• Title: The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church
  • Author: Shane Hipps Brian D. McLaren
  • ISBN: 9780310262749
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture How Media Shapes Faith the Gospel and Church Doing Church in a Media Drenched Culture It has been said the future is now From cell phones to mp players to the Internet no previous age has seen such profound change manifested so quickly But th
    Doing Church in a Media Drenched Culture It has been said, the future is now From cell phones to mp3 players to the Internet, no previous age has seen such profound change manifested so quickly But these thrilling, dizzying transformations are forcing the church to decide where it fits in all this progress Shane Hipps presents the promise and peril of the emerging culDoing Church in a Media Drenched Culture It has been said, the future is now From cell phones to mp3 players to the Internet, no previous age has seen such profound change manifested so quickly But these thrilling, dizzying transformations are forcing the church to decide where it fits in all this progress Shane Hipps presents the promise and peril of the emerging culture and its relationship to the emerging church Looking beyond the details of what s happening in communities of faith, Hipps analyzes the broader impact of technology and media on the church while engaging readers with questions such as Is media technology value neutral How has technology changed the way we think about Scripture, community, and worship What cultural opportunities has the church missed How should the church position itself to take advantage of coming cultural trends Providing both history and prophecy, The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture invites us to engage new cultural realities while staying connected to our spiritual heritage.

    One Reply to “The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church”

    1. You wonder what you are in for when you read the blurb of this book. Eminent pastors and Christian authors all shout Hipps praises, but these commendations are all in the same vain: I wonder what would have happened had I not read this book. For church leadership, I would most certainly echo this sentiment. But as I hope to show in this short review, Hipps book is entirely relevant to any church goer who honestly wants to make sense of the electro-maelstrom that is today’s technology. The Hidd [...]

    2. The premise of this book is that the medium is the message. The way we communicate is just as important as what we communicate. This is an important book that alerts us to the affect of electronic culture on the church. Most helpful in understanding this is how the author explains the move from oral culture to print culture after the printing press was invented (1400s) and how this affected the church. We face a similar change now as we move away from print culture.

    3. While the theology goes a little sideways once in a while, the basic concepts of the book regarding the use and implications of media in worship and church are very thought provoking. Shane has a deep and brilliant way of thinking about cultural ramifications and where media has been, is and where it's going. A good read for any pastor.

    4. Had some good things to say and gave a Christian perspective on media’s effect. Little scattered in thought at times and many statements in the ‘practical’ section were not well supported. Overall a good read; will need to read it again.

    5. A bit challenging to to wrap my head around, but a worthy read. It raised my awareness of the effects of the medium on our lives and particularly on the way we worship.

    6. Fascinating look at our digital culture and the effect it has on our communication of the Gospel.

    7. This is really a profound book with a clear-eyed look at the hidden ways technology mediums influence us. Well worth the read. And it inspires me to take a look at some of the original sources too.

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