About five years ago, I started a podcast with a couple friends. It morphed into two different shows: The Everyday Theology Podcast, and later, The Gospel Marinated Soul Podcast.
These show(s) were conversations around faith and living as disciples of Jesus in everyday life. We interviewed authors, pastors, Christian influencers, and gave our two cents on a variety of subjects.
A solid fan base grew over time, and producing the podcast was a blast, to share with two good friends. But because of time restraints and other pressing issues we shut the show down.
What I learned doing the podcast was invaluable. Here are a couple lessons learned:
- People like podcasts. They can listen anytime and anyplace. You have access to people 24-7. And they are evergreen.
- Podcasts are becoming the new radio. People listen on the way to work, on the train, bus, working out, and mowing the lawn. They have full access to the medium on their terms.
- Podcast technology has become easier to navigate. One problem with my first couple attempts at podcasting was time. It took too long to produce a decent show and get it out into the world.
- You need not be a big name. You need something interesting to say and interviewing interesting people helps.
- Impact. You can impact the lives of people on a variety of subjects with speaking your ideas into their ears. I love podcasts for the learning, wisdom, and inspiration they offer.
- It's a lot of fun!
There are many other reasons I could add to my love for the podcast medium. But let me keep moving…
So after a couple failed podcasts I wanted to do another one. Not sure the subject, but writing kept coming to the surface.
December 2016, I launched a writing podcast called: The Prolific Writer.
I’m an indie writer and author who believes in the power of the written word. I wanted to create a show where I would interview the most prolific indie writers on the planet and learn from their experiences. And give hints, tricks, advice, and inspiration of what I had been learning after writing and publishing a dozen books.
To my surprise, The Prolific Writer took off, and has found a solid audience. I’m spoiled, as I get to interview people around the world, and hear their stories and experiences in writing and publishing. Not a week goes by where I don’t get a “thank you” for the show.
It has been a blast.
But something continued to stir in me, and I’d hoped one day, I could do another podcast around questions and conversations regarding faith, life, art, and culture.
I have learned so much from two failed podcasts. What it takes to interview guests, how to produce shows with minimal effort, and how to find an audience.
Well, after marinating on some ideas for a couple years, I’ve launched a new podcast: Hints of Hope.
The Prolific Writer is not going anywhere, but I’ll be adding Hints of Hope to my podcast family.
What is Hints of Hope? Glad you asked.
HofH is a podcast about conversations and questions related to faith, life, art, and culture. Why these subjects?
First, these are subjects I love to talk about, think about, and read as a pastor, a disciple of Jesus, and human.
Second, as a pastor for over fifteen years, I’m daily engaged with how faith/God intersect with culture, and people, like you and me.
It's time conversations about faith make a legitimate appearance in the public square. I hope the podcast will serve as a catalyst for developing a more integrated biblical faith that can withstand varying views and sometimes flat out rejection in our society.
Third, if Jesus is Lord over everything, we must find threads and signs of redemption and grace and hope in art, film, music, pop culture, and society. We’ll find the opposite, too.
Fourth, in our current political, religious, and social climate… we need hope. As I observe the vitriol on social media, fear, complaint, and guilt-posturing, I hope, see what I did there, to offer conversations and reflection on where I see hope, and how we can have an ultimate hope regardless of current circumstances.
This does not mean HofH will only discuss “religious” or “Christian” themes. But I hope (there’s that word again) to show how the Christian gospel and the person and work of Jesus is vital and essential for understanding our times and finding hope amid them. And, I hope (okay, I’ll stop), to engage with differing viewpoints in gracious, humble, and winsome ways, when our desires for change are for the same things, maybe done in different ways.
The show will be short episodes, like 30 minutes or less, and maybe 1-2 per week, we’ll see. This project is not because I have nothing going on, I have plenty. But, may it serve, encourage, equip, and build up disciples of Jesus, and any curious listeners.
If you have questions, ideas, or comments for the show, please hit me up via email (email@example.com), social media (@ryanjpelton), or leave a comment below.
The first two episodes are live, so check it out, and tell me what you think?