Over the past few years, podcasting has become a popular medium for news outlets, leadership lessons, and church sermons. One of the many reasons, I believe, podcasts have become so popular is attributed to the fact that they are free and accessible virtually anywhere. Whether you are driving in your car, working in your office, or working out at your gym, podcasts provide humor, news, and information directly to you free of charge.
There are over 15 podcasts that I am currently subscribed to and while I don't listen to them all religiously, I do listen to the majority of them regularly. I enjoy podcasts because I enjoy learning and laughing while accomplishing other tasks throughout the day. Here are the podcasts I listened to the most in 2017 in no particular order:
The Happy Rant Podcast (happyrantpodcast.com) is a podcast hosted by Ted Kluck, Barnabas Piper and "Ronald J. Martin." Every Monday, the podcast releases humorous rants riddled with sarcasm about "church, culture, sports, the arts, entertainment, and occasional nonsense in a manner listeners enjoy and wish they could be part of too."
The Happy Rant is one of my favorite podcasts. Big T, Pipe, and Scrawny Ronnie's each individual humor compliment one other in every conversation they have. Check it out, baby.
Rachel [the] Held Evans.
The For the Church Podcast is a gospel-centered resource from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (mbts.edu) hosted by Jared C. Wilson, the managing editor of ftc.co. The podcast will often feature pastors such as Matt Chandler and Dean Inserra as well as notable voices such as Jen Wilkin and the President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Jason K. Allen.
As a fan of Jared C . Wilson’s writing, I consistently enjoy the content of this podcast. Wilson is a prolific writer, a phenomenal communicator of the gospel, and a well-suited host for the For the Church Podcast.
This podcast is a must.
Favorite Podcast Episode: Episode 15: The Prodigal Church
Pastor’s Talk is a 9 Mark’s podcast hosted by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman. Mark Dever, the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, is probably most known for his extensive knowledge of both Biblical and historical eccelesiology. He along with many of his colleagues have pioneered the SBC’s return to a “more Biblical and less business” approach to church structure, church governance, and church health.
With that said, Pastor’s Talk is a great podcast to check out covering topics to help edify local churches around the world such as: church polity, church discipline, sermon preparation, and missions.
4. Word Matters
Word Matters is a podcast that seeks to shed light on some of the most confusing and controversial passages of Scripture by sharing the different interpretive options available so the audience can, along with its hosts, be better equipped to discern their meaning. Why? Because the Word matters.
The podcast is hosted by Trevin Wax, Bible and reference publisher at B&H publishing, and Brandon Smith, spokesperson for the Christian Standard Bible.
Rainer on Leadership is the leadership podcast of Thom Rainer (thomrainer.com), the President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources (lifeway.com). The podcast is hosted by, “the golden voice,” Jonathan Howe. In the podcast, Thom Rainer shares practical advice and wisdom for leadership in the local church. Thom and Jonathan form a great podcast duo energetically and excitingly discussing serious problems found within the local church as well as potential solutions.
Podcast episodes are released twice a week and are sure to be helpful for any church leader, staff or lay person.
Trent Roseman is the Next Generation Pastor at First Baptist Church Tampa, FL. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies and is currently an MDiv student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jessica Roseman, just welcomed their firstborn son, Judah David, into the world. Trent enjoys to read, write, drink coffee, kayak, listen to the happy rant, and spend time with his wife and son. Follow Trent on Twitter: @trentroseman