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Brett McCracken: My Top 5

The author of Hipster Christianity lists the books that most shaped the ideas in his new release, Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism & Liberty (Baker Books, 2013).
Brett McCracken: My Top 5

Christian Liberty: Living for God in a Changing Culture

Rex M. Rogers (Baker Books)

Former Cornerstone University president Rogers offers a helpful guide through the "in but not of" tension that makes Christian approaches to culture so tricky. A solid overview of key biblical passages on Christian liberty, Rogers's book calls Christians to a smarter, less reactionary, and ultimately more effective witness in an always changing, always complex culture.

Christ and Culture

H. Richard Niebuhr (Harper & Row)

Niebuhr's classic is an immensely helpful introduction for anyone wanting to critically assess their posture toward culture. The famous spectrum he presents—Christ "against," "of," "above," "in paradox," and "transforming" culture—is not exhaustive but nevertheless helps Christians think through their relationship to the world.

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

James K. A. Smith (Baker Academic)

Most Christian thinking about culture has been focused on thinking: cultivating a proper worldview or lens through which we can "think Christianly" about everything. Smith argues that we must explore how our everyday habits of life shape us on the level of affections. It's about how culture forms us for good and ill, not just in the realm of ideas but in the habits and postures of worship.

All God's Children & Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture

Ken Myers (Crossway)

Though a bit dated (as any book on popular culture invariably is), Myers's classic on Christianity and culture offers timeless insights about how Christians should navigate their relationship to pop culture. ...

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