As I teach courses on apologetics at Covenant Seminary, I am frequently asked for resource suggestions that might be helpful to Christians seeking to better understand and engage with our particular cultural moment. Below are some podcasts I have found especially helpful in this regard. The list offers a variety of perspectives on various aspects of our culture and will, I trust, prove beneficial for attentive and thoughtful listeners.
- This Cultural Moment: A podcast by pastors of Bridgetown Church in Portland, USA, and Red Church in Melbourne, Australia, focused on following Jesus in the post-Christian world.
- Cultivated: A podcast featuring thinkers, writers, entrepreneurs, and artists each telling the story of their work and their hopes in relation to their work.
- Quick to Listen: A podcast featuring the editors of Christianity Today, who seek to explore the reality behind a major cultural event.
- Without Fail: A podcast of candid conversations with people who have done hard things. They discuss what worked, what didn’t, and why.
- 99% Invisible: A podcast about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about—the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
- The Lonely Palette: A podcast dedicated to unpacking one piece of art, including the history of the work and the artist’s influences and inspirations. Very accessible.
- Freakanomics: A well-known, award-winning podcast exploring “the hidden side of everything,” from the economy and headline news to pop culture.
- Fresh Air: You’ve heard of this classic program on National Public Radio. Enough said.
- Hidden Brain: This podcast is a mixture of science and storytelling designed to highlight the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices, and direct our relationships.
- 4 The World: This podcast from Third Millennium Ministries brings you conversations to cultivate your curiosity about God’s world, inform your intercessions for God’s people, and equip your efforts in God’s mission. (Long-time friend and former Covenant Seminary professor Dr. Greg Perry is the host who introduces us to various theological educators and issues in theological education).
Prof. Mark Ryan is Director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Culture at Covenant Seminary.