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 29: Dont Lose Your Soul (The Infinite War)

    May 5th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 6 secs
    abortion, adam, adventure, avengers, beloved, benedict cumberbatch, black panther, book, bradley cooper, bruce banner, bucky barnes, captain america, catholic, chadwick boseman, chris evans, chris hemsworth, chris pratt, christ, christian, culture, dave bautista, death, disney, divine, divine mercy, don cheadle, dr. strange, drax, elizabeth olsen, evangelization, faith, falcon, gamora, god, god's beloved, groot, guardians of the galaxy, gwyneth paltrow, henri nouwen, hope, hulk, infinity, infinity stones, infinity war, iron man, james rhodes, jesus, josh brolin, karen gillan, letitia wright, loki, mantis, mark ruffalo, marvel, mercy, mind, movie, music, natasha romanoff, nebula, panther, paul bettany, perseverance, peter dinklage, peter parker, peter quill, podcast, power, reality, robert downey jr., rocket, sacrifice, sam wilson, scarlet witch, scarlett johansson, sebastian stan, soul, space, spider, spider man, spiderman, spoiler, stan lee, star lord, steve rogers, stones, t'challa, thanos, thor, time, tom hiddleston, tom holland, tony stark, vin diesel, vision, wakanda, war, war machine, welcome to the adventure, winter soldier, zoe saldana

    Avengers: Infinity War introduced a new character into our Marvel Cinematic Universe: Thanos. Thanos reveals themes that immediatly challenge our own story. Join us in the discussion. Welcome to the adventure!

  • Episode 28: Neither Jew Nor Dog

    April 28th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  37 mins
    10 cloverfield lane, 33 days to merciful love, actions, adam, adventure, apostles, art, avengers, babel, banished, beloved, big adventure, book, catholic, cats, child, child-like, christ, christian, cloverfield, culture, devotion, disney, dogs, equality, evangelization, examen, faith, fake news, false, fear, female, fr. michael gaitley, free, galatians, generosity, god, god's beloved, greek, haunters, henri nouwen, infinity, infinity war, isle, isle of dogs, japan, jesus, jew, labels, lone wolf, loner, love, male, marvel, mary, media, mercy, movie, music, nouwen, pee-wee, podcast, prayer, sacrifice, saint, scare, separation, slave, st. louis de montfort, stan lee, together, true devotion to mary, truth, welcome to the adventure, wes anderson, wolf

    Wes Anderson creates a fictional child-like visual story around the banishment of dogs in Japan and a boy who wants his back. We quickly realize in 'Isle of Dogs' that the story is more for adults than kids. They reflect themes that we can relate to and can be larger than ourselves. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 27: Captain America - Red, White, And True

    April 20th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 48 secs
    acts, acts of the apostles, adventure, america, anthony mackie, apostles, avenger, avengers, barnes, bible, blue, book, bucky, bucky barnes, cap, captain, catholic, chris evans, christ, christian, civil war, confession, creation, culture, disney, evangelization, faith, first avenger, god, hayley atwell, humility, hydra, iron man, jesus, jon leonetti, law, marvel, mercy, morality, movie, music, nazi, nick fury, original, peggy, peggy carter, podcast, red, red skull, robert downey jr., s.h.i.e.l.d., samuel l. jackson, sao, scarlett johansson, sebastian stan, shield, singer, soldier, stan lee, steve rogers, sword art online, tony stark, true, truth, war, welcome to the adventure, white, winter soldier, world war, world war 2, wwii, your god is too boring

    Steve Rogers has not only been the first avenger but also an example on morality, truth, and how to stay true to who we are. Diving into Captain America's three films: First Avenger, Winter Soldier, and Civil War we quickly begin to see a story we can relate to. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 26: Chasing Christ

    April 14th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 7 secs
    33 days to merciful love, abortion, adventure, agape, book, catholic, chasing cars, christ, christian, confession, conversation, culture, eden, evangelization, faith, fr. michael gaitley, garden, god, grace, honesty, intimacy, intimate, jesus, life, love, mercy, millennial, movie, music, parody, peace, podcast, poem, pro-life, revelation, snow patrol, song, throwback, vulnerability, welcome to the adventure, youth

    Join us as we dive in to the song "Chasing Cars." As millennials, this song has been a part of many of our stories growing up. But this week we look at the song from a different light. We start to see it as an intimate conversation, a love poem, a revelation of Christ himself. Welcome to the Adventure!

