The Christ-IN Culture

A podcast that uses secular pop culture as a means of evangelization.

About the show

The Christ-In Culture is a podcast that begins the discussion in which we recognize that our human desires draw us deeper into a relationship with Christ. Through this open dialogue we attempt to show that our culture is a manifestation of our longing for Christ even in the seemingly small and mundane aspects of everyday life. Using primarily sources of apparently secular media we hope to foster within others a familiarity in actively participating in this discussion in their daily lives.

Thoughts and opinions are our own and do not necessarily portray the teachings of the Catholic Church or the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.

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  • Ep. 52: The Christ-IN Culture - The New 52

    October 13th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  52 mins 43 secs
    adventure, anniversary, backstory, book, catholic, childlike, christ, christian, church, culture, evangelization, evolution, faith, favorite, fort, fortnite, gala, geek, goals, god, goofy, hipster, international, jesus, journey, media, movie, music, new, origin, podcast, purpose, reflection, revamp, review, sequel, shoot, story, tea, theologian, universality, update, vision, welcome to the adventure

    When we first started this show we introduced our idea for the show and our own stories as the "Origin Stories" of the podcast. For our one year anniversary we thought it would be appropriate to mix things up to start our second year of this adventure. Join us as we sit in a blanket fort and reflect on the past year and 51 episodes. Like all sequels, we have some all new surprises to kick off the next leg of our journey. Check out our brand new logo and theme music and join us on this all new adventure. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 51: A Way To Be Good Again

    October 6th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 44 secs
    abuse, action, adventure, afghanistan, anger, bishops, book, catholic, christ, christian, church, clergy, conversation, culture, danger, dark, encounter, evangelization, evil, faith, fear, god, good, healing, immigrant, jesus, khaled hosseini, kite, kite runner, love, mad, middle east, movie, music, pain, podcast, priests, react, reaction, repentance, request, sad, scandal, secrets, shame, taliban, the kite runner, vulnerability, war, welcome to the adventure

    Warning: Mature Content. Some of the themes in this episode may not be suitable for children
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was a suggested media topic by one of our listeners. As Clint began reading it over a month ago, he had a hard time seeing what discussion might make it into a podcast. However, as the story took a dark turn, God made it clear the conversation He had in mind. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 50: Hashtag "Mind Games"

    September 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
    adventure, audience, board games, book, catan, catholic, chess, christ, christian, clue, codenames, competition, culture, d&d, dungeons and dragons, evangelization, faith, fantasy games, feedback, galaga, games, god, harry potter, injustice, jesus, jigsaw, legend of zelda, liar's dice, life, live, mass effect, monopoly, movie, music, ocarina of time, participation, pirates, pirates of the caribbean, podcast, pokemon go!, puerto rico, puzzles, quidditch, red dead redemption, rpg, scattegories, settlers of catan, skyrim, smash, stream, super smash bros, tabletop, twister, uno, video games, welcome to the adventure, zelda

    To do something special for our 50th episode, we all gathered around the microphones in front of a live audience and those that joined via Facebook live. We decided to tackle a media medium we've talked about but never truly covered: Games! This included video games, board games, fantasy games, and the spirituality of competition. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 49: The Dinosaur in the Room

    September 22nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 39 secs
    adventure, announcement, book, catholic, chris pratt, christ, christian, clone, conference, culture, dinos, dinosaurs, empathy, encounter, ethics, evangelization, faith, fallen kingdom, genetics, god, greed, houston, jesus, jurassic, jurassic park, jurassic world, life, live, morals, movie, music, nazi, park, podcast, pro-life, ready player one, research, resurrection, revival, sao, sword art online, texas right to life, velociraptor, wealth, welcome to the adventure, world

    Did you know Steve wanted to be a Paleontologist when he was little? Join Steve, Clint, and friends from the conference as we dive into the movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Just because we have the means to act, does that make it ethical? #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 48: How Big is Your Story?

