Culture Matters Podcast

Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Culture

About the Show

Matters of culture should matter to us—because they matter to God. Hosted by Matt Chandler and Josh Patterson, 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.

EPISODE 41 - January 12, 2017

Physician-Assisted Suicide & the Importance of End-of-Life Care

Josh Patterson returns from his sabbatical, and he and Adam Hawkins have a conversation with Dr. David Stevens and Matthew Lee Anderson about physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and end-of-life care as PAS begins to be a bigger issue in the United States. Then, one of our Covenant Members, Dr. Thomas Hutson, shares about his ministry as a medical doctor with patients who are suffering and near the end of their lives.

EPISODE 40 - December 15, 2016

All Things Advent

In our last episode of 2016, David Roark, Kyle Worley, JT English and Caroline Smiley talk about Advent. They discuss why the tradition of Advent is important and how it affects the way we engage with our culture, as well as the difference between Advent and Christmas. Then, several staff members share their favorite things about Advent and traditions that help them draw closer to the Lord during this season.

EPISODE 39 - December 1, 2016

Creating a Culture of Life

Brian Fisher of Human Coalition joins Matt Chandler and David Roark to talk about the issue of abortion. They look at the progress we are making to end abortion, from stats to stories, and discuss whether or not abortion will become illegal in the United States during our lifetime. Then one of our ministers, Ashley Rose, shares a beautiful, personal story about life, adoption and the hope of the gospel.

EPISODE 38 - November 17, 2016

Our Technology Crisis & How to Think About Thanksgiving

While Josh is away on sabbatical, the author of The Big Disconnect, Catherine Steiner-Adair, join David Roark and Adam Hawkins to talk about the crisis of technology in our families and culture at large. They chat about the ways technology is making us sadder and lonelier and how it is disconnecting parents and children. In our Slow Takes segment, Braedon Taylor and Jen Wilkin talk with David about the history and place of Thanksgiving in the Christian life; they also discuss ideas for approaching the holiday this season.

EPISODE 37 - November 3, 2016

Trillia Newbell on Diversity and Racial Reconciliation

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. In our Slow Takes segment, Josh, Kyle and David Roark discuss how to be engaged politically past Election Day.

EPISODE 36 - October 20, 2016

Public Faith & The Birth of a Nation

Alan Noble and Michael Wear, founding members of Public Faith, join Matt and Josh to discuss the role of politics in the Christian life and how to reconcile party politics in this particularly divisive election. Then, in our Slow Takes segment, we share our different perspectives on Nate Parker’s new movie, The Birth of a Nation, and how we see it reflect and speak into the current cultural moment in light of the gospel.


EPISODE 35 - October 6, 2016

Thabiti Anyabwile on Single-Issue Voting & the 2016 Presidential Election

Author and pastor Thabiti Anyabwile talks with Matt and Josh about the 2016 presidential election, the problem with single-issue voting and his decision to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. Then, our #AskTVC segment is back, and we answer questions on discipleship, the second coming of Christ and voting for Trump.

EPISODE 34 - September 15, 2016

Apologetics, “Hard” Conversations & the Phenomenon of Stranger Things

In this episode, Matt and Josh talk with Joshua Ryan Butler, author and pastor at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon, 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 we’re drawn to the mysterious and supernatural and how to think about it in light of the gospel.

EPISODE 33 - September 1, 2016

A New Name, the Olympics and Pulling Stunts With Dude Perfect

With our fall episode comes a few changes to the podcast, including a name change. The Village Church Podcast Show is now Culture Matters, and Matt and Josh talk briefly about the what and the why behind this change and the new focus of the show. Then the sports entertainment group Dude Perfect joins them in the studio to talk about trick shots, sports spoofs and how they’re using their platform to share the gospel. At the end of the episode, we introduce a new segment, Slow Takes, where Matt, Josh, David Roark and Kyle Worley reflect on the Olympics and why we’re drawn to sports.

EPISODE 32 - June 30, 2016

Alissa Wilkinson on Film, Criticism and What Makes “Good” Art

With Matt out, guest host David Roark (who also produces the podcast) joins Josh on the mic to Christianity Today’s critic-at-large, Alissa Wilkinson, about art, movies and her new book, How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World. At the end of the episode, Josh and David highlight some of their favorite episodes and moments from this year’s podcast and looking forward to what will come for the show in the future.

EPISODE 31 - June 9, 2016

Gloria Furman on Missional Motherhood

Josh was out this week, so Jen Wilkin joined Matt to talk to Gloria Furman, wife, mother and author of several books including The Pastor’s Wife, Word-Filled Women’s Ministry, Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full. They focused on her newest book, Missional Motherhood, which fits motherhood into the biblical story. They discuss the relationship between mothering and discipleship and how to apply the gospel to some specific challenges of motherhood, for both working and stay-at-home moms. We did not answer any #AskTVC questions on this episode.