  • Episode 25: The Saints-IN Culture, Pray For Us

    April 7th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 58 secs
    33 days to merciful love, adventure, auschwitz, blessed, book, brother francis m. kalvelage, c.s., c.s. lewis, catholic, children of hurin, christ, christian, climb, cs, culture, devotion, diary, divine, evangelization, faith, faustina, faustina kowalska, fr. michael gaitley, franciscan, frassati, from his roots, god, heresy, holocaust, hurin, j.r.r. tolkien, jesus, joy, jrr, kolbe, lewis, love, mary, media, meditation, mercy, mighty, militia immaculata, miracle, mountains, movie, music, narnia, newspaper, okja, peaks, pier giorgio frassati, podcast, poland, pope leo xiii, priest, radio, rerum novarum, roots, sacrifice, saint maria faustina kowalska, saint of the immaculata, saints, santa, scale, service, soul, special, st. louis de montfort, st. nicholas, story, tolkien, true devotion to mary, universal, vitalas of gaza, voayage, voyage of the dawn treader, welcome to the adventure

    This is our 25th Episode!!! We decided to do something extra special this week and share with you some of our favorite Saints and how they used the culture and media of their time to share their faith with others. Today media is far more vast and universal than ever before so now more than ever we must use the media and the culture around us to share Christ with the world. Welcome to the Adventure!

  • Epidsode 24: Raiding The Tomb

    March 31st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 49 secs
    33 days to merciful love, adventure, alicia vikander, archaeology, book, catholic, cave, christ, christian, consequentialism, croft, crypt, culture, dominic west, easter, ends, evangelization, expedition, explosion, faith, fistfight, fr. michael gaitley, from his roots, future, god, gun, gunfight, holiness, holy, holy week, hostage, island, japan, jesus, judas, jungle, justify, knife, lara, lara croft, lent, london, love, mansion, martial arts, means, mercenary, mercy, mission, movie, music, past, podcast, prayer, present, puzzle, raider, richard croft, season, survival, tomb, tomb raider, video game, vocation, week, welcome to the adventure

    The stillness of Holy Week can cause us to reflect on the past and even discern what that means of the future. We often find those flaws of our Lenten season justified. This week we talk about where our focus is, what we obsess over, and consequentialism. What is God actually asking of you and your life? And do the ends ever justify the means?

  • Episode 23: Nobody Is Nobody

    March 23rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 18 secs
    33 days to merciful love, adventure, book, butterfly, butterfly effect, call, catholic, choices, christ, christian, clarity, culture, decisions, descartes, discernment, divorce, evangelization, faith, fear, fr. michael gaitley, free will, future, god, god's will, golden circle, holiness, initiative, jared leto, jesus, joy, kingsman, love, marriage, mercy, movie, mr. nobody, music, nobody, passive, podcast, prayer, priesthood, reality, religious life, saint, time, vocation, welcome to the adventure, will

    Making decisions can be hard, and trying to discern our vocation can be really intimidating. Do you feel stuck trying to make a choice or in your discernment? This week we talk about overcoming the fear, the passiveness, and the wariness of discernment and taking action! Your Vocation is your call from God to holiness.. are you taking the first steps to answering that call? WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 22: Through The Eyes Of Carl

    March 17th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  44 mins
    33 days to merciful love, adventure, alexandria, amc, apocalypse, betrayal, book, carl, carl grimes, castle, catholic, chandler riggs, charity, children of hurin, christ, christian, christopher tolkien, comic, culture, daryl, death, dismemberment, drama, evangelization, faith, father, fear the beard, fr. michael gaitley, frozen heat, glen, god, good samaritan, heartache, heat, hilltop, holy living, holy spirit, horror, hurin, j.r.r. tolkien, jeffrey dean morgan, jesus, jrr, judge, judgement, lord of the rings, lotr, love, maggie, media, merciful, mercy, michonne, morgan, movie, music, negan, nikki heat, norman reedus, pain, parables, podcast, poor, post apocalypse, redemption, richard castle, rick, rick grimes, ring, sheriff, son, survival, talking dead, thriller, tolkien, trilogy, undead, virus, walkers, walking dead, watching dead, welcome to the adventure, zombie

