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Gray Matters Culture Is In Right Now For Christians Engaging It, Embracing It, Consuming It, And Creating It Many Younger Evangelicals Today Are Actively Cultivating An Appreciation For Aspects Of Culture Previously Stigmatized Within The Church Things Like Alcohol, Hollywood S Edgier Content, Plays, Art Openings, And Concerts Have Moved From Being Forbidden To Being Celebrated By Believers But Are Evangelicals Opening Their Arms Too Wide In Uncritical Embrace Of Culture How Do They Engage With Culture In Ways That Are Mature, Discerning, And Edifying Rather Than Reckless, Excessive, And Harmful Can There Be A Healthy, Balanced Approach Or Is That Simply Wishful Thinking With The Same Insight And Acuity Found In His Popular Hipster Christianity, Brett McCracken Examines Some Of The Hot Button Gray Areas Of Christian Cultural Consumption, Helping To Lead Christians To Adopt A Thoughtful Approach To Consuming Culture In The Complicated Middle Ground Between Legalism And License Readers Will Learn How To Both Enrich Their Own Lives And Honor God Refining Their Ability To Discern Truth, Goodness, Beauty, And Enjoy His Creation.


10 thoughts on “Gray Matters

  1. says:

    Brett McCracken has written a book that I wish I wrote Granted, if I wrote it, it wouldn t have been nearly as good better to say it would never have been written if I were writing it Gray Matters Navigating the Space Between Legalism Liberty is a bit of a follow up his previous book Hipster Christianity Both books, in a sense, address the elephant in the room that everyone is thinking about but no one is talking about Well, if they re saying something, it s probably not as wi Brett McCracken has written a book that I wish I wrote Granted, if I wrote it, it wouldn t have been nearly as good better to say it would never have been written if I were writing it Gray Matters Navigating the Space Between Legalism Liberty is a bit of a follow up his previous book Hipster Christianity Both books, in a sense, address the elephant in the room that everyone is thinking about but no one is talking about Well, if they re saying something, it s probably not as winsome as this McCracken s central thesis of the book is that there has been a pendulum swing in the last 15 or so years, especially amongst millenials, to escape the trappings of legalism for the licentious haven of liberty McCracken calls for us speaking as a millennial who resonates with much of what McCracken has to say basically to grow up and begin to exercise wisdom Ironically, the phrase typically lobbed toward the bog...


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    Christians have a hard time with nuance 8 That s an understatement In my lifetime, I ve watched the pendulum swing from left to right a dozen times Few have the sense or bravery to speak where Scripture speaks and to stay silent where it stays silent, while providing nuanced biblical wisdom for the gray matters Brett urges for just this in Gray Matters.I ll state upfront maybe this is a given I disagreed with some of Brett s analysis of the gray matters I assume many evangelicals wil Christians have a hard time with nuance 8 That s an understatement In my lifetime, I ve watched the pendulum swing from left to right a dozen times Few have the sense or bravery to speak where Scripture speaks and to stay silent where it stays silent, while providing nuanced biblical wisdom for the gray matters Brett urges for just this in Gray Matters.I ll state upfront maybe this is a given I disagreed with some of Brett s analysis of the gray matters I assume many evangelicals will, but despite that and because of that you should read this book all theclosely Brett pushes and prods us to thinkcritically about our consumption He builds on a strong doctrine of creation which is crucial for interpreting the rest of Scripture For instance, he says, We should also be passionate about engaging culture well because we want to know Godthrough his creation We should live our consumer lives with the overarching goal of wanting to taste and see th...


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    Brett does a fantastic job of sorting through the nuances of several touchy issues for Christians Christians aren t very good at nuance he says in the intro, and he s right This book helps sort through how to be a discerning consumer, a timely and always pertinent subject He manages to hit on just about every pitfall Christians fall into on both the legalism and liberty sides respectively which means he keeps the reader in the narrow, tense place between the two extremes Over all, this is Brett does a fantastic job of sorting through the nuances of several touchy issues for Christians Christians aren t very good at nuance he says in the intro, and he s right This book helps sort through how to be a discerning consumer, a timely and always pertinent subject He manages to hit on ...


