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Best Christian Podcasts

I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on my favorite podcasts (Christian and in general) for almost a year now – it’s one of my most frequently asked questions on here, Instagram, AND Snapchat. I’m thrilled to finally be sitting down and knocking this out!

After I got a few hours into working on this post, I realized that I had SO MUCH I wanted to say and information/resources I wanted to give y’all. Because of that, I decided that I MUST break this post up into a little mini-series, focusing first on Christian podcasts followed by my favorite that aren’t Christian based.

Most importantly, I want to begin building a mega-resource guide centered solely around Christian podcasts. So to start this series off, I’m going to list out my favorite Christian podcasts and  “people”/pastors/authors/etc. that have influenced me in my own personal walk of faith – and you’ll find that list below.

Then, I’ll be dedicating individual blog posts to specific podcast series where I want to highlight a few of my favorite individual sermons or messages that really resonated with me. I also want those posts to serve as a forum of sorts for y’all to comment with your favorite sermons or individual episodes from that specific series as well. Make sense?

Rather than just having a one-off, random blog post that I threw together, I want to create a legitimate resource for y’all that you can refer back to and count on when it comes to finding new podcasts or some inspiration. There’s nothing worse than getting through a 30-60 minute podcast feeling like you just wasted your life listening to junk.

Lastly, I’m putting together a list of non-Christian podcasts that seem to be the most popular among y’all. I asked everyone to Snapchat me the other day and I got such a great response! I’ll be putting together a list of those for an upcoming post as well, so stay tuned!

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BTD’s Top 5 Favorite Christian Podcasts

Below you’ll find a list of my TOP 5 podcast channels that I listen to the MOST. I tried not to have any bias in putting this list together, but instead just be honest regarding which podcasts I actually subscribe to on my podcast app.  I have by NO MEANS checked everything out nor do I have any idea how these actually rank in the grand scheme of things. But again, these are just my personal go-to picks.

I wanted to open up the discussion for you to comment below with YOUR favorite Christian podcasts. I want you to think of the comment section as an added resource to this blog post! Please weigh in with your top picks and comment back to each other too if you agree! Don’t be shy! I want this to be a community of friends and everyone is welcome!

1. Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast (iTunes // Website)

I’ve been listening to Tim Keller for AGES and have always been a huge fan. He’s one of the smartest men I’ve ever heard speak and his brilliance and devotion to spreading the Gospel never cease to amaze me. I’ve never listened to a sermon where I didn’t walk away feeling enlightened, encouraged, and emboldened by the truth of the Gospel.

2. John Piper Messages by Desiring God (iTunes // Website)

This man though. He is by far one of the most incredible Christian leaders alive. His dedication to Christ and charisma for telling everyone about the Lord’s truth will without a doubt have you asking yourself a few questions. He’s one of the most passionate people I’ve ever heard talk and it only takes a few seconds for you to hear the enthusiasm and emotion in his voice. His mission statement behind his ministry is that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him – love that!

Piper offers SO MANY amazing resources for believers including many, many articles on his website, Desiring God, as well as his Q&A series, “Ask Pastor John” where he answers theological and other faith-based questions.

3. The Porch (Young Adults Ministry of Watermark Dallas) (iTunes // Website)

A lot of people LURVE Watermark church Dallas and I gotta be honest with y’all – it’s not really my favorite. I feel like someone might kick me for saying this, but I’m just not a huge fan of the lead pastor (monkey-hands-over-face emoji). But I DO, however, LOVE JP who typically talks on Tuesday nights at the young adults worship (known as “The Porch”  – see below). Speaking of Watermark sermons, I loved the Head, Heart & Hands series (but JP actually spoke during that series)..SO good!

I will say, though, that recently (although I truly do LOVE JP and think he’s great) I feel like the Porch messages have been less expository (focused solely on scripture) and have had a little too much “fluff” or anecdotal “stuff.” Does that make sense? Like, I think it’s important to make the sermon interesting, but I also think that scripture can speak for itself (by way of the holy spirit – aka scripture is sufficient). And so it sort of drives me nuts when pastors get a little carried away in the life application, jokes or story-telling time while giving their messages – and then it’s more about being entertaining than it is preaching the word of God. Don’t hate me for being honest – it’s just what I’ve been noticing lately as I’ve been listening to the most recent podcasts. But then again, maybe that’s because it’s not meant to be like a typical Sunday sermon but instead more like a discussion on current/modern young adult struggles? That could be why it’s a little less expository and more focused on application/anecdotes.

