Reading: Hipster Christianity

Brett McCracken writes about what happens when church and cool collide. He writes it from the perspective of a youth group kid excited about the day when Christian Band Switchfoot crossed over and became the kind of band that MTV was interested in, as if we were finally being taken seriously by the real world.

I’m finding it very easy to relate to the author. I can remember that day, too. I also recall sensing the dislike that many Christians had when Amy Grant did the same thing and went “secular”. Sad.

McCracken raises the question: is it okay that Christianity is now marked by a sort of counter-cultural/hip/relevant/fashionable flavor that is really a sanitized version of contemporary culture? We still pierce our ears and turn our hair blue, but you won’t hear one cuss word or ever smell liquor (except for our more liberal communion-takers).

I’m only a few chapters in, so this isn’t a very complete book review. I’ll try to let you know how it ends up if I’m not too busy cleaning my Rob Bell glasses before the next Sunday service.

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When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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1 Response to Reading: Hipster Christianity

  1. Ryan Cox says:

    looking forward to hearing your comments. i feel the same way.

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