    The Walking Dead is back and we have already seen heartache and pain like we haven't seen before! But through this heartache we learn beautiful lessons about the lives Christ is calling us to. Today 'judgement' is a word that causes a lot of anger and discomfort.
    We are constantly taking in information and analyzing it. From first impressions to competitions we are always judging and making decisions based off of the information we see. But what does that have to do with 'The Walking Dead?' #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 21: The Universe In Just One Click

    March 10th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 11 secs
    33 days to merciful love, adam sandler, adventure, alabama, architecture, book, business, castle, catholic, christ, christian, click, comedy, control, cruise control, cry, culture, david c. downing, de montfort, death, devotion, evangelization, faith, family, fast forward, flower, flowers, fr. michael gaitley, frozen heat, god, grace, heat, i'm in a hurry, jesus, life, looking for the king, love, mary, meditation, mercy, moment, movie, music, nard dog, nikki heat, podcast, prayer, quarter, remote, reverence, richard castle, rush, saint, skip, son, st. louis de montfort, st. therese of lisieux, tears, the little flower, therese, true devotion, true devotion to mary, universe, welcome to the adventure, work

    How great would it be if we had a device that allowed us to skip all of the boring, stressful, or annoying parts of life? Sounds pretty great! But as we skip through life what else are we missing? What else are we putting on the back burner? This week we talk about the rush of life, and what to do when you feel like everything is moving too fast. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 20: Let the River Run

    March 2nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 46 secs
    adventure, baptism, barron, bishop, bishop barron, bishop robert barron, book, broken, catholic, christ, christian, community, confession, culture, david a. wells, david c. downing, de montfort, devotion, ed sheeran, eminem, evangelization, faith, forgiveness, francis, fulton, fulton j. sheen, fulton sheen, god, graduation, healing, jesus, lego, lego house, life, looking for the king, love, man's not hot, mary, mercy, moses, movie, music, podcast, pope francis, priest, pro-life, rap, reconciliation, relationship, river, robert, saint, seeds, seeds of the word, sheen, sin, sovereign of the seven isles, st. louis de montfort, the name of god is mercy, the river, thinblade, true devotion to mary, use, venerable fulton j. sheen, water, welcome to the adventure, word

    I never thought that I would get a reminder of how badly I need God's mercy and forgiveness from Eminem and Ed Sheeran, but as we look into their song "The River" we can't help but do exactly that. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 19: One Tribe One Church

    February 24th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 3 secs
    adventure, africa, andy serkis, apostolic, big bang, black panther, body of christ, book, catholic, chadwick boseman, christ, christian, church, combat, comic, culture, danai gurira, disney, duty, einstein, elon musk, erik killmonger, evangelization, everett k. ross, faith, forest whitaker, genetics, gift, god, hidden, holy, isolation, jesus, king, letitia wright, lupita nyong'o, m'baku, martin freeman, marvel, mcu, michael b. jordan, movie, music, nakia, nasa, natural law, okoye, one, panther, podcast, prince, reason, science, secret, shuri, superhero, t'chaka, t'challa, technology, tradition, tribe, ulysses klaue, vibranium, w'kabi, wakanda, wakanda forever, welcome to the adventure, winston duke

    So often we are forced to choose between sharing our faith and risking offending others or keeping it to ourselves. This episode we dig into that struggle while we discuss what it means to be a Church that is One. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 18: (Don't) Lose Yourself

    February 17th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 53 secs
    adam, adventure, alienist, awards, baggins, book, catholic, christ, christian, corruption, culture, dark lords, de montfort, devotion, evangelization, evil, faith, fantasy, frodo, god, gollum, good, halflings, history, hobbit, identity, j.r.r. tolkien, jesus, jrr tolkien, kings, kreeft, lord of the rings, lotr, mary, movie, murder, music, myth, nature, peter kreeft, philosophy, philosophy of tolkien, podcast, references other episodes, return of the king, ring, rings, saint, satan, sing, smeagol, st. louis de montfort, t.m. doran, temptation, tolkien, toward the gleam, true devotion to mary, ultimate beast master, welcome to the adventure

