Podcasts and Faith

I enjoy listening to podcasts when I run, when I drive and when I’m working. I love the ability to discover stories, learn new things, stay up-to-date with the news, and more. Lately, several podcasts that are part of my regular listening rotation featured episodes about church and faith. Here is a rundown…

StartUp from Gimlet Media

StartUp is a show about what it’s really like to start a business. I have been a listener from day one. Over several seasons, they have shared the ins and outs of starting a business from scratch. The most recent season is a bit of a shift and one that is particularly fascinating for me – church planters. While I have never planted a church, I have resonated with the real life stories from Restoration Church. Here are the episodes so far:

There is more to come, so don’t forget to subscribe to StartUp here.

This American Life from WBEZ

Unlike StartUp, I have not been listening to This American Life from the beginning. I have been listening for a number of years. The storytelling is world-class. I have appreciated many episodes over the years, though the one that brings them to this post includes a segment about Restoration Church and brings in a bit different angle. You can take a listen at If You Build It, Will They Come?

Hidden Brain from NPR

I have been an on and off again listener to Hidden Brain – usually depending on the opportunities and challenges of a particular season of life. This episode, Creating God, takes a look at how religions have evolved, almost like living organisms, to help human societies survive and flourish. This approach to religion is from a social psychologist and it is fascinating, challenging, and hopeful. You can take a listen at Creating God.

After you listened, what was your response? What podcasts do you listen to on a regular basis?

Transition Time

So, once again it is time for me to start up my blog. It has, for the most part, languished for several years. The impetus to begin again is that it is transition time. I have been appointed to serve as the preacher at Berryton United Methodist Church beginning July 1. I will officially depart my role as preacher at First UMC El Dorado the day before, though we will have moved to Topeka several weeks before that. It has been a long road to this point and there is a long road ahead. All is well, though. God walks with our family and with the people Butler and Shawnee counties each day and will continue in the days ahead. If you would like to get or stay connected with me, there are a number of ways that I will suggest for you:

Website

You can find my personal website and blog at www.AndrewConard.com. I have written on a wide variety of topics over the years and am going to work to get back in the habit.

Verse Images

This is a side project that I started at the beginning of 2018. It exists to share Bible verse images and videos that are encouraging, inspiring, and challenging. You can connect there in a variety of ways:

Preacher Stories

I have had intentions for some years to start a podcast. The latest iteration is Preacher Stories, which you can find here.

Social Media

Of course, you can connect with me in a variety of ways on social media as well:

  • Facebook Page – Professional stuff, bible verses, articles, and more.
  • Twitter – Professional stuff, bible verses, articles, and more.
  • Instagram – Photos, verse images, and more.

Listening Outside my Context

I have started to listen more frequently to sermon podcasts as both a spiritual practice and to experience different preaching styles. Here are a few that I have subscribed to thus far. (iTunes links)

You may decided to start listening to a sermon other than the one that you may hear in worship on the weekend as a spiritual practice for Lent. (Other ideas for Lent from Resurrection)

What other suggestions do you have for good preaching / teaching content? What excellent communicators do you listen to? What podcasts would you add to the list above? What about excellent Methodist podcasts?