Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith  -     By: Shane Hipps
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Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith

Zondervan / 2009 / Hardcover

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In many of our Christian lives and ministries we understand that as long as our message stays the same, it doesn't matter if our methods change. Shane Hipps challenges this line of thinking in Flickering Pixels, however, by using the hidden power of technology to demonstrate that changing our methods always leads to the changing of our message. In looking deeper at the methodologies of today's hi tech industries, Shane shows us that technology has the ability to shape our faith in unexpected ways. If we remain incognisant and uncritical of this undercurrent, the technologies we do use may in turn end up using us. Shane calls us to keep alive and awake in this modern digital age, as hidden things have far less power to shape us when they are no longer hidden. A stunning, brilliant and eye-opening look at how technology shapes faith and culture.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310293219
ISBN-13: 9780310293217
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Flickering pixels are the tiny dots of light that make up the screens of life—from TVs to cell phones. They are nearly invisible, but they change us. In this provocative book, author Shane Hipps takes readers beneath the surface of things to see how the technologies we use end up using us. Not all is dire, however, as Hipps shows us that hidden things have far less power to shape us when they aren’t hidden anymore. We are only puppets of our technology if we remain asleep. Flickering Pixels will wake us up—and nothing will look the same again.

Author Bio

Shane Hipps, teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church, is a dynamic communicator and sought-after speaker. His previous career in advertising helped him gain expertise in understanding media and culture. Shane lives with his family in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, visit www.shanehipps.com.

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  1. Women of courage
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 11, 2013
    Women of courage
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    It's rare to find a book that relates Christianity, the spreading of God's Word, the 21st century, and reaching out to this technological generation in a way that changes how we view technology and how it can be used in a respectful, effective way to bring others to Christ. A great source of information for any technology leader or worker.
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    April 25, 2009
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    Hipps work is unusual for a Christian non-fiction title; exploring not the tenets of the faith, but rather how technological advancements affect our faith.The main thrust is the examination of how changes in the presentation of information affect our minds and understanding of said information. Its really a great premise, well written, intellectually stimulating, and at times even witty. Moving through the print age, telegraph, radio, telephone, television, Internet and other forms of communication, Hipps details how the method the media format itself impacts our thought processes, and ultimately how we relate to those around us, the scriptures, and God Himself.Hipps is careful to mix up his carefully constructed philosophical ponderings with a splash of fun and kept me moving quickly through his brief work.Enough material is provided to stir the thought processes, prompt conversation, and provide a broad overview of the topic, while failing to deliver concrete suggestions and applications of the knowledge shared.While lauding a discrete set of benefits that advances in media have provided, Hipps seems more concerned with pointing out the danger and the warning signs surrounding each technological advance and then recommending readers think about the impact these technologies have on their lives.Maybe Ive missed something here. Yes, I realize media changes us, and I agree with the many, valid, well-phrased explanations of such changes. The question remains, though, have Hipps exhortations to examine our media choices impacted my life significantly? Im afraid not.Whatever the case, media buffs aside, I doubt this work will capture the imagination of the work-a-day Christian reader.
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