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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Episodes

  • The Only Thing

    June 20th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 12 mins
    adventure, book, burden, catholic, christ, christian, culture, darkness, death, faith, foy vance, god, heartache, hope, jesus, lonliness, love, movie, music, pain, podcast, prayer, redemption, sorrow, sufjan stevens, the classic crime, welcome to the adventure

    This week things fall into place by God's grace (uninetended rhyme). We cover three songs that continue last week's conversation with Steve on loneliness. These songs break open the conversation of the struggle some of us may be facing during this crazy time and the response that we are being called into. It is the response God has been speaking to us this whole time. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • The Lonliness-IN Culture

    June 13th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 12 mins
    adventure, book, catholic, christ, christian, communion, community, culture, empty, faith, god, holy week, jesus, lonliness, love, movie, music, podcast, quarantine, theology, theology of the body, welcome to the adventure

    Steve re-joins the podcast after a rather long hiatus and he has a lot to say. We use this episode to give him a platform to speak into the theology of loneliness, while Gordon gets him to watch a very strange movie; "Swiss Army Man". What an episode! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Your Voice Is Heard: A Resource Update

    June 6th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  2 mins 7 secs
    adventure, book, catholic, christ, christian, culture, evangelization, faith, george floyd, god, healing, injustice, jesus, justice, love, movie, music, peace, podcast, prayer, racism, welcome to the adventure

    Here is a short explanation of why there is no episode released this week. Instead, please take some time to join us in taking advantage of these resources, educating ourselves on how best to fight racial injustice, and to help defend life and those in need. And above all, pray for those who have died and their families, pray for those who are suffering, pray for peace, and pray that God will make good come from evil and suffering. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • The Story We Tell

    May 30th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  55 mins 18 secs
    #andamovie, adam sandler, addiction, adore, adventure, avatar the last airbender, backstory, benjamin berman, book, carrot top, catholic, celebrity, chris angel, christ, christian, comedy, communion, community, culture, death, dollop, dolphins, drug, dungeons and dragons, ego, egypt, emptiness, eric andre, evangelization, faith, family, father, film, gloomhaven, god, greece, hardcore history, have a good trip, heart disease, history, humility, internship, jesus, johnathan szeles, life, lore, mad men, magic, magician, mountains of madness, movie, music, myths and legends, penn jillette, performer, podcast, pride, producer, purpose, reality, reconciliation, rome, spiritual, story, the amazing johnathan, uncut gems, unsolved murders, void, weird al, welcome to the adventure

    This week we discuss the Documentary 'The Amazing Johnathan' about the Comedian/magician of the same name. From Johnathan's life, we see themes of spiritual emptiness, absence of a father figure, coping mechanisms, and a loss of a sense of purpose which many of us can relate to in our own way. But the documentary takes a turn leaving us wondering, "what's the story they are telling?" #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • The Human Condition Pt. 2

    May 23rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  35 mins 14 secs
    80's films, adventure, album, all time low, anime, artist, attachment, book, catholic, christ, christian, creativity, culture, danes, dependency, eminem, england, evangelization, faith, fashion, god, greed, he is the same, human, immutability, jason derulo, jesus, jon bellion, love, lust, maybe idk, money, monster, morality, movie, music, netflix, new york soul pt. 2, overwhelming, podcast, pride, rap, relationships, religion, saxons, scripture, six seasons and a movie, star wars, struggles, temptation, trumpets, wealth, weight of the world, welcome to the adventure

    This week we continue our discussion of the album 'The Human Condition' by Jon Bellion. Join us as we discuss Jon's insights on the struggles, failings, successes, and temptations of each of us as humans. Be sure to stay tuned to the end where he brings the whole story together and reveals what "the human condition" has to do with God. Wait...that sounds familiar! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

    Warning: Though we don't say any explicit words, these songs do contain adult language and themes

