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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  • 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

  • Episode 36: Moana: Part 1 - Tradition or Tradition

    June 23rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 15 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

    This week we start a two week series on one of the movies that started it all. Moana was one of the original stories that acted as inspiration for the podcast and it is finally time to share some of our thoughts with you. Join us this week as we start to dive into how this "curly haired non-princess" not only is breaking norms and saving her people but also reminding us of who we are as a Church and what we are called to do. Don't forget to tune in next week for part 2 Spoiler Alert #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 35: Morality & Vulnerability As The Last Man

    June 16th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 6 secs
    adam, adventure, apocalypse, beloved, book, bright, bright sessions, catholic, christ, christian, community, culture, d&d, divine, dragons, dungeons, dungeons and dragons, earth, emily spivey, evangelization, ezekiel, faith, family, god, god's beloved, henri nouwen, himym, how i met your mother, jesus, last man, last man on earth, laws, love, morality, movie, music, nouwen, podcast, religion, rules, social media, stone mountain, television, tv, tv show, vulnerability, welcome to the adventure, will forte

    If you were the last man on Earth would your moral compass change? Would you maybe steal? Obey road signs? We discuss morality, and the need for community and vulnerability. Keys and desires for who we are created to be as a fuller understanding of a much larger story. Check out the discussion and then let us know what you think by reaching us via social media below. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 34: An Exodus Story

    June 9th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 52 secs
    adventure, alden ehrenreich, becket, book, catholic, chewbacca, chewy, childish gambino, christ, christian, crime, criminal, crunch, culture, culture of death, darth, death, disney, donald glover, earth, emilia clarke, evangelization, exodus, faith, george lucas, gifts, god, god ask, han, han solo, heart, holiness, jesus, jon favreau, josh garrels, lando, lando calrissian, last, last man on earth, loner, man, mary, maul, millennium falcon, montfort, movie, music, paul bettany, pilot, podcast, prequel, purpose, qi'ra, religion, saint, series, shadrach, sin, smuggler, solo, space, st. louis de montfort, star, star wars, tattoo, tattoos on the heart, teamwork, television, true devotion, tv, tv series, vocation, vulnerability, wars, welcome to the adventure, wickedness, woody harrelson

    Han Solo is one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars franchise. George Lucas described the character as "a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good." What happened before Solo's realization of a larger purpose? How did he become the loner, smuggler, pilot, and space criminal we know today? As we talk about his prequel story, we reveal themes and questions that we still share and face today.

  • Episode 33: We're Stars And We're Beautiful

    June 2nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 58 secs
    adoration, adventure, alessia, alessia cara, beauty, beholder, book, bright sessions, c.s. lewis, candle in the wind, cara, catholic, christ, christian, cs lewis, culture, dc, dc comics, dragon, ed sheeran, elton, elton john, eucharist, evangelization, faith, flash, food, genesis, god, history, hope, identity, jesus, lewis, light, mirror, movie, music, philosopher, podcast, pop, scars, scars to your beautiful, sculptor, social media, son, stars, sun, tea, texas, voyage of the dawn treader, welcome to the adventure, whataburger

    Beauty has been one of the most discussed ideas throughout human history. Philosophers debate it. Businesses thrive on promises to provide it. Our social media is covered in images that reflect it. We obsess over it. What defines beauty. Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is there some absolute beauty? We all desire to be beautiful and we all desire to have that which is beautiful. But why?This week we discuss what beauty is, where it comes from and why it's important.

  • Episode 32: It's All For You

    May 26th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 53 secs
    90's, adventure, alice isn't dead, all for you, blind, book, catholic, christ, christian, cloud, conversion, culture, disco, evangelization, faith, focus, found, god, hazel, jam, jam session, jesus, jon leonetti, love, love story, movie, music, podcast, prayer, pride, rain, rainbow, santa fe, sister, sister hazel, testimony, try, welcome to the adventure, you're god is too boring

    The song 'All For You' by Sister Hazel is a fun and iconic song from the late 90's, but as always Christ is trying to reveal himself to us through the song. We each have a testimony, a story that we share with our Lord. In this week's episode we look at what Christ is telling us about our testimony and where we can see him in our lives. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 31: It's More Than A Game (SAO)

    May 19th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  48 mins
    adam, adventure, anime, asuna, augmented reality, avatar, avengers, battle, beloved, book, boss, catholic, christ, christian, church, coma, community, consequence, culture, david a. wells, death, death gun, despair, disney, dual wield, evangelization, evil, faith, family, fantasy, fight, fishing, francis, friendship, game, god, god's beloved, good, guild, gun gale online, helmet, henri nouwen, hero, infinity war, japan, jesus, kirito, klein, laurel, leafa, lisbeth, love, magic, marvel, mmo, mmorpg, movie, music, nerve gear, nouwen, oberon, player, podcast, pope, pope francis, promise, pure, reality, rest, rpg, sacrifice, sao, self, shape of water, sinon, sovereign of the seven isles, sword, sword art online, thinblade, video games, virtual reality, warrior, welcome to the adventure, yanny, yui

    Just this week Pope Francis was asked about the youth of the Church and said that "It worries me that they communicate and live in the virtual world...Their reality is that...not human contact. This is serious. We have to make young people 'land' in the real world. Touch reality." Ironically, this week we talk about the virtual world of the popular Anime Show 'Sword Art Online' (SAO).

  • Episode 30: Finding The Silence In A Quiet Place

    May 12th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 13 secs
    a quiet place, abbott, adventure, agape, alien, aliens, australia, australian football, baby, barron, beast, birth, bishop, bishop robert barron, book, catholic, christ, christian, creator, culture, deaf, devil, emily blunt, evangelization, faith, family, farm, femininity, fire, football, footy, gift, god, hearing, invasion, jesus, john krasinski, life, love, mary, masculinity, monastery, monk, monster, movie, music, mute, names, place, podcast, pope, prestige, pro-family, pro-life, quiet, ready player one, religion, revelation, sacrifice, satan, silence, strength, trust, waterfall, welcome to the adventure, word, word on fire, words

    Bishop Barron called the movie "A Quiet Place" the most unexpectedly religious film of the year so we thought we would take a look. And as expected when you dive into the minds and work of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and Bishop Robert Barron we were blown away. From the obvious themes to the more subtle words, names, and scenes that provoke our thoughts and point us towards our creator, this one is jam packed. #WelcomeToTheAdventure