    September 15th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 50 secs
    adventure, affair, be the hero, big fish, book, catholic, chesterton, christ, christian, circus, cold in ohio, culture, daniel wallace, danny devito, dante alighieri, disciple, evangelization, ewan mcgregor, faith, family, fearless, fight the dragon, fish, focus, g.k. chesterton, giant, gk, god, helena bonham carter, hero, inferno, jamie lawson, jesus, kindness, lies, love, movie, music, musical, parks and rec, parks and recreation, podcast, robbery, sacrifice, steve buscemi, story, tales, tim burton, war, welcome to the adventure, werewolf, what's wrong with the world, witch, witness

    As disciples of Christ, our lives are intertwined and United with that of Christ's his story IS our story and our Story is His. That is the Adventure that we welcome you too each week; the adventure of our lives in pursuit of holiness, heaven, and God himself. Do you know your story? Do you know how Christ is in your life? As Christians, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ and witness to the story that he shares with us. We are called to proclaim our own experiences and testimonies of love where Christ has revealed himself to us.

  • Episode 47: A Slave To "Honesty"

    September 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 8 secs
    accountability, adventure, aquinas, bbc, bishop barron, bishop robert barron, black mirror, book, candor, catholic, catholic stuff you should know, christ, christian, community, culture, dostoyevsky, evangelization, faith, fake, fr. mike schmitz, god, gospel, honesty, jesus, love, media, movie, music, netflix, nosedive, ocarina of time, office, parks and rec, parks and recreation, pints with aquinas, podcast, rating, relationship, religion, saints, self worth, sinners, slavery, social media, social networking, technology, the brothers karamazov, transparency, twilight zone, welcome to the adventure, word on fire, zelda

    "If you want to know what the Church believes look to the saints not the sinners" - Steve Sherman

    What if your social network rating was your actual rating and worth in the world? This week we dive back into technology and social media through the lens of a BBC SciFi episode of Black Mirror: Nosedive.

  • Episode 46: Much To Do About Nothing ft. Jonathan Alexander

    September 1st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 44 secs
    adore, adventure, art, avengers, batman, book, botw, breath of the wild, c.s. lewis, catholic, christ, christian, christopher nolan, church, creativity, cs, cs lewis, culture, discernment, discussion, disney, dunkirk, evangelization, facebook, faith, fred rogers, god, guest, infinity war, instagram, jesus, john krasinski, lewis, link, love, mario, marvel, ministries, ministry, missionary, movie, mr. rogers, music, neighbor, nintendo, now you see me 2, ocarina of time, oceans 8, podcast, pokemon, president, quiet place, religion, rite, smash, social media, space trilogy, spiritual life, super mario, super smash bros, super smash brothers, temptation, trilogy, welcome to the adventure, won't you be my neighbor, zelda

    "I like good art... I think you're dumb if you don't like good art" - Jonathan Alexander.

  • Episode 45: Shed Your Blurry Face ft. Chris Johnson

    August 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 9 secs
    21 pilots, adventure, aslan, baja blast, batman, beat my guest, blastoise, blurryface, book, c.s. lewis, catholic, christ, christian, cs lewis, culture, dallas, dawn of justice, dragon, dragonheart, evangelization, faith, go trees, god, goner, guest, handmaid's tale, insecurities, jesus, jumpsuit, levitate, lewis, movie, music, podcast, pokemon, relationships, shrek, stressed out, superman, the pines, top, trench, trivia, trivial warfare, twenty one pilots, tyler joseph, voyage of the dawn treader, vulnerable, wedding, welcome to the adventure, youth minister

    This week the adventure brings us to Dallas, TX where we join guest Chris "Blast" Johnson. We have done episodes on songs in this show before, but this week we break down the story that flows through an entire album. The album "Blurryface" was the first album in history to have every song reach gold status or better. So why do we love this story so much? What draws us into these vulnerable and honest songs by Twenty One Pilot? Join us this week and find out! #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Episode 44: The Shape of Water

