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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  • The Gospel According to Metallica

    February 29th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  51 mins 26 secs
    adam, adventure, andre the giant, angel, angel of death, anger, apple, aslan, barbeque, bible, blood, book, brave, brunch, burning bush, c.s. lewis, cancer, catholic, challenge, charlton heston, christ, christian, chronicles of narnia, clash of kings, clue, como la flor, creation, creeping death, culture, darkness, devil, dirt, dragon, eden, egypt, evangelization, eve, exercise, exodus, faith, fall, fire, game of thrones, garden, genesis, george r. r. martin, god, goshen, gospel, gym, h.p. lovecraft, hail, hebrews, hold, i'm a little teapot, identity, iro, israel, jesus, knives out, lamb, lars ulrich, levar burton, lewis, lion, macklemore, media, metal, metallica, monster, morgan rice, moses, movie, music, mystery, nile, old testament, pain, pevensies, pharoh, plagues, podcast, prayer, rage, reconciliation, red sea, request, salvation, salvation history, satan, scotland, scream, scripture, selena, selena quintanilla, seol, serpent, shadows, sin, slaves, song, suffering, tear, ten commandments, tree, voyage of the dawn treader, vulnerability, welcome to the adventure

    Sometimes God speaks through random chance encounters. This week's episode comes from a conversation that resulted from one of those encounters. Join us as we break down a couple of songs by Metallica and see what they show us about Salvation History and how they point to Christ. The word 'Gospel' literally means 'Good News' and though it may not seem like it, the dark and heavy messages in this song actually lead us to a story full of hope and light centered around Christ himself. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Hey Diddle, Diddle, a Cup and a Fiddle

    February 22nd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  51 mins 12 secs
    adventure, animation, ash wednesday, battle, beauty, beowulf, bet, bible, book, books, bow, bruce mcallister, c.s. lewis, casino, catechism, catholic, charlie daniels, christ, christian, clash of kings, confession, contract, cornelia funke, coup, critics, cthulhu, culture, cup, cuphead, d&d, dagon, daisy johnson, deal, debt, demons, devil, devil went down to georgia, disc golf, disney, dr. faustus, dreamworks, dungeons and dragons, elder kettle, essays, evangelization, exercise, exodus, faith, faust, faustian bargain, faustus, fiddle, folk, g.k. chesterton, gambling, game, game of thrones, george r.r. martin, georgia, god, gold, got, greed, guitar, gym, h.p. lovecraft, hades, heaven, hell, honor, horror, icarus, inkheart, inkwell isle, isaiah, j.r.r. tolkien, jazz, jesus, keeper, king dice, lent, letters, levar burton, lighthouse, lights, limbo, little mermaid, love, lovecraft, lucifer, melody, monsters, moral dilemma, morgan rice, mountain whippoorwill, movie, mug, mugman, music, order, oregon trail, podcast, poem, pride, purgatory, reading, reading rainbow, reminiscence of dr. samuel johnson, richard parks, rock n' roll, rogue, rosin, satan, science fiction, screwtape, scripture, sea, short story, shrek, sin, smoke, song, song of ice and fire, soul, spirit, spiritual, stephen vincent benet, stone mountain, stories, tangled, temptation, the man who was thursday, the weight of honor, tolkien, tomb, tomb of annihilation, video game, welcome to the adventure, wizard

    Making a deal with the devil is such a common story trope that the phrase has even made its way into the modern English language and pop culture. This week we discuss two of these stories; the video game 'Cuphead' and the country folk song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Join the discussion as we break down the obvious, and not so obvious, moral consequences of these famed deals. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Icarus

