Scenario: Your friend from high school is getting married and you're invited. Flattering, but they're getting married in Valdosta and you're in Athens. Oy ve. You're going to have to spend five hours on the road and now you need to ask yourself: how do you fill the time? You could jam out to the Hamilton soundtrack for 3 hours like my sister does. Or play the alphabet game with yourself. But there is a third option between silence and music. I’m talking, of course, about podcasts. 

For everyone, podcasts are a great way to learn something new and add a lot of substance to your time. There are podcasts out there for everything from history to sports to movies. I’m blessed with a job that allows me to listen to podcasts for large chunks of time and I’ve learned a ton from them. For believers specifically, podcasts are a fantastic resource to maintain a connection to your faith and learn new things. Just like with other topics, there is a huge range of content and style in faith-based podcasts. Apologetics, sermons, church history, you name it; if you want to learn about it there’s probably a podcast for it. Your options are as big as the internet.

I’ve sort of fallen in love with podcasts lately because they’re such a great way to learn new things without having to carve out a whole lot of time. You can listen to them while you’re driving or working out. You can use them to stay connected to your faith while you’re out of town or away from your regular church. They can instruct, advise, encourage, and restore; and they can do all that while you’re cooking dinner. 

Below is a list of Christian podcasts. There are a lot more than this if you’re looking for something you don’t see on here, but it’s a good place to start. 

Defenders Podcast

Just Thinking (RZIM)

Let My People Think (RZIM)

Straight Thinking

Apologetics 315

Passion City Church

Grace Midtown

Bethel Sermon of the Week

Elevation Church

Passion City podcast

The Porch (verse by verse Bible study)

Kris Valloton Ministries

The Austin Stone podcast

The Village Church

5 Minutes in Church History

Communion Sanctorum

Crazy Love podcast

The Threshing Floor

Finally, there’s also the UGA Wesley Podcast! Every week we record Bob, Clay, or a guest speaker’s message from Wednesday night and put it up for y’all to listen to. If you’re unable to make it to a Wednesday night during the year or want to stay connected to Wesley over the summer it’s a great option. I would personally recommend #61 Contending Prayer by guest speaker and former Wesley student Tammy Hutchins. Changed my life.

Ian Burkes, media