Here at CPX, we’ve been raving about Andy Crouch’s work on technology lately. But in this Life & Faith conversation, we revisit Andy’s earlier work – especially his influential first book Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling.
Andy tells us why he believes all humans are called to be culture makers: people who make culture or who are drawn to make something of the world. This creative calling is for everyone, he says, not just the creatives or the entrepreneurs among us.
We also sample Andy’s thoughts about Christianity in the United States and get into the weeds of why we’re so down on power these days, or why we suspect that an influential person or institution will be corrupted by power.
As Andy explains, the problem isn’t so much power, but the way powerful people and organisations refuse vulnerability.
“True power always involves an element of vulnerability – if I want to bring something into being in the world that will have any kind of life to it,” Andy said. “But the moment you create life, you take a risk. So all creative power, which I would see as the deepest form of power, involves an element of vulnerability.”
Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling
Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power
The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World
Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk, and True Flourishing
Listen to Andy Crouch’s Richard Johnson Lecture Disconnected: Why Technology Keeps Failing Us