Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Here Are 9 Of My Favorite Podcasts

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It has only been in the last year or two that I have regularly listened to podcasts but I've found a lot of benefits to them. Whether I'm driving in my car, going for a walk, doing chores in the yard or working at my desk, I've appreciated the opportunity to learn in the midst of my normal everyday activities.

If you're not familiar with what a podcast is, they are essentially similar to a talk radio program but they are available on the Internet. They can be accessed through any digital device like a computer, iPhone, MP3 player, etc. Listeners can subscribe and new episodes are automatically available as they are produced.

If you'd like to explore a few podcasts to listen to, here are nine of my favorites:

Pass the Mic
This is the premier podcast from the Reformed African American Network. Co-hosts Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns discuss current issues that affect the Black community and do so from a Christian worldview. A great model for how meaningful engagement with cultural issues can take place.
Signposts with Russell Moore
Dr. Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ. He brings a thoughtful Christian perspective to the sensitive topics of today.
Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell
On each episode, Gladwell seeks to go back and reinterpret something from the past. He points out that which is overlooked or underrepresented. He's fascinating.
Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast by Gospel in Life
Dr. Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and a NY Times best-selling author. In my opinion he's one of the best contemporary minds in explaining the gospel in an understandable manner.
The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
Pastor Nieuwhof offers compelling insights on life, ministry and leadership as he hosts a number of guests. I particularly appreciate the practical perspective and suggestions he offers.
 Code Switch By NPR
We live in a racially charged society and often can be uncertain how to engage dialogue around potentially combustible topics related to race and culture. Code Switch involves a variety of NPR journalists who engage these topics in a helpful way.

Jalen & Jacoby By ESPN
Former Michigan and NBA star Jalen Rose and David Jacoby examine (often humorously) the world of sports and pop culture. With a little mix of old school hip-hop thrown in here and there, this is a fun diversion.
Serial By This American Life
Host Sarah Koenig looks at a true story over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. The wildly popular first season of Serial was absolutely riveting. 
LBC Podcast - Lake Baldwin Church
These are the sermon messages from my church in Orlando, Florida. Although I'm in church most Sundays and have the privilege of listening to these messages live, I enjoy catching up on messages I miss due to teaching Sunday School or travel. Senior Pastor Mike Tilley and Assistant Pastor Joe White do the bulk of our preaching and they both teach the Bible in a way that helps timeless truths come to life.
So those are some of my suggested podcasts. Do you have favorites that you recommend checking out?

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