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. 72: Gomer Breaks The Podcast (PG!)

    March 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 1 min
    adam, adventure, amdgomer, audio, beyond the bulletin, book, books, breath of the wild, catching foxes, catholic, christ, christian, city, culture, discussion, evangelization, eve, every knee shall bow, faith, fall, garden, god, gomer, good clean fun, gormley, h richard niebuhr, history, instruction, jesus, lay evangelist, michael gormley, movie, music, nick offerman, niebuhr, philosophy, podcast, rejecting, revelation, ron swanson, transforming, uplifting, welcome to the adventure, woodworking, zelda

    This week we are joined by Michael "Gomer" Gormley of Catching Foxes as he does what he does best: talking "ad nauseum", pushing the limits of our non-explicit rating, and leaving us speechless. We discuss the book "Christ and Culture" by H. Richard Niebuhr and his 5 types of interactions between Christ-Christianity and the Culture. For a podcast with 'Culture' in the name, what does this seven letter word really mean? And how does it shape our faith? Join us as we try to solve the unsolvable! #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 71: The Missing Link

    February 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  58 mins 17 secs
    adventure, arcs, board, bobs burgers, book, botw, breath of the wild, bright sessions, calamity, catching foxes, catholic, catholic stuff you should know, champions, chosen, christ, christian, corruption, culture, darkness, divine, evangelization, faith, galaxy, game, ganon, god, goron, hylian, hyrule, jesus, light, link, love, majoras mask, master, meaning, movie, music, netflix, ocarina of time, pints with aquinas, podcast, power, pride, purpose, saints, sao, savior, secret hitler, spirits, star wars, sword art online, the crunch, triforce, trinity, truckers, umbrella academy, weezer, welcome to the adventure, zelda

    This week we dive into new territory for Gordon and unfamiliar territory for Clint as we discuss the most recent of the Zelda franchise: Breath of the Wild. Join us to discover what it teaches us about the church and ourselves. Also don't forget to count how many times Gordon confuses the names Zelda & Link. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 70: Oh Brave New World: Revisited

    February 16th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  51 mins 55 secs
    1984, abortion, adventure, aging, aldous huxley, bandersnatch, beauty, black mirror, book, brave new world, capitalism, catholic, christ, christian, christopher west, contraception, culture, death, detroit, donnie darko, dystopia, escapism, euthanasia, evangelization, f. scott fitzgerald, faith, far from home, george orwell, god, incredibles, jake gyllenhaal, jesus, life, love, morals, movie, music, nightcrawler, podcast, pornography, pro-life, purpose, seeking, sex, sexuality, spider man, spiderman, value, virtue, welcome to the adventure, worth

    Warning: Mature Themes & Content*
    In a world where Steve has more to say on a book he can't stop talking about, we decide to revisit and dive deeper into the themes Aldous Huxley has presented. Will this episode be enough for our amateur theologian? Why is such a "Brave New World" forming and what do we do about it? Listen and find out #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 69: Oh Brave New World!

    February 9th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 10 mins
    1984, abortion, adventure, aging, aldous huxley, aquinas, beauty, book, brave new world, capitalism, catholic, christ, christian, contraception, culture, danielle rose, death, disease, dystopia, escapism, euthanasia, evangelization, f. scott fitzgerald, faith, game of thrones, george orwell, god, got, jesus, liberty, life, love, matt fradd, morals, movie, music, outlander, pints with aquinas, podcast, pornography, pro-life, purpose, saint, seeking, sex, sexuality, soma, value, virtue, welcome to the adventure, worth

    With all that's going on in New York and Virginia, it may seem like we are stepping into a brave new world. Come explore the future that Aldous Huxley imagined for us in the classic Brave New World. Why are we walking down the path he warned us against? What are we really seeking? What can we do to change the world? #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 68: I'll Meet You At The Delta