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    Not quite what I thought it would beOverall this was a decent book, but I definitely had some disagreements with the author Maybe I just fallto the old school side of the debate, or maybe it s just differences of taste...


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    Brett McCracken bravely attempts an unenviable task, navigating the space between legalism and liberty Some will say he is too lenient, and some will say he is too legalistic I will say that he tries his best to be balanced and biblical.So which side does he come down on I would say that he gives both sides technically proper expression That is, he points out where legalists make demands that go beyond scripture, but then points out the dangers inherent in practices which, if not speci Brett McCracken bravely attempts an unenviable task, navi...


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    This will be a controversial book, to say the least I agree with the premise All of life should be lived to the glory of God Things should never be divided into sacred and secular God is Lord over all of life The difficulty is in how we live this out.I want to say up front that believe McCraken is an honest Christian who truly loves God and is seeking to transform culture with the Gospel His desire is for those who live for Christ, to enjoy life and the things God has given us but do it wi This will be a controversial book, to say the least I agree with the premise All of life should be lived to the glory of God Things should never be divided into sacred and secular God is Lord over all of life The difficulty is in how we live this out.I want to say up front that believe McCraken is an honest Christian who truly loves God and is seeking to transform culture with the Gospel His desire is for those who live for Christ, to enjoy life and the things God has given us but do it with balance I hardily agree.He divides culture into four sections Eating, Listening, Watching and Drinking The writing is interesting and he pulls no punches I think the book should be read and digested As Christians we should think For too long in the church, emotions have trumped facts We react before we get all the facts Paul dealt with it in the question of eating meats that had been sacrificed to idols He took a balanced ap...


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    In Gray Matters, Brett McCracken is talking to two groups at once young, disaffected hipster Christians, and their older, culturally conservative parents He wants both to stretch and grow as consumers of culture, hence the subtitle navigating the space between legalism and liberty McCracken sees the older set as having erred in the direction of legalism, and his peers as having erred in the direction of libertinism He charts this middle way through four tumultuous areas of the cultural hi In Gray Matters, Brett McCracken is talking to two groups at once young, disaffected hipster Christians, and their older, culturally conservative parents He wants both to stretch and grow as consumers of culture, hence the subtitle navigating the space between legalism and liberty McCracken sees the older set as having erred in the direction of legalism, and his peers as having erred in the direction of libertinism He charts this middle way through four tumultuous areas of the cultural high seas food, music, movies, and alcohol Each section includes his take on the subject in biblical perspective, and in the la...


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    I am a fan of Brett McCracken As a young evangelical I can relate to a lot of the thoughts and sentiments that Brett writes blogs about When I read his book Hipster Christianity last summer, I was encouraged and informed about many of the movements taking place within modern Western Christianity So when I recieved the manuscript of his newest book from Baker Publishing, I was ...


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    As Christians we are called to examine the things we consume with thought, discussion, and reflectionThat for me was the essence of what I got out of this book.A much needed re evaluation of 4 critical areas of cultural consumption, Gray Matters takes a very even handed crack at a very difficult and much ignored question of how Christians are to interact with culture.It would be very simple for us as Christians just to deny any part of culture that could possibly be tainted all of it , but is As Christians we are called to examine the things we consume with thought, dis...


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    I grew up partly in a small town called Purcell Oklahoma It s one of those idyllic Midwestern towns built on a railroad It even has a Main Street My childhood explorations would often take me to Main Street where I would find an abandoned movie theater Few things are as depressing My young imagination would be swimming with images of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, or even Annie But here lies this movie theater either abandoned or co opted into an antique store When I got a little older, I as I grew up partly in a small town called Purcell Oklahoma It s one of those idyllic Midwestern towns built on a railroad It even has a Main Street My childhood explorations would often take me to Main Street where I would find an...


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