This year has been a time for me to dive into podcasts. One of the things that I love is going for a long walk with my dog while listening to podcasts. Listening to podcasts also make long drives more enjoyable. I’m subscribed to about thirty podcasts but there are certain ones that really stand out. Here are my top five.
Kingdom Roots – This is podcast featuring New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. While there is a lot of New Testament content, McKnight also discusses other issues such as the church and culture.
Theology in the Raw – This podcast by New Testament scholar Preston Sprinkle looks at a wide range of topics. Most episodes are based on listener submitted questions. He even answered one of mine!
Thom Rainer on Leadership – Thom Rainer is a well respected speaker on church ministry. What I appreciate about his podcast is that it is very practical and is relevant for churches of all sizes.
5 Leadership Questions – This is a leadership podcast hosted by Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper. Some of the episodes are interviews with guests and others are discussions on different topics.
200 Churches – This is a very refreshing podcast in that it focuses on small churches. Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig have a wide variety of guests, but it always comes down to encouraging small church pastors.
Barnabas Piper has written a very interesting post on the role of imagination in maturity.
Healthy maturity is that which knows when and how to be childlike. A child might interrupt her parents to blurt out a seemingly random question about fruit flies or bodily functions or Barbie dolls or why the iPad won’t work because she’s too immature to recognize the discourtesy. A mature adult might have the same question but knows when and how to ask it so as not to disrespect or disrupt others.
Children love fairy tales, adventure stories, mystic lands, and heroic characters that launch their imagination and turn a backyard into Middle Earth, a swing set into Hogwarts, a rocking chair into a TIE fighter, and a bunk bed into a Captain Hook’s ship. Every stick is a wand or weapon and every towel a cape. Children embody their heroes in their play and live out the lives of legends. Mature adults love the same stories, are moved by the same heroes, and lose themselves in the same far-away places but without the towel-capes and slat board swords. (I’ll leave you, dear reader, to interpret what this might mean for ComicCon and Cosplay fans.) Many of us call these stories “guilty” pleasures. We indulge them privately and feel a bit sheepish about it.