  • The Human Condition Pt. 1

    May 16th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  46 mins 18 secs
    80's films, adventure, album, all time low, anime, artist, attachment, book, catholic, christ, christian, creativity, culture, danes, dependency, eminem, england, evangelization, faith, fashion, god, greed, he is the same, human, immutability, jason derulo, jesus, jon bellion, love, lust, maybe idk, money, monster, morality, movie, music, netflix, new york soul pt. 2, overwhelming, podcast, pride, rap, relationships, religion, saxons, scripture, six seasons and a movie, star wars, struggles, temptation, trumpets, wealth, weight of the world, welcome to the adventure

    This week we begin part one of our discussion of the album 'The Human Condition' by Jon Bellion. Join us as we discuss Jon's insights on the struggles, failings, successes, and temptations of each of us as humans. Be sure to stay tuned to the end where he brings the whole story together and reveals what "the human condition" has to do with God. Wait...that sounds familiar! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

    Warning: Though we don't say any explicit words, these songs do contain adult language and themes

  • When Useless is Useful

    May 9th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  54 mins 34 secs
    adventure, book, catholic, christ, christian, culture, faith, god, jesus, michael cain, movie, music, podcast, secondhand lions, story, useless, welcome to the adventure

    This week Clint forgets it's Gordon's birthday and we discuss what it means to be useless. We discuss this and the desire for our own story & truth found within the movie Secondhand Lions. Tune in this week for that discussion. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Memento Mori

    May 2nd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  57 mins 6 secs
    7 days to die, adoption, adoration, adventure, america, awkwafina, baptism, beardedblevins, book, burden, cancer, catholic, china, chinese, christ, christian, christopher paolini, clone wars, come healing, community, crying, culture, daddy yankee, death, duty, elayna boynton, eldest, emotions, evangelization, faith, family, fear, folk tales, god, grief, hospital, household tales by brothers grimm, i am innocent, identity, immigrant, jacob grimm, japan, jesus, lie, money, morality, movie, music, nationality, opportunity, pain, piano, podcast, pokemon, responsibility, secret, sentence, shield, star wars, sword, taboo, the farewell, theology, thomas aquinas, tradition, trust, truth, twitch, video game, wedding, welcome to the adventure, wilhelm grimm, worship

    Speaking openly about death is something that is taboo in many modern cultures. Why do we avoid talking something so inevitable? Are we afraid or is it something else? Join us to find out as we discuss the movie 'The Farewell' and what it can teach us about our faith. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • A Tiger King in a Tiger Cage

    April 25th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 4 mins
    7 days to die, adventure, animals, board games, bob's burgers, book, cage, calum scott, carole baskin, catholic, cats, christ, christian, christopher paolini, clone wars, corrupt, crime, cult, culture, d&d, doc antle, docuseries, drugs, dungeons and dragons, eragon, evangelization, exotic, faith, god, humanity, hurt, identity, inheritance, jesus, joe exotic, kingdom, lego masters, love, manipulation, marriage, masked singer, movie, murder, music, natural, nature, netflix, ozark, pain, podcast, pokemon, possession, scandal, self, sex, sexuality, sin, spiritual warfare, star wars, tiger, truth, value, video games, vinyl, welcome to the adventure, yugioh! eldest, zoo

    This week Clint takes on a special request as we cover the "most popular Docuseries in the world;" Tiger King. What do owning tigers, crazy marriages, scandals, and speculated murder have to do with our desire for God? Tune in this week to find out. Adult themes and content covered #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Through Darkness to Light

    April 18th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  52 mins 2 secs
    1917, a realm of shadows, adventure, airplane, alone, andrew scott, army, benedict cumberbatch, blake, book, british, brotherhood, captain smith, catholic, celebrate, children of the light, chosen, christ, christian, christopher paolini, codenames, colin firth, colonel mackenzie, consolation, cornelia funke, culture, d&d, danger, dark, dean-charles chapman, death, desolation, discernment, dungeons & dragons, easter, edward lear, eldest, evangelization, extreme unction, faith, feast, france, french, friendship, front lines, game of thrones, games, gehenna, general erinmore, george mackay, german, god, got, hbo, heaven, hell, hope, inheritance, inkdeath, j.r.r. tolkien, jesus, jordan, jos slovick, joshua, lance corporal, lance corporal blake, lance corporal schofield, last rites, leap of faith, lieutenant leslie, life, mark strong, mary, massacre, message, military, mission, morgan rice, movie, music, netflix, no man's land, ozarks, podcast, poetry, pokemon, pokemongo, poor wayfaring stranger, pride, project ym live, rudyard kipling, saints, sam mendes, scattegories, schofield, scripture, selfless, shield, sickness, single shot, sky, spirits, spiritual warfare, st. ignatius, stars, stranger, sword, teamwork, the jumblies, the lord of the rings, the two towers, the winners, throne, toil, tolkien, trap, trenches, video games, virtual catholic conference, voyage, war, wayfaring, welcome to the adventure, world war, wwi, yugioh, zoom

