Podcast Review: This Cultural Moment

The prophet Habakkuk cried out to God, recorded in Habakkuk Chapter 1:

How long, O LORD, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save.

Habakkuk 1:2 NLT

God’s reply?

The LORD replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.

Habakkuk 1:5 NLT

Does Habakkuk’s cry to God resonate or sound familiar? I wonder if you’ve ever sat back and tried to make sense of what’s going on in the world? Perhaps from emotions of bewilderment, or in disbelief, you’ve cried out to God like Habakkuk.

As God declared to Habakkuk, even in (and through) the chaos, He is in control as He fulfils His promise and plan to redeem a chosen people and renew a broken world. 

As I reconcile my trust in a God who is in control within a broken world, I have found ‘This Cultural Moment’ podcast very helpful. The podcast doesn’t claim to have all the answers – far from it. Instead, in a conversational style hosted by John Mark Comer with special guests, each session and season seeks to discuss and explore, from a biblical perspective, our cultural moment and how we as followers of Jesus should respond.

What is Post-Christian Culture?

What is Secularism?

What is Deconstructionism?

How do we follow Jesus in a secular, progressive, post-Christian world?

I was almost put off by the highbrow questions/titles. I appreciated the laidback, informal, conversational style which contrasted and complemented some of the introductory intellectual context of our current culture. As I journeyed with each session and season, three things happened. I was able to make some sense of our wayward secular society; my faith and hope in a God who is in control and keeps his promises grew; and finally I was challenged and called to respond as a follower of Jesus. The podcast was intellectually challenging, back to basics and everything in between.

A couple of quotes from the podcast:

“Post-Christianity is the Christian project attempted to be continued by a secular society, forgetting the source that it comes from. In a sense it’s the Kingdom without the King.”

“What is the future of the church in the West? what if it’s not tips and techniques, what if it’s not a brand, it’s not a personality, it’s not a style, it’s not a genre, it’s not even a strategy. What if the future is a desperate hunger for God, a cry of prayer”

This podcast has been the first of many. I recommend it without reservation. Persevere through the first couple of sessions.

Available on Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts).

– Steve

John Mark Comer is the founding pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, a teacher and writer with Practicing the Way, and the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including Practicing the Way, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, and Live No Lies.

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Article published February 2024