Culture and Kingdom is a podcast that discusses culture and cultural events and how they relate to Jesus Christ’s kingdom and lordship. Chris Martin & David Mikucki ask and try to answer the question of how Christians individually and the church as a whole should respond to trending topics in our society.
Episode 016: We’re Back! Flooding, School, and Pope Palooza
Description: We’re back! After a Summer off, we’re kicking off season two by discussing our summers, some suggestions for working and going to school full time, and a somewhat extended discussion about the Pope and his recent visit to America. We thought it would be good to link to the Council of Trent, since it was mentioned. Also, the quote David was trying to remember from Luther was, “Religion is the default mode of the human heart.” Remember to subscribe or rate us on iTunes if you like the show and want to help us out.
Episode 015: The Celebrity Pastor Phenomenon w/ Special Guest Barnabas Piper
Description: In this episode, we talk about the “celebrity pastor” phenomenon. The idea of “celebrity pastors” has always existed, even as you think about the fame of people in Bible times, but with the world of social media and “platform” that surrounds us today, it seems as prominent ever. For this discussion, we invited Barnabas Piper to join us. Barnabas has a unique perspective because his dad is John Piper, one of the most famous pastors of the last 20 years.
The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper ($3.99 at Olive Tree through June 27th)
Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith by Barnabas Piper (Currently available for preorder)
God at Work (Redesign): Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Veith
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Tim Keller
Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian by Wesley Hill
Barnabas Piper on Twitter
Episode 014: Chris and David Don’t Get Left Behind
Description: In this episode, we discuss the end times and how our view of them changes how we live. A lot of the discussion centers around David’s post on the Great Commission, as well as several Scripture passages. The following links and passages may be helpful:
The Great Commission: Mission and Promise (article by David)
Matthew 13 (several passages in this chapter)
1 Corinthians 15
Heaven Misplaced by Doug Wilson, which David mentioned articulates his view better than he does.
Grudem’s Systematic Theology and the ESV Study Bible explain basic views on the end times pretty well.
Last, here’s a video of John Piper discussing the end times with some people who represent various views on eschatology.
Episode 013: Evangelicals, Pews, and Statistics
Description: In this episode, Chris and David talk about the recently-released Pew Research data on America’s changing religious landscape. Here are some helpful articles:
America’s Changing Religious Landscape (Pew Research Center)
Nominals to Nones: 3 Key Takeaways From Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey (Christianity Today)
Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion (Washington Post)
Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America (Christianity Today)
Millennials Are Leaving the Church They Faked Caring About as Kids (Millennial Evangelical/Chris Martin)
Episode 012: Politics and Many Tiny Bloodsucking Creatures
Description: In this episode Chris and David take a listener request and discuss politics, homosexuality, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The conversation in some ways centers around two articles: Selling Hangers to People Fresh out of the Closet (by David), and Not-So-Holy Week: Indiana, Religious Freedom, and You (by Chris).
Redeeming Mathematics by Vern Poythress, which David mentioned two episodes ago, will be on sale from Olive Tree on Monday, April 13. (David spoke with someone in marketing at Olive Tree)
David mentioned John Calvin’s three uses of the law, which he’s written about in the post Old Covenant: Shadows and Patterns.
Episode 011: Leaving Church for Starbucks, Plaid, and Beards on Stage
Description: In this episode, Chris and David discuss two articles that Chris wrote on good reasons and bad reasons for leaving a church. Al Mohler’s concept of theological triage was discussed because it can be a helpful resource for people who are trying to decide whether or not to leave a church over theological issues. Chris and David then also discuss how best to leave a church if you decide it’s time to move on.
Relevant and Real
This is a great podcast. The two hosts are perfectly paired to bring out a balanced view on each conversation.
This is the greatest podcast I've ever listened to regarding the way in which the people of God interact with the world around them.
-Chris Martin, the humblest man on earth
Not quite as exuberant as Chris
But I am expecting good things from this podcast.