    In the past few weeks we have talked a lot about our identity as human beings. Today we dig deeper and take a look at how we can actually lose our identity, or rather seek to replace that identity with something false. Listen in to find out what happens when we make that exchange! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 17: A Day Of Love And Loss

    February 10th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 45 secs
    accident, adventure, agape, art, ash, ash wednesday, book, bride, catholic, channing tatum, christ, christian, cry, culture, de montfort, desire, devotion, divorce, evangelization, faith, god, heart, jesus, lent, love, marriage, mary, memory loss, movie, music, podcast, pursue, rachel mcadams, relationships, romance, sacrifice, saint, st. louis de montfort, t.m. doran, the vow, toward the gleam, true devotion to mary, valentine, valentine's day, vow, wednesday, welcome to the adventure

    Love. We all desire it, but all to often we feel more hurt by it than anything. Join us as we talk about the love stories that make Clint cry, and what those stories teach us about the true love that we all long for. #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 16: Super Bowl And Faith Goals

    February 3rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 8 secs
    adventure, athlete, book, catholic, cheer, christ, christian, community, culture, evangelization, faith, fan, flash, football, god, jesus, liturgy, movie, music, olympics, paul, podcast, projecting, race, run, sports, superbowl, train, training, triumph, victory, welcome to the adventure, worship

    In the United States, this is one of the most popular weekends of the year. That's right. It's Super Bowl weekend! Which means all across the country people will be celebrating and having parties passionately cheering for teams that usually they wouldn't care about. Why do we love sports so much? And what does Christ reveal about our faith through the sports that we so enjoy so much? #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 15: The Awards And Dark Lords

    February 2nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 9 secs
    adventure, albus dumbledore, awards, basilisk, book, books, c.s. lewis, catholic, chamber of secrets, children, christ, christian, circus, cloak of invisibility, control, cs, culture, cup, deathly hollows, designer, diadem, diary, dobby, dumbledore, elder wand, evangelization, faith, fantasy, fashion, goblet of fire, god, godric gryffindor, grammy, granger, half blood prince, harry, harry potter, he who shall not be named, hebrew, helena hufflepuff, hermione, hermione granger, hogwarts, horcruxes, identity, j.k. rowling, jesus, jigsaw, jk rowling, let go, letters, lewis, locket, lord voldemort, marvolo gaunt's ring, movie, murder, music, nagini, narnia, one, order of the phoenix, pandorum, podcast, possessing, potter, prisoner of azkaban, red carpet, resurrection stone, ring, ron, ron weasley, rowena ravenclaw, rowling, salazar slytherin, salazar slytherin's locket, screwtape, screwtape letters, series, showman, sorceror's stone, soul, split, sword, sword of gryffindor, the greatest showman, tom riddle, tom riddle's diary, united, voldemort, weasley, welcome to the adventure

    Identity is something that our culture struggles a lot with today. We spend our lives trying to understand the question "Who am I?" and it seems to me that most of us still won't know that answer on our death bed. Why is that? Could the answer be found in the Harry Potter Series? Let's find out! #WelcomeToTheAdventure

  • Episode 14: The Greatest Show

    January 19th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 51 secs
    adventure, american, anne wheeler, barnum, bearded lady, beauty, body of christ, book, caroline, catholic, celebration, charity, christ, christian, church, circus, color, come alive, culture, dancing, england, evangelization, faith, family, fire, freak, gifts, god, greatest, happy, helen, history, hugh jackman, humanity, innovation, jenny lind, jesus, joy, keala settle, lettie lutz, life, love, magic, michelle williams, movie, music, musical, never enough, news, oddities, opera, orphan, outcast, p.t. barnum, performance, phillip carlyle, podcast, poor, pt barnum, race, rebecca ferguson, reject, reporter, risk, show, showman, simplicity, singing, social outcast, the greatest showman, this is me, tom thumb, unique, welcome to the adventure, zac efron, zendaya

    This was one of my favorite movies in quite a while! As one of the characters claims, it is, "a celebration of humanity." And when we celebrate the life and beauty of humanity in a pure way, Christ is always at the center. #WelcomeToTheAdventure