By Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff, Crosswalk.com
Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Is it something you do everyday, or just every so often depending on the podcast and topic? On our editorial team, we love sharing what podcasts we’re listening to with one another and recommending different podcasts and specific episodes to our team. One reason we enjoy them so much is because they often have a “behind the scenes” feel to them - you get to hear from your favorite writers, preachers or ministry leaders in a more intimate setting, usually talking about a topic they’re passionate about. Generally, podcasts are a lot longer and more personal than a typical interview, so you really feel like you get to know the person who is talking.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, or just never discovered one you enjoy, we’ve got a great list of Christian podcasts for you to check out. Here are Crosswalk’s top 20 favorite Christian podcasts we think everyone should be listening to!
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1. Harvest: Greg Laurie Audio
Host: Greg Laurie
Description: Pastor Greg Laurie's audio messages from Harvest Christian Fellowship and the Harvest Crusades, straight to your earbuds.
Our Favorite Episode: For Such a Time as This
Episode Description: Can you see God in the details? Pastor Greg introduces us to the Book of Esther, a story about the saving of God’s people through a young girl chosen by God. Esther’s obedience to God brought her into the palace where she becomes queen and risks her life to save her nation.
2. The Way Home with Dan Darling
Host: Dan Darling
Description: Are you looking for interesting conversations to stimulate your thinking and provide good content for your commute to and from work?
The Way Home is my weekly podcast featuring conversations with key Christian leaders on church, community and culture. Conversations with leaders like Matt Chandler, Karen Swallow Prior, Brian Ivie, Lee Strobel, and others.
Our Favorite Episode: VeggieTales Founder Phil Vischer Talks Parenting
Episode Description: How can parents teach their kids the real story of Scripture? The founder of VeggieTales talks children’s discipleship, theology and creativity, and what he learned from the rise and fall of a Christian media company.
3. Truth’s Table
Hosts: Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan
Description: “Midwives of Culture for Grace and Truth.” Welcome to Truth’s Table with Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan. We are Black Christian women who love truth and seek it out wherever it leads us. We will share our perspectives on race, politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through our Christian faith. So pull up a chair and have a seat at the table with us. Learn more at TruthsTable.com.
Our Favorite Episode: Truth’s Table Takes Wakanda
Episode Description: In this episode, Ekemini, Michelle, and Christina discuss Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster hit movie, “Black Panther.” Listen in and take a trip to Wakanda as the women of Truth’s Table snatch wigs like Okoye snatched hers and ours!
4. The Briefing with Albert Mohler
Host: Albert Mohler
Description: The Briefing is a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.
Our Favorite Episode: Mohler covers a myriad of topics every day, so instead of one particular episode to point you to, we would instead advice you to listen to him to your daily commute or while you’re doing chores around the house to get a Christian take on the world’s breaking news.
5. Pass the Mic
Hosts: Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns
Description: Pass The Mic is the premier podcast of the Reformed African American Network. Every month Jemar and Tyler sit down with voices from across the reformed movement with the mission of addressing the core concerns of African Americans biblically. Learn more about this show and the network at RAANetwork.org.
Our Favorite Episode: “A Quiet Exodus”: A New Path for Black Christians
Episode Description: On this live episode, Jemar and Tyler discuss the New York Times article: “A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshippers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches” by Campbell Robertson
6. 5 Minutes in Church History
Hosts: Stephen Nichols
Description: Join us each week as we take a brief break from the present to go exploring the past. Travel back in time as we look at the people, events, and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity.
Each podcast offers an easily digestible glimpse of how the eternal, unchangeable God has worked in the church over prior generations, and how this can encourage us today. This is our story—our family history.
Our Favorite Episode: Tyndale’s Only Surviving Letter
Episode Description: There are many surviving books of William Tyndale. Of course, the most famous one is the Tyndale Bible. But in terms of material from his own hand, only a single letter survives. It is in Latin, and it was written while Tyndale was a prisoner at Vilvoorde Castle in Belgium, about six miles north of Brussels.
