my recommendation to you: BadChristian

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I’ve been trying to keep a regular blog posting schedule, because I’m told that’s what gets you popular. (Unfortunately, this has not been my experience so far. I’m still keeping my fingers and toes crossed.) However, I am at a loss for what issue I should tackle next, so instead of that I’m going to tell you about something I really like. Think of it kind of like show and tell at school. If you’re the kid that sat in the back of the class and fell asleep, then you can just skip down to the pro-con list I’ve created at the bottom of the page for quick reading. If you’re the dweeb who sat in the front of the class and was inordinately fascinated by anything school-related, then by all means read on and savor each word.

Today I want to tell you about BadChristian, and more specifically the BadChristian Podcast. Now, the name “BadChristian” might sound a bit off to you, and that’s okay. The basic idea of the name is that we are all bad Christians (in that we can’t do anything good on our own) but that, thankfully, we have a great savior (for those of you who haven’t been following along, that’s Jesus).

According to its website, “BadChristian is a thriving community that focuses on interacting with culture from an alternative Christian point of view. They do this by being transparent, entertaining, honest, and artistic. The BadChristian community has grown rapidly because of partnerships with independent artists, podcasters, and writers, who by fueling the BadChristian movement, are able to build and sustain their careers.”

I’ve been listening to the BadChristian Podcast for several months now, and, frankly, I can’t get enough of it. Why? Because Toby, Matt, and Joey speak my language. They see that there’s a lot going wrong with American Christianity, and they’re not content to just let it be. They realize there’s a lot more to following Jesus than the tidy list of rules we’ve created, and they want to be a force for change.

Probably the best thing about BadChristian is its ingenuity. The BadChristian guys do not produce the boring, predictable drivel that seeps from the pores of most Christian content, but instead strive for authenticity that stretches beyond the limits of “Christian” propriety. For the cynic and the skeptic alike, it’s downright refreshing.

BadChristian is not just three idiots with microphones either (although the podcast is certainly my favorite product). It’s also a publishing company, a record company, a clothing line, and a blog. In effect, BadChristian is trying to use multiple means to propel a movement of Christians who love Jesus and his kingdom, but who are not willing to accept things the way they are.

Now, I should provide an important caveat: BadChristian is not for everyone, and it’s definitely not for the whole family. Because of their alternative approach to Christianity, they’re willing discuss topics, interview guests, ask tough questions, and use unsavory language that would probably not be welcome in your Sunday School class. Sometimes, I’ll admit, they do go a bit over the top, and if it’s not for you then that’s totally fine.

However, if your curiosity has been piqued, then I encourage you to check them out. Their podcast is posted two or three times a week, and is available on iTunes or on the BadChristian app. If you like what you hear, why not support them by joining the BC Club?

BadChristian Pros:

  • It’s great for people who have been disillusioned by the church or by Christians in general.
  • It’s perfect for people who are bored by most content created by Christians.
  • The podcast is free and new episodes are posted multiple times a week!
  • Matt, Toby, and Joey (the hosts of the podcast) are hilarious and deceptively intelligent.
  • They have awesome guests on the podcast like Lecrae, Donald Miller, Underoath, David Crowder, John Mark McMillan, and Shane Claiborne.
  • No matter how unseemly or theologically nebulous things get, Jesus is at the center of everything BadChristian does.

BadChristian Cons:

  • Southern accents.
  • The content of the podcast can become offensive to some listeners, especially to those who don’t prefer the use of salty language, occasional lewd/irreverent humor, or frank discussion of issues such as sex, pornography, drinking, etc.
  • The podcast is not exactly family friendly, so if you’re going to listen to it on a long drive or while cleaning the house, use some headphones or wait until your kids are asleep.

I do hope you’ll check out BadChristian and the BadChristian Podcast. If you do and you like it (or you’ve liked BadChristian for much longer than I have), please let me know so we can make inside jokes about Neal the pizza delivery guy or just how fat Joey Svendson really is.

Anyway, if you missed it above, here’s the link to the BadChristian website:

http://www.badchristian.com/

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