    February 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 mins
    adam, adoration, adventure, album, band, beloved, book, botw, breath of the wild, c.s. lewis, catholic, christ, christian, cs lewis, culture, cysmic, darkness, delta, eden, evangelization, eve, faith, folk, forever, game, god, heart, jesus, legend, legend of zelda, lewis, light, lost, love, magic, maze, movie, mumford, mumford & sons, music, paradise, podcast, prayer, punisher, sin, sons, story, struggle, super smash bros, surrender, temptation, truth, voyage of the dawn treader, welcome to the adventure, wild, zelda

    We often encounter change within our own spiritual and physical lives. This change can be drastic, small, quick, and/or long. Either way it is typically a switch from chaos to peace and vice versa. As we dive into Mumford & Sons fourth studio album Delta, we see that in the struggle of change God always meets us where we're at. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 67: The Only Why

    January 26th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 49 secs
    adventure, angel, apologetics, apologist, aquinas, birdbox, bishop barron, book, business, car, catching foxes, catholic, champions, christ, christian, chronos, collateral beauty, consequences, culture, daughter, death, deception family, domino, evangelization, evil, faith, gift, god, good, jesus, kairos, letters, loss, love, mailbox, movie, music, netflix, new proofs for the existence of god, original sin, pints with aquinas, podcast, reality, robert spitzer, suffering, support, time, welcome to the adventure, will smith, word on fire

    One of the biggest reasons why people leave their faith is because of the problem of evil. "Why do bad things happen?" Why does suffering exist?" Why is there death in the world?" These are all questions that most of us have asked at some point in our lives. On this episode we discuss the Will Smith movie "Collateral Beauty" and it 3 central themes of Love, Time, and Death as they are personified throughout the story. (Spoilers) #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 66: How's It Going To End?

    January 19th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  51 mins 24 secs
    adventure, alice isn't dead, aquaman, book, bright sessions, brother isaiah, burbank, catholic, christ, christian, christof, culture, dc, dc comics, death by magic, evangelization, faith, fake, fool us, god, good afternoon, good evening, good morning, good night, jesus, jim carrey, laurel, lies, luthor, magic, mary, movie, music, names, outlander, penn, podcast, reality, request, sante maria, satan, silvia, spiritual battle, struggle, teller, trapped, truman, truman burbank, truman show, truth, welcome to the adventure, you made it weird

    "We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It’s as simple as that." -Christof
    In this episode we tackle a recommended Jim Carrey classic: The Truman Show. Through the discussion of a movie about lies and truth, we learn a little more about the greater story that surrounds us all. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 65: Ring The Bells

    January 12th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 4 secs
    adventure, alduos huxley, anthem, bells, book, brave new world, catholic, christ, christian, church, conference, culture, discipleship, eucharist, evangelization, fair, fairness, faith, focus, folk, fortress, game, god, jessica jones, jesus, johnnyswim, justice, love, media, mercy, mission, movie, music, netflix, podcast, polar express, ring, rpg, runescape, seek, sin, taylor swift, the shadow of the wind, unexpected, virtue, war, welcome to the adventure

    If all is fair in love and war, then what is loving even for? Join Clint and Steve as we look at spiritual warfare, faith, virtue, mercy, love, justice, discipleship, and evangelization in the song Ring the Bells by Johnnyswim. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Ep. 64: What Day Is It?

    January 5th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  44 mins 32 secs
    adventure, alan watts, arrow, bear, book, catholic, child, childlike, christ, christian, christopher robin, culture, cw, daredevil, dc comics, eeyore, evangelization, faith, flash, god, heffalump, impossible, jessica jones, jesus, kanga, legends of tomorrow, love, movie, music, new year, nothing, piglet, podcast, pooh, pooh bear, rabbit, redemption, robin, roo, sin, supergirl, today, tomorrow, value, welcome to the adventure, winnie, winnie the pooh, woozle, worth

