Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty by Brett McCracken

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Read Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty Online Free - Culture is in right now for Christians. Engaging it, embracing it, consuming it, and creating it. Many (younger) evangelicals today are actively cultivating an appreciation for aspects of culture previously stigmatized within the church. Things like alcohol, Hollywood's edgier content, plays, art openings, and concerts have moved from being forbidden to being celebrated by believers. But are evangelicals opening their arms too wide in uncritical embrace of culture? How do they engage with culture in ways that are mature, discerning, and edifying rather than reckless, excessive, and harmful? Can there be a healthy, balanced approach--or is that simply wishful thinking?
With the same insight and acuity found in his popular "Hipster Christianity," Brett McCracken examines some of the hot-button gray areas of Christian cultural consumption, helping to lead Christians to adopt a more thoughtful approach to consuming culture in the complicated middle ground between legalism and license. Readers will learn how to both enrich their own lives and honor God--refining their ability to discern truth, goodness, beauty, and enjoy his creation.

Title : Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty
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ISBN : 0801014743
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 269 pages


Scott rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2013

Brett McCracken has written a book that I wish I wrote. Granted, if I wrote it, it wouldn't have been nearly as good (better to say it would *never* have been written if I were writing it). *Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty* is a bit of a follow up his previous bo...

Mathew rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2013

“Christians have a hard time with nuance” (8). That’s an understatement. In my lifetime, I’ve watched the pendulum swing from left to right a dozen times. Few have the sense or bravery to speak where Scripture speaks and to stay silent where it stays silent, while providing nuanced biblical wisdo...

Barnabas rated it ★★★★☆

August 19, 2013

Brett does a fantastic job of sorting through the nuances of several touchy issues for Christians. "Christians aren't very good at nuance" he says in the intro, and he's right. This book helps sort through how to be a discerning consumer, a timely and always pertinent subject. He manages to hit o...

Richard rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 21, 2017

Brett McCracken bravely attempts an unenviable task, “navigating the space between legalism and liberty.” Some will say he is too lenient, and some will say he is too legalistic. I will say that he tries his best to be balanced and biblical. So which side does he come down on? I would say that he...

Roger rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2013

This will be a controversial book, to say the least. I agree with the premise. All of life should be lived to the glory of God. Things should never be divided into sacred and secular. God is Lord over all of life. The difficulty is in how we live this out. I want to say up front that believe McCra...

Victor rated it ★★★☆☆

November 18, 2013

In Gray Matters, Brett McCracken is talking to two groups at once: young, disaffected hipster Christians, and their older, culturally-conservative parents. He wants both to stretch and grow as consumers of culture, hence the subtitle: “navigating the space between legalism and liberty.” McCracken...

Brandan rated it ★★★☆☆

June 23, 2013

I am a fan of Brett McCracken. As a young evangelical I can relate to a lot of the thoughts and sentiments that Brett writes/blogs about. When I read his book Hipster Christianity last summer, I was encouraged and informed about many of the movements taking place within modern Western Christianit...

Charles rated it ★★★★☆

June 23, 2014

As Christians we are called to examine the things we consume with thought, discussion, and reflection That for me was the essence of what I got out of this book. A much needed re-evaluation of 4 critical areas of cultural consumption, Gray Matters takes a very even-handed crack at a very difficult...

Jacob rated it ★★★☆☆

March 10, 2014

I grew up partly in a small town called Purcell Oklahoma.  It's one of those idyllic Midwestern towns built on a railroad.  It even has a Main Street. My childhood explorations would often take me to Main Street where I would find an abandoned movie theater. Few things are as depressing. My young...

Emily rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

I'm having a hard time writing about Gray Matters without simply copying the whole book into this post. In the same way, I had a hard time reading Gray Matters without underlining every sentence in the book. It's that good, and it's that relevant to a sort-of millennial, Wicker Park hipster such as...

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