Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 2

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#251: “Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 2”
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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 2

“Pilgrim's Progress Revisited, Part 2” is episode #251 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on November 20, 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 version of 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!). 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?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Apollyon Hal Smith
Atheist Will Ryan
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Christian Kyle Ellison
Despair Walker Edmiston
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Evangelist Dave Madden
Gatekeeper Phil Lollar
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan
Hope Genni Long
Ignorance Dave Madden
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Sam Johnson Kyle Ellison

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Character Mentioned By
Tom Riley John Whittaker
Connie Kendall John Whittaker




Despair: What are yous doin' on my private grounds?