The Hip-Hop Church: Connecting with the Movement Shaping Our Culture.

Author:Mathews, Deja Leshaun
Position:Brief article - Book review

The Hip-Hop Church: Connecting With the Movement Shaping Our Culture by Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson InterVarsity Press, December 2005 $14, ISBN 0-830-83329-3

These authors analyze the power of hip-hop and encourage churches not to denounce it but to embrace it as a tool for reaching today's youth. The writers explain in great detail the components of hip-hop, its origins and its potential for bringing young people closer to God. Because they are both pastors, Jackson and Smith offer credible firsthand information on the growing relationship between hip-hop and the church. They can directly relate to their targeted audience.

To strengthen their argument, the authors connect what they experienced while striving to incorporate hip-hop into religion to what the Apostle Paul experienced during biblical times. They also note respectable hip-hop artists such as Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, which allows the reader to see hip-hop in a positive light and step away from the frequent misconceptions that connect...

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