As I exited my car this morning for a run on Central PA’s Rails-to-Trails, the temperature gauge read a cool forty-six degrees. Wow, fall has finally arrived! And with it the joy of long runs that are absent of the 3 h’s of summer (hazy, hot, and humid).
Occasionally, I am asked what I listen to when running the trails. I love this kind of question—as it demonstrates a desire to redeem time, to make the most of every opportunity, and to grow in godliness (see Psalm 92:12-13; Ephesians 5:16; 2 Peter 1:5-7; 3:18).
While there are a number of audio programs I love and listen to that fall into other categories (pastoral, running, etc.), below are my five fave podcasts from the heading “growth in godliness.”
1. Albert Mohler’s The Briefing
I try never to miss an episode of The Briefing. Monday through Friday, Dr. Mohler’s 20-minute “daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview” keeps me thinking eternally about the things which are temporary.
Additionally, you will want to subscribe to his daily email (form box is located at the top of the same page) which lists any-and-all related media linkage. I cannot begin to express to you how valuable this audio is to me. It is refreshing to hear of much our news and world events through the lens of God’s Word.
2. John MacArthur’s Grace to You
While there are any number of sermon apps out there—chock full of solid preaching from faithful men dead and alive—I always find myself going back to Dr. MacArthur’s for a run.
But not just his sermons. Bible Questions and Answers sessions total over sixty now and they are tremendous, as well. These Q&As are open mic Sunday nights, in which the leadership of Grace Community Church has devoted the entire evening service to answering questions from the congregation. Often, I get so hooked into these that I forget I’m running!
3. John Piper’s Ask Pastor John
These are just a sampling of the questions John Piper has received online over the years. (You can submit yours to him, here.) There are current 1,100 episodes available covering tough theological and pastoral questions. Most range about 10-14 minutes in length.
Still not convinced? Click on this one: seven questions to ask yourself before binging on Netflix.
4. Heath Lambert’s Truth in Love
Truth in Love is a collection of ten-minute broadcasts from Dr. Lambert (and his special guests) that “provide practical solutions for the problems we face in a fallen world.” Lambert is the executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counseling—which promotes addressing life’s problems biblically.
“For 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling.” I have been helped both personally and pastorally by these. For example, listen to a biblical response to panic (featuring Dr. David Powlison). You won’t go wrong subscribing to this podcast.
5. Tim Challies (with Paul Martin) The Art of Godliness
I have come to appreciate everything Tim Challies does—as a blogger, author, and book reviewer—he is one of my first “go-to’s” when I need an answer about something someone else has written or posted.
Challies recently started this podcast with his pastor. Episode three was recently released, and it is my plan to listen every week.
Using the CastBox app on my Android phone, these five podcasts are always queued up and ready for me to press “play” on the journey. Enjoy!