God in the Obscure

Brad M. Griffin | Jun 3, 2010

This week weve released an article by Dan Hodge called The Soul of Hip Hop. Dan spent part of his time at Fuller as a research fellow with FYI during my first years here, studying urban mission and pushing us to see the importance of Hip Hop culture to youth ministry in any context.

Dan always stretches me. Always. In this article he stretches me by calling us to seek God in the obscure. In this case, The obscure part of Hip Hop is its theology. I confess that, although white kids love Hip Hop, I wasnt one of them. Ive had to work as a youth worker to pay attention to Hip Hop music and become more aware of the implications of Hip Hop culture for youth ministry. And Dan has, over the years, opened windows for me to peek into the theology weaving its way through Hip Hop.

Whether you are or arent one to seek God in the obscureHip Hop or otherwiseI invite you to be stretched and join in the dialogue!

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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