4. The Village Church Sermons – Matt Chandler (iTunes // Website)

I kid you not when I say that I have been listening to Matt Chandler since I was 15 years old – before I ever really even began to understand the magnanimity of the gospel. Even still, Chandler is such a good speaker and has been captivating people’s attentions and interest for YEARS. He has a way of relating to just about everyone and talking in such a way that you really feel like he’s your friend. And yet, he has such wisdom and has amassed such success and even fame over the years, but remains humble and wholeheartedly focused on serving Christ and keeping himself accountable to that mission alone.

5. Les Newsom – Ole Miss RUF (iTunes)

OK, so you might make fun of me for this one, but I just love this guy. His teaching is great. I wish I could remember how I found him, but I honestly have no idea. Ever since I heard his talk from 2008 about relationships (I’m sure you’ve heard of it – it sort of went viral a few years ago), I checked out his other stuff and just love it.

He doesn’t work at Ole Miss anymore and so the podcast isn’t updated (it’s just an archive of old talks), but I still love how his talks are organized so simply and that they’re each less than 30 minutes long. He has about 133 talks out there and has great little mini-series that you can go through on your own covering Romans, Leviticus, The Deadly Sins, Luke, Revelation, Ephesians, and more.

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  • Thanks for sharing these. I love podcasts for when I’m cleaning around the house or driving. I’ll check these out.
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  • Thanks so much for sharing, Brighton! I just finished Sign Posts by Russell Moore and have been looking for something new.

    I like to listen during my commute, so I prefer shorter episodes. When do you find time to listen to these hour+ podcasts?

    • I listen to the longer ones on Saturday morning or the 45 minutes ones when I go on walks! And then I’ll keep it playing while I get ready if I need to but usually I can wrap it up on my walk!

  • Jennifer Garand

    Yay this is awesome! Thank you for all the suggestions – can’t wait to listen! You should check out JD Greear from Summit church in the Raleigh-Durham area – he is my favorite!

  • Ashleigh Kimmel

    I love these! Haven’t listened to the Porch or to Les Newsome’s stuff, but my husband loves him – so I’ll definitely be checking it out! Walter Henegar of Atlanta Westside Pres is my favorite. I’d say he’s most similar to Keller, very intelligent with a heart for the city. Thanks so much for providing this new resource! I’m so excited!

    • oh I’ll have to check him out! If he’s similar to Keller, then I’m sure I’ll love Walter! Thanks for taking the time to commend and add to our resource bank over here on BTD :) and I hope you enjoy those 2 – let me know what you think if you get around to it!

  • Lauren Martin

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing these, I cannot wait to check them all out. I learned about the porch podcasts from a previous post of yours… I very much enjoy listening to JP; his balance between reading scripture and life applications/anecdotes is my jam. I also want to express my gratitude to you for being so open about your faith, especially recently. My personal faith has been on the back burner for the past several years and you have been instrumental in getting me back on track to who I want to be.

    • Aww well thanks so much Lauren – I’m also so grateful for having you following along! It’s my pleasure :) and I really enjoyed putting this post together! So much so that I’m actually working on another post where I highlight a few of my favorite specific podcasts and talk about the impact it had on my life – obvi this one might take a bit, but it’ll be worth the wait I think slash hope!

      Have you tried any of these other podcasts out in addition to the Porch?! So happy I could introduce you to JP! I bet you would also love Matt Chanlder – especially some of his older stuff but everything he does is good!

  • Simone

    Love listening to Matt Chandler! Did his Philippians study when I was in college and it was so great. Love his authenticity and passion!

    • he makes me LOL sometimes – I freaking love him and (Ike I said) am a MAJORRRRR long time fan :) thanks for weighing in!

