The “Official Average Boy” podcast encourages children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. Hosted by Focus on the Family Clubhouse editor Jesse Florea and Christian comedian Bob Smiley. This podcast joins Focus’ already very popular “Official Adventures in Odyssey” podcast as great entertainment and faith-building fun. The 13 episodes of season 1 cover topics such as technology, reading the Bible, handling peer pressure, finding identity in Christ, sibling relationships and being part of God’s body.
Bob’s class just celebrated Valentine’s Day, and Bob wonders why all those candy hearts have the same saying on them—“No way!” (There should be other sayings too, right?!?) Relationships and friendships can be hard, because sometimes people’s feelings change. But God’s love always stays the same. He loves us unconditionally, and we should try to follow His example. This podcast also reveals which pet Bob likes best: Dogs or Cats?
God’s armor can protect and keep us safe—even if someone happens to attack with a giant turkey leg. (You’ll have to hear this story to believe it.) In the end, Bob and Jesse agree that God’s shield of faith is waaay better than Captain America’s shield.
The Bible says to “pray constantly,” but Bob keeps running into things when he prays and walks with his eyes closed. Jesse shares an acrostic to help guide P-R-A-Yers. Then something amazing happens. Jesse tells a funny joke!
Bob shares that he’s really good at shouting out comments during school assemblies. Sometimes the speakers ask for comments . . . but sometimes he shouts things even when don’t ask. Getting laughs is great, but it’s even more important to “Show proper respect to everyone” (1 Peter 2:17). This podcast also tries to answer the question: What’s the deal with Satan?
Bob remembers some historic family vacations and tells how he took his parents to the zoo to show his appreciation for everything they do for him. (Plus, he really wanted to go to the zoo.) Bob admits to not always liking his parents’ rules and punishments. But he knows it’s wise to make his mom and dad happy.
It’s a fruit of the Spirit, and we all need it. In this randomly rhyming podcast, Bob and Jesse explore how showing self-control can help in controlling anger. Bob also unveils his amazing chess-playing abilities. Spoiler alert: He’s especially good at moving those castle-y thingies.
Bob sets a goal to try something new every month. But what should he do? Brush his teeth every day? Learn new words? Live out his faith in more obvious ways? Bob and Jesse come up with a plan . . . then they ask podcast listeners for additional ideas.
Season Two of the “Official Average Boy” podcast starts off with a slam-dunk! Bob helps Jesse forgive a basketball player who keeps bashing into him on the court. Then Bob shares a cross-country canine encounter that puts him face-to-face with the school bully. Plus, we debut our first listener call-in question.
Free doughnuts are the best! So is using our gifts and talents to help others. In this podcast, Bob explains how he tries to notice the needs of people around him – neighbors, friends, people at church – and how he boldly steps out to serve.
Oh brother, Average Boy talks about his brother. There's never a dull moment around his house with two wild brothers running around. After getting in trouble at church, Bob gives some great tips for getting along with siblings.
Bob and Jesse talk about the most important decision anyone will ever make – believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Finding forgiveness in Christ is a lot like saving a turtle during a torrential rainstorm – you'll have to hear it to believe it.
In this podcast, Bob (aka Average Boy) shares about his kickball skills - or lack thereof. Fortunately, because of his faith in Jesus, Bob is on the ultimate winning team. Instead of defining himself by what he does in sports or the classroom, Bob encourages everyone to find their identity in Christ.
Bob tries to start some healthy habits to take better care of his body. But there's a problem – whenever he gets the treadmill above "5," it's hard for him to eat his jelly doughnut. This podcast also dives into juicing, getting enough sleep, and why koala bears are so strong.
Have you ever gone to a store and got stuck behind a line of mannequins? That's what happens to Bob. Fortunately, his youth pastor is there to rescue him – and a lady who's almost crushed by a mannequin. Youth pastors, parents and older adults can be a big help in our lives.
Being responsible takes a lot of responsibility. Average Boy (aka Bob Smiley) learns that fact when he's house-sitting for a neighbor who has some hisss-terical cats. He also finds out that house-sitting has nothing to do with sitting on the roof of a house.
Popularity is overrated. Just ask Bob (aka Average Boy), whose "close friends" at school call him Mark, Timmy, or Jim. Instead of seeking lots of friends, Bob discovers it's best to have good friends who encourage him to grow closer to God.
"Every word of God is perfect." That's what it says in Proverbs 30:5. The Bible is alive and active, changing people's hearts. In this podcast, Bob and Jesse give tips about reading God’s Word … and why it's not acceptable to shout in a library.
There's more to manners than just saying "please" and "thank you." This podcast shows how having good manners shows respect and spreads God's love. Plus, Bob explains why it's not a good idea to have a friend try and throw a Skittles into your nose.
Technology is everywhere! It can totally take over your life. This podcast will help you determine if you're a Tech Addict. Bob also shares some high-flying video game insights and reveals his favorite kind of candy.
The "Official Average Boy" podcast starts off big by talking about God's great, big world. Bob and Jesse dig into the importance of recycling and protecting God's creation. Plus, you'll hear a "ribbiting" – er … riveting story about baseball.
The "Official Average Boy" podcast encourages children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. Hosted by Focus on the Family Clubhouse editor Jesse Florea and Christian comedian Bob Smiley. This podcast joins Focus' already very popular "Official Adventures in Odyssey" podcast as great entertainment and faith-building fun. The 13 episodes of season 1 cover topics such as technology, reading the Bible, handling peer pressure, finding identity in Christ, sibling relationships and being part of God's body. To find out more about Clubhouse and Average Boy books and stories, visit AverageBoy.org.