Hipster Christianity [Video]
by Biola University
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Author Brett McCracken presents his book, Hipster Christianity. He is joined by a panel of Biola's professors as they discuss their reactions and thoughts on the book. They examine the hipster movement and begin to evaluate the ways that it is and is not beneficial to Christianity.
|1||VideoBrett McCracken, Author of Hipster Christianity / Brett McCracken||Brett McCracken discusses his book, "Hipster Christianity." He describes the process that led to the book and shares insights into some of the positive and negative aspects of "cool Christians."||10/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoCommentary from Todd Pickett, Dean of Spiritual Development / Todd Pickett||Todd Pickett comments on Brett McCracken's "Hipster Christianity." He elaborates on some of the temptations as well as the benefits of cultural relevance that hipster Christianity has to offer.||10/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoPanel Discussion on Hipster Christianity / Brett McCracken||A star-studded discussion panel offers their thoughts on Brett McCracken's "Hipster Christianity." They discuss the benefits and shortfalls of "cool Christianity" as well as the role it might play in the church.||10/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
What do you do
If you are genuinely a hipster? Or shall we just abandon these folks? Seems like there is an underlying presumption that hipster Christians are being inauthentic. I go to a church that has a lot of hipsters. The preacher is one. But not because he decided to pose as one to attract hipsters.
Neither hipster nor frumpster but Christer
We all wrestle with our old nature wanting to be people pleasers for their attention as a reward that we are now a person of worth. Satan loves to set this trap for us in his world system because he knows we are weak here. One of the men gave excellent scripture to help us fight off that kind of shallowness and pride. Both Jesus and Paul were example setters for us.
I think the institutional form of church with it's focus on expert driven performance oriented gatherings for passive crowds pushes believers to be very external style oriented to keep attenders and attract seekers to come in. God asked for ordinary believers to drive their gatherings with intimate, mutual, highly relational expressions, and to reach the seekers on their own turf. Style, whether old or new will no longer be an issue because now age crossing, style crossing, race crossing, interest crossing, education level crossing relationships are the core dynamic for gathering, not a bunch of external lists of preferences. Crowd oriented gatherings keep large percentages of God's people focused on going to a special building where they can pick what they prefer rather than doing what God has asked for fighting our flesh preferences the whole way.