Plugged In

Connecting your faith with what you watch, read, and play

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Enjoy culture in a way that feeds your faith and helps you share it with others.

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Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it’s important that we are neither bewitched by it—buying into everything it tells us—or bewildered by it—lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble.

Dan Strange encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality—the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world.

It’s possible to watch TV and read novels and play video games in a way that actually feeds our faith, rather than withers it. It’s even possible for you—yes, you—to be that person who starts off talking to a mate about last night’s football and ends up talking about Jesus.

So be equipped to engage with culture in a way that helps your relationship with Christ and points others to him.

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Contents

  • Foreword by Timothy Keller
  • Introduction: Faith in an age of information overload
  • 1. What culture is and why you should care
  • 2. The story of culture
  • 3. Culture as story
  • 4. “Can I watch…?”
  • 5. Confronting and connecting with culture: the theory
  • 6. Confronting and connecting with culture: the practice
  • 7. Your turn: Cultural engagement for disciples
  • 8. Here's some I prepared earlier...

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Author Daniel Strange
ISBN 9781909919419
Format Paperback
First published May 2019
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 9mm
Print size 0.00000000pt
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Endorsements

Timothy Keller

Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC, Chairman of Redeemer City to City, New York Times bestselling author

There are now plenty of books calling us to find new ways of connecting our gospel presentation to the needs and questions of people in a secular, pluralistic society. Dan's book actually tells and shows us how to do it. There really is nothing else like it.

William Edgar

Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

In this gem of a book seasoned author Daniel Strange manages what few people could do. He pre-digests the unwieldy and complex realm of culture studies and makes it unaffectedly clear. He also helps Christians know how to navigate in a world where culture appears out of control. He connects the decisions we must make to biblical texts, and to robust doctrines all along. Most of all he tells us why we should care about engaging culture and he makes crucial suggestions for how to do that. All of it is in a writing style that is full of imagination, enviably lucid, down-home without being folksy. This will be the go-to text for years, even decades to come.

Dr Tim Chester

Faculty member of Crosslands Training and author of Enjoying God

We all spend hours each week watching, reading and listening. Not only does this add up to a significant proportion of our lives, but it’s also a big influence on how we think and behave. So it’s vital we think about how being a Christian shapes the way we interact with the culture around us and I know of no better guide than Plugged In. Dan Strange provides both a biblical framework and practical nuts-and-bolts tools. But Plugged In goes further, for it shows how culture can be a great starting point for speaking of Christ with our friends and colleagues. I warmly commend it.

Independent reviews
 

A much-needed resource to connect our cultural stories with the True Story

Jonny Ivey, Heirs Magazine, May 14th 2019

Plugged In equips us to find a door into people’s worlds. Into our own worlds. It’s a much-needed resource to connect our cultural stories with the True Story - and to show others where they can find the real happy-ever-after they were always looking for.... continue reading

 

If you read this brief book you will do yourself, the gospel cause, and the people you’re speaking to a huge service.

Chris Green, Ministry Nuts and Bolts

If you read this brief book, and rethink some of your preaching and evangelistic conversations in the light of it, you will do yourself, the gospel cause, and the people you’re speaking to a huge service. I don’t know of any other book which covers this ground, let alone shows us what to do with it.... continue reading

 

I absolutely devoured this book because it is such a fun, humorous read

Alistair Chalmers, Chalmers

This is a great read that will help you engage well with culture, enable you to communicate the gospel in a more engaging way and help you think through the world that we live in.... continue reading

Customer reviews


30/07/2019

“Good Book about Culture but slightly misadvertised”

I got this book thinking that it would be a book all about how we are to live in a digitally connected world - how we as Christians should be on social media, playing games, watching films, listening to music and so on. I hoped this book would tell me about how we can evangelise to others using technology or how we can use technology to God's glory. I was hoping this book would show me what things may be worth changing or viewing differently with regards to technology in the light of Jesus' death and resurrection. But unfortunately I was mis-sold - this book is all about culture and really (if I'm honest) hardly anything to do with technology. If the book was called 'Plugged into Culture' that would be fine, but it wasn't so that's a bit of a shame. I thought the illustrations at the back of the book were a bit unhelpful too, again all to do with culture and hardly anything to do with technology. A somewhat helpful book for those wanting to link culture to Jesus and thus evangelism but for those who want to know how we link Technology to Jesus to evangelism, this book won't help.

Hi Kieran! You're absolutely right that Plugged In is mainly a book about culture in general—in both digital and analogue forms—rather than technology in particular. We hope that's clear from the book's web description/blurb, but thanks for leaving a review to flag that up for other customers too.

We chose the title "Plugged In" in recognition of the fact that so much of what we consume is digital, and because Dan wants to help Christians connect the gospel with culture, whatever it is that they're into.


22/03/2019

“This is more than a book. It’s an invaluable tool to connect the Gospel to culture.”

How to connect with culture redemptively can be a formidable challenge. Strange dismantles this challenging wall giving the reader tools to connect with the world we live in with the Gospel. Strange is a scholar who can write at a high academic level, but here he writes for the Christian in the secular workplace as well as the mum who set up play dates with her kids, who are trying to navigate the cultural terrain.
Strange teaches us how we should engage culture and gives a framework for appreciating sun rays of grace as well as understanding the shadows of idolatry. He takes the reader to a place where they don’t just accept culture, nor merely reflect culture, rather the reader learns to engage it.
I love the fact that this is more of a “how to” guide. Strange gives several examples of cultural engagement, and helps the reader to read culture and to apply Gospel.
Strange’s book is primarily geared for a British audience, and it’s obvious the author is not locked away in some ivory book tower. British cultural references are plenty, which provide examples along the way of what he is teaching. Non-British readers may not get all the references but they will get the point as these cultural references are ‘translatable.’
I intend on buying several copies for our church here in the USA.. (disclosure: I was given an advance copy)

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