Podcast

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.

Episodes

  • #99 - Things We Didn’t Get to Talk About

    Jul 02 2019

    The crew rounds out the spring season by talking about their favorite episodes and discussing topics they weren't able to cover this season. They cover everything from Christian freedom to public shaming to an analysis of culture through the lenses urban, suburban and rural.

  • #98 - Lord’s Gym: Faith, Health and Fitness

    Jun 25 2019

    The Adams are joined by Jamin Roller and Aina Carruth to talk about fitness and how Christians can steward their bodies in a way that is faithful yet distinct from the rest of the world.

  • #97 - Love Refugees as Yourself

    Jun 18 2019

    The Adams dive into things like how refugees are different than migrants, how this all relates to God’s heart for the vulnerable and what our role is as the people of God.

  • #96 - “The Second Mountain” with David Brooks

    Jun 12 2019

    Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins have a conversation with author David Brooks about his new book “The Second Mountain,” which covers everything from faith and politics to vocation and character.

  • #95 - The Metanarrative of Marvel

    Jun 04 2019

    David Roark and Timothy Thomas join the Adams for an exciting conversation about the world of Marvel on episode 95 of Culture Matters.

  • #94 - Human Dignity and the Unborn

    May 28 2019

    Elizabeth Woodson and Rachael Rosser join the crew this week to talk about one of the most prevalent issues in our culture today—abortion. Episode 94 is a hard look at current political conversations and how Christians can take a stand for human dignity and the unborn.

  • #93 - The Evil Empire of Pornography

    May 21 2019

    On episode 93, the Adams are joined by Aszia Pearson of Pure Hope Ministries to discuss pornography and the sexual brokenness involved. What can the Church do to be a light in the darkness on this issue?

  • #92 - Is Christian Music Lame?

    May 14 2019

    The crew is joined by Isaac Wimberley (Wimberley) and Daniel Clay (South of Royal) to talk about Christian music.  

  • #91 - Theology of Culture: Restoration (Part 4)

    May 07 2019

    Adam Griffin, Adam Hawkins and David Roark are joined by Elizabeth Woodson for part four of the “Theology of Culture” series. This episode focuses on the biblical idea of restoration and how we see that play out in culture.

  • #90 - Jordan Peele, Nipsey Hussle & Hamilton

    Apr 30 2019

    Episode 90 is another cultural roundup—this time, the Adam Hawkins, Adam Griffin and David Roark are joined by guest Timothy Thomas to talk about Jordan Peele and his new move “Us,” Nipsey Hussle and Hamilton.

  • #89 - Sam Allberry on Myths about Singleness

    Apr 23 2019

    On this episode, David Roark and special guest Ryane Williamson chat with Sam Allberry about his book 7 Myths about Singleness.

  • #88 - Easter, Baseball and Minimalism

    Apr 16 2019

    On this episode, we do a cultural roundup and hit on some current topics and events, like Easter, Major League Baseball and minimalism.

  • #87 - Theology of Culture: Redemption (Part 3)

    Apr 09 2019

    In the third episode of the “Theology of Culture” series, the Adams are joined by Elizabeth Woodson to talk about redemption.

  • #86 - The Gift and Witness of Marriage

    Apr 02 2019

    This episode does a deep dive into the topic of marriage—particularly, Christian marriage and how it is both a gift and witness to the world. Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins are joined by author, speaker and life coach BJ Thompson, as well as Ryan and Selena Frederick who run Fierce Marriage—a ministry aiming to help couples build Christ-centered marriages.

  • #85 - The Opioid Crisis

    Mar 26 2019

    This episode looks at the topic of addiction through the lens of the current opioid crisis affecting our culture today.

  • #84 - Theology of Culture: Fall (Part 2)

    Mar 19 2019

    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 2019

    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 05 2019

    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 abortion.

  • #81 - The Discipleship of Disney

    Feb 26 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 05 2019

    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 06 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 01 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 04 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 christandpopcuture.com and author of “Disruptive Witness” about two major challenges facing Christians today: technology and secularism.

  • #70 - Scams, Blackkklansman and the Family Unit

    Sep 06 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 profanity labeled as comedy.

  • #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 05 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 07 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 03 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 08 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.