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Episode 705: Remembering Rachel Held Evans

1:02:14 | May 7th

On today’s show, we listen back to some of our interviews with author Rachel Held Evans, who tragically passed away this past weekend. We reflect back on the power of her writing and the legacy she left behind. The gang also discusses Jesse's airp...Show More
Episode 704: Joy Williams

1:14:50 | May 3rd

On today’s show, we talk with singer Joy Williams about her new album “Front Porch" and how her life and outlook were affected following the rumors surrounding the breakup of The Civil Wars. Also, author, speaker and podcaster Jamie Ivey returns ...Show More
Episode 703: Judah & the Lion

1:24:08 | Apr 30th

On today’s show, we talk with indie-rock band Judah & the Lion about the moving story that inspired their brand-new album, "Pep Talks." We also give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the new issue of RELEVANT. Plus, we find out how Russi...Show More
Episode 702: Hillsong United

1:00:32 | Apr 26th

On today’s show, we talk with Joel Houston and Taya of Hillsong United about their powerful new album “People” and getting back to the roots of worship. The gang also discusses a controversy surrounding the new J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, learn about an...Show More
Episode 701: Johnnyswim

1:31:14 | Apr 23rd

On today’s show, we talk with Johnnyswim about their brand-new album, "Moonlight". We also discuss why a 9-to-5 job might not be good for you, hear about a church Easter sermon that went off the rails, learn why beards might not be the best facial ha...Show More
Episode 700: Rooney Mara

1:12:49 | Apr 19th

On today’s show (our 700th episode!), we talk with Rooney Mara and filmmaker Garth Davis about their new biopic Mary Magdalene. WE also play a special 700 Club-themed game to mark the occasion, hear Lorde’s cover of “The Sound of Silence,” find out h...Show More
Episode 699: Van Jones

1:20:08 | Apr 16th

On this episode, we chat with CNN commentator Van Jones about how his new TV show that explores the idea of restorative justice. The gang also discusses various methods of tipping after a meal, the perks of buffet dining, and questions the value of t...Show More
Episode 698: Amanda Lindsey Cook

1:21:26 | Apr 12th

On this episode, we talk with Bethel Music's Amanda Lindsey Cook about how her new worship album "House on a Hill." We're joined by special guest, The Happy Hour podcast host Jamie Ivey to discuss Kyle Korver's stance against racism, unconventional i...Show More
Episode 697: Social Club Misfits

1:35:10 | Apr 9th

On today’s show, Social Club Misfits join us to discuss the heart behind their latest EP "Mood" and why being vulnerable with God is so essential to their music. Also, Jamie Tworkowski and rapper Propaganda join us to talk about the controversial ...Show More
Episode 696: Taraji P. Henson

1:21:13 | Apr 5th

On today’s show, we talk with Taraji P. Henson about how her faith informs her life and career. Along with starring in the new film "The Best of Enemies" about civil rights activist Ann Atwater, Henson also stars in the hit TV show "Empire" and films...Show More
Episode 695: Nate Bargatze

1:21:52 | Apr 2nd

On today’s podcast, comedian Nate Bargatze joins us to talk about his new Netflix special “The Tennessee Kid,” growing up in the church, faith and what he thought of “Crashing”. Plus, we find out how online churches are actually leading to growth in ...Show More
Episode 694: Maria Taylor on Faith and Diversity in Sports

1:08:40 | Mar 29th

On today’s podcast we talk with CBS’s "Million Dollar Mile" co-host and ESPN analyst Maria Taylor about the role faith plays in her career and how she is fighting for greater diversity in sports. Also, rapper Propaganda joins us for the whole sho...Show More
Episode 693: Tedashii on Grief and Perseverance

1:32:08 | Mar 26th

Rapper Tedashii joins us to talk about his brand new album Never Fold and discusses how Christians should approach grief, suffering and ultimately perseverance. Also, Brady Toops sits in as a special guest host as we take your questions, discuss our ...Show More
Episode 692: Highlands Worship

1:14:04 | Mar 22nd

On today’s show, we talk with Highlands Worship about their incredible new album Jesus You Alone, and author and speaker Bianca Olthoff joins us for the whole show! Plus, World Vision’s Brian Duss explains the significance of World Water Day and h...Show More
Episode 691: Kim Walker-Smith

1:14:02 | Mar 20th

On today’s show, Jesus Culture worship leader and author of the new book Brave Surrender, Kim Walker-Smith, opens up about her painful upbringing and how she overcame shame and fear to find deep healing in God. Plus, the gang learns how Taco Bell ...Show More
Episode 690: Maggie Rogers

1:28:06 | Mar 15th

On today's podcast, we talk with indie-pop singer Maggie Rogers about her critically acclaimed new album Heard It in a Past Life. The gang also plays a truly unforgettable game with a listener, discusses HBO’s new Leaving Neverland docuseries, learns...Show More
Episode 689: LIVE — Shane Claiborne

53:05 | Mar 12th

On today’s show, author and activist Shane Claiborne discusses how Christians can address America’s gun violence problem and the vision behind his new book “Beating Guns.”
Episode 688: David Curry

59:53 | Mar 8th

On today’s show, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry tells us about the shocking levels of persecution facing Christian churches in China. We also look at (another) controversial Christian comic book currently in the works, hear about Mindy ...Show More
Episode 687: LIVE — Joel McHale

1:09:14 | Mar 5th

On today's show, we talk with actor and comedian Joel McHale about why he thinks Jesus would enjoy reality TV and why going to church is such an important part of his life. We also learn why you should maybe think twice before turning on music while ...Show More
Episode 686: Jerry Lorenzo

