Culture Matters

Culture Matters
Matters of culture should matter to us—because they matter to God. Hosted by Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins, the Culture Matters podcast explores the intersection of faith and culture. Looking at everything from politics, art and entertainment to issues such as racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life, we discuss what it looks like to live faithfully on mission—in the world but not of the world.
#84 - Theology of Culture: Fall (Part 2)
Mar 19
Part two of the “Theology of Culture” series focuses on the fall. Adam Griffin, Adam Hawkins, David Roark and Elizabeth Woodson discuss how the realities of sin and evil have shaped culture throughout history and continue to do so today.
#83 - Theology of Culture: Creation (Part 1)
Mar 12
This episode kicks off an ongoing series that will come and go throughout the year and will focus on a theology of culture. Episode 83 looks specifically at creation.
#82 - Lenting and a Culture of Death
Mar 5
On this cultural roundup episode, we talk about Lent and ways that culture can help us participate in this season well, as well as ways that our culture can make this hard. We also discuss our current culture of death—specifically as it relates to…
#81 - The Discipleship of Disney
Feb 26
This episode explores the magical world of Disney—the good, the bad and why this even matters for Christians.
#80 - God the Foodie
Feb 19
Is God a foodie? This episode talks about the biblical significance of food and our cultural obsession with it.
#79 - A Woke Church?
Feb 12
This episode takes a deep dive into the topic of race. We talk with Eric Mason about his new book, Woke Church, and Amy Julia Becker about her new book, White Picket Fences.
#78 - Immigration, Social Media Mobs and Toxic Masculinity
Feb 5
The first episode of 2019 talks about current cultural topics, from immigration and the government shutdown to social media mobs to the Gillette ad and “toxic masculinity.”
#77 - Truth, Goodness and Beauty in 2018
Dec 20, 2018
We round out the year by talking about the best pop culture of 2018. The crew shares their favorite TV shows, movies, music and more.
#76 - To Online Date or Not to Online Date
Dec 6, 2018
The world of online dating can be complicated to navigate—especially as a Christian. So should we even do it? And if so, how do we rightly use these apps and sites?
#75 - NextDoor, LeBron and Election Results
Nov 15, 2018
We talk about how Christians should engage with their neighbors on the NextDoor app, what we can take away from the midterm elections, and loyalty versus individuality in the world of sports.
#74 - Human Dignity & Midterm Elections
Nov 1, 2018
The Adams talk about human dignity with Vice President of the ERLC, Daniel Darling. They end the episode discussing how it should inform the way we approach politics and even the upcoming midterm elections.
#73 - Weird Science, Hacking Wars and Gospel Issues
Oct 18, 2018
On episode 73, we talk about the Ig Nobel Prize awards, Russian hacking and the digital Cold War and what makes something a gospel issue.
#72 - Recovering the Lost Art of Reading
Oct 4, 2018
The Adams discuss the lost art of reading and why and how we, as Christians, need to recover it. As a part of that, we also talk to Karen Swallow Prior and a few of our listeners.
#71 - Disruptive Witness
Sep 21, 2018
On episode 71, we talk with Alan Noble, editor-in-chief of and author of “Disruptive Witness” about two major challenges facing Christians today: technology and secularism.
#70 - Scams, Blackkklansman and the Family Unit
Sep 6, 2018
On episode 70, we talk phone and email scams, Spike Lee’s new movie “Blackklansman,” and why fewer people are having kids and what the Church should do about it.
#69 - Neighboring with Mr. Rogers
Jun 28, 2018
We discuss the life and legacy of Fred Rogers with Morgan Neville, the director of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor, as well as what we can learn from Mr. Rogers’ hospitality both on and off the screen.
#68 - Juneteenth and Systemic Racism
Jun 15, 2018
In light of Juneteenth, we discuss systemic racism and why the Church today should care. We’re also joined by Charlie Dates, senior pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago.
#67 - Our Culture Right Now
May 31, 2018
We break from our scheduled guests to discuss three major topics affecting our culture right now—the legalization of gambling, abuse and the SBC, and Childish Gambino’s “This is America” music video.
#66 - Christians Can Laugh?
May 17, 2018
What is satire and does it have a role in the Christian life? Kyle Mann, editor-in-chief for the Babylon Bee, joins us to talk about how our faith influences how we interact with comedy. We also discuss how far is too far when it comes to crassness and…
#65 - The Dehumanizing Effects of Technology With Andy Crouch
Apr 26, 2018
Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family, joins us to talk about how technology, masked as autonomy, is dehumanizing us and why it’s proper place is critical for our flourishing in the imago dei.
#64 - 50 Years Later – Martin Luther King Jr. and Racial Harmony Today
Apr 12, 2018
We reflect on the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. and talk about racial harmony at The Village, discussing our latest single, “Walk With You.”
#63 - Creating and Engaging Culture as Citizens of God’s Kingdom
Mar 29, 2018
Joined by our friends from the Knowing Faith podcast, we discuss the what, why and how of the kingdom of God and its implications for today’s culture.
#62 - Finding Courage in a World of Fear
Mar 15, 2018
On this episode, we’re joined by Matt Chandler and David Roark to discuss their new book, Take Heart: Christian courage in the age unbelief, and how Christians can live in hope and courage in an increasingly hostile world.
#61 - Abuse of Power, Sexual Misconduct and #MeToo
Feb 22, 2018
We’re back with a new season of Culture Matters. We discuss abuse of power, sexual misconduct, #MeToo and how the Church can lead the way in making a difference.
#60 - Movies, Movies, Movies and TV
Dec 14, 2017
We wrap up the year with talk of Star Wars and how the series has influenced our view of the world. We also share our top five movies and TV shows of 2017.
