On this inaugural episode, Andrew T. Walker introduces the ERLC’s latest podcast Countermoves: A Christian Review of Ideas Shaping Church and Culture.
Countermoves is taken from the title of a volume by Carl F. H. Henry, one of the most influential 20th century theologians—a man who devoted much of his work to analyzing contemporary culture and the church’s place in it. Christian Countermoves in a Decadent Culture was published in 1986 and as the title suggests, reflects Henry’s call for the church to be both active and reactive, offensive and defensive, in how the church interacts with culture. Countermoves—both the book and the podcast—is about public theology and the church’s social witness in the culture that God has providentially placed it. And that’s what we want to do on this podcast. We want to look at the ideas shaping the culture and the church and to do so Christianly—meaning with an explicit reference to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
On this podcast, I’ll interview voices from all around culture—lawyers, theologians, historians, ethicists, public intellectuals, journalists, religious leaders, medical doctors, think tank employees, elected officials, you name it, and more. One of our guiding questions will be: What ideas are influencing the culture that Christians need to be aware of, and how do we anticipate and respond appropriately so that Christ is glorified, the gospel is made clear, and the church is strengthened? This will be a conversational podcast where I’ll be asking questions of leading thinkers. It’ll also be a monthly podcast, ranging anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
Our goal is simple: We want to inform, challenge, and equip Christians to think critically about the ideas that are competing for culture’s affections and show why a commitment to Christ is always the true path.
I hope you’ll stick around and be a regular listener of Countermoves as we explore ideas impacting Christians and seek to interpret them in light of Christ. As Henry famously wrote “If the church fails to apply the central truth of Christianity to social problems correctly, someone else will do so incorrectly.”