1:15:13 | Mar 1st

On today’s show, designer, entrepreneur and mastermind behind the brand FEAR OF GOD, Jerry Lorenzo, opens up about his own story of faith and redemption, and explains how he’s using fashion to change culture. Plus, we hear Stephen Colbert and Cona...Show More
Episode 685: LIVE — DeVon Franklin

1:24:24 | Feb 26th

On today's show, filmmaker, speaker and author DeVon Franklin discusses how Christians should address toxic masculinity—and his upcoming movie about the inventor of Flaming Hot Cheetos (seriously, it sounds great). Also, the gang discusses how A.I. i...Show More
Episode 684: Brian Johnson

1:09:08 | Feb 22nd

On today's podcast, the gang debates Jesse's contribution to the podcast, discusses Colin Kaepernick's settlement with the NFL and hears from Bethel's Brian Johnson about his new book about his struggles with mental health.
Episode 683: LIVE — Christians & Conspiracy Theories

44:52 | Feb 19th

On today’s show, we discuss the rise of conspiracy theories and why so many young Christians have started to believe them. We also learn about religion’s link to happiness, Eddie brings us a terrifying new “Revelation Revelation,” we hear why you sho...Show More
Episode 682: Jonathan Merritt

1:30:27 | Feb 15th

On today’s show, we talk with author and reporter Jonathan Merritt about the sexual abuse scandal unfolding in the Southern Baptist Convention—and how to prevent abuse in the future. That gang also discusses the new faith-inspired single from John...Show More
Episode 681: LIVE — Young the Giant

1:07:55 | Feb 12th

On today’s show, we talk with indie-rock outfit Young the Giant about their acclaimed new album, Mirror Master. Also, because it’s our very own Big Cat’s birthday, we hear from listeners for a very special “Ask Eddie” segment. Plus, a look at Vale...Show More
Episode 680: Margaret Feinberg

1:15:22 | Feb 9th

On today’s show, we talk with author Margaret Feinberg about her new book Taste and See, and why God wants us to understand what, how and why we eat in a different way. We also discuss the end of Gungor, Ashton Kutcher’s viral pro-life video, Zaxb...Show More
Episode 679: LIVE — Bob Goff

1:32:42 | Feb 5th

On today’s show, we debut our new live weekly format! Every Tuesday, you can now watch the episode recorded live and interact with us on Facebook and YouTube. Plus more big news: Eddie rejoins the cast! Also, author Bob Goff joins us to talk about ho...Show More
Episode 678: Jon Foreman

1:07:36 | Feb 1st

On today’s show, we talk with Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman about the band’s brand-new album Native Tongue, and why the world needs hope now more than ever. We also hear about how Patton Oswalt helped out an internet hater in a truly awesome way...Show More
Episode 677: Tim Keller

1:07:33 | Jan 29th

On today’s show, we talk with New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church founder and author of the new book The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy, Tim Keller, about what the Sunday school story of Jonah and the whale can teach us ab...Show More
Episode 676: Jenn Johnson

1:08:04 | Jan 25th

We talk with Jenn Johnson about the inspiration behind the powerful new Bethel Music album Victory. We also find out how James Corden (may have?) stolen our space camp material, hear about John Boyega’s new movie about a “gangster-turned pastor,” ...Show More
Episode 675: Lauren Winner

1:23:16 | Jan 23rd

On today’s show, we talk with author and speaker Lauren Winner about her new book The Dangers of Christian Practice, which revisits the roots of church traditions, not only to find out how they can negatively impact culture, but how modern Christians...Show More
Episode 674: Francis Chan

1:04:54 | Jan 18th

On today’s show, we talk with author and Bible teacher Francis Chan about his trip to the Holy Land and his powerful new video series on the book of Mark. The gang also discusses the controversial new Gillette ad, Chris Pratt’s Daniel Fast, Kanye’s n...Show More
Episode 673: Passion

1:07:44 | Jan 15th

On today’s show, we talk to Passion about their latest live release Follow You Anywhere, discuss America’s declining trust in clergy and contrast Jesse and Annie’s respective methods for dealing with their assistants.
Episode 672: Levi Lusko

1:09:15 | Jan 11th

On today’s show, we talk with author and pastor Levi Lusko about his book I Declare War, and Annie finally embraces her true calling as a cowgirl extraordinaire.
Episode 671: John Pavlovitz

1:16:19 | Jan 8th

On today’s show, we talk with author John Pavlovitz about his new book Hope and Other Super Powers and how Christians of all backgrounds can find common ground. The gang also hear’s about an insane scandal involving the world’s oldest person, disc...Show More
Episode 670: Tori Kelly

1:17:45 | Jan 4th

On today’s show we talk with pop star Tori Kelly—who appears on the cover of the brand-new issue of RELEVANT—about her faith and her latest gospel-inspired album Hiding Place. The gang also hears why Clemson star Trevor Lawrence cares more about f...Show More
Episode 669: The Best of 2018

1:05:04 | Dec 28th, 2018

It’s that time of year where we look back at some of our best interviews, live performances and moments from 2018. Come for John Legend, Lisa Gungor, Johnnyswim, Ethan Hawke, Christine Caine, Ira Glass and others and stay for the Chili’s unboxing and...Show More
Episode 668: Bryan and Katie Torwalt

1:16:11 | Dec 21st, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with Bryan and Katie Torwalt about their powerful new album Praise Before My Breakthrough and the inspiration behind its most meaningful songs. The gang also hears about Merriam Webster’s 2018 word of the year, listens to ...Show More
Episode 667: Judah and Chelsea Smith

1:14:11 | Dec 19th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with Seattle’s Churchome founders and pastors Judah and Chelsea Smith about their new Churchome app and their vision for the future of church. The gang also hears about NASA’s new theory on extraterrestrial intelligent lif...Show More
Episode 666: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

