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Reaching the Hip-Hop Generation

Written by Jason Cook on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Article by: Jason Cook

Every generation has poets, philosophers, and prophets that embody its hopes and dreams. Due to the power of mass communication, these thinkers and intellectuals often come from musical genres. Many date hip-hop’s inception—and the demise of disco—to 1979 when The Sugarhill Gang dropped “Rapper’s Delight,” which began with the words, “I said a hip hop.”   Hip-hop culture has its own poets, philosophers, and prophets, and their voices have never been more influential. The hip-hop community has embraced people of color, many of whom (be they brown or beige) have not felt embraced by mainstream evangelical churches. Their increased influence raises an important question for the church: How should we meaningfully minister to the hip-hop generation?   In this podcast I talk with Cameron Triggs about the need for urban apologetics, ministry in the context of the hip-hop generation, the fight for justice, and the importance of contextualization in the preaching event. Triggs is a church planting resident at The Summit Church and previously served as youth pastor of Shiloh Church under the ministry of H. B. Charles Jr.. 

You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast here.

Jason Cook is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, focusing on pastoral ministry and integrating faith and work. He is associate pastor of preaching at Fellowship Memphis. He earned his MDiv from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he helped to build Iron City Church, a multi-ethnic ministry in one of America's most segregated cities. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship. He is married to Courtney, and they have two children, Charlie and Cager. You can follow him on Twitter.

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