April 19, 2021•433 words
I know what you’re thinking. You listened to our first episode on Christian podcasting, and you got offended . . .
How can we tell Christians to reconsider podcasting?
You may not have started yet, or you may have more experience than we do.
But are we arguing from our technical expertise?
No. It's about God's Word.
You might have the technical know-how, have resources, have high-quality productions.
But what we are talking about is content.
It’s about knowing Christianity more than knowing how to podcast.
Your decision needs to be based on your competence with the Bible.
Another aspect: the appearance of authority that automatically comes with having a podcast.
They think they should be listened to. But are they a credible source? Do they know what they are talking about?
Maybe they want to “lead” something. They don't have a church or Bible study, so they'll blog or podcast instead.
What does your pastor think about it? You mature family and friends?
Seek honest critique from people before starting a podcast.
"Just because you see it on TV, read it on the internet, don't believe it." Same thing with podcasts.
Use that discernment on yourself.
Are we taking podcasting too seriously?
It’s not a hobby—you’re talking about eternal matters. The Word of God is your content.
For that reason, it requires serious thought—and it will affect others.
Allow people to correct and teach you. Be a Berean, and be open to other Bereans.
If you’re not equipped, get equipped!
Read the whole Bible. Find solid sources. Learn. Get a grasp of the whole system of theology, first.
Christian podcasters in general have bypassed the training and evaluation that other teachers must go through.
At the very least, find someone who knows and seek counsel.
You'll be criticized by people who did not bypass training.
Besides the fact that you want to be truthful, and not talk about what you have not studied, you also don’t want to be caught flat-footed because you don’t know what you’re talking about. People who do will call you out.
"Only talk about what you know."
Will you just regurgitate what you learned? What do you have to offer?
Do you have a unique audience that you can reach? Are you able to contextualize sound theology to a new audience?
You need to be able to source all your content in the Bible.
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Written by Bryan Teoh