My Favorite Podcasts of 2023

Episodes on faith, historic Christianity, and our muddling through this life

Mark Hackett

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Hello friends,

In what has become one of two year-end traditions (books here), I’m sharing my favorite podcast episodes from 2023 with you. This year includes 15 conversations that stuck with me.

Before we get to that, a humble request. Running this site isn’t free. I’m not trying to turn a profit from my writings and conversations, but it would be great if fees like website hosting, email service, etc were covered. If one more person signs up, we’ll be covered for 2024!

Now, on to some podcasts! I’m definitely biased, but my top two episodes are from Extra Words.

What did the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus actually do? I dived down the rabbit hole into the complex, wild world of Christian atonement theory with Dr. Jennifer Garcia Bashaw. She is a respected biblical scholar and ordained pastor.

In her powerful book Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims, Jennifer shows how many Christians today read the New Testament as victors, not as victims. The teachings and actions of Jesus thus lose much of their subversive significance. The Gospels become one harmonized story about individual salvation rather than distinct representations of Jesus’s radical work on behalf of victims. If the world of atonement theory is new to you, this conversation is a great place to start.

Learning from Black voices means listening to more than snippets. It means attending to Black stories. I sat down with Pastor Claude Atcho to discuss his phenomenal book Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just.

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Mark Hackett

Writings about faith and culture from Memphis, TN. “That relentless, tall guy.”