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Culture Matters

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Matters of culture should matter to us—because they matter to God. Hosted by Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins, the Culture Matters podcast explores the intersection of faith and culture. Looking at everything from politics, art and entertainment to issues such as racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life, we discuss what it looks like to live faithfully on mission—in the world but not of the world.

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Matters of culture should matter to us—because they matter to God. Hosted by Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins, the Culture Matters podcast explores the intersection of faith and culture. Looking at everything from politics, art and entertainment to issues such as racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life, we discuss what it looks like to live faithfully on mission—in the world but not of the world.

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Love it!

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Love the show. Love the Adams.

Great stuff!

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Well worth your time and attention. Thanks for this resource!

iTunes Ratings

277 Ratings
Average Ratings
233
23
8
6
7

Love it!

By lumpyurchin - Jun 03 2019
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Love the show. Love the Adams.

Great stuff!

By ryanfred - Mar 19 2019
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Well worth your time and attention. Thanks for this resource!

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Culture Matters

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Matters of culture should matter to us—because they matter to God. Hosted by Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins, the Culture Matters podcast explores the intersection of faith and culture. Looking at everything from politics, art and entertainment to issues such as racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life, we discuss what it looks like to live faithfully on mission—in the world but not of the world.

James K. A. Smith on the Spiritual Practice of Habit

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The conversation covers everything from what it looks like for a Southern Baptist Church like ours to have a biblical, gospel-centered liturgy to the role of technologies and innovations in discipleship to the ways our personal habits and cultural practices shape us day in and day out.

May 26 2016

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Apologetics, Hard Conversations & the Phenomenon of Stranger Things

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In this episode, Matt and Josh talk with author and pastor Joshua Ryan Butler about judgment, hell, apologetics and other hard topics. Then in our Slow Takes segment, we take a look at the phenomenon of Netflix's original series, Stranger Things, specifically why were drawn to the mysterious and supernatural and how to think about it in light of the gospel.

Sep 11 2016

45mins

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis With David Platt

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We're joined by David Platt, the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board, to talk about international missions and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. 

Sep 19 2015

37mins

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Our Technology Crisis & How to Think About Thanksgiving

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We chat with the author of The Big Disconnect, Catherine Steiner-Adair, about ways technology is making us sadder and lonelier and how it is disconnecting parents and children. Then we discuss the place of Thanksgiving in the Christian life.

Nov 18 2016

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Staff Retreat & a Discussion on Gun Control

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This week Matt and Josh are joined again by JT English, Pastor of Training for The Village Church Institute, and by Adam Hawkins, Spiritual Formation pastor at our Plano campus. They discuss guns, gun control laws, why this is all such a big deal and how we should view this controversial issue as Christians.

Oct 16 2015

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Trillia Newbell on Diversity and Racial Reconciliation

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Author, blogger and speaker Trillia Newbell talks with Josh and guest host Kyle Worley about her personal story concerning race and discrimination. They discuss God's vision for diversity, the reality of racial injustice, our current cultural climate and how we can pursue reconciliation moving forward.

Nov 04 2016

47mins

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Lord’s Gym: Faith, Health and Fitness

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The Adams are joined by Jamin Roller and Aina Carruth to talk about fitness and how Christians can steward their bodies in a way that is faithful yet distinct from the rest of the world.

Jun 25 2019

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Halloween, Holidays & Brad Lomenick on Leadership

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We discuss how Christians should approach Halloween and have a discussion with author Brad Lomenick about leadership in and outside the Church. 

Oct 10 2015

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A Woke Church?

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This episode takes a deep dive into the topic of race. We talk with Eric Mason about his new book, Woke Church, and Amy Julia Becker about her new book, White Picket Fences.

Feb 12 2019

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Juneteenth and Systemic Racism

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In light of Juneteenth, we discuss systemic racism and why the Church today should care. We’re also joined by Charlie Dates, senior pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago.

Jun 15 2018

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To Online Date or Not to Online Date

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The world of online dating can be complicated to navigate—especially as a Christian. So should we even do it? And if so, how do we rightly use these apps and sites?

Dec 06 2018

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The Dehumanizing Effects of Technology With Andy Crouch

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Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family, joins us to talk about how technology, masked as autonomy, is dehumanizing us and why it’s proper place is critical for our flourishing in the imago dei.

Apr 26 2018

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Immigration, Social Media Mobs and Toxic Masculinity

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The first episode of 2019 talks about current cultural topics, from immigration and the government shutdown to  social media mobs to the Gillette ad and “toxic masculinity.”

Feb 05 2019

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Theology of Culture: Creation (Part 1)

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This episode kicks off an ongoing series that will come and go throughout the year and will focus on a theology of culture. Episode 83 looks specifically at creation.  

Mar 12 2019

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Neighboring with Mr. Rogers

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We discuss the life and legacy of Fred Rogers with Morgan Neville, the director of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor, as well as what we can learn from Mr. Rogers’ hospitality both on and off the screen.

Jun 28 2018

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Wrapping Up The Apostles Creed & Eric Geiger on Discipleship Models

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We are joined by Eric Geiger, Vice President at LifeWay over its Church Resources Division and author of several books, including Simple ChurchIdentityTransformational Discipleship and Creature of the Word (co-authored by Matt Chandler and Josh Patterson). We discuss the grand mission of the Church—discipleship—and the various models by which churches carry out this mission.

