Ur Video: Shane Hipps on Medium and Message
How you present the gospel may matter more than what you actually say.
April 02, 2009

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Prophetik Soul

April 03, 2009  8:59am

I have not read shane's books at all (and need to pick them up). However, I have read McLuhan, Postman, Gitlin and others. My only snag, and maybe I am being too technical, is when Shane states that 'we are the medium.' Mcluhan also said "All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values." To say that humans are 'the medium', I believe, may be a very narrow way of describing humanity. I can go into detail but since the clip is short, I am not totally sure what Shane's definition of medium is. Either way, I am glad a Christian is communicating about how the media affects us.

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Drew Sams

April 02, 2009  8:07pm

Note before my comment: ***I know that this video is just a soundbite in the greater dialogue about community and technology that is occurring in many places, including this blog. Frankly, I am glad that we are in dialogue about community because as Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian said, "God's supreme achievement was not the creation of solitary man, but the creation of human community." Community, and how we understand it, is essential not only in how we view ourselves, but also how we view God and God's mission.*** Now that I've said that, I want to respond specifically to the content of this video and what Shane addresses. I've read both of Shane's books (have yet to tackle McLuhan's works) and so far I am convinced by their claims that "the medium is the message." As that phrase has resonated in my head like a steady drumbeat, I also hear the melody of Jesus' words playing over it as well: "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life." God's communication event to us is God's Word...not just a static, on the page Word...but a Word made flesh. God's message was sent to us most clearly in the medium of Jesus. But, as Shane clearly points out, we have, as the body of Christ, been invited to be the medium of God's message as well. As Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you." I've already seen an "Amen!" above from our missionary friends who get that we worship a God who also sends us out. Another note...in Hipps' books, he channels McLuhan and says that technology/media is an extension of our humanity. So, following this train of thought, I'm assuming that Hipps would also say that we are extensions of God since we are God's medium? The only thing that breaks down for me is that according to Hipps we create media in order to enhance or extend some human capacity or trait...but he's not suggesting that God created humanity to enhance or extend God's capacity or traits, or is he? This is where the snag is for me...and I would appreciate your thoughts. Cheers!

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April 02, 2009  2:27pm

Perfectly said. The Gospel is indeed the medium. Thanks for the video.

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E. Goodman

April 02, 2009  2:16pm

Yes. Shane clearly communicates what we missionaries have been trying to say for a long time. How you talk about God, how you do church, how you share your faith- these things actually affect what message you're conveying.

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