Date: Feburary 8, 2013
Lecture: “Playing God: An Honest Conversation About Power”
Crouch argued that in the church, power is often the great unmentioned arena of Christian ethics, a blind spot affecting leaders and followers alike. In the academy, power has at times become a totalizing preoccupation, the lens through which all other subjects are viewed. He proposed that we start a new kind of conversation about power in our communities and our personal lives, one grounded in the biblical understand of power as creation and new creation, and chastened by the biblical categories of idolatry and injustice rather than secularized categories drawn from political or critical theory. Grounded in a hopeful but also deeply realistic view of power as gift and temptation, and equipped with the power made known in the life of the Father, Son, and Spirit, we may be equipped to lead more faithfully and creatively in our families, communities, organizations, and churches.
Andy is the author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, winner of Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and named one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. In December 2012 he became executive editor of Christianity Today, where he is also executive producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities.
Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a member of the editorial board of Books & Culture, a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the John Templeton Foundation. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and in several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000.