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The B.A.R. Podcast


We recently asked Dawain Atkinson if he would be willing to answer a few questions for our Reformation21 audience about his podcast, the B.A.R. podcast, and about the usefulness of podcasting in general. Here is our brief interview with him:

Dawain, when my friend, Joe Thorn, introduced me to the B.A.R. podcast last year, I was immediately encouraged to see what you were doing. Would you briefly tell our readers a little about the podcast and how you came to start it?

The B.A.R. Podcast (B.A.R. stands for "Biblical and Reformed") was inspired by various podcast and sermons (e.g. Whitehorse Inn, Reformed Pubcast, Reformed Forum and The Briefing). I wanted to provide a new resource that might help people grow spiritually, even as others were helping me. The objective of the podcast is to invite knowledgeable and thoughtful guests on the show in order to have down to earth conversations with them. We want to expose our audience to great preachers, teachers, and subjects.

Since 2008, I have been a regular panelist on and have hosted several podcasts. I remember not knowing what a podcast was when we first began. Could you tell our readers a little about the nature of podcasting?

Podcasting has been around for just over a decade now. Since Apple made podcasts accessible on the iPhone, the podcast world has exploded. Thankfully, the church has taken advantage of this platform--mostly for Sunday sermons and teaching; but that is only one side to the podcast world.

Nevertheless, a recent survey revealed that less than half of all Americans know of and listen to podcasts. We can only assume that only a small number of Christians are taking advantage of this fantastic tool. Podcasts can greatly benefit and encourage Christians in their daily walk and that more believers should consider adding them to their daily routine.

One of the remarkable things about podcasts is that, in most cases, the content is free. Many are failing to take advantage of all the resources that are available to them at no cost. Paying for content is becoming a thing of the past. Podcasting has hastened the transition.

In todays fast pace world, podcasting has become a vital way to listen, learn and grow. I start my day listening to podcasts and sermons in the same way that many listen to or read daily news. This allows me to feed my spirit, as I'm getting ready for work. I have found it to be a great way to help keep our mind stayed on him (Isaiah 26:3). On my commute to work--as well as during several hours of desk time--this medium has proven to be a great benefit to me. I especially encourage people to listen to sermon podcasts in order to be edified with the Gospel. Theological podcasts and sermons should never replace a local pastor; instead, they should serve as a supplement to add to your healthy diet of devotion and study as you participate in the local church.

There are other podcasting formats--akin to that which some call "Talk Radio." I'm quite fond of the "talk radio" style of podcasting. With this style of podcasting, the show's host talks about the topics or issues that may come up on daily news or social media. Many of these "talk radio" style podcasts have a host, co-host and guest(s) who will talk about such things as current events, debates, and theology. Some of my favorite podcasts will have as many at four or five contributors talking on the show. My father taught me a valuable lesson many years ago: "when you're in the room with smart people just listen and learn." This is a principle I seek to apply when listening to "talk radio" style podcast shows.

The "Talk Radio" podcast format, in a sense, brings the listener into the same room with those who are walking through important issues. When a well-respected theologian or teacher chimes in on a topic, the listener become the beneficiary of their thoughts on--and even sometimes hearing them struggle over--social, economical, or doctrinal issues.

What has been happening at the B.A.R. podcast recently? Where would you encourage our readers to start listening?

We just finished a great month that we dedicated to Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Ligon Duncan was so gracious to be guest on the show. I was both encouraged and amazed by his humility. When we recorded that episode, I found out about his love for Earth Wind & Fire. After we had Dr. Duncan on, I checked our schedule and noticed that we had Phillip Holmes and Carl and Karen Ellis on the calendar for upcoming shows. I immediately reached out to Dr. Duncan to see if we could make the month of November RTS month. He gave us his full support. After running those shows, several listeners informed me that they are considering RTS for seminary! We are always encouraged to see how God is working in these ways.

As the podcast grows, we are focused on making sure we provide out listeners with guests they wouldn't expect as well as guests from whom they never thought they would hear. In addition, we have a Local Pastor Spotlight--a segment that highlights the ministry of local pastors. We are striving to make this a podcast for everyone. In the coming months we're very excited about the guests we have lined up. So stay tuned!

The Mortification of Spin podcast has been airing for a year and a half, attracting tens of thousands of listeners each week. And while there are some issues and certain episodes that we are asked to avoid, remove, or apologize for - we've not succumbed to any of that. BTW - the one thing we hear most often is for more. For more of Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt and Aimee Byrd - but we suspect they really mean more of Aimee.

So while the actual podcast schedule can't change - it will continue to air each and every Wednesday - we can bring you more content from the hosts. The blog content of Carl from, of Aimee from and of Todd from his blog known as 1517 will all be combined at Mortification of Spin.

There it will sit alongside the podcast, it's archives, the huge archives of these three prolific writers, and soon, new and fun content extras! So the web address will not change - and - but the causal conversation about things that count will grow!

The Mortification of Spin is a ministry of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The Alliance is a coalition of pastors, scholars, and churchmen who hold the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed faith and who proclaim biblical doctrine in order to foster a Reformed awakening in today's Church. Learn more about the Alliance at

The Alliance, and all of its ministries, including Motification of Spin is supported only by its readers and gracious Christians like you. Please prayerfully consider supporting Mortification of Spin and the mission of the Alliance. Please donate here.

"The Mortification of Spin"

For those who don't know of it, you may be interested to hear that Todd Pruitt and Carl "I'm not a celebrity, I'm just high-profile" Trueman are building their empire with a podcast entitled The Mortification of Spin. According to the spin, er . . . blurb, MoS is
a bi-weekly casual conversation about things that count. Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt serve up a humorous, informal podcast with bite. Join this engaging and thought-provoking conversation on the challenges the Church faces and what counts in the Christian life. Served up with a healthy dose of germane cultural references. Hear for yourself if British accents carry more weight . . .
The first two episodes are on rockstar pastors in Las Vegas (including notes on the imitation of the world and sanctification) and the king's court jester (discussing such matters as suffering and the nature of evil).

I cannot promise moody monochrome videos, and I am not sure who is providing the soundtrack, but if those are not going to be a problem for you, doubtless there may be a few who wish to tune in.