    This week we discuss a movie that both of us really wanted to see. Join us as we discuss the movie '1917' and the poems and songs in the movie which all convey powerful themes of light and darkness, suffering and hope, as well as countless themes and tips for spiritual warfare. In a movie where we see the characters literally crawling over death in the hopes of finding and saving life, we see the Easter story played out in a completely unexpected way. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • O For Onward

    April 11th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 2 mins
    adventure, angels and demons, barley lightfoot, beowulf, bob's burgers, bold, book, bright, catholic, champion, chris pratt, christ, christian, confident, covid-19, culture, dad, dan brown, davinci code, disney, dragons, drive, dungeon, dungeons and dragons, easter, elf, epic, evangelization, faith, family, fantasy, father, god, heart, holy week, hope, ian lightfoot, inferno, jesus, john ratzenburger, journey, julia louis-dreyfus, lent, listen, love, luke spehar, magic, manticore, minotaur, movie, music, onward, origin, phoenix stone, pixar, podcast, prayer, quarantine, quest, robert langdon, staff, strength, sword, tom holland, trust, unicorn, warrior, welcome to the adventure, zoom

    As we come out of Holy Week and into the joyous season of Easter, we cover a movie that embraces the same loss and journey of finding our Father: Disney Pixar's Onward. Even with it being Easter, Covid-19, the pandemic, & this quarentine makes finding our heavenly father a little more difficult. So tune in this week to see what we can take away from this quest to end all quests. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Divine Comedy

    April 4th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  48 mins 25 secs
    adventure, athens, avatar, bard, board games, book, brandon sanderson, brian jacques, buzzfeed, catholic, christ, christian, comedy, conflict, corona, corona-virus, covid-19, culture, dungeons and dragons, emotions, evangelization, f.c. yee, faith, god, greece, greek, homer, hope, humor, imitation, jesus, legend of korra, meme, mossflower, movie, music, podcast, redwall, rise of kyoshi, simpsons, song, the american life, the last airbender, the way of kings, thermometer, thermostat, truth, vinyl, virus, welcome to the adventure

    This week we tackle something we could have and should have a long time ago: Meme's! With COVID-19 and being stuck at home we are left to the comedy of ourselves, others, and even God. What does this all mean? Is it healthy to make light of all that is going on? And how or why does it happen? Tune in this week to find out. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Uprooted

    March 28th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 26 secs
    adventure, book, catholic, christ, christian, culture, faith, god, jesus, movie, music, podcast, welcome to the adventure

    Join us this week as we discuss the spirituality of isolation within the COVID-19 quarantine as well as "The Giver" book series, and the song 'No Roots' by Alice Merton. Our conversation focuses on the themes of letting go of attachments, gifts, and the longing within each of us for something more than the world that we live in. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Can You Teach A Mountain Goat To Swim?

