Andy is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, won Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and was 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 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.
Perhaps the most wonderful and terrible aspect of life is this: that with every moment we give ourselves to forces that slowly transform us either into the beauty of persons made new in the image of the invisible God, or into grotesque distortions of creatures in whom God’s image is defaced. This is a sobering thought, and one of which we are not often conscious. A.J Gordon once wrote that “we become inevitably and insensibly assimilated to that which most completely absorbs our time and attention.” It is for this reason that we must make a regular habit, both individually and collectively, of critically assessing what it is that absorbs our time and attention and to invite the Holy Spirit to inspect our ways.
Our annual DEEP FAITH week is March 17-19, 2014. It will grant us an opportunity to do just that. Through special morning and evening chapel services we will ask God to examine our hearts and transform our minds, with the hope that our love of God and neighbor might be revived. Over these days, we will as a community pray specifically that we would “know the hope to which God has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe”(Eph.3:18-19). Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, will be with us to open the Scriptures, lead us in prayer and direct us towards a renewal of loving God with all of our hearts, souls, strength and minds.
With words equally descriptive of our times as they were of his, Eberhard Arnold, founder of the Bruderhof Community wrote: “These are times of distress. We cannot blindly retreat from the problems overwhelming society. The only justification for turning inward from the confusing, hectic world would be that, through unity with eternal powers, we gain a strength of character ready to be tested in the stream of the world.” Why do we set aside time to pray during DEEP FAITH week? What is the value of withdrawing from our routine activity in order to seek a more profound experience of God? It must be that in so doing we are transformed more into the people whom God calls us to be, ones made in the image of his Son, who shine like the lights amidst this current generation, and whose lives of love, purity and service witness to the presence of God within the “stream of the world.”
1 Northfield Yearbook; For Each New Day, p.87, in Fifty-Eight A.J. Gordon Quotations, A.J. Gordon Heritage Project 2007
2 War; A Call to Inner Life, Words of Hope for Uncertain Times. The Plough Publishing House, 2002