113. Flourishing Leadership, with Andy Crouch, author of Strong and Weak
Spiritual Life and Leadership
Andy Crouch is Partner for Theology and Culture at Praxis and the author of Strong and Weak. In this episode, Andy Crouch discusses the roles of both strength and weakness--authority and vulnerability--in our leadership.So often, we assume the greatest leaders are the ones who exhibit great authority. Or maybe we believe the greatest leaders let go of all their authority and lead only from a place of vulnerability.But that’s a false dichotomy. Leaders that bring true flourishing lead with both authority and vulnerability.THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:Andy Crouch is Partner for Theology and Culture at Praxis and the author of numerous books, including Strong and Weak.The most formative books Andy Crouch has read are A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson and Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life by Albert Borgman.After writing Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, Andy Crouch placed the themes of that book on a 2x2 matrix, which unlocked all kinds of new insight, which led him to write Strong and Weak.Andy Crouch explains what a 2x2 matrix is. In the case of Strong and Weak, the 2x2 matrix consists of authority and vulnerability.See graphic belowWhen humans experience both authority and vulnerability, this is flourishing.When there is no authority and no vulnerability, this can be called safety or withdrawal.Vulnerability without authority is suffering.Authority without vulnerability is control or exploiting.Andy Crouch explains the need for both authority and vulnerability by exploring Genesis 1 and 2.There is something that is unlocked in the world when a person with authority willingly empties themselves of authority and enters into suffering. It has a capacity to repair and restore the world.Finding the right meaningful risk will unlock flourishing for you and the people you’re entrusted with.In order to move toward vulnerability, letting go of authority, we need friends who are outside our own system.The prayer of a healthy leader: God, show me my meaningful action today and show me my meaningful risk.To find out more about Andy Crouch and his work, visit www.praxislabs.org.RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:Books mentioned:Strong and Weak, by Andy CrouchA Long Obedience in the Same Direction, by Eugene PetersonTechnology and the Character of Contemporary Life, by Albert BorgmanPlaying God: The Gift of Redeeming Power, by Andy CrouchPraxis Website:Praxislabs.org
Episode 192 - Andy Crouch, "The Tech-Wise Family, Part 2"
Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick
“It’s not about limits. It’s about filling our lives with what we really want.” - Andy CrouchToday we conclude our conversation with author, musician and speaker, Andy Crouch, about his book, “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place.” As school is back in session and families are getting back to some regular life rhythms, we thought a conversation centered around how the entire family leverages technology would be most beneficial for the next few episodes. On the back jacket of the book, it states poignantly, “Reclaiming real life in a world of devices.”On this episode, keep an ear out for a few of the 10 Tech-Wise Commitments, such as:Develop wisdom and courage as a familyCreate more than we consumeWake up before our devices do. Go to bed before they do.If you don’t know Andy Crouch, he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today for more than 10 years. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, —and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction." We count it a privilege to know Andy and consider him a strong ally and friend in the fight to restore hearts and lives.HELPFUL RESOURCES:Episode 191 - Andy Crouch, "The Tech-Wise Family, Part 1"Episode 11 - Andy Crouch, "Strong and Weak, Part 1"Episode 12 - Andy Crouch, "Strong and Weak, Part 2"
Episode 191 - Andy Crouch, "The Tech-Wise Family, Part 1"
Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick
“This is about something a lot more than screens, it’s about something a lot more than limits, and it’s not just about the kids.” - Andy CrouchMichael's guest for the next two podcasts is author, musician and speaker, Andy Crouch, who joins Michael in a discussion about his book, "The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place."Andy is an eloquent communicator who masterfully makes connections between culture, creativity, and the Christian faith. He is also on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary as well as the Council for Christan Colleges and Universities. For more than 10 years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today including serving as the Executive Editor from 2012-2016. Andy joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as Senior Strategist for Communication and his work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.He is also the author of several books including "Culture Making", "Playing God", and "Strong and Weak" (which in his first appearance on Restoring the Soul, we explored in-depth). According to Andy's website, "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."HELPFUL RESOURCES:Episode 11 - Andy Crouch, "Strong and Weak, Part 1"Episode 12 - Andy Crouch, "Strong and Weak, Part 2"
Andy Crouch & Dave Blanchard: After the K-Shaped Recovery
The Redemptive Edge
In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andy Crouch and Dave Blanchard proposed that we would likely face a "blizzard" of weeks to a few months, a "winter" of perhaps 12-18 months, and a "little ice age" of ripple effects in our economic and cultural lives that would last for years. Now, just over a year later, they discuss Andy's latest article from the Praxis Journal, "After the K-Shaped Recovery," which was also a keynote talk at the 2021 Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit on May 17, 2021. In this episode, Andy and Dave discuss the trajectory of the K-shaped recovery from the pandemic, in which parts of our economies and societies have boomed (generally speaking, those with the resources to absorb the blows of the blizzard, and the freedom to live and create value through digital work)—while other parts have suffered (smaller enterprises, those with fewer resources, and people whose work necessarily involves physical presence). What is the hidden toll on those on the "upper half" of the K, and what are some redemptive responses to this trajectory? More important, what opportunities do Christian builders have to heal and repair some of the fallout for those in the "lower half" of the K?Andy and Dave also discuss bandwidth—literal and metaphorical—as a way of understanding how to rebuild trust and creativity with one another; the longstanding K-shaped patterns that seem to be features (not bugs) of many of our institutions; the loss of forgiveness as a cultural value, as well as our society's desperate need for more of it; and an invitation to embody the biblical call to Jubilee.
