Teaser: Strong and Weak, by Andy Crouch

Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch. InterVarsity Press, 2016.

Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016).

As an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff, I have had a number of opportunities to interact with Andy Crouch over the course of the past two decades. In some ways he welcomed me to InterVarsity as he served on the worship team at my first two Urbana Student Missions Conferences

  • 1993 as a sophomore just becoming involved at Grove City College
  • 1996 as a staff intern embracing the call to serve at Carnegie Mellon U!

In 2009 I launched a Christian Scholars Series in partnership with Elizabethtown Brethren in Chrst Church (the local congregation of which I am a member) after having a great conversation at Following Christ 2008. Andy Crouch shared the vision for the Christian Scholars Series through the lens of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008). Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013) sent me to New York City for a 1-day Q Conference. My first response to the Advance Reader Copy of Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, March 2016) was “Amazing!” What a joy to share that it’s now available by e-book :) Andy Crouch begins Strong and Weak by offering the two questions that “haunt every human life, and every human community. . . .

What are we meant to be? . . . Why are we so far from what we’re meant to be?

A few pages later he offers the “simple” purpose of his book, to offer “how to embrace the life for which we were made—life that embraces the paradox of flourishing, that pursues greater authority and greater vulnerability at the same time.” Stay tuned for more on the new release. In the mean time enjoy Andy providing a glimpse of his model for leadership that leads to true flourishing: Authority with vulnerability.

Amen! To God be the glory!

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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