EPISODE 30 - May 26, 2016

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

Matt, Josh and guest host JT English begin the show with Life at The Village, talking about our vision for theological education and The Village Church Institute—why we're doing it, what it looks like and how to get involved. For Ministry and Leadership, they talk with philosopher and author James K. A. Smith about liturgy, formation and Smith’s new book, You Are What You Love. 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. And to wrap up, they answer the following questions for #AskTVC:

EPISODE 29 - May 12, 2016

Timothy Keller on Reaching Cities & Renewing Culture

Matt is back, and we kick off the show with some thoughts about our Defending Life forum, discussing how Christians can truly be pro-life when it comes to the issue of abortion. Then Dr. Timothy Keller joins Matt and Josh to discuss the Rise Campaign, an initiative to see the gospel go forward in New York City over the next 10 years. From there, they talk about the relationship between churches and cities, as well as cultural renewal and what it looks like for churches to bring the gospel to every sphere of life. We end the show with a few questions from #AskTVC:

EPISODE 28 - April 28, 2016

Complementarity, Compatibility and the Attributes of God

While Matt was out at T4G, Anne Lincoln Holibaugh and Jen Wilkin joined Josh to talk about complementarianism and Jen's new book, None Like Him. They discuss whether or not complementarity and compatibility are at odds in light of a blog post that Jen wrote and then move to a discussion about the attributes of God, specifically how we are different from God and why that is a good thing. They end with #AskTVC, answering the following questions:

EPISODE 27 - April 14, 2016

Eric Metaxas on Social Justice and Learning From the Past

With Matt away for a conference, Josh sat down with Adam Griffin, spiritual formation pastor at our Dallas campus, to talk about about our upcoming Family Discipleship series. Adam and Josh then talk with author, speaker and radio host Eric Metaxas. They discuss the significance of history and how we can learn from those who have come before us when it comes to engaging culture and fighting for social justice, specifically the issue of abortion. They end by talking about the Christian roots of America, religious liberty and Eric's forthcoming book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of Religious Liberty. This episode doesn’t include an #AskTVC segment.

EPISODE 26 - March 31, 2016

Andrew Wilson on Ministry and Parenting Kids With Autism

While Matt was out, JT English joined Josh for a conversation with Andrew Wilson, writer and elder at King's Church in Eastbourne, England. They discussed everything from ministry in the UK to what it looks like for Andrew and his wife, Rachel, to parent two children with regressive autism. Andrew and Rachel reflected on their story in a new book called The Life We Never Expected. We also announced the latest study from The Village Church Resources, A Beautiful Design, and answered these #AskTVC questions:

EPISODE 25 - March 17, 2016

Engaging Politics Wrongly and Rightly

In light of election season, we have a discussion about how to engage politics wrongly and rightly. Matt and Josh are joined by TVC staff members Kyle Worley and Anne Lincoln Holibaugh. Together they discuss the pros and cons of the Republican and Democrat parties and what it might look like to let our Christian beliefs and values inform the way we think about laws and policies while considering the fact that we live in a pluralistic society. During the #askTVC segment, we answer questions about the point of communion, the relationship between sermons and small groups, and believer’s baptism versus infant baptism.

EPISODE 24 - February 18, 2016

Tony Romo on Faith and Football

The quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo, talks with Matt and Josh about the intersection of faith and professional sports. He shares his testimony, discusses the unique challenges of being a Christian and a pro athlete and also opens up about what family discipleship looks like in the Romo home. For #AskTVC, we answer questions about discipleship and hearing God’s voice, and Romo answers some questions about past injuries and what football has taught him about the character of God.

EPISODE 23 - February 4, 2016

Islam, the Nations & #AskTVC

After taking a break over the holidays, we return with an episode covering our new I Am sermon series, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Islam and the addition of #AskTVC to the podcast show. Special guest Afshin Ziafat, the lead pastor of Providence Church, joins us to talk about what the Christian response to refugees should look like and to share some insight on the Islamic faith. In our new #AskTVC segment, we answer questions about Christians supporting Donald Trump, false gospels, the Sinner's Prayer and more.

EPISODE 22 - December 16, 2015

Christmas Edition With Folk Angel

In this special Christmas edition, Folk Angel visits the studio for a live performance and interview. Matt and Josh talk with the band about how they got started, how their music has evolved over the years, as well as their new album, Tell Us of the Night. Matt and Josh end their time highlighting their favorite podcast show episodes of the year. To learn more about Folk Angel and to listen to their music, visit the official Folk Angel website.

