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.
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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...
Tim Stevens presents a strong case for the importance (and opportunity) of leveraging popular culture for building a bridge between those who see church as irrelevant and anti-culture, and the eternal message of redemption in Christ.
He begins with the problem of the church, so evident to those on the outside but a complete blind spot to many well-intentioned Christians whose focus has turned completely inward. Though not a theologian, Tim gives some strong biblical examples and principles to support engaging our culture, meeting people where they're at and sharing the good news - not in a watered-down diluted message but with the whole truth of the gospel.
The book also describes many examples of how his church and others have intentionally used music, movies and TV shows known to their audience to make a connection, and demonstrate that the questions they're asking are ones addressed by Christ and His church. It falls short of providing explicit help in 'how...
Tim Stevens has written a smart, entertaining book on why and how churches should engage popular culture. It is a very enjoyable read, but is not full of fluff. It presents a straight-forward logical case explaining why churches should not run and hide and complain about popular culture. He does not advocate embracing all of pop culture, but explains why careful choices can be both attractive and enlightening to new and old worshipers.
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