Item description for Pop Goes the Church: Should the Church Engage Pop Culture? by Tim Stevens...
Overview Whether you're a regular attender, a leader, or have yet to step foot in a church, you may have questions about church that aren't being answered. How can the church remain relevant while communicating the unchanging integrity of God?s truth?
Author Tim Stevens makes an inspiring case for leveraging pop culture to reach out to people in the language of their lives. He offers a new perspective that gives relevance and impact to the church by using pop culture?meeting people in the real world with words, sounds and images that speak to them. He encourages us to get out of our comfort zones and look people in the eyes, meeting them wherever they are, relating to their problems and society's challenges?even celebrating pop culture, where there are exciting signs of spiritual seeking. Pop Goes the Church will open your mind to church in a way that breaks down walls, engages the culture and speaks to a generation that needs to hear good news.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Studio: Power Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher POWER PUBLISHING #1489
ISBN 0979017491 ISBN13 9780979017490
Reviews - What do customers think about Pop Goes the Church: Should the Church Engage Pop Culture??
"Relevant" Tripe Sep 23, 2009
I received this book directly from the author a few months for free, and I seriously paid too much!
The title contains a question "Should the Church Engage Pop Culture?"... well, the answer according to Tim Stevens is YES!! It is foolish to title a book to imply that it is a conversation and then give the emphatic answer and then imply that if you disagree then you really don't care about bringing people to Christ.
Yet, the author then uses a series of Scriptures to make his point, each of which is completely misrepresented and used out of context. In following Granger Community Church, where Stevens is the pastor, it is obvious that the leadership is much more concerned with entertaining people, getting butts in the seats, rather than preaching the gospel.
If you are considering this book to use as a model to lead your church, think again! The gospel message is relevant for Christians and non-Christians and if you think that it needs to be dressed up then you don't know what the gospel is in the first place!
Polarizing read Jul 16, 2009
This is a polarizing book. You either love what it says or you don't. But even if you don't, it challenges how you think about why you do ministry the way you do it, why you have created the church culture that you have, and why you make the decisions you do. It forces you to recognize some of the assumptions you bring to the table on how (you think) ministry and church should be done, which is why I gave it 4 stars.
Keen observations - worth reading May 1, 2009
Pop Goes the Church presents observations and issues regarding how the cultural ethos impacts the church and its community that are worth noting. Though the author plays down his ability to theologize he does an admirable job of weaving his understanding of the incarnation with the practical, spiritual and relevant ways God is made known in our kind of world.
Wow! A sign of the times. Mar 21, 2009
I really dont know where to begin, as this book comes as close to blasphemy as a person can get. Pop culture is a fancy word for SIN and FILTH! You dont use sin and filth to bring people to Christ!
I could write a thousand page rebuttal to the distortions and trash in this book, but I will just list a few and leave the rest to Jesus at the judgement.
Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10) but apparently Jesus isnt accurate with that description, at least according to Mr. Stevens, and neither is Paul (2 Cor. 4:13). Has he never heard the song "Amazing Grace" where it says "I once was lost but now am found?" How about the prodigal son? The father says he was dead and LOST! So what's up with the hatred of the word "lost?" Maybe he doesnt like it cause it brings guilt to him because he is lost, and trying to masquerade as a Christian.
Lemuel means "devoted to God." Mr. Stevens thinks he was just some old secular man who didnt know God, when he was actually a Jewish king who was devoted to the Lord!
He uses the excuse of how one church treated a kid in holey sneakers to approve of sin. I have never met a Christian or church who would treat that kid the way he describes. You cant make a theology based on how so-called Christians treat the world.
Mr. Stevens claims he can learn a lot from sexual perversion. He also says that he doesnt know whether R-rated movies, profanity, etc. is sin. Why is he writing a so-called Christian book when he doesnt even know what sin is?
Christ calls us to holiness! There are so many verses about not being conformed to this world that it is amazing anyone can read this book and not throw up (which is what the author says he does when he sees a Christian bumper sticker). The Christians of this book know more about Desperate Housewives than what the Bible says!
Romans 12:2, "Be not conformed to this world" Colossian 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world" Colossians 3:2, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:5, "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry."
You know, the Bible says that MANY will say "we have done wonderful things in the name of Jesus." But Jesus will say to them, I never knew you. Depart you that work iniquity. Matthew 15:8 says there are people who honor Jesus with their words, but their heart is far from Him. Romans 16:18 says people are deceived by "good words and fair speeches."
Talk is cheap, and in the case of this book, talk is filth too! The author dishonors Jesus to the max!! According to the author, sin is Ok, and you can see God in anything evil. WOW!
Wow! This really hit home!!! Nov 5, 2008
I must say Tim hooked me in the books introduction with this question. "Would your community be any different if your church disappeared tomorrow"? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever considered this with others at your church? If your church suddenly disappeared, could the community even recover or would they go on as if nothing at all had changed" Sadly for most of us the answer would be NO". He points out that of course the loss would be felt by those of us attending that church but what about those in the community who need to belong to a church even if they don't want to admit it.
Unfortunately, I belong to one of those churches that has removed itself from the culture. Mr. Stevens cuts to the heart of the matter of why churches are losing people in droves and offers innovative ways to restore them without deviating from scripture. I just ordered four copies of the book (one for each of our pastors. I just hope they'll take the time to read them before its too late!