A few weeks ago during the Futuregen Conference here in Pheonix, I went out for some drinks and appetizers with some very interesting/smart/kind people. There with me were my friends Dan Kimball, JJ Peterson, Zack Newsome and while sipping some ale I had the chance of meeting Shane Hipps (Actually, Shane and I had emailed each other once before but while initially meeting in person, we had no idea). Shane is the pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, AZ and he’s also the author of the book “The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture”. After hearing some of Shane’s ideas about Church and media, it was fairly obvious that he has an enormous ammount to offer the Christian faith. When leaving the bar that night, two things seemed very clear to me: 1)Read Shane’s book and 2) go to Shane’s church and see what it’s all about.
Yesterday I followed through with completing both of these items and now that I have, I’m am so glad I did. Unfortunately, Holly and Ava were spending time with family, so I had to venture alone. Before going to Shane’s church I had very little knowledge about the Mennonite tradition. After going yesterday to Trinity Mennonite, I can’t say that I have it pegged still but I very much enjoyed going there and being a part of their worship. The music was refreshingly unslick and void of the “American Idol” factor that so many churches seem to be chasing. Shane’s teachings are always very thought-provoking, insightful, and powerful. I was greeted multiple times by people who seemed genuinely intersted me. I never felt like they were doing so to make me want to come back, but rather to really find out something about me. The only negative is that it’s, at best, 45 minutes away from our house.
I highly recommend checking out Shane’s book and his church. If you don’t live in the Phoenix area, you can subscribe to Shane’s teachings podcast here.