  • Amy Michelle

    I was so happy to see this post go live today! I’ve been looking for some good podcasts to listen to, and your recommendations are just perfect! Love this!

    xoxo,
    Amy

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  • Lauren Suzanne Ramirez

    I just (literally in the last month) have been loving podcast. these are my confessions: I listen to them for the last hour of my work day – that’s what that awkward 4:30-5:30 timeframe is for, right? mk, maybe not but it’s been such a blessing! I used to attend the Porch and completely agree with everything you said about the sermons, I’m glad we aren’t alone in that! I now live in Austin and attend Austin Stone Community Church. Aaron Ivey is the worship minister and his wife, Jamie Ivey, has a podcast cast called “The Happy Hour” where she talks with different women (jennie allen, shauna niequist, she’s gal pals with jen hatmaker- you know, the real christian women that we love to struggle with) and it’s such an uplifting podcast! the 100th episode went live about 2 weeks ago and it’s with her husband and oh my word – goals if there ever were any!! anyway, thanks for sharing your suggestions – can’t wait to listen!

  • Liana

    This is awesome! I’m podcast obsessed (I always listen to them when I run and when I’m cleaning/doing stuff around the apt) but I actually hadn’t heard of any of these yet so I’m pumped to check them out!! My go-to is Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta, he has an amazing way of staying really grounded in scripture and keeping you connected to the message. I listen to Andy Stanley some too, but I totally get what you mean about the excessive jokes/stories and getting away from just preaching the gospel, he can get that way occasionally, but sometimes I really connect with what he’s teaching. Can’t wait for the posts to come! :) (ps – fav non-religious podcasts… Ted Radio Hour, OffCamera with Sam Jones, RadioLab, & Planet Money!)

  • Kellen Malone

    Brighton, I got so excited when I saw this blog post. I linked to your blog through Pinterest while looking for fall outfits and now I’m totally inspired to get back to listening to Christian podcasts and sermon recordings. I follow on Insta, but hadn’t realized this was something you were passionate about. I love it and just wanted to let you know you really encouraged and inspired me tonight. Thanks!

  • Jenny Leigh Rexrode

    Brighton, thank you for obeying the Lord and what He puts on your heart to share! You are such an inspiration and encouragement. Not only do I enjoy listening to Louie Giglio, as I’ve been attending his church but Christy Nockels recently came out with a podcast called “Glorious In The Mundane”. You would LOVE it. Please go check it out!!

  • Kat G

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been looking for more Podcasts to listen to. I also like the Matt Chandler Village Church Podcasts. One that hasn’t updated recently but I enjoyed listening to is the Coffee with Chris Caine podcasts which are still availble to listen to.

    • You’ve got let me know what you think Kat!! i would love to hear if any of them prove to be fruitful to you and I’m excited to have you know that there’s way more where this came from too!! yahoo for podcasts and readers who comment (seriously makes my job SO MUCH more fun when I get to TALK to y’all!!!!) Thanks so much for commenting!

      • Kat G

        You’re welcome! I’ll be sure to let you know!

  • Amber N

    I love Matt Chandler’s podcast, too! I also love Christy Nockles’s “Glorious in the Mundane” podcast as well, especially the episode with Lauren Chandler! I also listen to Dave Ramsey’s podcasts.

    • ahhh yes I’ve heard the glorious in the mundane is fabulous :) im excited to check it out! and oh em gee, don’t even get me started on LAUREN! LOVE HER! I heard her speak at If gathering this past February and she was all sorts of amazing (not to mention absolutely stunning too!)

  • Sarah Newsome

    If you want a non-Reformed (heh) podcast option, I’ll second the love for Louie Giglio at Passion City! I especially love the “Goliath Must Fall” series he did a year or two ago (so, so good, especially “Rejection Must Fall”–I did the ugly cry the first time I listened to it) and the “Power-Full” series from this month.

