By Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff, Crosswalk.com
September 30th is International Podcast Day, which prompts us to ask the question - do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Is it something you do every day 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. We enjoy them so much 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 much longer and more personal than a typical interview, so you really feel like you get to know the person 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 30 favorite Christian podcasts we think everyone should be listening to!
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1. How to Study the Bible
Host: Nicole Unice
Description: Pastor and Bible teacher Nicole Unice brings life back to reading the Bible by walking listeners through her 'Alive Method of Bible study,' helping us personally encounter God through his Word by giving us a practical, clear road map for understanding, interpreting and applying Scripture to our lives.
Our Favorite Episode: The First Secret of the Good Life: Consider God
Episode Description: What does the good life look like, according to Jesus? We have an opportunity to be a winsome follower of Jesus. If people were to see that hope in me and ask me about it, what would I say? How would I describe what the good news of Jesus is and the true, full life He offers us?
2. Faith Over Fear
Hosts: Wholly Loved Members (Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey, Ava Pennington, Kimi Miller, Carol Ogle McCracken, Tami Writtrock and Kelly Campbell)
Description: See different areas of life where fear has a foothold and how our identity as children of God can help us move from fear to faithful, bold living.
Episode Description: In this episode, prolific speaker Max Lucado shares a time when attempting to carry his ministry in his own strength, the burden became nearly crippling and how he found fresh hope and strength through the Holy Spirit.
3. Hearing Jesus
Host: Rachael Groll
Description: The Hearing Jesus Podcast will encourage and equip you to step into the calling God has for your life, living out your faith in the everyday. Together we will break down walls that keep us from growing spiritually. We will dig deep into our Bibles to understand and connect the Scriptures to our lives. We will boldly obey what God calls us to do, walking through doors that only He can open.
Our Favorite Episode: Growing in Your Ability To Hear From God and Be Confident That it’s His Voice and Not Your Own- Biblical Meditation- Day 5
Episode Description: God is always with us, it does not matter where we go, what we do, God is always there. It’s a matter of recognizing that.
4. So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)
Host: Jodie Niznik
Description: Welcome to So Much More where we're creating space to be with God. This podcast, hosted by Jodie Niznik, introduces you to two types of scripture experiences, Lectio Divina and Imaginative Prayer, and gives you space to practice them. It also creates space to hear what other's experienced in their time with God.
Our Favorite Episode: Come to Me & You Will Find Rest (Meditation Matthew 11:28-30)
Episode Description: Are you worn out? Burned out? Feeling exhausted or bone-weary? If so, Jesus invites you to come to him, and he will help you find life again. He will help you find the rest you need.
5. Truth Tribe with Douglas Groothuis
Host: Douglas Groothuis
Description: Truth Tribe with Douglas Groothuis is a podcast dedicated to finding the truth through reason, and evidence about what matters most. Our subjects include how to defend the Christian faith (through apologetics), biblical ethics, and social issues.
Our Favorite Episode: Who is Jesus?
Episode Description: Learn more about who Jesus is, what miracles he's fulfilled, and how his authority plays a role in our lives.
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 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.
9. Jesus Calling
Host: Sarah Young
Description: Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.
Our Favorite Episode: Our Pain Is Not Meant to Be Carried Alone: Jimmy and Irene Rollins & Rebecca McLaughlin
Episode Description: When we think about our problems, it can sometimes look like things are only happening to us. Our struggles may appear one-sided or like God has left us to deal with it on our own. But when we draw near to God, He plants people in our lives to show us that our pain is not meant to be carried alone. And when He does that, we have a comforting reminder of a God who will never leave us nor forsake us.
10. Teach Us to Pray
Host: Christina Patterson
Our Favorite Episode: Why Prayer Is So Hard - Episode 49
Episode Description: Do you feel that prayer is not as easy as others make it seem? Well, that's because sometimes prayer is hard. In this episode, learn 4 challenges that make prayer harder than it needs to be and how to overcome each one.