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We hope you have spent the start of 2019 well. We begin this years adventure talking through nothingness, childlike faith, and today vs. tomorrow. #WelcometotheAdventure
    “People say ‘Nothing is impossible’, but I do nothing everyday.” –Pooh

  • Ep. 63: Deity & Dragons

    December 29th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 41 secs
    adventure, americana, band, book, books, brother isaiah, c.s., catholic, challenge, christ, christian, civil wars, creation, cs lewis, culture, d&d, dandd, dragons, dungeons, dungeons & dragons, dungeons and dragons, egg, evangelization, evil, faith, fall, folk, game, geek, god, good, j.r.r., jesus, johnnyswim, josh garrels, last battle, lewis, movie, music, novel, oh hellos, original sin, penny and sparrow, peter kreeft, podcast, prayer, pushwater, roleplaying, rpg, satan, serpents, socrates, story, storytelling, subcreation, tabletop, theodrama, tolkien, we three, welcome to the adventure

    This week, we look at the Tabletop Role-Playing Game Dungeons and Dragons. Don't be deterred by the level of geekiness! Come join us as we explore the story of our lives, good vs. evil, and prayer through action! Also, find out Clint's and Steve's musical recommendations! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Ep. 62: For Whom The Bell Tolls (Christmas Special)

    December 22nd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins
    adventure, ahs, american, angel, anime, apocalypse, awe, beauty, believe, bell, book, catholic, child, childlike, christ, christian, christmas, compassion, conductor, culture, daredevil, disney, elves, evangelization, faith, gift, god, holiday, horror, hot chocolate, iron fist, it, jessica jones, jesus, josh groban, joy, king, luke cage, marvel, merry, movie, music, netflix, north pole, pax, podcast, present, pride, reindeer, rules, santa, sao, scripture, snow, story, symbol, ticket, tom hanks, tradition, train, tree, truth, unplugged, wanderer, welcome to the adventure, when christmas comes to town, wonder

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Often times as we grow up, we cease to experience the awe that we once had when encountering things of great beauty and truth. Imagine a young child hearing a new fun song. It brings them great joy and sometimes they will play it over and over and dance until they drop. Or imagine a child being told a great story for the first time. They are immediately filled with awe and wonder. This Christmas, allow yourself to be a child of wonder and joy. Don't be blinded by the stubbornness and pride that we as adults often let numb us to things of great simplicity in beauty and truth. When you can do this, you will be among those "For Whom The Bell Tolls." #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Ep. 61: A Season of Dance

    December 15th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  54 mins 18 secs
    advent, adventure, apprentice, art, ballet, bishop robert barron, book, c.s., c.s. lewis, catholic, celebration, christ, christian, christmas, chronicles of narnia, clara, cost, cs lewis, culture, dance, december, disney, evangelization, fairies, faith, four realms, fr. mike schmitz, fritz, god, homilies, inheritance, insidious, jesus, joy, key, kingdom, land of sweets, last kingdom, lewis, magic, maria, mouse, mouse king, movie, music, nutcracker, office, podcast, rat king, rats, sacrifice, silver chair, sugarplum, tchaikovsky, toy soldiers, toymaker, welcome to the adventure, wolverine, word on fire, x-men

    This week we dive into what is now an annual Christmas classic. We look into the dance of ballet and what it reveals about & to us. We also look at the story told through the narrative of The Nutcracker and its many variations to the lore. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 60: The Light In The Wound

    December 8th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  56 mins 46 secs
    acq. inc., acquisitions, action, adventure, bohemian, bohemian rhapsody, book, broken, camera, catholic, celtic, celtic thunder, celtic woman, chris pine, christ, christian, comic, conception, culture, d&d, darkness, december, dice, discipleship, disney, dragons, dungeons, dungeons and dragons, emperor, emperor's edge, evangelization, evil deception, faith, family, feast, fr. dave pivonka, gaelic, game, god, high kings, hiking the camino, immaculate, incorporated, irish, jesus, lies, light, love god, magic, mindy kaling, movie, music, office, oprah, oprah winfrey, pax, podcast, reese witherspoon, renaissance, request, rhapsody, roleplaying, rpg, social media, solitude, space, spiritual, tabletop, tesseract, thomas merton, thoughts in solitude, time, travel, trinity, truth, universe, welcome to the adventure, wounds, wrinkle in time

    Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception! As requested by several of you, this week we discuss the movie 'A Wrinkle in Time.' Join us on the adventure this week as we discuss love, brokenness and the spirituality of healing. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 59: A Silent Guardian. A Watchful Protector. The Dark Avenger

    December 1st, 2018  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 24 secs
    1984, aaron eckhart, adventure, aldous huxley, alfred pennyworth, anne hathaway, bane, bat, batman, ben affleck, book, brave new world, bruce wayne, burden, catholic, christ, christian, christian bale, christopher nolan, cillian murphy, commissioner gordon, culture, dark knight, dark knight returns, dc, dc comics, dick grayson, evangelization, evil hope, faith, fall, firefly, gary oldman, geek, george orwell, god, gospel, gotham, graphic novel, harvey dent, heath ledger, hero, jason todd, jesus, joker, joseph gordon-levitt, justice, katie holmes, killing joke, liam neeson, maggie gyllenhaal, marion cotillard, michael caine, michael keaton, morgan freeman, movie, music, nolan, podcast, red hood, robert pattinson, robin, scarecrow, sin, the dark knight, the greatest showman, tim drake, tom hardy, tom wilkinson, trilogy, two face, two-face, under the red hood, val kilmer, villain, virtue, wayne, welcome to the adventure

    “Our greatest glory is not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Gordon nerds out in this episode as we cover the second DC character ever on the podcast: The Dark Knight aka Batman. We go through what makes him different than other heros, what his villians say about him, and the Gospel messages seen within it all. #WelcometotheAdventure

  • Ep. 58: To Love Another Person

    November 24th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  42 mins 31 secs
    aaron tveit, adventure, amanda seyfried, anne hathaway, bishop, book, catholic, christ, christian, cosette, culture, daniel huttlestone, eddie redmayne, equity, evangelization, faith, fantine, forgiveness, france, french, gavroche, generosity, god, gratitude, helena bonham carter, hugh jackman, imitation of christ, javert, jesus, jubilee, justice, les mis, les miserables, love, marius, mary, media, mercy, movie, music, musical, penance, podcast, praise, revolution, russel crowe, sacha baron cohen, samantha barks, service, st. louis de montfort, thanksgiving, thomas a kempis, true devotion, valjean, victor hugo, welcome to the adventure

    This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving and talk about gratitude, generosity, love, mercy, and service found within the timeless classic Les Miserables. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Ep. 57: Navigating The River

    November 17th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  50 mins 47 secs
    adventure, art, beauty, book, catholic, christ, christian, consolation, culture, d&d, desolation, discernment, disney, dragons, dungeons, dungeons and dragons, encyclical, enemy, european, evangelization, faith, fortress, god, ignatian, ignatius, indian, isolation, j.r.r. tolkien, jesus, jrr, laudato si, movie, music, natives, nature, others, pax, pocahontas, podcast, pope francis, prayer, relationship, river, rules, savages, solitude, soul, spirit, spirits, spiritual warfare, st. ignatius, technology, tempter, thomas merton, thoughts in solitude, timothy m. gallager, tolkien, truth, two towers, unplugged, war, welcome to the adventure

    Who could have imagined that a Disney jam session would lead to a lesson in spiritual warfare and Ignatian rules of discerning spirits? If you ever feel like you feel distant from God and/or like you are very close to Him this episode is perfect for you! Join us this week as we look at how the movie 'Pocahontas' teaches us about how to prepare ourselves during times of spiritual low and high points. (Spoilers) #WelcomeToTheAdventure