    August 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  50 mins 29 secs
    academy award, adoration, adventure, best director, best original score, best picture, best production design, bishop barron, bishop robert barron, book, catholic, christ, christian, cold war, culture, dark tourist, del toro, desire, evangelization, faith, fr. mike schmitz, game, god, guillermo, humble, humility, isolation, jesus, love, monster, movie, music, mute, netflix, niantic, orphan, our lady of sorrows, podcast, pokemon, pokemon go!, prayer, religion, savior, shape of water, silence, sin, sorrow, water, welcome to the adventure

    What does an Orphan, Monster, and Savior have in common? This week we break through Guillermo del Toro's 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design: The Shape of Water. As a true testament to the mission of this podcast, we find a larger meaning to the misplaced desires found in this film. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Episode 43: House of El

    August 11th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 27 secs
    adoption, adventure, amy adams, aquinas, benjamin franklin, book, catholic, christ, christian, clark kent, comic, consequentialism, cooperation, culture, d&d, dc, dc comics, dice camera action, dragon heist, dragons, dungeons, dungeons and dragons, eberron, el, evangelization, evolution, faith, family, freedom, general zod, genesis, god, hebrew, henry cavill, hero, hope, jesus, jor-el, kal-el, kansas, kent, krypton, kryptonite, liberty, life, light, lois lane, man of steel, matt fradd, michael shannon, military, movie, music, origin, peace, pints with aquinas, podcast, ravnica, russell crowe, safety, science, smallville, son, steel, super, superman, survival, thomas aquinas, waffles, waterdeep, welcome to the adventure

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin What do Liberty, safety, and Benjamin Franklin have to do with Superman? Listen and see! This week we discuss the movie 'Man of Steel' and the real reasons that make Superman truly "Super." #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 42: Faith, Hope, and Love: A Firm Foundation

    August 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 22 secs
    action, adventure, all things new, bane, bishop barron, bishop robert barron, bloopers, book, catholic, christ, christian, culture, dante, dante alighieri, darkness, david a wells, divine comedy, duct tape, dwayne johnson, evangelization, explosions, faith, family, fbi, god, greek, hope, houston, inferno, jesus, john, light, love, movie, music, new, peter, petros, podcast, religion, seven isles, skyscraper, sovereign, thank you for arguing, the rock, welcome to the adventure, word on fire

    What could "The Rock" have to do with the Christian faith? Other than the fact that it was founded by Jesus on "Petros" which was the Greek word for Peter meaning rock, Dwayne "The Rock Johnson" teaches us about how the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love help us to build a strong foundation for our lives.

  • Episode 41: Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

    July 28th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 28 secs
    adventure, alone, be still, book, carol, catholic, children, christ, christian, consequences, control, culture, evangelization, faith, father, god, i'll eat you up, jesus, let the wild rumpus start, loneliness, love, maurice sendak, max, monsters, movie, music, obedience, please don't go, podcast, religion, rumpus, sailboat, sin, spike jonze, stop, things, we, we love you so, welcome to the adventure, where the wild things are, wild, wild rumpus, wolf

    This week we dive into an obsession Gordon has over a children's book: Where The Wild Things Are. This book was been made into a movie and the screenplay was made into a novel. Maurice Sendak not only changed history in the world of children within 338 words but opened the door to themes we can forever relate to.

