Culture Making

Recovering Our Creative Calling
Letto da: Sean Runnette
Durata: 11 ore e 5 min
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Andy Crouch unleashes a stirring manifesto calling Christians to be culture makers. 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.

Crouch unpacks the complexities of how culture works and gives us tools for cultivating and creating culture. He navigates the dynamics of cultural change and probes the role and efficacy of our various cultural gestures and postures. Keen biblical exposition demonstrates that creating culture is central to the whole scriptural narrative, the ministry of Jesus and the call to the church. He guards against naive assumptions about "changing the world," but points us to hopeful examples from church history and contemporary society of how culture is made and shaped. Ultimately, our culture making is done in partnership with God's own making and transforming of culture.

©2008 Andy Crouch (P)2010 christianaudio.com

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  • Generale
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  • Pastor
  • 19/04/2018

Understanding church and community

This book is written with a eloquent flow and audible reader matches that flow nicely. This book speaks to how the church and community relationship is intended to work. If you apply the guidance in this book you will find a God honoring relationship developing between the church and its neighbors and God’s beacon will begin to shine brighter. Just remember relationships don’t change overnight. God bless you all and I pray God blesses your churches.

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  • Adam Shields
  • 19/01/2011

Required Reading

This is a book that I honestly think most Christian need to read.

Much of the Evangelical project of the last 50+ years has been about calling the world to God. And while I think the Evangelical church has been rightly moving toward a better sense of engagement with culture, I think that most Christians still think about culture too simplistically. Culture Making is a serious look at how culture impacts faith, how we as Christians can impact culture and the value of focusing efforts toward creation, not just in the church but for the whole world.

In many ways this book is about recoving a sense of vocation (although it does not use that term much.) For Crouch, we all have a role in culture and therefore our roles as Christians are to act as Christians in culture by using our God given talents. But what I like is that Crouch does not just say, "go and do." He really examens the fact that none of us as individuals really have the ability to either predict where culture is going, how our creativity will be recieved or to actually make a long term change in culure. Even those at the highest levels of power have very limited effects on culture.

The call to be culture makers is not without its dangers. Crouch notes "If our excitement about changing the world leads us to the grand illusion that we stand somehow outside the world, knowing what's best for it...we have not yet come to the reality that the world has changed us far more than we will ever change it. Beware of world changers, they have not yet learned the reality of sin." Crouch is not calling for utopiean visions, or political take overs. He is calling for great and small works that nudge culture to God. The utopiean visions will always be corrupted. That is part of the reality of sin and power.

In spite of the warnings and caveats, in the end I was inspired like few other books I have read recently.

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  • Humanitarian Mama
  • 28/02/2019

Insightful reflections on culture

Obviously a deep thinker, Andy Crouch provides interesting food for thought for Christians who have eschewed culture as well as those who have embraced it. This book invites you to think differently about this thing we call culture and inspires you to think differently about how to engage with it. If you are looking for an easy read, you will not find it here. If you want to be challenged to embrace your faith on a whole new level, then this book is well worth your investment of time and energy.

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  • Michael Meyerdirk
  • 17/12/2018

Life-changing and inspiring!

This book restored my perspective of the larger story I am a part of and renewed my hope and wonder.

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  • Chux Okonji
  • 04/01/2018

I’m Short if Words!

To be honest, this is one book that has changed the way I see the world. It has sparked a new way of thinking in me that would last a lifetime. What this means is that ever so frequently, I would be going back to this book to learn and relearn. I would highly recommend that this this review is not just read but that the book is bought and also gifted to loved ones. I was well captivated by the Narrator’s style!! He brought life to words and sentences in ways the author just would have meant it to be.

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  • Cindy Rushton
  • 14/08/2020

A must read!

This is one of the most pivotal and essential books of our day. In a world that is full of people seeking for identity and purpose, this nook takes each of us by the hand and helps us explore the very essence of our calling and life purpose. A must read!

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  • Kevin K.
  • 22/07/2020

Great Reading Experience!

Wonderfully written and beautifully read. Succinct and poetic use of words from an author who is clearly informed, exposed, artistic, reflective, well-versed and well-read. The reading takes the writing to a whole other level, causing inspiration to be an inevitable outcome in any encounter with this book. Well done!

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  • Justin Rhinehart
  • 21/04/2020

Please read or listen to this book

If I write what I honestly think about this book it will sound like hyperbole. Please read or listen to it.

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  • Holly Em
  • 13/07/2019

A thought provoking book

Loved it. This is one of those books that forces you to develop and change, your opinions and assumptions as you read. it's we'll written which helps head off any unnecessary confusion, I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic.

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  • Robert Bloodworth
  • 01/06/2017

Very Good Philosophy of Developing Culture

A very good book, albeit a little slow moving in parts, and disconnecting from the theme in a couple of places, but very good.