Nov 22 2015

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The Gift and Witness of Marriage

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This episode does a deep dive into the topic of marriage—particularly, Christian marriage and how it is both a gift and witness to the world. Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins are joined by author, speaker and life coach BJ Thompson, as well as Ryan and Selena Frederick who run Fierce Marriage—a ministry aiming to help couples build Christ-centered marriages.

Apr 02 2019

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The Evil Empire of Pornography

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On episode 93, the Adams are joined by Aszia Pearson of Pure Hope Ministries to discuss pornography and the sexual brokenness involved. What can the Church do to be a light in the darkness on this issue?

May 21 2019

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Abuse of Power, Sexual Misconduct and #MeToo

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We’re back with a new season of Culture Matters. We discuss abuse of power, sexual misconduct, #MeToo and how the Church can lead the way in making a difference.

Feb 22 2018

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Sam Allberry on Myths about Singleness

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On this episode, David Roark and special guest Ryane Williamson chat with Sam Allberry about his book 7 Myths about Singleness.

Apr 23 2019

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Cynicism

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We continue our "ism" series on the different stories of our culture and look at the topic of cynicism. 

Dec 06 2019

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Rodney Reed, Binging & Marvel Versus Scorsese

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We do another cultural roundup and talk about the criminal case of Rodney Reed, the good and the bad of binging, and Martin Scorsese's beef with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Nov 27 2019

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Single Men in the Church

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We have an honest, compassionate conversation about Christian single men and their presence and roles in the local church.

Nov 19 2019

34mins

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Minisode: Tips on Screen Time

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Adam Griffin shares tips for individuals and families on how to faithfully steward our screens. This is the first of our new mini episodes. 

Nov 16 2019

6mins

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Conservatism & Liberalism

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We continue our "ism" series by looking at conservatism and liberalism, tracing the history of these stories and ideas, discussing where we see them in culture today, and holding them next to the Christian story.

Nov 13 2019

45mins

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Jesus Is King: the Faith and Future of Kanye West

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The whole world is talking about Kanye West. He recently announced his conversion to Christianity and released a Gospel album called Jesus Is King. On this episode, we talk about the new music, West's faith, our hopes, our concerns and more.

Nov 05 2019

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Consumerism

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We start our new "ism" series by looking at the story of consumerism. The Adams, along with special guest Jamin Roller, break down what it is, where it is present in our culture and the Church, and how Christianity tells a better story.

Oct 29 2019

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Mass Shootings, Dave Chappelle & Media Fatigue

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In this cultural roundup, we talk about mass shootings in light of a recent PSA, Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special on political correctness, media fatigue and the realities of President Trump, and Benny Hinn's recent happenings. 

Oct 22 2019

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Culture Matters? Really? We're Back!

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We celebrate our 100th episode and take some time to talk about why culture matters and why we do this show. The Adams also discuss how the podcast is no longer officially under the banner of The Village Church and our hopes and plans for the future. 

Oct 16 2019

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Things We Didn’t Get to Talk About

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The crew rounds out the spring season by talking about their favorite episodes and discussing topics they weren't able to cover this season. They cover everything from Christian freedom to public shaming to an analysis of culture through the lenses urban, suburban and rural.

Jul 02 2019

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Lord’s Gym: Faith, Health and Fitness

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The Adams are joined by Jamin Roller and Aina Carruth to talk about fitness and how Christians can steward their bodies in a way that is faithful yet distinct from the rest of the world.

Jun 25 2019

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Love Refugees as Yourself

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The Adams dive into things like how refugees are different than migrants, how this all relates to God’s heart for the vulnerable and what our role is as the people of God.

Jun 18 2019

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“The Second Mountain” with David Brooks

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Adam Griffin and Adam Hawkins have a conversation with author David Brooks about his new book “The Second Mountain,” which covers everything from faith and politics to vocation and character.

Jun 12 2019

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The Metanarrative of Marvel

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David Roark and Timothy Thomas join the Adams for an exciting conversation about the world of Marvel on episode 95 of Culture Matters.

Jun 04 2019

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Human Dignity and the Unborn

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Elizabeth Woodson and Rachael Rosser join the crew this week to talk about one of the most prevalent issues in our culture today—abortion. Episode 94 is a hard look at current political conversations and how Christians can take a stand for human dignity and the unborn.

May 28 2019

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The Evil Empire of Pornography

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On episode 93, the Adams are joined by Aszia Pearson of Pure Hope Ministries to discuss pornography and the sexual brokenness involved. What can the Church do to be a light in the darkness on this issue?

May 21 2019

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Is Christian Music Lame?

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The crew is joined by Isaac Wimberley (Wimberley) and Daniel Clay (South of Royal) to talk about Christian music.  

May 14 2019

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Theology of Culture: Restoration (Part 4)

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Adam Griffin, Adam Hawkins and David Roark are joined by Elizabeth Woodson for part four of the “Theology of Culture” series. This episode focuses on the biblical idea of restoration and how we see that play out in culture.

May 07 2019

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Jordan Peele, Nipsey Hussle & Hamilton

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Episode 90 is another cultural roundup—this time, the Adam Hawkins, Adam Griffin and David Roark are joined by guest Timothy Thomas to talk about Jordan Peele and his new move “Us,” Nipsey Hussle and Hamilton.

Apr 30 2019

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Sam Allberry on Myths about Singleness

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On this episode, David Roark and special guest Ryane Williamson chat with Sam Allberry about his book 7 Myths about Singleness.

Apr 23 2019

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