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The Power of Life
Theme of the Week: Power at Its Best
Sunday, January 5, 2014

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Who Said It … Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch is executive editor of Christianity Today magazine. He is a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission Institute and a member of the Board of Advisors for the John Templeton Foundation. In addition, he is a classically trained musician who has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He is the author of Culture Making and Playing God. Andy lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

What he Said … The Power of Life

Power is the ability to make something of the world. Here I am borrowing unabashedly from the journalist Ken Myers, whose simple and profound definition of culture will serve us so well: Culture is what human beings make of the world, in both senses—the stuff we make from the raw material of nature, but also the meaning we make.

This is our basic task, preoccupation, and quest: to make something of a world that comes with no ready explanation yet has seemed to nearly every human being to throb with meaning. Power is simply (and not so simply) the ability to participate in that stuff-making, sense-making process that is the most distinctive thing that human beings do.

Of course, when we define power this way we recognize that we human beings are not the only creatures that make something of the world. At an elemental level all life exhibits power, transforming its surroundings. And all life requires power. Power pulses wherever we find life.

Key Study Passage: Ephesians 1:19-23

Adapted from Playing God by Andy Crouch (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to see the imbalances of power in the world that cause human suffering and pain; show me how to use my power for the good of others.

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