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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Roark and Timothy Thomas join the Adams for an exciting conversation about the world of Marvel on episode 95 of Culture Matters.
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.
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?
The crew is joined by Isaac Wimberley (Wimberley) and Daniel Clay (South of Royal) to talk about Christian music.
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.
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.
On this episode, David Roark and special guest Ryane Williamson chat with Sam Allberry about his book 7 Myths about Singleness.
On this episode, we do a cultural roundup and hit on some current topics and events, like Easter, Major League Baseball and minimalism.
In the third episode of the “Theology of Culture” series, the Adams are joined by Elizabeth Woodson to talk about redemption.
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.
This episode looks at the topic of addiction through the lens of the current opioid crisis affecting our culture today.
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.
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.
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.
This episode explores the magical world of Disney—the good, the bad and why this even matters for Christians.
Is God a foodie? This episode talks about the biblical significance of food and our cultural obsession with it.
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.