1:05:49 | Dec 14th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ frontman Paul Janeway about their new album Young Sick Camellia and how his family tree and his religious, southern roots shaped him as a person and an artist. The gang also discusses Chan...Show More
Episode 665: Chrissy Metz

1:23:33 | Dec 11th, 2018

On the latest episode of The RELEVANT Podcast, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz joins us to talk about her new movie, Breakthrough. Plus, Jesse regales the listeners with his feats of naval navigation, the gang tries to figure out why two nuns would go o...Show More
Episode 664: The RELEVANT Podcast Christmas Spectacular

1:21:52 | Dec 7th, 2018

Common Sense Media Gave it 4 out 5 stars. On today’s very special “RELEVANT Christmas Spectacular presented by Brightpeak,” we channel holiday variety show specials of yesteryear. Along with the slices, banter and randomness you’ve come to expe...Show More
Episode 663: Lauren Daigle

1:11:28 | Dec 4th, 2018

On this episode of the RELEVANT Podcast, Lauren Daigle tells us all about her breakthrough second album Look Up Child, and Eddie takes us deep into the pages of his favorite Christian romance prairie novel. Plus, the return of Listener of the Week.
Episode 662: Blake Mycoskie

1:00:39 | Nov 30th, 2018

On this week’s show, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie joins us to talk about the new activism initiatives at his company. The gang also breaks down the nostalgic new Lion King trailer, a savage takedown from Ellen Pompeo and your craziest Black Friday sto...Show More
Episode 661: Yvonne Orji

1:03:16 | Nov 27th, 2018

On today’s episode of the podcast, we talk with actress Yvonne Orji about her role as Molly in the HBO series ‘Insecure,’ and how her time in Hollywood fueled her faith. The gang also discusses an underwater hotel, bedazzled pigeons and a woman hospi...Show More
Episode 660: Levi Lusko

56:41 | Nov 24th, 2018

Pastor and author Levi Lusko joins us in a preview of the newest podcast from RELEVANT: Unedited w/ Cameron Strang, which debuts on Monday. Then the gang discusses Amazon’s NYC headquarters, Stan Lee’s death, ‘Monopoly for Millennials’ and a lot more...Show More
Episode 659: John Crist

1:03:59 | Nov 20th, 2018

On our latest episode, comedians John Crist and Aaron Chewning join us in the studio to play some PureFlix trivia, talk about their current tour and discuss why they don’t have TV shows. We also break down some oddball slices concerning late-night on...Show More
Episode 658: Mark Wahlberg

1:13:58 | Nov 16th, 2018

On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by an old friend who forces us to adapt our usual Ask Jesse segment to something with a little more balance. Also, our thoughts on Pete Davidson’s big apology, Jerry Lorenzo’s frank mental health comments and why ...Show More
Episode 657: The Lone Bellow

54:01 | Nov 13th, 2018

On today’s show, The Lone Bellow join us to talk about their new album, ‘The Restless.’ The gang also tries to solve the mystery of a disappearing island in China, survives yet another round of Ask Jesse, debates the moral quandaries posed by self-dr...Show More
Episode 656: David Crowder

1:13:37 | Nov 9th, 2018

On today’s show, Crowder joins us to talk about his brand new album ‘I Know a Ghost.‘ The crew also hears the story of a former Christian music star who landed a major part in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,‘ discusses Lauren Daigle’s response to her critics, ta...Show More
Episode 655: Sarah Reeves

1:09:57 | Nov 6th, 2018

This week, we talk with worship artist Sarah Reeves about her amazing new album “Easy Never Needed You.” We also talk about a superhuman football player, learn how the internet got pranked by a burrito-eating Bieber, hear why Twitter might get rid of...Show More
Episode 654: Sean Feucht

1:18:44 | Nov 2nd, 2018

This week, we talk with worship artist Sean Feucht about his moving new album, Wild, and hear behind-the-scenes stories that inspired some of its most powerful songs. The gang discusses Lena Dunham’s new refugee movie, hear about how World Series sta...Show More
Episode 653: Dr. Eric Mason

1:43:29 | Oct 30th, 2018

On today’s podcast, we talk with pastor and author Dr. Eric Mason about the need for Christians to address racial injustice. We also find out which states really, really like candy corn, recap Cameron and Jesse’s trip to space camp and a lot more! E...Show More
Episode 652: The Brilliance

1:20:30 | Oct 26th, 2018

This week, we talk with The Brilliance about their stirring new album The Dreamers Suite, made in partnership with the nonprofit organization World Relief. Our old friend Adam Smith also joins us to discuss Steph Curry’s new film with DeVon Franklin,...Show More
Episode 651: John Mark Comer

1:14:56 | Oct 23rd, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with pastor and “God Has a Name” author John Mark Comer about how our names for God affect our relationship with Him. Plus, a world’s-biggest-bear debate between Annie and Jesse heats up, we hear another round of #AskJesse qu...Show More
Episode 650: Christon Gray

1:12:43 | Oct 19th, 2018

This week, we talk with rapper Christon Gray who gives a behind-the-scenes look at his brand new “Clear the Heir.” We hear about how Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert might go to church together, discuss the surprisingly moving faith content of “Young...Show More
Episode 649: Jesus Culture

1:10:21 | Oct 16th, 2018

This week, Jesus Culture stops by the studio to perform songs from their brand new album Living With a Fire. We also hear the surprising secret to breaking Guinness World Records, discuss a stranger-than-usual piece of Christian artwork, learn how sc...Show More
Episode 648: Christine Caine

1:31:57 | Oct 12th, 2018

This week, we talk with author, speaker and A21 founder Christine Caine about evangelism, changing the world and her work fighting human trafficking. The gang also discusses street artist Banksy’s latest stunt, Netflix picking up Narnia, the next Jon...Show More
Episode 647: Andy Mineo