In 2017 Andy Crouch wrote My Tech Wise family, a practical book about how to have a healthy relationship to technology. In that book was a foreword by his daughter Amy, who called herself Test Subject Number 2. Well Amy has gotten a bit older since that book and has written one of her own, an expansion of sorts to My Tech-Wise Family called My Tech-Wise Life. My Tech-Wise Life is a book filled with wisdom along with practical tips on how to flourish in a world in which technology often pulls us away from reality. In the episode we talk about the book and dig into the differences between science and technology and the balance between when technology is adding to or taking away from our role as image bearers of God. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.
We are the most powerful generation ever, but also the loneliest, most anxious, and most depressed. We’re meant to flourish in heart, soul, mind, strength, and relationship — yet culture asks us undermine our personhood to acquire power. Andy Crouch reminds us what the Gospel has to offer in this moment.
Episode 31. “Living A Tech-Wise Life” (with Andy Crouch)
The Deep Thoughts Podcast
Matt sits down with Andy Crouch for a sprawling conversation on everything from Jeopardy to Lecrae, cyborgs to culture-making, and how to approach the easy-everywhere nature of technology with wisdom and faithfulness. The Deep Thoughts Podcast engages deep thinkers on some of their deepest of thoughts so listeners can explore aspects of the Christian faith a little more deeply. *Incredibly, no deep thinkers were harmed in the making of this podcast. ABOUT: ANDY CROUCH Andy is an author, speaker, and musician whose work focuses on culture, creativity, and the gospel. He is the author of several books including Culture Making, Playing God and the primary focus of our conversation today, The Tech-Wise Family and My Tech-Wise Life, the latter of which he co-authored with his daughter Amy. Just to add even more cred, his work has been featured in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and best of all Lecrae’s single “Non-Fiction.” He’s a full-time partner in theology and culture with Praxis and lives with his family in Pennsylvania. It turns out he was mentored by a Canadian couple when he was a young adult. So, Andy, as Canadians we are happy to take credit for all your success and most wonderful attributes.
Amy and Andy Crouch, Intentionality In a Tech-Filled World
The Going Scared Podcast with Jessica Honegger
We’re back with a new series all about Going Against the Grain! Jessica’s daughter, Amelie, joins the conversation today with our first two guests: Amy and Andy Crouch. This father-daughter duo and co-authors of the new book My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices have flipped the script when it comes to using technology in our everyday lives. Today, Amy and Andy share how intentional and controlled use of modern devices, apps, and services can help teens avoid many of the negative experiences of their peers and cultivate strength, community, and honesty while navigating a tech-filled world. Show Links — For more on Amy and Andy's work: https://andy-crouch.com/ — Head to Jessica Honegger's website for info on her book, newsletter, transcripts of Going Scared episodes, and more! https://jessicahonegger.com/ Jessica's Social IG- https://www.instagram.com/jessicahonegger/ FB — https://www.facebook.com/jessicahoneggerofficial T — https://twitter.com/jessicahonegger/ LI — https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicahonegger/
S5E7 - Interview: Andy Crouch & Amy Crouch: My TechWise Life
Device & Virtue
Can we live more genuine, compassionate, and focused lives online? Well-known Christian author Andy Crouch joins his daughter Amy Crouch for a fascinating conversation on living My TechWise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices Amy’s book is a follow up to the The TechWise Family by Andy Crouch: and the family Amy grew up in! Now a junior at Cornell University, she writes her own volume on what it was like as a teenager to grow up in a household with a certain approach to the iPhones and technology that we live with everyday. Our interview is packed with fascinating bits including: What does it feel like for a teenager growing up with SnapChat and social expectations online? How does technology interact with our own vulnerability and self-doubt? How do we confront distraction? How do parents and kids work together on creating family approaches to technology? Also—we ask Andy Crouch (author of Culture Making and former editor of Christianity Today) magazine what he makes of the current startling events in Washington DC, how technology has affected what has happened, and what he thinks the church can do in response. **This podcast description includes sponsored links: help support the Device & Virtue podcast** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
