Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 10: Grace & Some Final Thoughts

In my previous Culture Making article, I discussed power and community as necessary elements of any sort of culture making enterprise. In this article, I'll be focusing on grace, which might just be the most important."Grace" is one of those words for Christians, and by that I mean a word we use all the time, though we may not always know what it means, or why we're using it. In his wonderful book, What's So Amazing About Grace, Philip Yancey writes that "grace" may be our last best word: … [Read more...]

Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 9: Power & Community

Here it is, the penultimate installment of my "Culture Making" series, i.e., my "blog-through" of Andy Crouch's Culture Making. But first, I need to get something off my chest: as I've been reading the book's final chapters, something's been bugging me. I alluded to it in the series' previous installment, and I think I've finally figured out what it is: the final section of the book, "Calling", doesn't have the same sort of arc as the first two sections. The first section, "Culture", attempts to … [Read more...]

Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 8: Searching for "Traces of God"

The previous chapter of Culture Making was, to be honest, a bit of a downer and I think that it's thrown me for a bit of a loop: I've been having some difficulty fully parsing the book's remaining chapters. Crouch had been building a convincing case for our role as culture makers through much of Culture Making, so I'm still trying to make sense of this sudden appearance of pessimism. If I had to boil down what I believe Crouch is saying so far, it's that it is impossible for us to truly affect … [Read more...]

Making Sense of “Culture Making”, Part 3: In The Beginning

In the first section of Culture Making, Andy Crouch took a fairly high-level view of "culture" and discussed such topics as defining culture, evaluating cultural goods, methods for bringing about and measuring the value and longevity of cultural change, and even a brief summary of the American church's engagement with the prevailing culture. As we enter the book's second section, and specifically, its sixth chapter, Crouch shifts from this high-level view to one that is very particular and … [Read more...]

Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 2: Worldviews and Cultural Change

My previous entry in this series -- read it here -- ended with some thoughts on Andy Crouch's discussion of the cultural impact of the Resurrection, arguably the most important event in history for Christians. Crouch was discussing how we measure cultural change and what brings about true cultural change, and made the insightful observation that an inverse relationship exists between the speed of a cultural change and the longevity of its impact. In other words, a cultural change that occurs … [Read more...]