    February 15th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 6 mins
    1917, abbey, admiral, adventure, avatar, avengers, baby driver, batman, benedict wong, bomb, book, brian jacques, capa, captain, captain america, cassie, catholic, chris evans, christ, christian, cillian murphy, cliff curtis, communications officer, corazon, culture, darkness, dc, death, debate, discussion, disney, dr. searle, dr. strange, evangelization, faith, fantastic four, farm, god, harvey, hero, hiroyuki sanada, hope, human torch, humanity, icarus, jesus, kaneda, kingsman, levar burton reads, light, mace, mainframe, mamma mia, mark strong, marvel, matilda, mercury, mice, michelle yeoh, mistake, moral dilemma, moral philosophy, morality, movie, murder, music, musical, navigation officer, nikki heat, oscars, oxygen, parasite, philosophy, physicist, pinbacker, podcast, pride, providence, psychiatrist, raging heat, redwall, relativism, rescue, richard castle, rose byrne, sacrifice, science, ship, space, spencer sutherland, star, star wars, sun, sunshine, tales of shipwrecked, thrawn, timothy zahn, trey, trolley dilemma, troy garity, utilitarianism, wallows, welcome to the adventure, wong

    The sun is dying and we've built a bomb the size of Manhattan to fix the issue. Eight people, sent into space to drop the payload, come across trials, drama, and many challenging moral dilemmas in this Sci-Fi thriller: Sunshine. How can we rationalize morality within our faith? And will we discuss the obvious theme of light and darkness yet again? Tune in this week to find out. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Yes Man!

    February 8th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  53 mins 23 secs
    admiral, adventure, allison, audrey assad, aviation, book, bradley cooper, brother isaiah, carl, catholic, christ, christian, covenant, culture, cuphead, david kinnaman, disney, ernest cline, evangelization, faith, faith for exiles, football, friendship, gifts, god, gregorian chant, guitar, heart, heavyweights, how did this get made?, invitation, jesus, jim carrey, korean, life, loans, mark matlock, motivational speaker, movie, music, nebraska, peter, podcast, ready player one, relationship, rita west, self help, spontaneous, star wars, superbowl, terrance, the dollop, thrawn, timothy zahn, welcome to the adventure, yes, yes man, zooey deschanel

    This week Gordon & Clint break open an older movie that bombed in the box office & got terrible reviews: 'Yes Man'. As we look at this story, we realize what the word "yes" means in our lives and individual journey. What does it mean to say "yes" to life? To a life in relationship with Jesus? Tune in this week to find out. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • The Two Nopes

    February 1st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 9 mins
    abba, adventure, anthony hopkins, argentina, asheville, authentic, bad lip reading, beatles, benedict, bergoglio, bible, book, callum scott, caricature, castle gandolfo, catechism, catholic, change, christ, christian, church, comedy, confession, conservative, conversation, conversion, creep radiohead, culture, dancing queen, dante, dialogue, dictatorship, dr. who, election, evangelization, exile, fact, faith, false, firefly, francis, friendship, germany, god, haley reinhart, holy, homosexuality, honeymoon, hope, humble, immutability, inferno, james arthur, james bay, jesuit, jesus, john paul ii, jonathan pryce, jpii, latin, lie, love, mandalorian, mass, military, morgan rice, movie, music, nashville, netflix, paradisio, perception, podcast, politics, pope, priest, punk rock, purgatorio, queen, ratzinger, reconciliation, reformer, religion, retirement, rock, scandal, seagulls, sin, sistine chapel, slave, soccer, space western, spanish, stellar kart, tango, the marvelous mrs maisel, the two popes, truth, vatican, warrior, welcome to the adventure, yoda

    This week we recap some of the adventures of Gordon and Lizzie's wedding and hear about some of their travels for their honeymoon. But our main topic this week is something that we have received several requests for; Netflix's 'The Two Popes.' We break down the story, do a lot of fact checking, and discuss themes that we found as well as the themes found by some of those who requested this episode to help us understand what it is about this movie that we enjoy even if it's not necessary factual. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Being Alive

