Right now, the two most popular podcasts in the United States aren’t about sports, news, or even pop culture. They’re talking about the Bible.

“The Bible in a Year,” hosted by Catholic priest Mike Schmitz, is number one on Apple’s podcast charts in the United States, while “The Bible Recap,” hosted by Tara-Leigh Cobble of D-Group, is number two.

Schmitz reads Scripture and provides commentary in podcasts that range from 20 to 25 minutes in length for “The Bible in a Year.”

Cobble walks alongside the listener and reviews the day’s Bible reading in “The Bible Recap.” Each podcast is about eight minutes long.

“The Bible in a Year,” hosted by Catholic priest Mike Schmitz, is number one on Apple’s podcast charts in the United States, while “The Bible Recap,” hosted by Tara-Leigh Cobble of D-Group, is number two.

Schmitz reads Scripture and provides commentary in podcasts that range from 20 to 25 minutes in length for “The Bible in a Year.”

Cobble walks alongside the listener and reviews the day’s Bible reading in “The Bible Recap.” Each podcast is about eight minutes long. The podcasts rank higher than The New York Times, NBC, Joe Rogan, and NPR podcasts.

The popularity of podcasts may be related to New Year’s resolutions. According to a Lifeway Research survey released in December, 29 percent of U.S. adults have made a resolution regarding their relationship with God. As the most popular resolution, it was tied for second place.

“Thank you for making us the world’s number two podcast,” Cobble wrote on Instagram.
According to Jeff Cavins, a frequent guest on The Bible in a Year podcast, its popularity reflects a spiritual longing.

“Our culture’s hunger for God is not a passing fad, but an enduring desire,” Cavins said. “There is a growing interest in the Bible.”

Last January, The Bible in a Year was also No. 1.

“I wanted this to be different from a lot of daily Bible reading plans that always end with an application of how you should apply what you’ve learned,” she explained to Forbes. “They’re usually about what it tells you about your life and how you should live it.” I just think that’s a shattered lens through which to view Scripture. The primary function of Scripture is to show me who God is, and if I see God, my life will naturally begin to conform around what I have learned about God.