One of the tremendous advantages of today’s technology is the availability of resources. Most people in developing countries are without excuse when it comes to finding solid, theological teaching. While we must be cautious in our use (or overuse) of technology and in no way should it replace the church, neither should we neglect some of the benefits that technology provides (below are some recommended books by Tony Reinke on the Christian’s discernment in using technology). One fun, yet deep and discerning ministry is The Emmaus Project Podcast.
About one and half years ago two brothers came together with the idea of producing a quality, theologically-oriented podcast that would bring some laughter to serious topics. The result is podcast that teaches from Scripture about Scripture, but in such a way that you forget your learning. Now with three hosts (Caleb, Ty, and Jeff) each episode confronts the secular world from a biblical worldview.
Every other week or so comes a longer podcast of about an hour that develops varying themes (currently they are addressing how many people use tv and movies to get their theology). On the ‘off’ weeks between the hour long podcast comes the release of shorter, stand-alone projects of the individual hosts. For listeners, there is a great benefit in this format because there is an opportunity to glean wisdom from the hosts collectively, but also an opportunity to know them on a more individual and personal level.
Why listen? What sets the Emmaus Project Podcast Apart from others? Three reasons:
- It’s Conversational: The hosts are relaxed and casual while maintaining high quality. Therefore, it represents a conversation that listeners can interact with as the hosts talk to one another or interview special guests.
- It’s Conventional: Caleb, Ty and Jeff are Scripture oriented, so the theology is not extreme and you won’t find something shocking or misleading. Certainly differences may exist with some, but certainly it is backed up by Scripture.
- It’s Confrontational: They are unafraid to confront false teachings and at times what they say may confront your own thoughts. This is not done with an attitude of arrogance, but with a desire to honor and glorify God.
As such, you are sure to learn and laugh at the same time.
I know our short attention spans today demand information be shared in 10 minutes or less, so an hour may seem too long. However, that’s roughly 12 minutes a day in your daily commute and you’ve listened to the whole podcast. Perhaps the most concerning thing about the podcast are their choices in sports teams; listening to them discuss sports can easily cause concern about their judgment (especially since those teams they don’t like are those that I do like). Don’t be too alarmed though, these are solid guys.
Their style isn’t for everyone, but these aren’t sermons in which they are preaching at you. These are podcasts in which they are trying to give you something more to think about with your engagement with the world. They are entertaining and engaging. So I would urge you to devote the few minutes a day it requires to give a listen.
The Emmaus Project Podcast is available online, at iTunes, or Soundcloud. You can check out their website here: http://www.emmausprojectpodcast.com/
As mentioned above, Tony Reinke has written some excellent books that confront our overuse of technology. While urging you to utilize technology to its fullest benefit, I would also urge strong caution in it’s over use. Therefore check out his books ‘Lit!’ and ’12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.’ Also check out David Murray’s blogas he has devoted 2017 primarily to digital detox in order to gain control over the digital media that seeks to engulf us.
Disclaimer: I am part of the advisory board of The Emmaus Project Podcast and am friends with the hosts. However, in no way did they influence me to write this. As one who desires more truthful theology, I took it upon myself to write a quick post in order to promote the beneficial work they are doing and the opinions contained here are of my own accord.