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The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church (EmergentYS #35) [Paperback]

By Shane Hipps (Author)
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The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture helps the church navigate its challenges and opportunities in the context of our electronic culture. Author Shane Hipps interprets and explains this culture, as well as the implications for our faith and the church. 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.

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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 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."

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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 16, 2006
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  EmergentYS  
Series Number  35  
ISBN  0310262747  
ISBN13  9780310262749  
UPC  025986262747  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Shane Hipps is the former lead teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Previously he served for five years as the lead pastor of a Mennonite church in Phoenix, AZ. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, the result of a self-termed "Damascus" experience. Before accepting his call as a pastor, he was a strategic planner in advertising for the multimillion dollar communications plan for Porsche. It was here that he gained expertise in understanding media and culture.
Hipps is a sought-after speaker and author of Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith, and The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, The Gospel, and Church. Find videos, podcasts, downloadable resources and more at, or follow him on Twitter @shanehipps.

Shane Hipps was born in 1956.

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A Must Read for the Church  Mar 19, 2007
Shane Hipps has a knack for being able to effectively read the pulse of our media drenched culture without falling into the polarized positions of most 'Christian' books. Most treatments of culture either wag their finger from afar (void of authentic engagement or understanding), or they immerse themselves so deeply in popular culture, losing their sense of perspective (void of the countercultural nature of the church). Shane avoids both by gleaning from the wisdom of cultural/media prophet Marshall McLuhan, who coined the phrase, 'the medium is the message' as well as the concept of a 'global village'. His application of McLuhan's thought has stunning pertinence to contemporary Christianity.

The fair, balanced, and thoughtful treatment results in some fantastic thoughts on how media shapes our faith, our gospel and our church. Though involved with the emerging church, Hipps doesn't use the book as a platform for mere emerging church promotion. He does offer a strong (but well informed) critique of the evangelical seeker church method, but he also offers some valid warnings for leaders in the emerging church as well.

This book is a powerful took in drawing the reader far enough away from the electronic media that has become commonplace in our lives and our faith, so that we are better able to focus and evaluate. His prescription is not the way of the Luddites or the Amish (although he is a Mennonite!). He instead challenges the reader to understand the power of electronic media, apply our faculty to think critically, and choose to use our media wisely and authentically.

Two thumbs up here. I consider this book a 'must read' for all church leaders.
Starts well finishes poorly  Feb 15, 2007
Some great thoughts in the book. Starts very well and finishes poorly. The first part is definitely helpful... if you are into doing and thinking about church differently then this may be your book.
Addresses the needs, concerns and future of a dynamic church structure.  Nov 5, 2006
THE HIDDEN POWER OF ELECTRONIC CULTURE: HOW MEDIA SHAPES FAITH, THE GOSPEL AND CHURCH is essential reading for any believer who wants to understand how gospel is presented through media filters. From questions of the neutrality issue in media analysis to cultural opportunities the church has missed and how the church can take advantage of cultural trends, THE HIDDEN POWER OF ELECTRONIC CULTURE addresses the needs, concerns and future of a dynamic church structure.
Insightful  Aug 7, 2006
If you liked "The Long Tail", "Tipping Point", and "Freakonomics," you'll find practical, lucid, and intelligent perspectives within the pages of The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church.
Asks the Right Questions  Jul 17, 2006
The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture is undeniably one of the most significant books that I've read this year. Shane Hipps has taken the discussion of changing forms in church - whether worship, or preaching, or leadership, or church governance - and raised a new, often ignored set of questions. He states this in his introduction:

"A host of books and articles have been written on what has changed and how the church ought to respond to those changes. However, few writers have made a serious effort to understand why these changes have occurred...I propose that the answers to the question of why these changes have come about can be found in part by exploring the nature and effects of media and technology on culture." (p. 16-17)

And this is exactly what this book does. Hipps proposes a model in which these questions can be considered and then uses that model to tackle some of the pressing form-related questions that the western church faces at the beginning of the twenty-first century. To be sure, much of the book is an application of Marshall McLuhan's writings from the mid- to late-twentieth century. But, for those (like myself) who have never read McLuhan, he distills the essence of McLuhan's thought and connects it with current discussion and debate. For those who have already read McLuhan, I suspect that the book may offer just as much for exactly those reasons. In short, this is a wonderful, readable book that will aid the church in her often tumultuous dialogue with a media-savvy culture.

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