    • thanks so much Sarah!! ugh, the reformed vs non-reformed discussion (or calvin-ish vs arminian roots). I sort of wish people brought this up more because I’m having to tredge those deep waters alone and OH em gee is it difficult! and oh so confusing – right?? do you think it’s a big dividing factor? like do you think Giglio’s teaching is really that much different (or is it just a vibe? I mean i know it’s fundamentally a wee bit different given the differing views on theology)….or maybe i’m opening a can of worms here? lol

      • Sarah Newsome

        Hah! I would say that if you’re not paying attention and it’s not something you’re hyper-aware of, you wouldn’t notice it. For the most part, I don’t think someone who adheres to Reformed theology would take issue with Giglio’s teaching. I think it usually manifests as tone and focus. I can’t remember who said it, but someone (“So helpful, Sarah!”) made the point that Good Friday is the big event in Reformed churches versus Sunday morning in non-Reformed or charismatic churches. I assume that stems from the “depravity of man” view in 5-point Calvinism. But the whole thing is complex and can make my brain hurt, haha! I’m sure there are other subtle nuances you can find as you pay closer attention, and if you know more about the theology. A fantastic resource is R.C. Sproul’s 12-part series on Reformed theology. You can download it from his website (Ligonier Ministries). I listened to it on my drive from DC to Houston, but I definitely could listen to it 10 more times to get a handle on the 5 points.

        • yeah I grew up around Giglio’s teaching – I think I went to passion when I was like 14 and fell in love with him there. I guess I never considered his background but that makes sense now that I think about it and the things I hear him saying randomly on K-love radio (lol).

          And ahh yes, Sproul :) I’ve heard of this and was actually just recommended it by a friend! I have a feeling I could get into some trouble there lol

  • Lauren Musec

    I would love to see a post on your favorite female christian bloggers to follow who blog about their faith!

  • Anna H

    Love these suggestions! Can’t wait to listen to them. I’ve recently gotten waaaay into podcasts but I’ll admit I haven’t been listening to sermons. But two of my favorite non-sermon Christian podcasts are Feathers: Faith in Flight, and the Influence podcast (Christian and business and women together!). Now I have to read all the other comments for more suggestions.

  • Lauren

    I love these suggestions and have been incorporating some of them in to my daily routine!!!
    I know I am kinda late to the party on this post, but I love the Christian podcast called “Right from the Heart”. My Pastor is the who speaks during them and they are usually recorded during our church services. I love to listen to them when I can’t make it to church that week. For non-christian podcasts I really love “The Lively Show”, she talks about so many great topics and has so many great guests.
    I can’t wait to see this series grow as a podcast lover!!

    • oh yes I’ve heard of the lively show! have you listened to season 2? apparently the first season is the best??

      • Lauren

        I listened to a few episodes of the second season but the first is hands down better!!

  • Julia Marie Mann

    Ah! So glad you did this post! :) I listen to a lot of Tim Keller, Francis Chan, Matt Chandler & The porch as well! Especially when I’m stuck in traffic or getting ready for the day! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this + encourage your readers! I’m working on a blog similar to this within the next couple of weeks :)

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  • Will 🏠ler

    Jefferson Bethke does a podcast with his wife, Alyssa. It’s not really teaching based but more on giving christian life advice, relationship advice, and stuff like that. It’s a great podcast, I always feel enlightened after listening.

    • oh amazing! I haven’t heard of this one – I’ll have to add it to my list of podcasts to check out! Thanks for commenting :)

    • Isn’t that more of a vodcast though (video podcast)?

      • Will 🏠ler

        Nope. Jeff has plenty of vlogs on his YouTube channel, but their podcast is just audio

  • Kate Wilkins

    I just stumbled on this post! Thanks so much for sharing!! I love the podcast for CityLight Church – Midtown. A small church in Omaha, Nebraska that’s seen exponential growth. The pastors rotate, but all herald the Word of God so well! I listen to a sermon almost every morning when I’m getting ready!

  • Robin Patrick

    Check out Canvas Church from Kalispell, MT – Kevin Greer is a captivating speaker! Very funny and engaging

  • Kristin Marie Leach

    These are great recommendations! I especially love Matt Chandler’s messages and Tim Keller!
    Here are a few more of my favs:

    Reality Carpinteria-pastor Britt Merrick
    Bridgetown-pastor John Mark
    In Touch- pastor Charles Stanley
    Saddleback church- pastor Rick Warren

    Loved reading everyone’s comments recommendations!

  • Ansley Miller

    If you’re into Jen Hatmaker, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey is the very best! She interviews the most incredible women.

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