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Pop Goes the Church: Should the Church Engage Pop Culture?

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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 communica
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Power Publishing
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Christopher Sumpter
Feb 23, 2013 Christopher Sumpter rated it it was ok
I wholeheartedly believe that this book comes from a godly heart and a right motivation. But I can't agree with where it takes us.

This book is five years old, but it reads like it's fifteen years old. It espouses a theory and practice that has long ago been tried and found wanting. The author worries that his examples will soon be outdated, but it's the whole philosophy underpinning his book that has become outdated. Even where his logic is sound (and it isn't always), it's built on faulty premi
Sep 07, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing
This is an great book explaining how churches can reach out to the unchurched. As I attend Granger Community Church in Indiana - it explains the 'why' behind the amazing church services. It ties in how the church should be more like Jesus Christ and speak to the masses in a language they understand - not 'church' language. While the book provides examples of churches following this approach - I would like to see other churches stepping up to reach these people and not just keep their flock conte ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
This book will walk you the question, "Can and should the church today leverage popular media to communicate the message of the Bible?" If you've already decided the issue, it's probably not going to be too productive for you. However, if you, or people in your church, are grappling with the question, then it'll be a great tool for processing through it.

Incidentally, turn the the back of the book. You'll find my name listed in the "reviewers" section. woo hoo!
Ryan Fisher
Good book, with a lot of explanation and rationale for the methods. It also had a lot of good ideas and examples of churches leverage culture well. If you're on the fence about using pop culture this would be a great book to read, but most people probably either get it or they don't. Once you are a part of a church that does this well it is a lot harder to scoff at it or ever go back to being status quo. Pretty good book, better message.
Oct 06, 2011 Ruth added it
This is a great book about how churches can effectively use pop culture to bring the message of Jesus to the 'unchurched'. Going to church does not have to be boring. If the message is presented well it can and will show us how to deal with our everyday problems and struggles. Life is not easy but with practical help in today's language the word of God can help us get through this life on earth.
Feb 12, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
The main takeaway I had from this book is that in order to effectively use pop culture in our churches our motivation needs to be being so passionate to reach lost people that we'll use any means necessary, especially finding pockets of truth in their cultures, to communicate the Gospel to them.
Jun 23, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
Tim Stevens writes a good book on the presence of pop culture in the modern church. I look forward to more out of him.
Aug 17, 2014 Isaac rated it it was amazing
Great for worship leaders and anyone in a position of influence In a church position
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