Several years ago I got into a debate in the comment section of a news article. During the discussion, I pointed the person I was chatting with to a video on YouTube. I thought the guy I was debating would rather watch a three-minute video than read a nine-paragraph comment.
He responded to the link with, “Yeah, like I’m going to actually learn something from YouTube.”
His response stuck with me. At that time, YouTube was mainly known as a place for cat videos. OK, so it’s still a place for cat videos, but now there are several great channels that area really edifying.
To be honest, I don’t get into Internet debates anymore. I quickly learned it is like trying to reason with a two-year-old why she can’t have cookies for breakfast. Neither side is convinced of anything new, no new information is created or distributed, and both sides leave feeling tired and emotionally drained.
But that does not mean that I have stopped learning from the Internet. To the contrary, I use the Internet to listen to pastors, professors, lay teachers, and other believers on a regular basis.
Before I begin to list some of the places I learn from, allow me this disclaimer: I do not agree with every word uttered out of the mouths of every person on this list. There are viewpoints you will probably not agree with either. I am not trying to convince you of any particular theological argument, nor am I saying these are the only people you should listen to. I am saying these are a few of the great Christian leaders I enjoy listening to and think you will enjoy as well.
Josh is on episode 59 as of this writing. His videos are posted weekly and typically last less than 10 minutes. Each one is entertaining, engaging, and well grounded.
Turek has a national speaking ministry, has authored many books, hosts a weekly radio show on American Family Radio, and posts videos to his YouTube channel. On the channel you can view some of his presentations, hear him answer questions, and listen as he debates.
Based out of Texas, Matt Chandler leads The Village Church through series that dive into books of the Bible. He doesn’t necessarily go verse by verse in each book, but he does hit each idea with boldness. One of his centrals phrases is, “It’s OK to not be OK. It’s just not OK to stay there.”
Some people love him, others don’t. But I have learned much from listening to John Piper. His theology is deep, as is his love for God. That love and yearning to know God comes through in each sermon. Every believer would benefit from listening to his presentation of biblical truths.
I have always wanted to attend seminary but never took the opportunity. Although this can never take the place of actually attending classes and graduating, several seminaries offer class lectures as free podcasts.Sententias.org has put together a great list of classes that are available for free from Reformed Theological Seminary, Liberty University, Oxford University, and others.
RZIM offers two podcasts. “Just Thinking” is the shorter of the two at only 15 minutes. “Let My People Think” takes Zacharius’ sermons and splices them seamlessly into 30-minute blocks. The sermons are full of worldview-building, apologetic messages focusing on the Gospel.
There are many more YouTube channels and podcasts for those who are looking to grow in their knowledge of God. These are not meant to replace the church, nor the teaching from your pastor. But they are great for getting extra teaching during the week.
Who are your favorite pastors online? What websites do you have bookmarked that encourage you in your Christian walk? Let me know in the comment section below.