dadAWESOME We’re on a mission to add LIFE to the dad life. We’re passionate about helping dads live fully alive as they lead their kids to God’s awesomeness. | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Thanksgiving Giving Invitation We're inviting our dadAWESOME community to pray about supporting this movement. Our Mission: Resource churches with tools and coaching to help dads live fully alive and lead their families to God’s awesomeness. A movement of dads receiving love from their Heavenly Father (Mark 1:11) and intentionally pursuing the hearts of their kids. “He shall turn the heart of the fathers to their children, & the heart of the children to their fathers…” Malachi 4:6 Learn more about supporting dadAWESOME Andy Crouch Andy is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, which works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books--2017's The Tech-Wise Family and 2016's Strong and Weak--build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books, Playing God and Culture Making. 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 served 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." He lives with his family in Pennsylvania Conversation Notes: 1:16 - Andy Crouch - Author of The Tech-Wise Family & co-author of My Tech-Wise Life with his daughter. 1:36 - Check out dadawesome.org/give for ways to support dadAWESOME. 2:59 - Introduction to Andy’s family 5:03 - What are some of the components that lead to a family that is flourishing? Authority Vulnerability Discussing parenting literature about parenting with a balance of warmth and firmness. 6:54 - The authority and vulnerability paradox. Authority - capacity for meaningful action, the ability to do something and have it really matter in the world. Vulnerability is exposure to meaningful risk. 7:17 - “I think that our best moments as families, our best moments as parents but also kids’ best moments, are when we are given the capacity for meaningful action in some way. That is, we have some ability to have something matter that we do, AND we are exposed to meaningful risk - that is, it could go wrong and we could lose something.” 9:27 - Discussing the process of writing a book with his daughter. 11:45 - “Before they hit [adolescence], they're transparent in a way [that] we know what they're feeling, we know what they're thinking, and we usually know why. But then there's this important thing that happens in adolescence which is detaching from that transparency, in a way. Hopefully without secrets.” 12:20 - Jeff’s perspective on the book: (1) Andy continually pointed his daughter back to scripture. (2) It wasn’t just about technology, it was about connecting with his daughter’s heart. 14:08 - “The reality is tech is about the heart because so much of our relationships now are mediated and...especially as your kids hit adolescence... you really have to pay attention to the way that technology, and really specifically media, shrink the channel for relationship.” 16:02 - “The first way in which this is really about the heart, is our heart is ultimately about Who knows me? Who loves me? Am I known by someone and does that person once they know me, do they love me? Do they still love me... once someone really sees who I am? And you know the biggest way tech fails is on on question number one: Does anyone know me?” 17:19 - “So many of our relationships get channeled through these media that really are not sufficient for deep real relationship, and we really have to pay attention as our kids get older as to how we help them navigate that.” 17:43 - Phrase from Tech-Wise Family: Technology makes things “easy everywhere.” 18:50 - “There are good things about this (easy everywhere), but they aren’t good for our heart because we don’t grow when things are easy.” 19:57 - “So much of our lives has become so easy, and easy is always an option, that we never actually experience what it's like to grow through difficulty, to grow through adversity. And yet, that's what actually makes us into the kind of people who can have deep relationships and who have... hearts to offer the world.” 21:15 - Being creators versus consumers. 21:45 - “I believe this goes all the way down to who we are in the image of god and that we are meant to cultivate and create in the world that's our that is our purpose as human beings uh representing the one who created the whole world.” 22:13 - Connection between consumer culture and the story of the garden of Eden. 23:20 - “And the message that we all get now is you're defined by what you consume rather than defined by what you create.” 24:35 - Coaching from Andy around family rhythms and developing a “creating” culture in our homes and with our kids. 24:45 - Definition of Culture - patterns that reflect underlying values. The strongest cultural patterns are those that everybody does. Build your culture and things you all do together. 28:07 - Build a culture on rhythms of use and non-use and a rhythm of work and rest - Sabbath. 29:07 - Screens disrupt sleep and screens allow secrets. 30:53 - How he set up his house to facilitate the family culture 32:15 - “How you design your space makes a big difference about what are you inclined to do together? Will you turn something on and start consuming or do you actually pick something up and start creating?” 33:24 - Hope and encouragement for the dad who feels like he’s messed up. “You are not going to get through this without the two elements of trust: Rupture and Repair. 35:45 - “You have got to realize that a limitless world is terrible for human beings and so you have to be willing as the authority in the home to re-establish limits that may never have had.” 38:55 - Andy’s prayer for dads. Conversation Links: andy-crouch.com Andy's Podcast My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling Giving to dadAWESOME