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. Famous at Home
Hosts: Dr. Josh and Christi Straub
Description: With a realistic, grace-filled look at the struggles families face, the Famous at Home podcast is like having a cup of coffee with authentic friends who just “get you,” yet with the practical and life-changing coaching strategies Josh and Christi use to help spouses, parents, and leaders stay emotionally engaged and connected to their biggest fans. With topics designed to help you become a rockstar in your own home, set healthy rhythms between work and home, and build a rock-solid marriage, the Famous at Home podcast will encourage and inspire you. Because the greatest red carpet you’ll ever walk, is through your front door.
Our Favorite Episode: Safety: Why Emotional Safety is the Anchor for Lasting Family Connection
Episode Description: In this episode Josh and Christi talk about (1) how to pursue your spouse's heart using emotional vocabulary, (2) the way relational warmth wires your child's brain for relationships, (3) why posture is more important than technique in parenting, (4) how to calm your child's brain when they are in the midst of fight, flight, or freeze, and (5) ways to focus on who you are becoming as an adult.
13. 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.
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. Unlearning 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 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
16. Therapy + Theology with Carley Marcouillier
Host: Carley Marcouillier
Description: Are you looking for resources to better understand yourself and grow spiritually? You've come to the right place. Join licensed therapist Carley Marcouillier each week as she tackles a common question related to therapy, mental health, and faith.
Our Favorite Episode: Why Do I Feel This Way? (Decoding Our Distress, Pt 1)
Episode Description: Whether you are feeler by nature or not, we all have emotions and have been created with the capacity to feel. We all have different experiences when it comes to emotions. How we were raised, and what has been modeled have a large impact on our current relationship with emotions. Although there are a select few emotions that are easy to acknowledge - emotional distress, which is often uncomfortable, is harder to identify, withstand, manage, and understand. Yet, within the family of God, we are brought into a new perspective when it comes to understanding our emotions and the experiences we face within our broken world.
17. Daily Bible Podcast with Tricia & Michelle
Hosts: Tricia Goyer and Michelle Hill
Description: We're Tricia Goyer and Michelle Hill, two friends inviting you to join us in reading through the Bible chronologically this year. Reading the Bible every day can be a challenge. We're here to sum up each day's passage and provide action steps ... in under 15 minutes. Grab a buddy and join our community. Take the plunge, and let’s read through the Bible together. We'll be cheering you on all the way!
Our Favorite Episode: Attention - Numbers 6 and 10
Episode Description: Join Tricia and Michelle as they walk through Numbers 6 and 10, applying the concepts to their everyday life.
18. Kainos Project
Hosts: Dale and Tamara Chamberlain
Description: Explore what it means to experience the abundant life that Jesus promised us by tackling ancient truths in everyday settings.
Our Favorite Episode: What Does the Bible Say About Angels?
Episode Description: In this episode, Dale and Tamara dive into the different kinds of spiritual beings described in Scripture and how they fit into God's plan.
19. Salty Saints
Hosts: Zack Killey and Randy Spacht
Description: This podcast will equip you to be salt and light to the world around you. Join Zack and Randy as they dig into what it means to defend our faith through apologetics and real world examples of people working out their faith.
Our Favorite Episode: Jesus Was Full of Surprises. Here Are Our Favorites.
Episode Description: Jesus was full of surprises and shocked many leaders and teachers of His age. Tune in to hear Randy and Zack's favorite surprises from Jesus's life.
20. Trevor Talks
Host: Trevor Tyson
Description: Join Trevor Tyson, a long-time mental health advocate and media personality, for interviews that invite you into conversation, education, and inspiration. You’ll hear the perspectives of musicians, authors, and dreamers from all walks of life. Each guest shares their real stories of overcoming obstacles, chasing their passions, and finding wholeness in this broken world.
Our Favorite Episode: Louie Giglio
Episode Description: Louie Giglio has pastored a global generation through his ministry with Passion. Through Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing, and sixsteprecords, Louie has led a movement of worshippers. But beyond the acclaim that comes with being a globally recognized pastor, Louie is also someone with his own testimony of mental health hurt, hope, and healing. His experiences with panic attacks uniquely equipped him to write his latest resource, Winning the War on Worry: Cultivate a Peaceful Heart and a Confident Mind. On this episode of Trevor Talks, Louie gets personal about his journey through anxiety and how mental health and faith support each other. He also shares the story of how he ended up being a Grammy-nominated pastor— listen to find out!
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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