1:02:31 | Oct 9th, 2018

On today’s show, Andy Mineo walks us through some of the standout tracks on his new EP “The Sword.” We also hear another round of your Ask Jesse questions, learn why “Steak ‘Ems” have become the unexpected voice of a generation, hear the truth about ...Show More
Episode 646: for KING & COUNTRY

1:17:50 | Oct 5th, 2018

This week, For King & Country stops by the RELEVANT Studio for an incredible live performance of songs off their new album, Burn the Ships. We also discuss the controversial new Simpsons season premiere, hear Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin bring church...Show More
Episode 645: Scott Harrison

1:38:38 | Oct 2nd, 2018

This week, we talk with charity:water founder Scott Harrison about his sweeping new book “Thirst,” in which he traces his path from nightclub mogul to founder of one of the world’s most innovative charities. We also reflect on the weirdness of “Perfe...Show More
Episode 644: Elevation Worship

1:20:10 | Sep 28th, 2018

On this week’s show, we talk with Elevation Worship about their personal, grounded new album Hallelujah Here Below. The gang also hears about Carson Wentz’s free food truck, checks out Mumford & Sons’ new spiritually-themed track, discusses Jon Hamm’...Show More
Episode 643: Tim Tebow

1:03:23 | Sep 25th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with pro athlete, author and speaker Tim Tebow about why you shouldn’t wait to start pursuing your calling. We also give some life-changing advice as part of our Ask Jesse segment, hear about the dangers of Netflix binging an...Show More
Episode 642: Wild Nothing

1:21:37 | Sep 21st, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with indie artist Wild Nothing about their incredible new album Indigo. We also discuss the dangers of burning out, Mark Wahlberg’s insane daily schedule, Elon Musk, the faith of Odell Beckham Jr. and a lot more! EPISODE MUSI...Show More
Episode 641: Mosaic MSC

1:25:14 | Sep 18th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with Mosaic MSC about their evocative and stirring new EP “Heaven.” Plus, we discuss an incredible thrift store find and bust some myths about Australia before Adam Smith joins us for a special tag-team edition of Ask Jesse! ...Show More
Episode 640: Andy Stanley—and Chili’s

1:13:23 | Sep 14th, 2018

It’s finally here: On today’s show, Chandler opens the Chili’s mysterious box. (You won’t be disappointed.) We also talk with pastor and author Andy Stanley about how reexamining the original message of Jesus can change the world. Plus, we hear a new...Show More
Episode 639: Foster the People

1:38:14 | Sep 11th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with Foster the People frontman Mark Foster about how faith—and a sense of social responsibility—helped inspire the group’s latest album Sacred Hearts Club. We also reflect on memories of Sept. 11, discuss some major changes ...Show More
Episode 638: Craig Groeschel

1:28:05 | Sep 7th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with Life.Church pastor and author Craig Groeschel about learning how to lean on God, especially during life’s toughest times. The gang also discusses Nike’s controversial new ad campaign, hears from a listener in need of lif...Show More
Episode 637: Francis Chan

1:36:03 | Sep 5th, 2018

This week, we talk with author and preacher Francis Chan about why he stepped down from the megachurch he founded and what he thinks modern Christians get wrong about church. We also discuss a lizard invasion in Florida, the court case involving “In ...Show More
Episode 636: JOHNNYSWIM

1:33:13 | Aug 31st, 2018

Trent Dabbs joins the show this week, as the gang breaks down the latest issue of RELEVANT magazine, unpacks a meeting with Emma Stone and debuts two brand new performances from Johnnyswim fresh from the RELEVANT studio!
Episode 635: Miles McPherson

1:26:02 | Aug 30th, 2018

On today’s show, author and Rock Church pastor Miles McPherson joins us to talk about how the Church can better address racial tension and reconciliation in America. We also discuss Ariana Grande’s powerful thoughts on the importance of mental health...Show More
Episode 634: Jonathan Merritt

1:14:32 | Aug 24th, 2018

On this week’s episode, the gang, joined by Science Mike, go out of this world to discuss the importance of a swimming pool on the moon and other outer space possibilities. Cameron prepares for his 32-hour Hood to Coast run and gets a little more “en...Show More
Episode 633: Kim Walker-Smith

1:13:08 | Aug 22nd, 2018

This week, singer-songwriter Kim Walker-Smith joins us to discuss Jesus Culture’s latest album, Living With a Fire. We also share some sneak peeks and details of Impact Week that kicks off at the RELEVANT headquarters on Monday, and the gang hassles ...Show More
Episode 632: Aaron Niequist

1:15:14 | Aug 17th, 2018

This week, we talk with @aaronieq about his new book The Eternal Current and how a crisis of faith led him to rediscover the power of spiritual practices. We also discuss a technology that might save the movies, Annie’s fear of bogs, the Hood to Coas...Show More
Episode 631: Alvvays

1:22:04 | Aug 15th, 2018

This week, we talk with critically acclaimed indie-rock outfit Alvvays about their latest album, Antisocialites. We also hear a trap remix of some classic Veggie Tales tunes, discuss the upcoming Brooklyn Nine-Nine #MeToo episode, listen to Chvrches’...Show More
Episode 630: Chris McClarney

1:16:25 | Aug 10th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with worship artist Chris McClarney about the inspiration for his new album, Breakthrough. We also give an update about the Willow Creek situation, find out how a herd of goats took over a suburban neighborhood, have a listen...Show More
Episode 629: Eugene Cho

1:41:52 | Aug 8th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with author and Quest Church founder Eugene Cho about his surprising decision to step down as pastor and what’s next for him. The gang also discusses the situation at Willow Creek, recaps their visit to Lollapalooza plus a lo...Show More
Episode 628: Derek Minor

