When we take up the role of servants, we do precisely what the powerful prefer not to do: put ourselves in a position where our power is of little use.

– Andy Crouch in Culture Making p.228

It is no surprise to discover that two-thirds of American philanthropy actually goes to institutions (whether museums, orchestras, or churches) that primarily serve the rich – essentially, the wealthy underwriting their own cultural experiences with the benefit of a tax deduction.

– Andy Crouch in Culture Making p.209

Poverty is not just a matter of lacking financial resources; it can also simply mean being cut off from cultural power. To be poor is to be unable to “make something of the world.”

– Andy Crouch in Culture Making p.43

Liberal Christians, enamored with the historical-critical method, have done a fine job of dismantling the claims of Scripture in light of its cultural context, but evangelical Christians have often done a fine job of ignoring the cultural import of Scripture while defending its divine inspiration.

– Andy Crouch in Culture Making p.11

If you want to change the world, generally speaking, you do well to scale the ladders that lead to elite influence. But we are not here to change the world, generally speaking. Indeed, the good news is the world is already changed, in a specific and astonishing way. God’s ways are not our ways. The culture he would have us make will undoubtedly be far more influential, and far more marginal, than our ambitions could ever fathom.

– Andy Crouch in Culture Making p. 7