    January 25th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  52 mins 21 secs
    actress, adam driver, adventure, affirmations, alive, being alive, benedict, book, catching foxes, catholic, catholic stuff you should know, chant, charlie, children's show, christ, christian, communication, company, confession, culture, disney, divorce, dragons, ego, elton john, evangelization, faith, fallen order, family, finn, francis, god, golden circle, gregorian, hacksaw ridge, henry, honesty, hot ones, jealousy, jedi, jesus, just war, kingsman, klaus, lawyer, letter, lies, life, listen, los angeles, marriage, mongolian, movie, music, musical, netflix, new york, nicole, out of the box, play, podcast, pope, pride, priest, ray liotta, rebels, reconciliation, sacrament, scarlett johansson, self defense, selfishness, skald, stage director, star wars, story, taron egerton, the hu, the king's man, theater, therapy, truth, two popes, viking, vulnerability, welcome to the adventure, wings, youtube, zoboomafoo, zoom

    From bad confession stories to criteria for just war, this week's conversation takes us all over the place. Join us as we discuss the Netflix movie "Marriage Story" which some have more accurately dubbed "Divorce Story." We share our own experiences with parents who are divorced and how a life without love often seems like no life at all, but a life full of love is truly 'Being Alive.' #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • I Heard You Paint Houses

    January 18th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 1 min
    adventure, al pacino, angelo bruno, art of manliness, award, betrayal, bill bufalino, body, book, catching foxes, catholic, catholic answers live, catholic stuff you should know, charles brandt, christ, christian, confession, cover up, crime, cuba, cuban missile crisis, culture, evangelization, exodus, exodus90, explosion, faith, family, fast, fear, finality, fitz, fr. mike schmitz, frank sheeran, friends, gangster, god, grave, greetings adventurers, gun, hit man, i heard you paint houses, irishman, isolation, italian, italy, j.r.r. tolkien, jail, jesus, jfk, jimmy akin, jimmy akin's mysterious world, jimmy hoffa, joe pesci, lotr, loyalty, mafia, marriage story, meat, missing, morality, movie, murder, music, mystery, netflix, obedience, paranoid, podcast, politics, prayer, pride, priest, prisoner, ray romano, right, ring, robert de niro, robert kennedy, rumor, russell bufalino, sally bugs, schmitz, skinny razor, teamsters, testimony, the lord of the rings, the witcher, tolkien, tony, tony pro, truck driver, union, video games, war, welcome to the adventure

    Many of you have probably found three hours and 29 minutes to watch the Netflix movie 'The Irishman' based off of the hit man Frank Sheeran's testimony of what happened to the famed Jimmy Hoffa. This movie is considered one of the best movies of 2019 and many believe that it will change cinema. This week we take a look at why that is. Join us as we give the fastest synopsis of the plot you will ever hear and discuss spiritual temptations that the mafia exudes but can also be found in our own lives including; justifying our sins, isolation, and invincible pride. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Becoming a Mindhunter

    January 11th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  54 mins 56 secs
    a fake artist goes to new york, adventure, agent, artist, beardedblevins, bill tench, bonsaibros, book, bride, cameron britton, catholic, celebrate, charles manson, christ, christian, christmas, christoff, control, criminal, crown, culture, devil, doctor, ed kemper, evangelization, evil, faith, fake, family, fbi, flapjacks, flapjacks and sasquatches, frozen, game, god, groom, hamilton, holden ford, interview, investigation, jesus, john douglas, jonathan groff, king, kirby, married, mind, mmorpg, movie, mrsruvi, murder, music, mysterium, netflix, new york, nurture, obsession, podcast, police, profiling, psychology, quotes, research, retro, runescape, sasquatches, satan, scrupulosity, serial killer, sin, smallworld, study, sven, temptation, toy, toy story, toy story 4, trees, twitch, virtue, wedding, welcome to the adventure, wendy carr

    Gordon and Lizzie are getting married today! But the show must go on. Celebrate with us by checking out this weeks episode and listening to Gordon's awkward marriage jokes, and while you're at it, join in the discussion that we have about the Netflix series Mindhunter. The series dives into one man's research into his perception of the greatest evil and his own mind. Maybe we should do the same.#WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • A True Act of Good Will