#59 - Hip-Hop and Artistic Insight With Jackie Hill Perry
Nov 30, 2017
Hip-hop artist and writer Jackie Hill Perry joins us and shares the role of art in her story of gospel transformation. She and guest Jahmaol Clark discuss the relationship between hip-hop and the Church.
#58 - Christians and Politics
Nov 16, 2017
We host U.S. Senator James Lankford and discuss his role in the political arena, the current political landscape, as well as how Christians can remain faithful.
#57 - Gaming for the Glory of God
Oct 19, 2017
We talk with Richard Clark about video games, looking at their value and cultural influence, as well as how Christians should engage with and even play video games in a way that glorifies God.
#56 - How to (Not) Make Sense of Natural Disasters
Oct 5, 2017
We talk about a Christian response, both theologically and practically, to natural disasters and hear a story from a Houston pastor whose church is walking through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
#55 - The Sin of Racism
Sep 22, 2017
In light of Charlottesville and the racial divide in our country, we look at how the sin of racism is both personal and systemic. We also discuss the need to move from belief to action.
#54 - The Transgender Debate
Sep 7, 2017
We’re joined by author Andrew Walker to discuss what the Bible says about gender identity and how to faithfully enter into the transgender debate.
#53 - Real News, Fake News and the Good News
Aug 17, 2017
We’re joined by a journalist and a journalist turned pastor to discuss how Christians should think think about news and media.
#52 - Home School, Private School or Public School?
Aug 3, 2017
Education tends to be a divisive issue, but we share ways that Christians can be faithful whether they choose home, private or public education.
#51 - Life in the Spirit in a Time of Terrorism and Political Chaos
Jun 22, 2017
Chatting with Mark Sayers, we reflect on the upheaval of the 21st century, from terrorist attacks to political confusion, and discuss a Christian view and response.
#50 - Celebrating and Passing the Torch
Jun 8, 2017
We celebrate our 50th episode by chatting with Matt Chandler and Josh Patterson about transitioning the podcast. We also discuss the “why” behind Culture Matters.
#49 - Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality With Dr. Russell Moore
May 25, 2017
We chat with Dr. Moore about how Christians can begin to consider technologies of today and the future, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
#48 - The Tech-Wise Family With Andy Crouch
May 4, 2017
We talk with author and speaker Andy Crouch about everyday steps for putting technology in its proper place as a family.
#47 - N.T. Wright on How the Resurrection Shapes Our Daily Lives
Apr 20, 2017
Reflecting on Easter, we chat with N.T. Wright about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications on our work and our culture.
#46 - Ernie Johnson on Sports and Faith
Apr 5, 2017
We talk with the legendary sportscaster about his Christian faith and how that plays out at home and work, from adoption and his battle with cancer to “Inside the NBA.”
#45 - Lent 101
Mar 16, 2017
We have an honest conversation about Lent, discussing the “why” and “what,” along with some practical tips for making the most of the season.
#44 - Rod Dreher & The Benedict Option
Mar 2, 2017
We talk with author Rod Dreher about his book and strategy for Christians living in a post-Christian nation, from maintaining our identity and beliefs to how we deal with politics and public education.
#43 - The Cultural Epidemic of Domestic Violence
Feb 16, 2017
We’re joined by Taryn Mays and Summer Vinson Berger to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence and abuse in our culture, how to understand this issue and how we can respond as the Church.
#42 - The Role of Art With Makoto Fujimura & Martin Scorsese’s Silence
Feb 2, 2017
We talk with artist and author Makoto Fujimura about the need for culture care instead of culture wars and art in the Christian life. Then we chat about suffering and faith within Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence.
#41 - Physician-Assisted Suicide & the Importance of End-of-Life Care
Jan 12, 2017
We talk with Dr. David Stevens and Matthew Lee Anderson about physician-assisted suicide and end-of-life. Then Dr. Thomas Hutson shares about his ministry as a medical doctor with patients who are suffering and near death.
#40 - All Things Advent
Dec 14, 2016
We discuss why the tradition of Advent is important and how it affects the way we engage with our culture, as well as the difference between Advent and Christmas. Then, several staff members share their favorite Advent traditions.
#39 - Creating a Culture of Life
Nov 30, 2016
We talk with Brian Fisher of Human Coalition about the issue of abortion, looking at the progress we are making to end abortion. Then one of our ministers, Ashley Rose, shares her beautiful story about life, adoption and the hope of the gospel.
#38 - Our Technology Crisis & How to Think About Thanksgiving
Nov 16, 2016
We chat with the author of The Big Disconnect, Catherine Steiner-Adair, about ways technology is making us sadder and lonelier and how it is disconnecting parents and children. Then we discuss the place of Thanksgiving in the Christian life.
#37 - Trillia Newbell on Diversity and Racial Reconciliation
Nov 2, 2016
We discuss God's vision for diversity and the reality of racial injustice with author, blogger and speaker Trillia Newbell. In our Slow Takes segment, we talk about how we can be politically faithful past Election Day.
#36 - Public Faith & The Birth of a Nation
Oct 15, 2016
We discuss how to reconcile party politics during this divisive election with Alan Noble and Michael Wear, founding members of Public Faith. Then, in our Slow Takes segment, we share perspectives on Nate Parker’s new movie, The Birth of a Nation.
#35 - Thabiti Anyabwile on Single-Issue Voting & the 2016 Presidential Election
Oct 5, 2016
Author and pastor Thabiti Anyabwile talks with us about the election, the problem with single-issue voting and his decision to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. Then we answer questions on discipleship, the second coming of Christ and voting for Trump.