More Shane Hipps. . .

May 13, 2009 — 1 Comment

In my speaking and teaching on the subject of Internet ministry, I have referenced Shane Hipps’ works quite a bit. Shane’s first book, The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture, is an important book for those trying to understand how the use of technology has an impact on church and ministry.  He has gained some notoriety for his views (generally critical) of the unrestricted use of technology by churches and other ministries.  Shane has gone on to write a second book on the topic, Flickering Pixels, which is directed more towards the everyday lives of Christians.  My interview of Shane (done via Skype for my Biola course on Internet ministry) is probably one of the most popular posts on my web site.  For those of you who want to keep up with Shane’s work, it turns out he has a podcast and a blog as well. Here are some links:

I have been (and still am) a big supporter of Shane’s, based on his first book and my subsequent interview with him.  But I do want to point out that I don’t agree with 100% of everything he says/writes. I feel that sometimes he draws his conclusions too quickly without a full understanding of the technology he is criticizing (see his podcast episode on MySpace entitled “Drunkspace”). In my opinion, many of the changes to media and technology are going to happen whether we like them or not, and instead of being too critical, we must look to how they can be used for ministry and then make a decision on whether they can be used effectively in that context.


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Online ministry researcher and educator. Associate Professor and Director of Innovation for the Crowell School of Business at BIola University. Author of Ministry in the Digital Age.

One response to More Shane Hipps. . .

  1. To me, Hipps does a fantastic job with the history of media and interpreting McLuhan, but then doesn’t seem quite as well suited to talk about other technologies like social networking. He’s really charting a bold course, and I hope others (like yourself) can round out the discussion.

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