7. Lead Stories Podcast
Hosts: Jo Saxon and Steph Williams
Description: Jo Saxton and Steph Williams are both church leaders in Minneapolis. Jo is an author and speaker who has opportunities to teach around the world in various contexts. She is passionate about empowering women to realize their potential and purpose. She chairs the board of 3DMovements and is an advisor for Today's Christian Woman. Steph is a church planter and pastor of a church plant in the city. She coaches leaders and pastors around the country and is a professor at Bethel University. Passionate about investing in the next generation, Steph, blogs and speaks in order to equip people to live their everyday life on mission for the Kingdom of God. In this podcast they share their lives and what they've learned. Their hope is that this show will encourage, challenge and share tools with leaders and those who desire to live on mission for the Kingdom of God!
Our Favorite Episode: Lead on Leader Profile with Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
Episode Description: Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is a writer and speaker Author, writer and columnist and is talking to Jo and Steph today about anxiety, marriage and her new book, Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World.
Listen in to hear how Dorcas and her husband have cultivated their marriage through international moves and juggled family life and their careers as they have sought to love and support one another well.
8. The Happy Rant
Hosts: Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin
Description: Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck, and Ronnie Martin cheerfully - if sarcastically - rant about all the things that don't matter all that much (and some that do).
Our Favorite Episode: Enneagram Fights, Crashing Women’s Bible Study, and More
Episode Description: In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas hash out the following as they do:
Kevin DeYoung's VERY TGC article about the Enneagram
How people weaponize the Enneagram
When a woman brings a man to women's Bible Study as a "hot date"
Super Bowl spectacle and half time show
9. Pray the Word with David Platt
Hosts: David Platt
Description: Short, daily meditations on God’s Word that not only drive us to pray, but drive how we pray. Featuring teacher, author, and pastor David Platt.
Our Favorite Episode: #211 – Flee from Sin (Nehemiah 6:13)
Episode Description: Our sin never affects just us. Giving in to temptation can not only jeopardize our work and reputation, but even that of God.
10. Quick to Listen
Hosts: Morgan Lee and Mark Galli
Description: Each week the editors of Christianity Today go beyond hashtags and hot-takes and set aside time to explore the reality behind a major cultural event.
Our Favorite Episode: Richard Stearns Left His American Dream to 'Stand with the Vulnerable'
Episode Description: The president of World Vision shares what led him from the CEO's office to the front lines of humanitarian crisis.
11. Your Daily Prayer Podcast
Hosts: Crosswalk and iBelieve Authors (their work voiced by iBelieve staff)
Description: Each weekday morning, the team of women behind iBelieve.com bring you a devotional and prayer through your favorite podcast app to help you start your day in conversation with God.
Our Favorite Episode: A Prayer for Rest from the Need to Prove Ourselves
12. Shalom Sistas (Shalom in the City)
Host: Osheta Moore
Description: Shalom in the City is a podcast hosted by Osheta Moore, a wifey, writer, entrepreneur, and mom who loves to talk Shalom with her favorite women, her Shalom Sistas. While Shalom is often thought of as another word for peace, it’s actually a deep and wide concept of the world as it should be- whole, flourishing, and vibrant. Being a Shalom Sistah is as simple as seeing a need in the world and asking "how can I help?" Every episode Osheta will introduce a Shalom Sista who asked that question to share her story and give practical advice that will inspire and encourage women to be wholehearted and seek wholeness in the world right around her. We don’t’ get preachy but we do get personal, practical, and at times a little playful!
Our Favorite Episode: Episode 43: Shalom and Personalities
Episode Description: On today's episode, I invited Meg Tietz back to the podcast to talk about the Myers-Briggs personality test and how it relates to our shalom practices. In chapter 14, of "Shalom Sistas" I talk about the four types of friends who helped me get through a major tragedy which had me wondering if some personality types gravitate towards specific practices of Shalom.