1:04:16 | Aug 3rd, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with rapper Derek Minor about his upcoming album The Trap, and why he doesn’t think Christian hip-hop should play it safe. We also hear about a church’s controversial plan to outsource their sermons, discuss the ethics of the...Show More
Episode 627: Ethan Hawke

1:26:30 | Aug 1st, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with First Reformed star Ethan Hawke about how his own faith journey informed his role as a pastor experiencing a crisis of faith. We also discuss Netflix’s new plan to create more faith-based content, Odell Beckham Jr.’s tri...Show More
Episode 626: Eric Mennel

1:20:26 | Jul 27th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with the host of the hit podcast StartUp, Eric Mennel, about the new season of the series, which is all about church-planting. We also hear about Japan’s ninja shortage and how a police department’s “God’s Not Dead” lip-sync ...Show More
Episode 625: Lisa Gungor

1:28:51 | Jul 25th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with Lisa Gungor about her new book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen, and how a series of difficult events in her personal life changed her faith forever. We also learn about Netflix’s new show that follows a young Jesus, ...Show More
Episode 624: Bo Burnham

1:09:45 | Jul 20th, 2018

On today’s show, filmmaker and comedian Bo Burnham joins us to talk about his new, critically acclaimed film Eighth Grade. We also chat with a listener of the week who is working on a mind-control project (for real!), hear some big news from Eddie, d...Show More
Episode 623: Cory Asbury

1:21:18 | Jul 18th, 2018

This week, worship artist Cory Asbury joins us to discuss the inspiration for—and controversy of—his breakout hi “Reckless Love.” We also hear the new song from Lecrae and Andy Mineo, learn about This American Life‘s latest show about church planting...Show More
Episode 622: Jo Saxton

54:32 | Jul 13th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with author and speaker Jo Saxton about how to find your true identity and God’s purpose for your life. We also figure out how to improve the show Cash Cab, discuss how you can move to a lawless man-made island, hear a crimin...Show More
Episode 621: Leon Bridges

1:06:21 | Jul 11th, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with singer-songwriter Leon Bridges about his hip-hop roots and his brand-new album Good Thing. We also recap Cameron and Jesse’s visit to Las Vegas (which included an extremely strange David Copperfield encounter), hear your...Show More
Episode 620: Rachel Held Evans

1:22:55 | Jul 6th, 2018

On this episode, the gang chats with author Rachel Held Evans about her new book, Inspired. They also do a deep-dive on the Royal Rangers and look ahead to some shenanigans in Las Vegas.   EPISODE MUSIC HONNE, “I Got You” Mainland, “Hometown” Inner ...Show More
Episode 619: Taelor Gray

1:21:54 | Jul 3rd, 2018

On today’s show rapper Taelor Gray tells us about the inspiration behind his new album The Love Don’t Last Long. And, just in time for the 4th of July, we play “Indie Rock Band or Firework?” The gang also discusses Joel Houston’s creationism controve...Show More
Episode 618: Hillsong Young & Free

1:07:40 | Jun 29th, 2018

This week the gang talks about hotdog water and the crowdfunded Star Wars remake. They are also joined by Hillsong Young & Free to talk about their new album III.   EPISODE MUSIC RL Grime, “I Wanna Know feat. Daya” nobigdyl., “anime” Rhye, “Phoenix ...Show More
Episode 617: John Mark and Sarah McMillan

1:23:06 | Jun 27th, 2018

This week, John Mark and Sarah McMillan stop by for an exclusive live performance from the RELEVANT Studios. We also take a deep dive into the new issue of RELEVANT featuring interviews with Leon Bridges, Rachel Held Evans, Ethan Hawke, Lisa Gungor a...Show More
Episode 616: Matthew Soerens

1:11:09 | Jun 22nd, 2018

On today’s show, we talk with World Relief’s Matthew Soerens about the immigration crisis and how Christians can help children caught in the middle of it. The gang also debunks flat-Earth theories, learns about an alarm clock that can wake you up wit...Show More
Episode 615: Lecrae

1:07:16 | Jun 20th, 2018

In this episode, we talk about Colbert’s takedown of bad Bible lessons and which stars would be ideal for different roles in our celebrity-run church. Lecrae also joins us to talk about his new album, “Let the Trap Say Amen.”   EPISODE MUSIC: 1. Lecr...Show More
Episode 614: Paul Schrader

1:00:30 | Jun 15th, 2018

This week, legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader joins us to discuss his latest film First Reformed, which stars Ethan Hawke performing as a pastor suffering a crisis of faith. The gang also debates purchasing an actual ghost town, discusses why you shou...Show More
Episode 613: Jamie Tworkowski

1:26:38 | Jun 13th, 2018

Today on the podcast, we talk with Jamie Tworkowski the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms about mental health, how to recognize signs of struggle in others and where people can turn if they’re hurting. We also discuss what a missed opportunity it ...Show More
Episode 612: Social Club Misfits

1:04:38 | Jun 8th, 2018

Today on the podcast, Social Club Misfits stop by for an exclusive performance from the RELEVANT Studios and sits down to discuss the stories behind their music. We also discuss how a red velvet cake Jesus caused a political scandal, hear about how t...Show More
Episode 611: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

1:01:46 | Jun 6th, 2018

On today’s show, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez discusses overcoming life’s most difficult chapters and his new book Shake Free. The gang also hears the new single from Lecrae, discusses Apple’s new “digital wellness” features, learns about Ashton Kutcher...Show More
Episode 610: Lisa Bevere

1:07:22 | Jun 1st, 2018

On today’s show, author and speaker Lisa Bevere joins us to talk about the importance of biblical truth in an age of misinformation and uncertainty. We also debate the effectiveness of funny road signs, hear about why America is the only country that...Show More
Episode 609: Austin Channing Brown

