy. I don’t believe he’s Christian, but for the most part his content is all clean and very helpful. (Bonus: his advice is geared towards college students, but I’m still a high schooler and have found all of it really awesome; don’t be fooled by the name!)

  • Louis Gervais

    Sometimes, when I’m at places that have internet, I listen to Ray Comfort’s “The Comfort Zone” and find it worth watching. I assume that’s a podcast X^D young folk these days with all their techno what’s-its :^)

  • I love Anchored In Truth (http://www.anchoredintruth.org/radioprograms) which is good teaching from an excellent guy called Jeff Noblit and The Rabbit Room (http://www.rabbitroom.com/) radio which is really really good. It’s Christian (anyone else hear Goodnight Kevin when they say that??) but creative so it’s not as heavy. When it comes to more general stuff, I’ve recently been struggling more and more to read so I’ve discovered audiobooks which you can find free at LibriVox (https://librivox.org/) and they have loads from every genre including some theology books but it’s all Open Source, not so much new stuff. I recommend Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnets’ and Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (yep there’s plays on there too, including shakespeare if that might help your schoolwork) . Also, the Goon Show because it’s just bizarre and funny. It’s a BBC comedy show from the 1950s but you can find episodes here at a site devoted to all things goon: http://www.thegoonshow.net/
    Hope that helps! It all depends on what you’re into but these are a few good placse to start. Keep an ear out and ask around. I also like Pirate Chistian Radio and Apologia and David White’s (apologetics guy) stuff but that all can be pretty heavy going at times so again, depends what you’re looking for.

  • I forgot Quantum of Solas by David Robertson and Al Smith. It’s a Scottish one though so I don’t know whether it would be helpful.

  • Violin with Feet

    I love love LOVE Ted Talk. It’s secular organization that finds really interesting people that talk about their experiences with science or art (but really, it’s a huge spectrum). They’re focus is to make us think differently about how we see the world. It’s awesome. Go check it out 😉

    • BeautifulPrincess

      That sounds cool! :)

  • I’ve just lately got into podcasts too, so I wanted to jump in! I’m a big fan of The World and Everything In It – a 30-minute weekday news show from World News Group. I also dig Popcorn Theology, Ask Pastor John, and This American Life. The Briefing is really good too (plus, when you’re lazy and don’t want to listen to the whole thing, Dr. Mohler puts out the transcript so you can just read it).

  • Hailey

    Oooh, lots of good ideas! I don’t have any to share, but I’ve been wanting to start listening to podcasts while I clean/work out/whatever, so thanks everybody(:

  • Adelyn

    Hey! I really enjoy listening to Radiolab, This American Life, and Freakonomics. Radiolab & Freakonmics tend to be clean, interesting topics. I believe that Radiolab will tell you if the podcast is unsuitable for children before they start. This American Life doesn’t do that so you kinda have to be careful with which ones you listen to. I also occasionally listen to Decker Prairie church of Christ’s recorded sermons (http://www.deckerprairiechurch.org/sermons) and my congregation’s, Kleinwood church of Christ, sermons (http://kleinwood.com/sermons).
    Side note: We just had a wonderful gospel meeting that was centered around Jesus being the answer to our problems. The visiting preacher discussed cowardice, relationship problems, religious division within the church, and racism. I encourage you to check it out! The link is: http://kleinwood.com/sermons/all-gospel-meetings
    :)

  • Emanuel

    I listen to Albert Mohler’s The Briefing (World news from a Christian world view) and Just Thinking with Ravi Zacharias (Recorded lectures series). I also listen to some secular podcast that I like a lot: Freakonomics Radio, Radiolab, Ted Talks and The New Yorker Radio Hour.

  • I love listening to Albert Mohler’s “The Briefing” and also John Piper’s “Ask Pastor John.” Great podcasts for sure.

  • The Grey Ghost

    One of my absolute favorites is Wretched by Todd Friel. It is a great Christian radio show that has 2 hrs of podcasts every day, or 15 minute segments daily for free.

    It holds my short attention span very well, and is very good theologically. (reformed-spot on-nothing wonky)

    I have listened to probably 300 hours of it, and love it. http://www.wretchedradio.com

    • Martial Artist

      Todd Friel is extremely smart and very funny! He is one of my favorite people to listen to.

  • Feeling Bookish

    I like listening to Adventures in Odyessy and Jonathan Park.

    • John Oxide

      I just started following you for your picture. Koalas are great!

      • ZeePt3

        I literally was thinking of you when I saw her profile pic!

        • John Oxide

          Lol. Of course you were.

      • Feeling Bookish

        Thank you. I like Koalas to. But my favorite animal is the Manatee.

      • Feeling Bookish

        I followed you just because I like your picture too. So don’t worry. Your not the only one. 😉

    • Olivia R.

      Those are two of my favorites! However, would they be considered podcasts or radio dramas?

      • Feeling Bookish

        I consider them both. Because they are sold on CD’s so I would guess they count. But I could be wrong.

        • Olivia R.

          Yes, I suppose they could be considered to be both. Also, there are podcasts on the Adventures in Odyssey website, so I think it counts.

          • Feeling Bookish

            Awesome! I didn’t even have to respond to that one. Sorry I’m in a weird mood today. Good job finding that out.

          • Olivia R.

            It’s alright, I always love replies. They make the conversation longer. :)

          • Feeling Bookish

            Yep. Although I think this is actually one of my first conversations. :)

          • Olivia R.

            Really? It is mine as well! I guess we are having our first Rebelution conversations together, then! :)

          • Feeling Bookish

            This is Awesome. :)

          • Olivia R.

            Definitely. :)

          • Feeling Bookish

            I checked your profile. And it turns out I started only one day ahead of you! Amazing right?

          • Olivia R.

            That’s so cool! :)

          • Feeling Bookish

            I know!

          • Feeling Bookish

            And I always love to reply. 😀

          • Olivia R.

            Same. :)

  • Alathia Grace

    The Blimey Cow podcast is pretty funny, and Josh Taylor’s blog on dearfuturejosh.com is pretty fun to listen to.

    • Feeling Bookish

      I agree with you. Blimey Cow is really funny.

  • Josh A.

    The Brant and Sherri Oddcast is the only podcast I listen to.

  • Haley Davidson

    I love love love the Ask Pastor John podcast by DesiringGod. Also, David Platt’s is great, and as far as fun/informative podcasts I love Awesome Etiquette by the Emily Post Institute and College Info Geek’s podcast (great for students in high school too).

  • The only podcast I currently listen to is “Very Serious Writing Show.” It is very far from serious, while remaining informative as well. If you like writing, or even just books, you’ll love it. :)

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