hi pastor JS! :D I hope your winter has been going well! I was listening to your podcasts and I really enjoy them :) so I was wondering if you could recommend me some podcasts :) thanks a bunch!!
Hey dear friend, thank you for your encouragement! As always, I’m much more comfortable with writing than speaking, so I really do appreciate your kind words. My podcast is here and tagged here on my Tumblr. I’m also on iTunes.
I’m a self-professed sermon junkie and I listen to about ten to twelve hours of sermons per week. There are good things and bad things about this, and nothing can replace having a steady home-church. Podcasts for Christians are like protein shakes and not full meals, so it must be supplementary and not primary. Please also consider that these pastors are preaching in a certain context which might not work with your upbringing or background, and we need a healthy understanding of where they’re preaching and why. Here are some good ones.
Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York. Always nuanced, theologically powerful, and highly relatable. I recommend starting with his “Reason For God” series or anything about the Gospel.
Andy Stanley of Northpoint in Atlanta, Georgia. The most practical preacher, and great for the new or returning Christian. I would recommend his “Starting Point” series or “Love, Sex, and Dating.”
Francis Chan. One of the first preachers I ever heard as a young baby Christian in college, always convicting, passionate, and quite hilarious. He’s often a kick in the butt, and he will absolutely ruin your shrink-wrapped faith.
Matt Chandler of Village Church in Texas. Pastor Matt is known for his booming voice, quick wit, and uncompromising theology. Tough to listen to sometimes, but always sound.
James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, IL. I first heard of Pastor James in my seminary and have been hooked ever since. He will sort of melt your face off. Another kick-in-the-butt preacher.
Ravi Zacharias. Both artful and intelligent, with one of the most recognizable preaching voices in the world. An amazing storyteller and he’s sort of the international Billy Graham.