A new podcast called “The Bible in a Year” has soared to the top of the Apple podcasts charts and has held the #1 slot for over two weeks, beating out the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, NBC and other top secular fare.
Amid a surging coronavirus pandemic and an unstable, chaotic political climate, it appears people are seeking refuge and information sources that can bring comfort and meaning in these confused in troubled times. At least that’s one explanation for the rapid rise of a Christian podcast to the top of the Apple podcasts charts.
Within 48 hours of its release on New Year’s Day, “The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz featuring Jeff Cavins,” shot to the top of the Apple podcasts charts and has held the #1 slot solidly for over two weeks and counting.
This Christian podcast has notched out secular fare such as “Pod Save America,” “Office Ladies” and “Morbid: A True Crime Podcast.” It has surpassed corporate-sponsored brands, politically-chart shows, celebrity banter found on well-established media outlets such as NPR, NBC News, the Washington Post and the New York Times, the Daily Wire reports.
The podcast is as simple as its title suggests. For about twenty minutes or so daily, Father Mike reads a portion of the Bible. He sends a few minutes chatting about the passage and offering context, but the focus is on the Biblical text. Father Mike delivers a bite-size chunk of the Bible each day, making content easy to digest without consuming too much of their time.
“It eliminates that barrier of entry for people,” Fr. Mike says. “Just press ‘play’ for 20 minutes every day.”
Father Mike is currently the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, as well as a chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.