The book of James reminds believers of the importance of being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. In an age where we are constantly bombarded by news and information, this calling can be more challenging than ever. The Quick to Listen podcast by Christianity Today is a refreshing example of what it looks like to live that out.
In the podcast, Christianity Today’s global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen explore current events from a faith-based perspective. From vaccinations to celebrity pastors to equality, they discuss hot topics in the news while grappling with how Christians should react. They go “beyond the hashtags and hot takes” to engage in nuanced, in-depth conversations. Each episode also features a guest who adds to these conversations. These include pastors, professors, or authors who respond to the hosts’ questions in an interview-style format.
Though a podcast that rehashes the news might not seem appealing, Quick to Listen isn’t a news broadcast. It’s an examination of important events, and each episode centers on just one. Lee and Olsen go beyond the popular headlines and what people are discussing on social media and instead pose alternate questions and ideas to broaden the conversation. They don’t shy away from difficult matters or attempt to stay lukewarm in regard to big issues; rather, they handle every topic with truth, accountability, and grace.
In addition to the primary topic, each episode includes some additional—though brief—segments. The Slow to Speak portion highlights feedback from listeners, both positive and critical. The hosts respond to these comments from a place of learning, even taking some time to explore opposing ideas. They also wrap up each episode by highlighting some joyful moments in their own lives. These segments contribute to the well-rounded nature of the show—one that operates indeed by the idea of being quick to listen and slow to speak.
Episodes of the Quick to Listen podcast are available for streaming on most podcast platforms, and transcriptions are also available on the Christianity Today website.