How often do you listen to Christian radio or podcasts?

Daily at least
24% (5 votes)
More than once a week
19% (4 votes)
More than once a month
19% (4 votes)
Rarely or never
38% (8 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 21
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Ed Vasicek's picture

I tend to listen to Christian radio in spurts.  How about you?  Do you listen to Christian radio  or podcasts (music or teaching or interviews, etc.) often?  If so, how often.


Also share how this impacts you.


As a new believer, I grew leaps and bounds through a variety of ministries, including Christian radio (Moody).  I never got into Christian TV, though, even though there are a FEW good teachers there.


Share your story.

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Mark_Smith's picture

I enjoy James White's Dividing Line twice a week....despite the fact he is a Calvinist.

TylerR's picture


I, too, listen to James White's Dividing Line all the time. It is the best thing out there, in my opinion.

Mortification of Spin, with Carl Truman, seems to be hit or miss. Not sure about it yet.

Stand to Reason with Greg Koukl, is very good, but he is a bit too philosophical for me all the time.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

josh p's picture

I don't really listen to much radio but I listen to a ton of sermons and Christian lecturers. I have a job that allows me to listen to at least five hours a day.

it allows me to learn a lot and hopefully to grow spiritually. I have listened to an incredible amount of lectures lately especially. There is excellent stuff out there if you hunt around.

Dave Gilbert's picture

I listen to several local stations, one being a Moody affiliate, another an AFR ( American Family Radio ) affiliate, and the third being a Seventh-Day Adventist, low-power station with a range just inside my commute. The main reason I listen to any of these is to keep my finger on the heartbeat of this apostate hour, and to see what new and interesting spins get put on the Gospel message.


The Moody affiliate still has some refreshing preaching and teaching, although getting more sparse by the year, but still some truth to be had in places...tuning out the "Christian Rock" and popping in a hymns CD during their music periods helps. The AFR affiliate has brief periods of God's truth mixed in with a fair amount of "Christian Activism", ( which I find to be disheartening ), but I learn interesting things about the state of decay not only in America, but in the world at large.


The Seventh-Day Adventist station, while it has very good ( nearly Biblical ) preaching and some teaching, I'm very mindful of what they believe on key doctrines...and wasn't all that prepared for their denial of eternal hellfire nor their occasional references to Ellen G. White's writings...they seem almost like the fundamental Baptists I grew up with, holding to the usual Arminian understandings about man's choice in salvation among other things.


That said, I only ever tend to listen to any of these while in the car on the way to or from errands or work.



Susan R's picture


I'm a podcast addict. I listen to huge variety of podcasts, and some of them are Christian- current events, preaching/teaching, etc...

Ed Vasicek's picture

After years of not listening to Christian radio (I prefer to read over hearing teaching), I have begun to enjoy the morning show here.  Besides weather, news, etc., the Moody station here puts an emphasis on the Persecuted Church (they are having a prayer time tonight at 7) and local events, like a Creation Conference, concerts, etc.


My wife has listened to Erwin Lutzer for years and years.  He was one of our profs at Moody.

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Paul J. Scharf's picture

It was the influence of Christian radio and television that really impacted me to seek out the truth of Scripture for myself in a new way when I was in high school. That process led me from the Lutheran church where I was brought up to embrace a Baptistic, dispensational understanding of the Bible.

My earliest favorites were Dr. Bruce Dunn from Grace Presbyterian in Peoria (who served as a bridge from my Lutheran starting point) and prophecy speaker Dr. Dave Breese, who always fascinated me. I was also consuming all I could get from John MacArthur and Chuck Swindoll back when I first began to study the Bible for myself. Another early favorite was Bob Taylor, then the speaker on "Rejoice in the Lord" from PCC. I also watched and listened to D. James Kennedy -- and can actually remember watching him on Easter Sunday, I believe, when I was about 10!

I could go on for a long time, but I am currently writing an article on the state of Christian broadcasting for an upcoming issue of Baptist Bulletin.

If your church is involved in Internet broadcasting or uses local radio or cable television -- especially if you are attempting to be innovative and excellent in the use of technology -- I would love to hear from you!