13. Help Me Teach the Bible
Hosts: Nancy Guthrie
Description: Nancy Guthrie talks to some of the best teachers and preachers of our day to equip all kinds of Bible teachers to creatively teach through specific books of the Bible.
Our Favorite Episode: How Not to Be Boring
Episode Description: Nancy Guthrie talks with Peter Adam about how to keep Bible teaching interesting.
14. The Alternative by Dr. Tony Evans
Host: Dr. Tony Evans
Description: The Urban Alternative is the national ministry of Dr. Tony Evans and is dedicated to restoring hope and transforming lives through the proclamation and application of the Word of God.
Our Favorite Episode: Maintaining Christian Unity
Episode Description: Prejudice takes practice, and Tony Evans says most of us have been getting plenty of it since we were kids. Un-learning it isn’t easy, no matter what your background or ethnicity, but you’ll learn how to do it in a lesson about putting Christ before culture.
15. The Red Couch Podcast with Propaganda and Alma
Hosts: Rapper/Activist Propaganda and his wife Alma
Description: Join rapper/activist Propaganda and his wife, university professor Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty, on their red couch for candid conversations and interviews covering everything from pop culture to important social issues—all with the unique perspective, insight and wit only they can bring.
Our Favorite Episode: S01 Episode 01
Episode Description: On the debut episode of The Red Couch Podcast, rapper and activist Propaganda and his wife, university professor Alma Zaragoza-Petty, break down the latest in current events, explain why you should never throw your spouse under the bus, look at the militarization of police departments and a lot more!
16. Knowing Faith
Hosts: Jen Wilkin, JT English and Kyle Worley
Description: The Christian faith is not mindless or irrational. Knowing Faith is a podcast exploring how our faith is founded upon Scripture. We believe the Bible is for everyone and are committed to helping the Church understand where their faith is rooted. Hosted by Jen Wilkin, JT English and Kyle Worley, this podcast dives into Christian story, belief and practice in a way that that is accessible to everyone.
Our Favorite Episode: Brothers & Sisters: Can We Do Theology Together?
Episode Description: In light of recent discussions, we have a conversation about the benefits of doing theology together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
17. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
Host: Jamie Ivey
Description: The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!
Our Favorite Episode: Happy Half Hour #29: Latasha Morrison
Episode Description: "My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Latasha Morrison. Tasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. A native of North Carolina, Tasha attended East Carolina University, earned a Masters in Business from Liberty University. She has served as Children’s and Next Gen Director and recently joined staff at Gateway Church Central in Austin, Texas as the Director of Operations. In Addition to her church positions, she has simultaneously cultivated Be the Bridge; a ministry to equip and provide tools for those who are actively involved in taking the next steps toward racial solidarity."
18. Persuasion with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson
Hosts: Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson
Description: Erin Straza and company talk through issues affecting women. Presented by the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast Network.
Our Favorite Episode: What Boys and Girls Are Made Of
Episode Description: In this episode of Persuasion, Erin and Hannah are joined by Rachael Starke, to discuss how sexism affects the workplace and keeps us from fully flourishing as men and women.
19. Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Hope
Host: Pastor Rick Warren
Description: Learn, Love and LIVE the Word! Join Rick Warren Monday-Friday as he presents practical and applicable teaching from God’s Word that will give you daily hope. Apply biblical wisdom to your marriage, children, spiritual growth, hurts, habits, and purpose on this earth.
Our Favorite Episode: Breaking Free from Abuse
Episode Description: Abuse is often called the silent epidemic because it’s the big, pink elephant in many marriages. In this message series, Pastor Rick wants you to be silent no more. Whether you are suffering or have suffered from abuse or know someone who is, you need to hear that God wants you to break free and then learn how to do it.
People don’t like to talk about abuse or even admit that it’s there, but trying to minimize it only makes it worse. Pastor Rick wants you to understand that God can give you the courage to take some healthy steps forward instead of minimizing and rationalizing the abuse.