    January 4th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 1 min
    adventure, alva, book, caesar, catholic, christ, christian, christmas, culture, ellingboe, evangelization, faith, family, fighting, gift, glow up, god, holy spirit, ides, ignatian, j.k. simmons, jason schwartzman, jedi, jesper, jesus, joy, kindness, klaus, krum, legend, letter, love, mailman, margu, mario kart, mary, mob, movie, mrs ruvi, murder, music, nintendo, north pole, palpatine, podcast, pokemon, present, rashida jones, reindeer, rise of skywalker, rome, santa, santa klaus, shield, skywalker, smeerensburg, spy, st. ignatius, star wars, switch, sword, teacher, the irishman, tradition, twitch, welcome to the adventure, wind, winter, woodsmen, workshop

    This week we talk about Netflix's version of the history of Santa Claus. Within this story it helps us better understand the meaning of tradition, kindness, and love. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Cooking with Good Eggs ft. MrsRuvi (Part 1)

    December 28th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 4 mins
    adventure, beardedblevins, blevins, bonsaibros, book, catechesi tradendae, catholic, charity, chat, christ, christian, christmas, church, comedian, comedy, community, convert, cooking, culture, egg, emote, eucharist, evangelization, faith, family, father, food, fortnite, furrow, giving, god, good egg, goodreads, haggis, heroic minute, holy, ides, j.r.r., j.r.r. tolkien, james acaster, jesus, jimmy akin, karen, life teen, love, marriage, marriage story, mom, movie, music, mysterious world, netflix, novus ordo, papal encyclical, parish, partner, peter tonkin, podcast, prolife, queen, quizzical papist, saint, silmarillion, st. josemaria escriva, stream, stream snipe, support, tabernacle, the crown, the forge, the way, tolkien, traditional, twitch, waffle, welcome to the adventure, zellie

    This week we are joined by Katie Ruvalcaba AKA Twitch Streamer 'MrsRuvi'. "Sometimes I worry that the Church makes too much of an effort to change the Church to fit the chat instead of allowing the chat to fit the Church." Join us as we discuss the importance of living our faith in our daily lives, the impact of a faithful Catholic with a "normal" story, and how a little food can create a space for community. Also, Gordon forgets how chairs work. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • The Grain-IN Culture

    December 21st, 2019  |  Season 3  |  56 mins 15 secs
    adventure, baby, book, catholic, christ, christian, christmas, coming, culture, elvis, faith, foreigner, god, heartache, jesus, lady antebellum, lost, love, michael buble, movie, music, podcast, prayer, welcome to the adventure, worth

    This week we go back to the drawing board or rather our request board to play some "catch-up" on ideas and requests from the past. In doing so, we cover four completely different songs about love in order to share the conversation and journey we share with God. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Into The Unknown

    December 14th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 8 mins
    adventure, agnarr, air, alan tudyk, all is found, animated, anna, arendelle, attachment, autumn, baptism, book, call, catholic, change, christ, christian, culture, dam, discernment, disney, earth, elsa, emotion, evan rachel wood, evangelization, faith, fall, fire, fjord, forest, frozen, giant, god, horse, ice, idina menzel, iduna, into the unknown, jesus, jonathan groff, josh gad, journey, king, kingdom, kristen anderson-lopez, kristen bell, kristoff, lost in the woods, love, lullaby, magic, memory, movie, music, musical, northuldra, olaf, orphans, parents, podcast, princess, prophet, propose, queen, reason, reindeer, reindeers are better than people, ring, river, robert lopez, sequel, ship, siren, snow, snowman, somethings never change, spirit, sven, the next right thing, thomas aquinas, transformation, troll, true, truth, unknown, vocation, water, welcome to the adventure

