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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
On episode 71, we talk with Alan Noble, editor-in-chief of christandpopcuture.com and author of “Disruptive Witness” about two major challenges facing Christians today: technology and secularism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 profanity labeled as comedy.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re joined by a journalist and a journalist turned pastor to discuss how Christians should think think about news and media.
Education tends to be a divisive issue, but we share ways that Christians can be faithful whether they choose home, private or public education.
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.
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.
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.
We talk with author and speaker Andy Crouch about everyday steps for putting technology in its proper place as a family.
Reflecting on Easter, we chat with N.T. Wright about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications on our work and our culture.
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.”
We have an honest conversation about Lent, discussing the “why” and “what,” along with some practical tips for making the most of the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We discuss difficult topics like judgment, hell and apologetics with Joshua Ryan Butler. Then in our Slow Takes segment, we take a look at the phenomenon of Netflix’s original series, Stranger Things.
Sports entertainment group Dude Perfect joins us to talk about trick shots, sports spoofs and how they’re using their platform to share the gospel. At the end of the episode, we introduce a new segment, Slow Takes, in which we reflect on the Olympics and why we’re drawn to sports.
We chat with Christianity Today’s critic-at-large, Alissa Wilkinson, about art, movies and her new book, How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World. Then we highlight some of our favorite episodes and moments from this year’s podcast.
Jen Wilkin joins us to talk with Gloria Furman about the relationship between mothering and discipleship and how to apply the gospel to some specific challenges of motherhood, for both working and stay-at-home moms.
We chat with JT English about our vision for theological education and The Village Church Institute and then talk with James K. A. Smith about liturgy, formation and Smith’s new book, You Are What You Love. And to wrap up, we do some #AskTVC.