20. The ERLC Podcast
Hosts: Various ERLC members
Description: Insights into the moral, cultural, and ethical issues of our day.
Our Favorite Episode: David Murray Talks about Christians and Depression
Episode Description: We live in a world where issues arise in the news and culture daily. Behind every issue, however, is a person—a person made in the image of God. This new ERLC Podcast series, “How to Handle,” will tackle tough issues for today with the hopes of equipping the church on how to handle the topic, care for those struggling with sin and temptation, and care for those who have been hurt.
Let us know which Christian podcasts you enjoy most!
5 Christian Podcasts for Parents
Moms Better Together - Most Christian moms desire to raise kids in a way that honors the Lord yet are unsure how to do that. Lori Wildenberg, parenting expert, author, and national speaker along with author, mentor, and podcaster, Heather Riggleman, assist moms in their quest to honor God's call to raise up faith-filled kids. By applying the principles learned from the mothers in the Bible, today's moms will discover how to grow their child's character while fostering the growth of their child's faith. Lori, mom of four adult children, and Heather, mom of three kids ranging from tween-young adult years, provide both a realistic approach with a broad perspective. This podcast encourages moms in their faith and equips them in their parenting.
Risen Motherhood - On each episode of the Risen Motherhood podcast, hosts Laura and Emily discuss relevant topics to everyday motherhood through the lens of the gospel. From potty training or cooking dinner, to miscarriage or PPD, no topic is off limits. Each episode is about 20 minutes, so you can fit it into your day when you're washing dishes, folding laundry or driving to work.
Single Mom 101 - As a single mother, you face a set of unique challenges and questions. You also have unique blessings and joys. But, if you're like most single mothers, you're also not always sure where to turn for expert advice. Jennifer Maggio is a national voice for single mothers and hurting women. As the founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, Jennifer has dedicated her life to making sure no single mom walks alone. This podcast is her toolkit for answering single mothers' most pressing questions and concerns.
Pardon the Mess -Parenting is messy and we're not afraid to talk about it. Each week Cynthia Yanof has honest conversations with her guests about raising our kids in biblical truth in a fast-changing world. It's funny, it's relatable, it's honest, and it's going to keep you coming back for more. Let's walk the parenting road together, because there are no perfect parents - just a perfect God who loves us in the middle of our mess.
Mama, Take Heart - Parenting in this day and age is not for the faint at heart. That’s why Mama Take Heart is here to help you be the gospel-centered, compassionate, and influential voice in your Gen-Z daughter’s life. In this show, we give listeners the tools they need to love and lead well in their child's formative years. Host Robrenna Redl is here to help equip and empower you with resources and practical takeaways, whether you’re looking for ways to intentionally connect or to have hard conversations. So don’t fret, Mama. Instead, take heart!
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Christian Podcasts for Kids
The Official Average Boy Podcast - The “Official Average Boy” podcast encourages children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. Hosted by Focus on the Family Clubhouse Magazine editor Jesse Florea and Christian comedian Bob Smiley. This podcast joins Focus’ already very popular “Official Adventures in Odyssey” podcast as great entertainment and faith-building fun.
Kathy's Kids Storytime - Kathy's Kids Storytime is a weekly podcast for kids ages 3-12 (or the child within you) where Ms. Kathy tells stories that share life lessons and Christian values.
Adventures in Odyssey - Part Saturday morning cartoon…part radio drama…and all designed to help your family grow in faith! Adventures in Odyssey combines the characters kids love with the faith lessons parents appreciate. Produced by Focus on the Family.
Paws and Tales - Paws & Tales is a weekly children's radio drama presented by Insight for Living that teaches biblical principles in a fun and memorable way. Through story and song, Paws & Tales serves up a cast of loveable animal characters who experience exciting adventures and learn important lessons that kids of all ages can relate to.
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