The PhxP Podcast Listener
This is a column I never thought I would write…because it’s about how I became a fan of NASCAR.
Trust me, there’s a bigger point…
For most of my life there is nothing I could have ever thought of that could possibly be less interesting than watching hillbillies executing left turns for three hours.
I was vaguely familiar with the big names and I might watch the very end of important races…but that was about it.
Then, (for some reason I don’t remember) I watched a Youtube clip of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast…about 15 minutes of NASCAR, which was my limit.
There was something so real and irenic about how Jr. interacted with his guests that I watched another clip, then another one, then started getting anxious waiting for new downloads.
The show was filled with stories of triumph and tragedy ,success and failure , heart and courage, and even confession and repentance.
All of this enveloped in a living history of Americana.
Jr. not only held my interest, he singlehandedly made me a fan…and a new student of the sport.
The question this raised in my mind though…where is the winsome, irenic public facing Christian leader who could do for the faith once delivered what Dale Jr. does for motorsports?
Where are the leaders who by charisma and obvious character could engage someone to an encounter with Jesus?
The only “Christian” podcasts I listen to are with Kate Bowler and the occasional N.T. Wright appearance somewhere.
As I’ve said before, my favorite podcast of all time is on 20th century country music…“Cocaine and Rhinestones”.
It’s not for the faint of heart.
Everything else I might listen to is relevant only to fans of the Minnesota Vikings…I’ll spare you.
What are you listening to?