1:28:31 | May 30th, 2018

This week, author, speaker and activist Austin Channing Brown joins us to discuss racial justice and why churches must do better about addressing racism. We also hear about how Carl Lentz has weighed in on the debate surrounding the NFL and protests,...Show More
Episode 608: Max Lucado

1:03:04 | May 25th, 2018

This week, we talk with best-selling author Max Lucado about how to make sense of tragedy and his upcoming book Unshakable Hope.   EPISODE MUSIC: Chromatics, “Black Walls” Gabriel Garzon-Montano, “Golden Wings” Hana Vu, “Cool (feat. Satchy)”
Episode 607: Aubrey Plaza

1:12:08 | May 23rd, 2018

This week, we talk with Aubrey Plaza about her show Legion, how many of her roles help to destigmatize mental health issues and more. The gang also discusses Terry Crews’ powerful Daily Show interview, hears about Lecrae’s sit-down conversation at Wi...Show More
Episode 606: Ira Glass

1:21:55 | May 18th, 2018

This week, Ira Glass joins the show to talk about his work producing the new faith-focused Netflix movie ‘Come Sunday.’ The gang also discusses procrastination, the Royal family, and brings on a particularly spicy Listener of the Week.   EPISODE MUSI...Show More
Episode 605: Steffany Gretzinger

1:09:31 | May 16th, 2018

This week, singer/songwriter Steffany Gretzinger joins us to talk about the songs that changed her life. The gang also hears a possible all-female Black Panther spin-off, learns about Woody Harrelson’s plan to go into the ministry, talks about Selena...Show More
Episode 604: Christine Caine

1:10:17 | May 11th, 2018

This week, speaker, author and founder of the organizations A21 and Propel Women, Christine Caine, joins us. Christine discusses her brand-new book Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure and tells us how Christian...Show More
Episode 603: Andy Mineo

1:20:27 | May 9th, 2018

This week, we talk with Andy Mineo about his brand new EP, The Arrow, and how his struggle with anxiety, fear and doubt led to a creative breakthrough. The gang also discusses Donald Glover’s controversial new music video, hears about the plan to bri...Show More
Episode 602: Behind the Scenes of the Aubrey Plaza Issue

59:06 | May 4th, 2018

On today’s show, we take an in-depth look at the new issue of RELEVANT, and hear from Aubrey Plaza, Ira Glass, Carl Lentz and others featured in the issue. The gang also discusses the controversy with The Simpsons, debates the appropriateness of wors...Show More
Episode 601: Chiwetel Ejiofor

1:17:47 | May 2nd, 2018

This week, we debut our new twice-weekly format with award-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. We talk to Chiwetel about faith, the Church and his brand-new Netflix movie Come Sunday. The gang also debates Facebook’s church partnership program, the lates...Show More
Episode 600: LIVE with John Mark McMillan

1:44:10 | Apr 27th, 2018

For our live taping of the RELEVANT podcast’s 600th episode, the gang follows up on a super serious true-crime investigation, brings out the fun and games for special guest John Mark McMillan, discusses road trips through the Netherlands and the meri...Show More
Episode 570: Andy Mineo

0:00 | Sep 29th, 2017

This week, we talk with Andy Mineo about his brand-new mixtape Magic & Bird and how he overcame a personal — and spiritual — crisis. Author and counselor Deb Fileta also takes your relationship questions in our new “Expert Advice” segment. And specia...Show More
Episode 569: Terry Crews & Derek Webb

0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2017

This week, we talk with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews about how he overcame a secret addiction that almost cost him everything. Singer-songwriter Derek Webb also joins us to break down the five songs that changed his life.  The gang also discus...Show More
Episode 568: The Lone Bellow

0:00 | Sep 15th, 2017

This week, we talk with The Lone Bellow frontman Zach Williams about the band’s brand-new album Walk into a Storm. We also play a brand-new game with listeners called “Before You Buy a $1,000 iPhone.” The gang also hears about your worst date stories...Show More
Episode 567: Hillsong Young and Free & Chris Heuertz

0:00 | Sep 8th, 2017

This week, we talk with Hillsong Young and Free about the inspiration behind their latest album, Youth Revival Acoustic and their brand-new single “Love Won’t Let Me Down.” Author Chris Heuertz also joins us to discuss his new book The Sacred Enneagr...Show More
Episode 566: Derek Minor & Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV

0:00 | Sep 1st, 2017

This week, rapper Derek Minor joins us to talk about his brand-new album, Your Soul Must Fly. We also speak with pastor Robert Wright Lee IV—a descendant of Robert E. Lee—about why Christians must address and combat white supremacy. Chris Seay, the p...Show More
Episode 565: Charlie Cox & Sandra McCracken

0:00 | Aug 25th, 2017

This week, we talk with Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil in Netflix’s new series The Defenders. Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken also walks us through her new album Steadfast Live. And Shauna joins us for the entire show and recaps her recent inter...Show More
Episode 564: Lecrae & Kings Kaleidoscope

0:00 | Aug 18th, 2017

This week, Lecrae joins Propaganda and the guys for a candid and important discussion about Charlottesville. (Everyone needs to hear this.) Also, Kings Kaleidoscope takes us through their new mixtape, The Beauty Between, and Jesse lets us in on his s...Show More
Episode 563: Jesus Culture

0:00 | Aug 12th, 2017

This week, we talk with Jesus Culture about their brand new album, Love Has a Name. Also, Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter of the brand new movie Annabelle: Creation talks about the film’s real-life, supernatural inspiration. The gang also recaps th...Show More
Episode 562: Jen Hatmaker & Wordsplayed