  • Episode 40: Take My Hand, Don't Let Me Go

    July 21st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 18 secs
    adam, adventure, album, ashes of eden, band, benjamin, benjamin burnley, book, breaking, breaking benjamin, burden, catholic, christ, christian, confession, conversion, culture, dark, dark before dawn, darkness, dawn, eden, evangelization, faith, fifa world cup, final space, gifts of imperfection, god, heaven, jeremy hummel, jesus, joy, lie, light, love, memories, mercy, metal, movie, music, nostalgia, podcast, prayer, religion, rock, sin, welcome to the adventure

    Steve's nostalgia led to old memories, a new song, and yet a very relatable story. With Breaking Benjamin's newest album, He decided to revisit a band that had not released music in 3 years and 4 years before that. The song he discovered is definitely one worth discussing. #WelcomeToTheAdventure #BreakingBenjamin #DarkBeforeDawn

  • Episode 39: We are Broken People (TOP)

    July 14th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 33 secs
    21 pilots, adoration, adventure, album, ant man and the wasp, anthem, aquinas, book, brave, camp, catholic, christ, christian, culture, david a wells, deadpool, door, evangelization, faith, fifa, filter, gifts of imperfection, god, heart, honesty, incredibles, instagram, intimacy, jesus, jumpsuit, lanky guys, loki, marvel, matt fradd, ministry, movie, music, new album, pilots, pints with aquinas, podcast, poetry, prayer, pride, rap, retreat, screen, seven isles, social media, song, soul, sovereign stone, teletubbies, thomas aquinas, top, trench, twenty one pilots, vulnerability, we are broken, welcome to the adventure, world cup

    Somehow this week Gordon and Clint both wanted to do a show on Twenty One Pilots and out of nowhere they are all over social media now for dropping a new song/music video. Could it possibly be divine intervention? Random coincidence? Or just subconscious inspiration? Who knows? This week we discuss the Twenty One Pilots song "Screen" and reveal how the lyrics could be an anthem for Christians. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 38: You're Incredible ft. Patrick Neve

    July 7th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 19 secs
    500 days of summer, 70s, a bugs life, adventure, antz, arrested development, bob parr, bones, book, buddy, cars, catholic, catholicpat, christ, christian, comics, control, craig nelson, crunch, culture, dash, edna, equality, evangelization, faith, family, final crisis, finding nemo, frozone, gifts, god, guest, helen parr, holly hunter, identity, incredible, incredibles, jack jack, jason lee, jesus, john ratzenberger, mode, movie, mr. incredible, mr. nobody, music, no capes, patrick neve, pixar, podcast, pride, samuel l. jackson, secret wars, super, super heroes, syndrome, the bright sessions, the crunch, throwback, turbo, underminer, unique, violet, welcome to the adventure

    This week we are joined by Patrick Neve of the Crunch Podcast as we break down the original Incredibles movie. After waiting half of our lives for the sequel. We thought it was appropriate to prepare by discussing the Pixar classic. Join all of us as we discuss awesome one-liners and the themes of uniqueness vs. equality, the importance of the family, and so much more! Spoiler Alert #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 37: Moana Part 2: Answering the Call

    June 30th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 53 secs
    adventure, alan tudyk, ancestors, animation, auli'i cravalho, book, call, catholic, chief tui, chris pratt, christ, christian, church, community, conservative, conversion, culture, curly haired, david a wells, demi-god, disciples, disney, dwayne johnson, eucharist, evangelization, faith, fifa, forgiveness, friendship, god, healing, heart, heihei, hook, identity, island, jemaine clement, jesus, liberal, lin-manuel miranda, liturgy, living water, love, maui, mission, missionary, moana, movie, mtv, music, musical, ocean, opetaia foa'i, pacific, podcast, polynesian, preach, princess, progressive, rachel house, sacraments, sail, saints, series, sina, singing, sovereign stone, tafiti, tala, tamatoa, tattos, temuera morrison, testimony, the rock, tradition, vocation, voyagers, water, welcome to the adventure, world cup, worthy

    Part two is here! Last week we started our 2 part Moana series where we discussed the many forms of tradition, and how those traditions help contribute to the Church as a whole. Join us this week as we continue to look at how this "curly haired non-princess" embarks on an adventure that each of us is called to. Spoiler Alert #WelcomeToTheAdventure