Plugged in: Connecting Your Faith With Everything You Watch, Read, and Play
Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it's important that we are neither bewitched by it-buying into everything it tells us-or bewildered by it-lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble....
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Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it's important that we are neither bewitched by it-buying into everything it tells us-or bewildered by it-lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble. Dan Strange encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality-the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world. It's possible to watch TV and read novels and play video games in a way that actually feeds our faith, rather than withers it. It's even possible for you-yes, you-to be that person who starts off talking to a mate about last night's football and ends up talking about Jesus. So be equipped to engage with culture and use it for God.
Daniel Strange is Lecturer in Culture, Religion and Public Theology at Oak Hill Theological College, London. Previously, he was Co-ordinator of the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship. His doctoral dissertation, undertaken at the University of Bristol and entitled The Possibility of Salvation among the Unevangelised: An Analysis of Inclusivism in Recent Evangelical Theology, was published by Paternoster in 2002. He has published a number of other articles and chapters in the area of the theology of religions and systematic theology.
Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy. For over twenty-five years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.
He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In ten years they helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller's books - including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God - have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.
Tim was born in 1950, raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.
Tim and his wife Kathy have three adult sons.
- Foreword By Timothy Keller
- Introduction: Faith In An Age Of Information Overload
- 1. What Culture Is And Why You Should Care
- 2. The Story Of Culture
- 3. Culture As Story
- 4. "can I Watch...?"
- 5. Confronting And Connecting With Culture: The Theory
- 6. Confronting And Connecting With Culture: The Practice
- 7. Your Turn: Cultural Engagement For Disciples
- 8. Here's Some I Prepared Earlier...