0:00 | Aug 4th, 2017

This week, we talk with author Jen Hatmaker about her new book, Of Mess and Moxie, and rapper Wordsplayed walks us through his brand-new mixtape with Andy Mineo, Magic & Bird. The gang also discusses the benefits of talking to yourself, an exciting n...Show More
Episode 561: Josh Garrels & Emerson Eggerichs

0:00 | Jul 28th, 2017

This week, singer-songwriter Josh Garrels discusses the songs that changed his life. We also talk with author and relationship expert Emerson Eggerichs about his new book, Before You Hit Send.  The gang also debates the merits of Lyft’s new partnersh...Show More
Episode 560: Tony Hale

0:00 | Jul 21st, 2017

This week, we talk with actor Tony Hale—who was just nominated for his third Emmy award—about his career, his choice in characters and how his faith informs it all. We also play a very special Amazon-related game. The gang also debates creationism, l...Show More
Episode 559: Moby

0:00 | Jul 14th, 2017

This week we talk with legendary electronic artist Moby about his latest album More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse and how his Christian faith informs his music.  The gang also discusses the new JAY-Z album, talks with a Catholic priest about gluten...Show More
Episode 558: LANY & Sharon Cohn-Wu

0:00 | Jul 7th, 2017

This week, we talk with LANY frontman Paul Klein about the band’s new debut album and hear a portion of the latest The New Activist podcast featuring Sharon Cohn Wu, an activist, renowned lawyer and IJM’s senior vice president of Justice System Trans...Show More
Episode 557: Cold War Kids

0:00 | Jun 30th, 2017

This week, we talk with Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett about the band’s brand-new album “L.A. Divine” and how faith inspires their songwriting. Comedian John Crist returns as a guest co-host to play “Indie Rock Band or Firework,” discuss his l...Show More
Episode 556: Maggie Rogers & Andy Crouch

0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2017

This week, we talk with singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers about her incredible EP, “Now That the Light Is Fading” and how she managed to impress super-producer Pharrell. We also speak with author and speaker Andy Crouch about his new book, “The Tech-Wi...Show More
Episode 555: David Crowder

0:00 | Jun 16th, 2017

This week, David Crowder joins us to discuss the songs that changed his life and shaped him as a songwriter.  We also hear an excerpt from the upcoming episode of The Shauna Niequist Podcast featuring a conversation with Amanda Sudano of the duo John...Show More
Episode 554: Hillsong United & Jason Fileta

0:00 | Jun 9th, 2017

This week, we talk with Joel Houston of Hillsong United about their brand-new album, Wonder, and hear clips from some of its most powerful songs. We also speak with Micah Challenge Executive Director Jason Fileta about the Paris Climate Agreement, th...Show More
Episode 553: Local Natives & Jennie Allen

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2017

This week, Local Natives frontman Taylor Rice joins us to discuss the band’s new album “Sunlit Youth” and walk us through some of the record’s most memorable tracks. We also speak with IF:Gathering founder Jennie Allen about her new book, “Nothing to...Show More
Episode 552: Damon Lindelof & Brady Toops

0:00 | May 29th, 2017

This week, we talked with Damon Lindelof, the creator of HBO’s acclaimed show The Leftovers and co-creator of Lost. We also preview the latest addition to the RELEVANT Podcast Network family. The guys record on location from a ranch in Montana, where...Show More
Episode 551: Rob Bell

1:47:41 | May 20th, 2017

This week, we talk with Rob Bell about his new book, “What Is the Bible?” and learn why he thinks people need to re-evaluate how they read Scripture. We also feature a preview of the brand-new show from the RELEVANT Podcast Network, The Red Couch Pod...Show More
Episode 550: Kim Walker-Smith & David Platt

1:54:25 | May 10th, 2017

This week, we feature a special in-studio performance with worship leader and singer Kim Walker-Smith with songs from her brand-new album On My Side. We also talk with writer and pastor David Platt about his new book, Counter Culture. Propaganda join...Show More
Episode 549: John Crist & Antoinette Robertson

1:46:54 | May 5th, 2017

This week, John Crist—the stand-up comedian behind hilarious viral videos “Millennial International” and “Church Hunters”—sits in as our special guest co-host. We also talk with Antoinette Robertson, one of the stars of the new hit Netflix show “Dear...Show More
Episode 548: Jenn Johnson

0:00 | Apr 28th, 2017

This week, we talk with Bethel Music co-founder and worship leader Jenn Johnson about Bethel Music’s new album, Starlight. The editorial team walks through the brand-new issue of RELEVANT and this episode marks the long-awaited return of Outlaw Hero....Show More
Episode 547: Coin & Lee Strobel

0:00 | Apr 21st, 2017

This week, we talk with writer, apologist and journalist Lee Strobel about the big-screen adaptation of his best-selling book The Case for Christ and with Coin frontman Chase Lawrence about the band’s new album How Will You Know If You Never Try. Sha...Show More
Drew Holcomb

0:00 | Apr 14th, 2017

This week, singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb joins us to discuss the latest album from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, “Souvenir.” We also talk with author and theologian N.T. Wright about his new book, “The Day the Revolution Began,” and the importance...Show More
Jamie Tworkowski

0:00 | Apr 7th, 2017

This week, we talk with Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of the mental health-advocacy organization To Write Love on Her Arms, about the organization’s mission and the U.N.’s World Health Day (April 7), which this year is themed “Depression: Let’s Talk....Show More
Taelor Gray & Craig Groeschel

0:00 | Mar 31st, 2017

This week, rapper Taelor Gray joins us to talk about his brand new album “In the Way of Me.” We also talk with pastor and author of the new book “Divine Direction,” Craig Groeschel. And comedian and writer Rob Fee sits in as our very special guest co...Show More
Paul Rust & Kari Jobe

