The Tech-Wise Family

Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place

Making good choices about technology is more than just using internet filters and limiting “screen time.” It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media, rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids. We need to ask deeper questions: Who do we want to be as a family? How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? This book is for anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions, and wants to reclaim real life in a world of devices. With original research from Barna Group.

A vision for family life and faith and character so compelling and inspiring that it made me weep, made me reconsider many aspects of our home, made me profoundly thankful for this beautiful and important book.

— Shauna Niequist, author of Present over Perfect and Bread & Wine

If you aren't sure how to put technology in its 'proper place' in your home, Andy will guide you and challenge your thinking.

— Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker; lead pastor, National Community Church

Andy's message and model have strengthened our commitment to use technology to unite—and not divide—our family.

— Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute; coauthor of Growing Young

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Strong and Weak

Embracing a Life of Love, Risk & True Flourishing

Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living—withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing travels down an unexpected path: being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders—people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made.

This book is going to have a profound impact on our world. It's built on a clear, deep, life-changing insight that opens up vast possibilities for human flourishing. Classic, elegant and utterly illuminating.

— John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, author of Soul Keeping

An intellectually insightful, socially relevant and prophetically passionate book that shows us how to multiply our power to create a world where people from every tribe and nation can flourish and reach their full God-given potential. I love it!

— Brenda Salter McNeil, Seattle Pacific University, author of Roadmap to Reconciliation

One of the most anticipated books among thoughtful and widely aware Christian readers. It certainly will be one of our Best Books of 2016.

— Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Books

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The Messiah wrapped in a servant’s grimy towel is not giving up power. He is restoring it to its original purpose, cleansed of its distortions—the power to love a lovely and loveless world to the uttermost. None of his power is reserved for carefully guarding privilege or meticulously accounting for status; every bit of it is poured into this one end.

Playing God, p. 166

Precisely because our power is the result of genuine image bearing, . . . the human hunger for power is insatiable. . . . It is not wrong to want to “expand our territory” (in the words of the Old Testament figure named Jabez). But the more our territory expands, the more we must embrace the disciplines that make room on the margins for others to also exercise their calling to image bearing.

Playing God, p. 248

Like the electric current that runs, with the rarest of interruptions, through my home, power is a fundamental feature of life. And as with electricity, those who have the most unfettered access to power are the ones who are likely to think about it the least—unless and until it suddenly disappears or violently appears.

Playing God, p. 16

We are not meant to be eternal cruise-ship passengers. We are meant for more than leisure. This is true for our own sake, but it is also true because we are still responsible for a world gone wrong.

Strong and Weak, p. 81

No one can turn hidden vulnerability into flourishing without friends. We will never be able to fully reveal our vulnerability to the wide world—but we will never survive it without companions willing to bear it with us.

Strong and Weak, p. 141

Playing God

Redeeming the Gift of Power

Power corrupts—as we’ve seen time and time again. People too often abuse their power and play god in the lives of others. Shady politicians, corrupt executives and ego-filled media stars have made us suspicious of those who wield influence and authority. They too often breed injustice by participating in what the Bible calls idolatry. Yet power is also the means by which we bring life, create possibilities, offer hope and make human flourishing possible. This is “playing god” as it is meant to be. If we are to do God’s work—fight injustice, bring peace, create beauty and allow the image of God to thrive in those around us—how are we to do these things if not by power?

Perhaps no question with such urgent life-and-death consequences is more poorly understood among Christians in our era than the stewardship of power; but gloriously, in Playing God, Andy Crouch provides the clarity we need in this once-in-a-generation work of sweeping theological and sociological depth. It is fresh, rigorous, profoundly helpful and a delight to read.

—Gary A. Haugen, President and CEO, International Justice Mission

Once again, Andy Crouch cuts to the heart of the matter by challenging us to take seriously the One whose image we bear. Playing God is a clear and compelling call for Christians to steward the kind of power that enables flourishing.

— Gabe Lyons, coauthor of UnChristian

Andy Crouch presents an essential treatise on one of the most important yet undiscussed topics for the promotion of justice in American Christianity--the issue of power. The work of God's justice in the world requires an understanding of the dynamics of power. Crouch shines the light of Scripture on what could be a divisive topic. Playing God should spark this long overdue conversation.

—Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism

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Culture Making

Recovering Our Creative Calling

It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided “culture wars.” But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world around us. By making chairs and omelets, languages and laws, we participate in the good work of culture making.

Are Christians to be countercultural? Or protect ourselves from 'the culture'? Or be 'in' culture but not 'of' it? In this bracing, super-smart book, Andy Crouch changes the terms of the conversation, calling Christians to make culture. I am hard-pressed to think of something that twenty-first-century American Christians need to read more.

—Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School

"Then Andy Crouch wrote a book called Culture Making / And I knew I had to make a slight change"

—Lecrae, "Non-Fiction"

I’m loving your book. Parts of it are making me jump out of my skin. Molting, I think it’s called.

—Alf, composer and musician living in New York City

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Articles

Time Magazine

Apple Watch: To Wear It Like a Man—or a God?
According to Apple, this is technology that ‘embraces individuality and inspires desire.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Technology keeps getting more and more personal. First “personal computers,” which sat on your desk, gave way to laptops, which sat in a rather more intimate position. Now laptops are giving way to tablets and phones, which nestle in your hand and slip into your pocket. And early next year, the Apple Watch will wrap around quite a few wrists, which it will tap gently to signal that a friend is calling or a message has arrived. You could say the Apple Watch will be the ultimate personal computer, but more to the point, it is one of the first intimate computers. It promises to be with you every moment of the day (though it will part with you at night for recharging—such sweet sorrow), aware of your every motion, responsive to your touch. It will be close enough, Apple promises, to feel your heartbeat—and share that heartbeat, in a feature that is either sweet or slightly creepy, with a friend. I think Sting sang about this kind of intimate watchfulness a generation ago: “Every move you make, every breath you take, I’ll be watching you.” Oh, that song was not so much sweet as slightly creepy? Well, it won’t feel that way with the Apple Watch—unlike Sting’s hovering would-be lover, it is watching you in order to serve you. After all, in the reverent tones of Sir Jony Ive, narrating the watch’s introductory video, this is technology that “embraces individuality and inspires desire.” What could possibly go wrong?

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Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch is shaping the way our generation sees culture, creativity, and the gospel. His two most recent books—2017's The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016's Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction."

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. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

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Travel and Speaking


Christ and Creation

Houston, Texas

29–31 March 2017

Church Leader Summit

Dallas, Texas

4 April 2017

Q

Nashville, Tennessee

26–28 April 2017

Eagles Leadership Conference

Singapore

3–5 August 2017

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Central Presbyterian Church

St. Louis, Missouri

8–9 September 2017

CESA Symposium

Denver, Colorado

3 October 2017

Made to Flourish

Overland Park, Kansas

13 October 2017

Center for Pastor Theologians

Oak Park, Illinois

23–25 October 2017

Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul

Charleston, South Carolina

2–4 November 2017

Jubilee

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

23–25 February 2018