Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty Brett McCracken

ISBN: 9781441242754

Published: August 1st 2013


272 pages


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

Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty by Brett McCracken
August 1st 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9781441242754 | 3.20 Mb

Brett McCracken has written a book that I wish I wrote. Granted, if I wrote it, it wouldnt 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 book *Hipster Christianity*.

Both books, in a sense, address the elephant in the room that everyone is thinking about but no one is talking about. Well, if theyre saying something, its probably not as winsome as this.McCrackens central thesis of the book is that there has been a pendulum swing in the last 15 or so years, especially amongst millenials, to escape the trappings of legalism for the licentious haven of liberty. McCracken calls for us - speaking as a millennial who resonates with much of what McCracken has to say - basically to grow up and begin to exercise wisdom.

Ironically, the phrase typically lobbed toward the bogeyman Fundamentalists by my generation that we wanna be known by what were for not what were against may be even more true for us than for them.Anyhow, McCracken looks at four areas of Christian cultural engagement: food, music, movies, and alcohol. His central understanding of culture, peppered (in moderation) with lots of Kuyper and Lewis, is that as Christians we can participate - nay, we ought to participate!

- in culture since our understanding of the majesty of God is displayed through things like eating a fine steak, listening to Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, watching *To The Wonder*, and drinking a Dark Lord with dark chocolate on a wintery December night. However, to misuse these things is an exercise in entirely missing the point since, as image bearing creatures, we are to be the cultivators and exercise dominion, not have dominion exercised over our appetites by created things.While this was really a fine book, I have a few disagreements. First of all, discussing theology with a milk stout is a bit of an interesting choice.

I, personally, prefer to engage in theological discourse with something a bit less malty - maybe a floral IPA? - and tend to find that heavier beers like oatmeal stouts rob the senses of their sharpness by making the stomach feel heavy.

Secondly, I dont know how he drinks his scotch, but an hour for a glass is a bit excessive. I typically drink my scotch or bourbon neat, but occasionally will it on the rocks. A scotch imbibed longer than an hour with ice will only result in watered down whisky and rob from the transcendent glory of the immortal God.I am grateful for Brett McCracken and his work. We need more thoughtful, young(er) Christians who are thinking responsibly about what it means to be a fully orbed Great Commission people as we consider the implications of culture and mission for generations to come.

May we rest in the finished work of Christ, may the pendulum stop its swinging from legalism to license, and may the glory of God shine as far as the east is from the west, from the dive bar to coffee shop.

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