EPISODE 21 - December 10, 2015

Lecrae, Hip-Hop & Cultural Engagement

Matt and Josh spend some time talking about Advent, walking through what the season looks like in their homes and why we’ve chosen to dedicate a month to the season as a church. They then talk with Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and record producer Lecrae. This leads to a conversation about celebrity, cultural engagement and hip-hop, from how Lecrae has dealt with his success, recent changes at Reach Records and the way Christians should approach artists like Kendrick Lamar.

EPISODE 20 - November 25, 2015

Wrapping Up The Apostles’ Creed & Eric Geiger on Discipleship Models

Matt and Josh put a bow on our Apostles’ Creed series and briefly share what is coming next in terms of sermon series at The Village. They are then joined by Eric Geiger, Vice President at LifeWay over its Church Resources Division and author of several books, including Simple Church, Identity, Transformational Discipleship and Creature of the Word (co-authored by Matt Chandler and Josh Patterson). They discuss the grand mission of the Church—discipleship—and the various models by which churches carry out this mission. All three emphasize the importance of choosing a model, but also recognize that there is not just one right model for discipleship.

EPISODE 19 - November 12, 2015

Southlake & Understanding Our Humanity

Matt and Josh discuss The Village Church’s forthcoming Southlake campus. They share how the Lord brought this new campus about, their hopes for Southlake and The Village’s long-term church planting vision. Then Zack Eswine, pastor of Riverside Church in Webster Groves, Missouri, and author of several books, including Sensing Jesus and The Imperfect Pastor joins them to discuss the importance of recognizing our own humanity, especially for pastors and ministers. They talk about common temptations that cloud this sense of humanity and daily rhythms that can help regain it.

EPISODE 18 - October 22, 2015

Staff Retreat & a Discussion on Gun Control

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 begin by discussing our annual staff retreat, why we do it, what it looks like and a few favorite memories from past retreats. The rest of the time, they discuss guns, gun control laws, why this is all such a big deal and how we should view this controversial issue as Christians.

EPISODE 17 - October 9, 2015

Halloween, Holidays & Brad Lomenick on Leadership

With the holiday season around the corner, Matt and Josh talk about Halloween and how we can approach it as Christians, using examples from their own lives. Then special guest Brad Lomenick, author and former president of Catalyst, joins them to discuss leadership in the church and marketplace, along with his new book H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

EPISODE 16 - September 18, 2015

International Missions & the Refugee Crisis

In this episode, Matt and Josh talk about why we do Covenant Membership Renewal every year at The Village. Then, author and president of the International Mission Board David Platt joins the show to talk about his new role at the IMB, the future of global missions and the Syrian refugee crisis. To get involved with the Southern Baptist Convention’s efforts to love and serve those displaced in the crisis, visit

EPISODE 15 - September 10, 2015

Weekend Gathering; Work as Worship & Cultural Renewal

Author and pastor JR Vassar joins Matt and Josh to discuss liturgy and the weekend gathering, as well as the relationship between faith and work. The guys discuss The Village's desire to be more intentional about every aspect of the worship service, specifically how to make the gathering less of a spectator sport. The rest of the time is dedicated to discussing work: why the topic is important, a theology of work, how work is affected by sin, work as worship, work as evangelism and work as cultural renewal.

EPISODE 14 - August 26, 2015

Denton, Church Planting & the Pros and Cons of Multi-site

Matt and Josh spend some time up front discussing The Village's new sermon series, The Apostles' Creed, and how members can get the most out of the series. They then talk with Beau Hughes about the recent transition of the Denton campus into a local, autonomous church, the pros and cons of multi-site and using multi-site as a strategy for church planting. For more information about this strategy, visit The Village Church Network page.

EPISODE 13 - August 13, 2015

Creeds, Literature & Cultural Engagement

After taking a break for the summer, we return with a conversation about Matt's sabbatical, our fall sermon series on The Apostles' Creed and how we should respond to and engage with our current cultural climate. Special guest Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, author and professor of English at Liberty University, provides clarity on how we might approach abortion and the Planned Parenthood scandal, as well as same-sex marriage.

EPISODE 12 - May 21, 2015

Worship and Liturgy in the Church and Culture

In this episode, Matt and Josh talk about family discipleship and how parents can use our Summer Family Activity Book for ideas on activities and devotionals to do with their kids. Pastor and author Mike Cosper then joins the show to discuss the relationship of culture to worship and liturgy in the church. They also examine the connection between worship and discipleship, “bad” vs. “good” media, and how parents can make informed decisions about media consumption for their kids.