    March 21st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 2 mins
    2049, abuse, adventure, alcoholism, artist, balance, balance beam, beauty, blade runner, book, brian, brie larson, burn, captain fantastic, castle, catholic, chandler head, christ, christian, clones, cornelia funke, cranberries, culture, dark tower, david, demon, doctor, double tap, drown, dune, education, ella anderson, empty promises, engagement, erma, evangelization, faith, family, fear, forge of valor, foundation, francis chan, frank herbert, freedom, glass, god, grandma, guitar, gunslinger, head, homeless, house, inkspell, invitation, j.r.r. tolkien, jeannette, jesus, jimmy akin, josh caras, journalism, knife, lent, lie, lori, lotr, maureen, max greenfield, money, morgan rice, mountain goat, mountains, movie, music, mysterious world, naomi watts, new york, podcast, poor, pride, rex, rita west, rose mary, sara snook, satan, scar, science, st. ignatius, star wars, starving, stephen king, swimming, thanksgiving, the clone wars, the lord of the rings, tree, value, virginia, virtue, walls, wealth, weapon, welcome to the adventure, woody harrelson, zombieland, zombies

    This week we take on what we hope was a listener request: The Glass Castle. In this episode we cover what the love of the Father looks like in a broken world, what true value of person(s) means, and so much more. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • A Doughnut in a Doughnut Hole

    March 14th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  58 mins 48 secs
    a fate of dragons, accident, adventure, affair, alliances, ana de armas, anime, benoit blanc, book, car, catholic, chicken, chris evans, christ, christian, christopher paolini, christopher plummer, clue, comedians, culture, daniel craig, dear evan hansen, death, detective, don johnson, donna, donut, doughnut, driving heat, drysdale, eragon, ernest cline, evangelization, every knee shall bow, faith, family, fire, folk song, fran, god, good, gravity's rainbow, greed, harlan, high school musical, hole, housekeeper, immigrant, inheritance, investigation, jacob, jamie lee curtis, jesus, joni thrombey, joseph gordon-levitt, justice, levar burton, levar burton reads, lieutenant, linda drysdale, lion, maid, mansion, marta cabrera, medicine, meg, michael shannon, mike meginnis, morgan rice, morgue, morphine, movie, murder, music, mystery, natural law, navigators, nazi, novelist, nurse, parable, podcast, police, political, prodigal son, publishing, ransom drysdale, ready player one, revenge, rian johnson, rich, richard castle, richard drysdale, scandal, scottish, skye boat song, southern accent, st. augustine, star wars, start with this, suspect, thrawn, thrombey, timothy zahn, toni collette, trainwreck, truth, vampire, vice, virtue, vomit, walt thrombey, wealth, welcome to the adventure, what we do in the shadows, whodunit, will, writer, yugioh!

    By request, our discussion this week brings us to the movie Knives Out. Join us as we discuss the star-studded film, the underlying not-so-subtle political message, and what spiritual truths we can find there including what it means to truly be a "good" person and inheriting the father's house. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • We'll Fight In The Shadows

    March 7th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  58 mins 29 secs
    300, 40 martyrs of celeste, accountability, acts, adoption, adventure, apostle, army, astinos, battle, book, bouldering, brotherhood, catholic, centurions, children, christ, christian, coldplay, color guard, culture, darkness, daxos, death, devil, dillios, divine, dominic west, earth, emissary, ephialtes, ephor, euangelion, evangelization, eye, faith, false-god, fight, fix you, freedom, frodo, general, gerard butler, glory, god, gospel, greece, hell's mouth, hope, hospitals, hunchback, immortals, jesus, john, justice, king, kneel, lena headey, leonidas, liberty, lies, lord of the rings, martyrs, movie, music, oracle, orphanages, persia, persians, phalanx, podcast, power, queen gorgo, remember, ring, rome, rosary, ruler, rules of discernment, samwise gamgee, satan, scripture, shadows, shield, sin, slavery, sparta, spartan, spear, spirits, st. ignatius, st. jospeh, st. louis de montfort, stand, stelios, sword, terror of demons, thermopylae, theron, this is sparta, true devotion to mary, truth, war, water, wealth, welcome to the adventure, xerxes

    This week we have a chance to hear Clint geek out on something other than Tolkien (although he finds a way to still sneak it in) as we discuss the movie 300. A historically fictional movie about brotherhood, a fight for freedom, and a worthy leader or king vs a false god who is trying to conquer the world through lies, power, and greed. Sound familiar? Join us for the fruitful discussion in this weeks episode. #WelcomeToTheAdventure