Episode 5: Andy Crouch

August 31, 2017

In this episode, Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family shares wise tips, essential choices and new habits that can help us to make good use of technology while protecting the things that matter even more.

In this episode, you'll explore

  • How our tech habits can affect the health of our souls

  • Ways that technology without boundaries disrupts human connections, conversations, and relationships

  • Practical advice and choices to help us harness the best of technology without letting it overrun our lives

  • How technology subtly shapes the way we view and interact with the world

Key Quotes:

"Technology is so good at promising to make life easier… that we start to think that a better life is an easier life." - Andy Crouch

"The decisions we make – or fail to make – about our technology use often have more impact than any other on the health of our marriage, our family, our friendships and the vitality of our souls." - Jedd Medefind

"As tools, technology is great, but as a paradigm of life, it can be dangerous." - Andy Crouch

"If we are to be the boss of our technology, rather than vice-versa, it’s not enough to want it to be different. We must make plans regarding technology’s proper place." - Jedd Medefind

"You don’t have to throw away the device, or completely ‘quit’ necessarily. To have a very profound change can happen when you just decide that you are not going to let the default settings determine how I use this." - Andy Crouch

Meet Our Guest

ANDY CROUCH

Author, Musician, Public Speaker

For more than ten years, Andy Crouch served as an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. He also serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. 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.”

Andy Crouch is shaping the way our generation sees culture, creativity, and the gospel. His two most recent books—2017’s The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016’s Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

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. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.