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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830833293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833290
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally! A thorough resource that intelligently articulates what is too often misunderstood." (Gerard Henry, speaker, author and TV host of BET's Lift Every Voice)

"As someone who grew up in hip-hop culture and as someone who pastors a church targeting it, I can say a book like this is long overdue. For years there has been a tension between the two due to a lack of understanding. This has been an additional factor in the drop in church attendance among emerging generations. Efrem and Phil do a thorough job of breaking down the history of hip-hop culture and the dynamics of urban churches. They paint an encouraging and realistic picture of how the church can engage the culture and stay true to its biblical foundation." (Tommy Kyllonen, a.k.a. Urban D., Lead Pastor, Crossover Church, and national hip-hop artist)

"The hip-hop culture has penetrated, infiltrated and influenced greatly the young American culture. Hip-hop is no longer an African American phenomenon but now has greatly impacted the White and Latino culture as well. It is extremely important for us as Christians to understand the art of hip-hop and how we can use this medium to reach young Americans with the good news of Jesus Christ. Phil Jackson and Efrem Smith's new book, The Hip-Hop Church, is the best resource I've seen in helping us bridge this gap. For anyone working with youth today, The Hip-Hop Church is a 'have to' read." (Wayne "Coach" Gordon, president, Christian Community Development Association, and founding pastor, Lawndale Community Church)

"Hip-hop is a culture that we must deal with both culturally and biblically. This book that Phil and Efrem wrote will help the evangelical community to understand it, minister through it and redeem it for the kingdom of God." (Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, and President, The Urban Alternative)

"Phil and Efrem have shaped a refreshing and insightful look into the world of hip-hop through the lens of the gospel. They are able to discuss hip-hop culture in a way that is theologically sound while also 'keeping it real.' This book is a must read for pastors, teachers, theologians, youth leaders or anyone else serious about ministry to this current generation." (Rev. Tony Lee, Sr. Minister to Young Adults, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church)

"The black church and hip-hop are the two greatest repositories of our culture. . . . The time is right for the two to be joined. . . . The gospel ministries and work artfully described in this volume by Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson . . . are successful, exciting and real. In preaching, music, worship, counseling, social analysis and more these congregations offer vibrant insights that may transform the values, beliefs and traditions of hip-hop America--and enrich us all. What these two churches have done, other churches can do. . . . Here is to a new movement in black and multiracial America--the hip-hop church--keepin' it real and keepin' it right." (From the foreword by Alton B. Pollard III, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion and Culture, Candler School of Theology)

"This book is a well-written and concise guide by two men who are familiar with the mores and folkways of the hip-hop culture. It is an excellent tool that will enable the church to encounter and engage this culture as agents of transformation. It also challenges the church to reevaluate who it is and what it is to be about. If the church is to be the most powerful instrument in the public square, then it must imitate the carpenter from Galilee. We must go forth, not in judgment but in love as we dialogue with hip-hop culture. The church can make a difference, and it must. The difference will come when we realize agape is a panacea for our existential situation. Therefore, I highly recommend this book and its authors as chief resources to be read and utilized in claiming this territory yet unconquered." (Dr. Mack King Carter, Senior Pastor, New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

"Phil is one of the most superbly gifted ministers I have ever met. Phil is able to reach youth because he understands where they live, how they think but most important how they navigate the perilous terrain of urban life. I know of no one who is more qualified to reach, teach and preach to youth and the often bewildered parents who don't have a clue about their children's world. Phil is 'the bomb': he's as explosive as a hand grenade and he packs a powerful punch for the cause of Christ." (Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author of Between God and Gangsta Rap, and professor at DePaul University in Chicago)

From the Publisher

* Connects hip-hop culture and the church to reach a generation with the gospel

* Helps you understand hip-hop culture

* Shows how to engage and incorporate rap, break dancing, poetry and deejays

* Offers practical ideas from the authors' own urban churches and other hip-hop churches


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William McBride on January 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is like long over due I wish these cats could have written it like years ago, because it is so needed to help the church to understand. I like this book alot because it gave you both an understanding of Hip Hop History, its impact in the streets and its connection with the church. This needs to be in every Pastors Libary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quentez on January 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Hey I got a madd Props for these cats they have boke it down for the church, Christians to get it about how Hip Hop and it's potential to be righteous, espeicaily to the Kingdom of God. They go into dept about the Bronx and how the poverity during that time created a need for the people to release from the tention it was facing and Hip-Hop made that happen. They talk with knowledge about the history of hip hop, its spiritual side and as Christian Pastors how they see how Hip Hop can get back to it's roots of it's positive influnce in thelives of those living in the hood. They talk about the parents of Hip Hop, Negro spirituals and the blues, I mean these brothas did their homework and made it both acidemic and pracitcal at the same time. YO COP THIS BOOK!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Efrain J. Alicea on March 8, 2006
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I was blessed reading this book because I believe that Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson have given voice to an entire generation of people who ARE hip hop and love Jesus! I recommend this book 100%...it should be required reading for any Urban ministry course!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Little on May 29, 2006
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This book has open my eyes to a world that has so much to offer to The Kingdom Of Jesus the Christ....the book will help you understand the Hip-Hop Generation and help take back for the Glory of Christ....this book is a must read for everyone, even if you don't like Hip--Hop....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ursula D. Frederick-brown on March 21, 2006
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Church as usual needs to wake up and The Hip Hop Church is the rooster crowing. This book is phenomenal! As a person within the music industry as well as youth ministry I feel the discourse introduced by Smith and Jackson is a timely and imperative one that I am prayerful will no longer go on ignored. The future of generations yet unborn, our lives, churches, communities, and the nation depend on us getting this message! The time is now. CHURCH/World, are you listening--WAKE-UP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gwin on March 8, 2006
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Phil and Efrem don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. They are true ministers of the gospel. I have heard each of them bring the Word of God in a relevant and real way. But more than that they understand a culture that most of the church is missing. This book is vital to reaching a generation.

Hip hop is here to stay. Will the church ignore it?
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