0:00 | Mar 24th, 2017

This week, we talk with Paul Rust, writer, star and co-creator of the Netflix series “Love.” We also chat with singer and worship artist Kari Jobe about her new album “The Garden,” and the real-life events that inspired it. The gang is also joined by...Show More
Kim-Walker Smith & Jeremy Courtney

0:00 | Mar 17th, 2017

This week, Jesus Culture singer and worship leader Kim Walker-Smith joins us to discuss the songs that have changed her life and shaped her as an artist. We also talk with Preemptive Love Coalition founder Jeremy Courtney about the conflict unfolding...Show More
Matt Chandler & The 2017 Oskarz.biz Awards

0:00 | Mar 10th, 2017

This week, we discuss embracing Lent with pastor Matt Chandler. Also, it’s that time of year again: The seventh annual Oskarz.biz awards are finally here! EPISODE SPONSOR Whether you’re a busy professional couple, a large family that runs at ...Show More
Sam Worthington & Social Club Misfits

0:00 | Mar 4th, 2017

This week, we talk with actor Sam Worthington about his new role in ‘The Shack,’ his views on the controversy behind the film and how he came to faith himself. We also talk with hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits about their latest album, ‘The Misadvent...Show More
The Flaming Lips

0:00 | Mar 1st, 2017

This week, we talk with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne about their new album “Oczy Mlody,” the influence Miley Cyrus had on the songs and how they developed the record’s experimental, pop-inspired sound. We also take a look at the brand new issue ...Show More
Judah Smith

0:00 | Feb 17th, 2017

This week, we talk with Judah Smith, the pastor of The City Church and author of the new book “How’s Your Soul,” about the importance of community, being vulnerable and caring for your soul. We also play a new game (sorta) ripped from the headlines: ...Show More
Ira Glass & Andy Mineo

0:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

This week, we talk with This American Life host and creator Ira Glass about the show’s creative process, its fascination with people of faith and what the media often gets wrong about Christians. Rapper Andy Mineo also joins us to discuss some of the...Show More
Ravi Zacharias & The Brilliance

0:00 | Feb 3rd, 2017

This week, we talk with The Brilliance about their brand new album “All Is Not Lost,” speak with Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale about their new book “Jesus Among Secular Gods” and hear from two of the leaders of World Relief, the only Christian orga...Show More
Lecrae & Erin Loechner

0:00 | Jan 27th, 2017

This week, we talk with rapper Lecrae about his brand-new song “Blessings” featuring a collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, speaking out against injustice and what to expect from his upcoming album. We also speak with designer, speaker and author Erin L...Show More
Lauren Daigle & Richard Rohr

0:00 | Jan 20th, 2017

This week, we talk to worship leader Lauren Daigle about the role of worship, how music helps her connect with God and how she approaches the songwriting process. We also speak with author, speaker and teacher Father Richard Rohr about contemplative ...Show More
OK Go

0:00 | Jan 15th, 2017

This week, we talk with OK Go about their crazy music videos, how they pull them off and the surprisingly deep reason for shooting them in the first place. We also speak with Sokeel Park of the group Liberty in North Korea about the dire situation in...Show More
Johnnyswim

0:00 | Jan 6th, 2017

This week, we talk with the music duo Johnnyswim about the inspiration behind their latest hit album “Georgica Pond” and the editors look through the brand new issue of RELEVANT featuring Ira Glass, Bastille, Gungor and more. The gang also discusses ...Show More
The Best of 2016

0:00 | Dec 30th, 2016

This week, we look back at some of our favorite interviews and live in-studio performances from 2016. We’ve got songs from artists including Lauren Daigle, Crowder, All Sons & Daughters, Run River North and Fleurie, interview highlights with authors ...Show More
Trip Lee

0:00 | Dec 23rd, 2016

This week, we talk with rapper and pastor Trip Lee about his brand new album, “The Waiting Room.” The gang also gets ready for Christmas with the pop-culture themed holiday game, “A Very Special ‘Christmas Special’ Special.” We also discuss Chance th...Show More
Chris Quilala & Social Club Misfits

0:00 | Dec 16th, 2016

This week, we talk with worship leader and songwriter Chris Quilala about his powerful new album “Split the Sky.” The hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits calls in to squash a rap beef in the best way possible—with a name-that-lyric game. The gang also di...Show More
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 6

0:00 | Dec 14th, 2016

We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 10 – 1. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. Ea...Show More
Ellie Holcomb & Tim Keller

0:00 | Dec 9th, 2016

This week, singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb performs live from the RELEVANT studio, and we talk with author and pastor Tim Keller about the deeper message of Advent. The gang also discusses Christmas decoration strategies, Twitter’s top trending topic...Show More
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 5

0:00 | Dec 7th, 2016

We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 18 – 11. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. E...Show More
Louie Giglio & LANY

0:00 | Dec 2nd, 2016

This week, we talk with author, pastor and Passion founder Louie Giglio about the importance of Advent season and his new book, “Waiting Here for You“. We also chat with synth-pop outfit LANY about their latest EP, “kinda“, and what inspires their so...Show More
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 4

0:00 | Nov 30th, 2016

We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 26 – 19. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. E...Show More
RELEVANT Top 50: Part 3

0:00 | Nov 23rd, 2016

We’re counting down our favorite pop-culture releases of the year! This week on the show, we break down numbers 34 – 27. In this six-episode miniseries, the RELEVANT editorial team choses their top 50 albums, TV shows, books and movies of the year. E...Show More
Young the Giant & Brian McLaren

0:00 | Nov 18th, 2016

This week, we talk with indie rock band Young the Giant about their latest album “Home of the Strange.” We also sit down with author and theologian Brian McLaren to discuss his new book “The Great Spiritual Migration” and hear why a major shift is ha...Show More