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Shane Hipps @ Biola

September 28, 2010 — 1 Comment

Shane Hipps spoke in chapel at Biola last week as part of a series on “Digital Formation: How Technology Shapes Our Faith”. Hipps, author of The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture and Flickering Pixels, spoke to the students on how the use of technology itself is not neutral and how we need to consider the effect that technology has on our spiritual life.

I have been an admirer of Shane’s for the last couple years, the highlight of which was my interview with him for my Internet Ministry class last January. I used his first book as a foundation for that class and again for my online course this summer.  Below is the video of his chapel appearance last week. Hipps spoke again on Wednesday on the topic of listening for God’s calling in your life. For more Biola chapels, visit the Biola YouTube channel.

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.

In January of 2009, I interviewed Shane Hipps about his book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture. I did this as a way to gain insight into the book for the students in my Internet Ministry course at Biola University.  I have also shown this video as part of my “God in the Tubes” workshops that I held in Indiana in March 2009.  I have been receiving quite a bit of positive feedback about this video (a recorded Skype phone call, actually) and so I recently asked Shane if he would have a problem with me making it available for others to see. He has given his permission, so I am making it available, at least temporarily, on my genesys11 web site. Continue Reading…