Podcast Review: ‘Mere Christians’ by Jordan Raynor

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12/02/2022

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Recently I discovered this excellent podcast by Jordan Raynor, titled “Mere Christians”. The introduction to the podcast is intriguing: “how does the gospel influence the work of Mere Christians—those of us who aren’t pastors or religious professionals, but who work as entrepreneurs, baristas, and accountants? That’s the question this podcast explores every week as Jordan Raynor interviews guests across the widest variety of vocations.”

(Update: This podcast used to be named “Called to Mastery” but had been renamed earlier in 2022. According to the author, the new title is a play on words from the all-famous C.S. Lewis’ classic title, Mere Christianity.)

Mere Christians by Jordan Raynor
Source: Jordan Raynor’s podcast website

Each podcast episode features a conversation with a Christian from across a wide spectrum of fame, ethnicity, and vocational disciplines. There are entrepreneurs, carpenters, middle managers, actresses, and even astrophysicists.

I’m surprised to find big names like Timothy Keller, Cal Newport and Matt Perman, authors of books I love and have reviewed before.

Who is Jordan Raynor?

Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and national bestselling author of Called to Create, Master of One, and Redeeming Your Time. I have read his last 2 books and found them extremely helpful. I did a review on Master of One, which is an excellent book on productivity and purposeful living.

I am also impressed by his entrepreneurial spirit. He founded a venture-backed tech startup known as Threshold 360, and now serves as an executive chairman of the board. He was twice selected Google Fellow and served in the White House under President George W. Bush. 

On top of that, he is also a husband and father of three little girls. How cool is that?

Why I recommend this podcast

I like his energetic personality and his engaging conversational style throughout his interviews. He has a high view of Christian vocation in the workplace, something I aspire to emulate.

The idea of interviewing Christ-followers to share valuable experiences also inspires me to do the same in a Singaporean context. What is it like to pursue mastery and excellence in their calling as Christians in Singapore? What does this look like in a specific vocation? These are the questions I hope to explore through my blog interviews.

I recommend this podcast to any Christian who is keen to learn from other Christians about how to live out our calling for the glory of God and the good of others.

Let me know what you think after you’ve checked out some of the episodes in this podcast. Which ones are your favourite? Are there other podcasts you would like me to review in the future? Share them in the comments below!

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