The Culturally Savvy Christian, Day 1

My discussion of Dick Staub’s book, The Culturally Savvy Christian, was interrupted for a sudden blog tour. The forecast is tour free for the next few days, so I can predict a return to the previous topic. Here’s the first post, to refresh things.

The book is broken into three sections based off of this statement:


The culturally savvy Christian is serious about faith, savvy about faith and culture, and skilled in relating the two.

First, under “savvy,” Staub makes the case for both popular culture and Christianity being generally shallow and vacuous. Pop culture is described as being superficial and soulless, spiritually deluded, but it has a powerful influence (p5). Yet he doesn’t pull punches with modern American Christianity

My Favorite Book from 2008

I posted last week about my favorite books from 2008, but I must confess that it was a list of my favorite fiction from ’08. The book I read that meant the most to me was The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite by Dick Staub. It is a mouthful of a title, but it was a powerful book that encouraged and challenged me deeply. I blogged about it before I finished it, and it held true through the end of the book.

I’m very interested in discussing the intersection of faith and culture, as the dearly departed site Infuze Magazine used to put it. I’ve always tried to be serious about Jesus and His Kingdom, concerned not just about the “sweet by-and-by”, but also the “nasty here and now.” I learned about understanding life through a Biblical worldview at a fairly early age, so I’ve tried to view the culture I partake in through that lens. As I’ve delved into writing as a hobby and hopefully part of my vocation, I’ve become more focused in this area.

The Culturally Savvy Christian is a book that fully reaches the sweet spot of faith and culture, yet it is very worth reading for its insightful analysis of our current faith circumstances in the West as well as popular culture.

My original post for this started to break the book down, but I realized quickly that the book was too deep to properly address in one post. Check back over the next week or so as I attempt to break down the book a little bit, and hopefully we’ll be able to discuss our own opinions on faith and culture.

My Favorite Book from 2008

I posted last week about my favorite books from 2008, but I must confess that it was a list of my favorite fiction from ’08. The book I read that meant the most to me was The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite by Dick Staub. It is a mouthful of a title, but it was a powerful book that encouraged and challenged me deeply. I blogged about it before I finished it, and it held true through the end of the book.

I’m very interested in discussing the intersection of faith and culture, as the dearly departed site Infuze Magazine used to put it. I’ve always tried to be serious about Jesus and His Kingdom, concerned not just about the “sweet by-and-by”, but also the “nasty here and now.” I learned about understanding life through a Biblical worldview at a fairly early age, so I’ve tried to view the culture I partake in through that lens. As I’ve delved into writing as a hobby and hopefully part of my vocation, I’ve become more focused in this area.

The Culturally Savvy Christian is a book that fully reaches the sweet spot of faith and culture, yet it is very worth reading for its insightful analysis of our current faith circumstances in the West as well as popular culture.

My original post for this started to break the book down, but I realized quickly that the book was too deep to properly address in one post. Check back over the next week or so as I attempt to break down the book a little bit, and hopefully we’ll be able to discuss our own opinions on faith and culture.