Pearl & Prodigal

a Christian podcast

Latest Episodes


Episode 7: January 25, 2023

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Baked Bread

Episode 6: December 4, 2022

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Episode 5: December 2, 2021

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Two Competing Sexual Ethic Foundations: Hedonism or Christ

Episode 4: November 18, 2021

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Episode 3: November 3, 2021

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The Pearl & Prodigal is a Christian podcast envisioned as a gathering place for encouraging Bible studies. This podcast is developed by Matthew Henderson. Matthew lives in College Station, Texas with his wife of 26-years, Paula. Together they have four children.

Matthew has been preaching and teaching Bible classes for over a decade throughout central Texas, and has been blessed to speak in multiple places throughout the Philippines. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. in journalism), and received a B.A. in Biblical studies (magna cum laude) from Heritage Christian University. He is currently finishing a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Biblical languages track) at Houston Baptist University, where he has been accepted into the DMin program starting fall 2022.

This work would not be possible without countless hours of Bible studies that good mentors contributed. This podcast is the result of their devotion, and the encouragement of many other fine individuals. It is with great thankfulness that they are acknowleged here.

What About the Name?

You might be familiar with some names of famous gathering places such as those attended by Tolkien and Lewis: The Lamb and Flag, or The Eagle and Child. As an American, such places exist only in the imagination as the harmless haunts of friends gathering to encourage the heart and lift the intellect to higher things. Maybe you find yourself longing for a place where Christian friends are eager to spend time together in thankfulness while searching the Scriptures – whose depths open up on the seeker wave after endless wave. The Pearl and Prodigal is a place I imagine to be just like that. And isn't it a blessing to have the means to build something like that together in a time where we can find one another in spite of any distances which might stand between us. I thank you for being with me here. Welcome.