    This week we go "Into the Unknown" as we discuss the new Disney movie "Frozen II." Join the adventure as Clint and Gordon attempt to sing like Disney princesses, we record one of the longest episodes we have ever done, and Clint spends way too much time using a new editing trick. We discuss Vocations, discernment, attachment and more themes than we can mention here, so just check it out for yourself! SPOILERS #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • How To Be Human

    December 7th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 8 mins
    adventure, bold, book, catholic, christ, christian, conscience, courage, culture, disney, faith, gapeto, god, jackass, jesus, jiminy, jiminy cricket, jonah, lie, life, movie, music, pinocchio, pleasure, pleasure island, podcast, puppet, real, truth, unselfish, welcome to the adventure, whale

    This week we cover a topic that came up through conversation during Gordon's bachelor party: Pinocchio. Whether through a silly challenge or a fruitful short topic discussing our own podcast we realized the themes of what it means to be a real person, conscience, and more was a need to record. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Dance: The Gift of Life & Freedom

    November 30th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 5 mins
    adventure, alfie allen, aslan, bachelor, bachelor pary, beauty, black mass, book, brainwash, c.s. lewis, catholic, christ, christian, comedy, crucifixion, culture, dance, dangerous, dragon, elsa, faith, father, forgiveness, freedom, gestapo, god, good, healing, hiding, hitler youth, holocaust, identity, imaginary friend, jesus, jew, jo jo, knife, lies, love, mary, mother, movie, music, narnia, nazi, passion, podcast, propoganda, rabbit, rebel wilson, resistance, rosie, safe, sam rockwell, satanic, scarlett johansson, soldier, stephen merchant, taika waititi, transcendentals, truth, war, wedding, welcome to the adventure

    This week we discuss Taika Waititi dark comedy 'JoJo Rabbit' about a 10 year old german boy who wants to be a Nazi soldier and even has an imaginary friend who is Adolph Hitler. The movie unfolds as he discovers his mother is hiding a Jew in their home. Join us as we discuss the themes of freedom, beauty, and love. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Runnin' From The Shadows

    November 23rd, 2019  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 7 secs
    addiction, adventure, adventure of discipleship, amityville, art, art of manliness, bachelor, bachelor party, book, c. s. lewis, cabin in the woods, catholic, christ, christian, class, comfort, complacent, conjouring, conscience, culture, dan caplan, daughter, devil, discipleship, discussion, dr. daniel keating, dr. scott hahn, entitlement, evangelization, faith, fear, free, free course, gallow, god, greatness, halloween, happiness, havenglade, horror, humility, hush, i shouldn't be telling you this, identity, iro, j.r.r. tolkien, jazz, jeff goldblum, jesus, lazy, lord of the rings, love, macklemore, manliness, mildred snitzer orchestra, morality, movie, music, narnia, netflix, nun, orchestra, perseverance, pleasure, podcast, power, pride, rap, retreat, sabrina, sad, satisfy, shadows, signs of life, song, songland, stranger things, suffering, temptation, triumphs, virtue, wealth, welcome to the adventure, wyoming

    By request, this week we discuss two songs by Macklemore. The first song is "Intentions" and the second "Shadows." These two songs show a progression of ones desire to be better and escape the confinements of sin, complacency in that sin, and the consequences of remaining there years later. We discuss themes like desire, addiction, weaknesses, sin, triumphs, Identity, and so much more! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • You Are A Good Guy

    November 16th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  59 mins 20 secs
    adventure, book, catholic, christ, christian, community, culture, dakota johnson, faith, family, finding yourself, friends, god, identity, jesus, journey, kinship, love, mark twain, movie, music, peanut butter falcon, podcast, shia labeouf, welcome to the adventure, zak gottsagen

    This week we discuss a theme very close to Fr. Gregory Boyle: Kinship. To see what this word loks like in our faith life we look at the movie The Peanut Butter Falcon. How can sharing characteristics, origins, and/or relations bring us back to ourselves? Check out this weeks episode on community, identity, and culture.