Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 1

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1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.

27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

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Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 1

“Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 1” is episode #250 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on November 13, 1993.


Kids' Radio retells John Bunyan’s classic book The Pilgrim’s Progress with many familiar Odyssey characters taking roles.



The gang at Whit’s End presents a Kid’s Radio program: Playhouse of the Airwaves, adapting John Bunyan’s "Pilgrim’s Progress." It’s the story of young Christian (played by Sam Johnson) and his journey to the Celestial City. Along the way, Christian encounters various people who serve as obstacles to his quest: Mr. Worldly-Wise (played by Eugene), Mrs. Busywork (played by Connie), Giant Despair (played by Bart Rathbone), and Apollyon, son of the devil (played by, believe it or not, Whit!). Other characters are are: Evangelist (played by Bernard), Hope (played by Lucy), and The Guardian of the Gate (played by Tom Riley). It’s a funny, touching, and reverent program, showing the allegorical path a believer must often take to reach heaven.

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Discussion Questions

  • Why did Christian want to reach the Celestial City?
  • What is an allegory?
  • “Pilgrim’s Progress” is the second best-selling book of all time. What’s the first?


Role Voice Actor
Apollyon Hal Smith
Archer #1 Will Ryan
Archer #2 Walker Edmiston
Archer #3 Phil Lollar
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Mrs. Busywork Katie Leigh
Christian Kyle Ellison
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Evangelist Dave Madden
Guardian of the Gate Walker Edmiston
Hope Genni Long
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Mr. Pliant Will Ryan
Porter of the Palace Beautiful Walker Edmiston
Practical Katie Leigh
Sam Johnson Kyle Ellison
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
Mr. Worldly-Wise Will Ryan


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode included a “Fun Fact” about Officer David Harley.

  • The characters of Practical and Busywork are not featured in Bunyan's book and were specifically created for this episode to make a role for Connie to play.


Mr. Pliant: Do I look like the kind of guy who runs away from danger?
Christian: Actually, yes.
Mr. Pliant: Good point. Let's go.

Mr. Pliant: Keep going? Through that? Why it's thicker than a really thick thing!

Mr. Worldly-Wise: Might I offer you a bit of sage counsel?
Christian: Sage counsel?
Mr. Worldly-Wise: Advice.

Christian: The Bog of Discouragement. This place looks terrible!
Mr. Pliant: Oh, I don't know. A few flowers, a little bulldozing...