EPISODE 11 - May 7, 2015

Covenant Membership and More on Is God Anti-Gay

Our own Trevor Joy joins Josh and Matt to discuss what Covenant Membership is and why we do it, in light of our upcoming classes. They also share some lessons learned in developing ministries over time and how to turn a vision into a reality. Also, we received more questions from last month’s Is God Anti-Gay forum than we could answer in that time, so the guys respond to some of them during the show.

EPISODE 10 - April 23, 2015

Is God Anti-Gay? & Same-Sex Attraction

In this episode, the author of Is God Anti-Gay?, Sam Allberry, joins Matt and Josh on the show to talk about homosexuality in the Scriptures, Sam’s personal journey with same-sex attraction and how to minister to others who experience it. They also go through practical scenarios of how parents can navigate a child who expresses same-sex attraction and how Christians should react to homosexuality in legislative issues.

EPISODE 9 - April 2, 2015

Singleness & The Importance of Women in Ministry

Lore Ferguson, a Covenant Member, writer, designer and speaker, joins Josh and Matt to discuss singleness, complementarianism and women in ministry. They explain why The Village doesn’t have specific ministries for singles or women (or men), and Lore shares how singles can steward their stage of life, seeing it as a gift, for the sake of the gospel.

EPISODE 8 - March 20, 2015

Bob Sturm, March Madness & Adoption

Matt and Josh are joined by DFW radio personality and sports analyst, Bob Sturm, to talk about March Madness, from why the tournament is so exciting to who they think is going to win it all to what makes college basketball different than the NBA. They also talk to Bob about being a Christian on a popular sports radio station, as well as his family's journey to adopt a son from Honduras.

EPISODE 7 - March 6, 2015

Homosexuality, Same-Sex Marriage & the Christian Response

In this episode, guest Dr. Russell Moore joins the podcast show to discuss homosexuality, same-sex marriage and how the Church should respond. Dr. Moore serves as president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing. Pastor of Training JT English also returns to guest-host and talk more about Training at The Village.

EPISODE 6 - February 20, 2015

The Balance of Family & Ministry; Mission Statement

Josh and Matt talk about the James series, particularly trials and suffering well. They also share some fun discoveries from the series’ #faithworks hashtag before moving into Lent and what resources are available for it. Next, Josh and Matt attempt to answer the question of how they, as pastors, balance family life and ministry. In closing out, they discuss The Village’s mission statement and discipleship.

EPISODE 5 - February 4, 2015

New Training Ministry; NFL & Brain Injuries

Our pastor of Training, JT English, joins Josh and Matt for the fifth episode. In Life at The Village, talk turns to our Prayer series and increasing our “ethnic IQ,” then moves into our new sermon series, studying the book of James. For Culture and Theology, they discuss violence in the NFL and football, specifically how Christians should react. During Ministry at The Village, JT shares the vision for Training classes and forums at The Village.

EPISODE 4 - January 20, 2015

Family Discipleship; Abortion & the Role of the Church

While Matt is out, Josh is joined by Anne Lincoln Holibaugh, children’s minister at our Flower Mound campus, and Adam Griffin, spiritual formation pastor at the Dallas campus. They discuss prayer, Village 101 and the sudden end to the Dallas Cowboys football season. They then have a weighty discussion about abortion, where our culture is on this issue and what we can do about it, before moving into a talk about family discipleship, both the “why” and “how.”

EPISODE 3 - December 14, 2014

Ferguson & Racial Reconciliation; Best Movies of 2014

This month, Matt and Josh are joined by special guest Anthony Moore, our Fort Worth campus pastor. In Life at The Village, they discuss the season of Advent and preparing for 2015. For Culture and Theology, the men share their favorite and most anticipated movies of the year. At the end, the discussion turns to racial reconciliation and how believers and churches should respond to Ferguson and Eric Garner.

EPISODE 2 - November 18, 2014

Brittany Maynard, Cancer & the Sanctity of Human Life

In Life at The Village, Matt and Josh wrap up our A Beautiful Design sermon series and discuss the season of Advent and how to make the most of the holidays this year. For our Culture and Theology segment, they talk about the Brittany Maynard story, Matt's battle with cancer and the sanctity of human life.

EPISODE 1 - October 9, 2014

NFL & Domestic Violence; Multi-Site to Church Plant

In Life at The Village, Matt and Josh discuss A Beautiful Design, why we are doing the fall series and the implications of the Imago Dei. The managing editor of our blog and author of Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin, joins them for Culture and Theology to discuss the current NFL scandal, how the gospel applies to abuse and domestic violence and how churches might respond. Leadership and Ministry looks at our conviction to use multi-site as a strategy for church planting and how that is playing out at our Denton campus.