Please feel free to message me with any ideas that you have.


Church Ministries Representative, serving in the Midwest, for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry 

Andrew K.'s picture

Mohler's The Briefing

The Confessing Baptist Podcast

The Dividing Line

I agree that The Dividing Line is fantastic resource. I've learned just about everything I know about Islam from it (James White probably wouldn't approve of that, but I'm a busy man. Smile ).


Jay's picture

I get:

Mohler's The Briefing

John Piper's Ask Pastor John

The ESV Study Bible Podcast (haven't listened to it yet)

MacArthur's Grace to You: Radio Broadcast

Sproul's Renewing Your Mind w/ RC Sproul

I can't keep up with all of it, but I enjoy having it at my disposal for when I can listen.  Of course, that's easier said than done!


"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

SuzanneT's picture

I don't care for the Christian radio available, musically or otherwise,  so I'm very thankful for "on demand" digital media. Whether via laptop or some mode of mp3 play my days almost always include listening to something edifying...retaining much of it can be a challenge though..I take what I can get Smile

When I first became a Christian in 2006, at the behest of my son  I started listening to WOTM Radio (Way Of The Master)-now known as Wretched Radio. These guys talked through current events and Christiandom at large through the Biblical lens, I'd never been exposed to such rich truth and I'd never heard the gospel like that! There was plenty of humor too..I was a conservative talk-radio junkie before that so the fit was perfect.   The variety of biblical feedback in one or two hours was such a blessing to me then and still is today.

Other shows I frequent-Janet Mefford, Steave Deace (really appreciate his smart, biblical political commentary), David Wheaton's "The Christian Worldview"; Mohler's "Briefing" and "The Mortification Of Spin".
From day 1 MacArthur's been my #1 guy to listen to.
Piper has also been a huge, huge blessing..other favs have included Phil Johnson, Steve Lawson, R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, Don Green, Adrian Rogers, Paul Washer, R.W. Glenn (I *highly* recommend his recent series: "A Community Of Counselors"! ), Matt Chandler, Tullian Tchividjian...  Lately I've been listening to Nate Busenitz's lectures on Historical Theology, (superb!) and JMac's series on Acts. 

And then theres conference messages, interviews, Q &A's and panel discussions and on and on...

Though I have to say that none of the above are more important to me or more prayed for or more revered than my own Pastor.


PS- Greetings SI peoples! Biggrin

josh p's picture

Suzanne, excellent final sentence (before the P.S.) and welcome.

SuzanneT's picture

Thanks, Josh!

Ed Vasicek's picture

Suzanne T., I really liked your comment about how you respect your own pastor.  As a pastor, a number of people over the years have insinuated (or stated) that they want me to preach like their favorite radio pastor.


When I was new in the ministry, my wife discouraged me from listening to MacArthur because I began shouting from the pulpit (I am more of a Johnny Carson or Jack Benny personality).  I read him, but can't listen to him much.

One lady gave me an ultimatum years ago: either listen to Greg Laurie and try to preach like him or she was leaving.  I told her I have to be who God made me, and she left.  She has actually left many churches since then.  I guess no one wanted to be Greg.

Anyhow, your last line (before the PS) is a breath of fresh air.



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SuzanneT's picture

That's funny about JMac..I've noticed the older the sermon the "louder" & more boisterous he was.  It seems he's toned-down considerably these days-at least in speech Wink

What an awful thing to put on ones' pastor, yet I'm sure I was probably that naive at one time myself-but for God's grace I never 'went there'.  Hopefully by now she has been shown the more excellent way..

Incidentally, my own deep respect for anyone in pastoral ministry came from listening to Friel (Wretched Radio).  Todd often goes off on tangents about the faithful local pastor and their need for our prayers and full support, usually after recounting some story of one such unsung hero of the Faith-even mentioning the same problem you ran into with 'exhibit-A'. From my own experience with wonderful, faithful and sacrificial pastors I have come to a real, deeper understanding of this. 

Just above those who sacrifice so much for us in our armed forces,  I have a profound respect and consideration for the faithful minister of the Sheep as a soldier on the front lines.

So Thank You, Ed! and God abundantly bless and protect your ministry ~


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