Last fall Andy Crouch came to Kansas City to speak at our church. Andy is an author, speaker and columnist for Christianity Today. He had come to town to hold a workshop on our consumer culture and the Church (that's maybe an over-simplification but it's close). Given my flexible schedule, I was volunteered to pick Andy up at the airport. No problem, I love any excuse to be in the MINI for extended periods of time, about an hour round trip in this case. My wife told Andy earlier that I'd be picking him up and he would get to ride in the MINI. He was excited at the prospect and eager to see a MINI up close and take a ride because he had not previously had the opportunity to do so. He was full of all the usual first impressions and questions, however, I knew he was coming to speak on consumerism and culture, so I hoped I would not become an example of rampant consumerism or fodder for an upcoming discussion. As it turns out, Andy's experience with our MINI inspired him to write an article that appeared in the March/April issue of Christianity Today's Books & Culture.
I urge you to read the article because I think he has some fascinating ideas. His point is driven home in the last two paragraphs and does beg some discussion of the possibility that technology is, occasionally, worth celebrating and capable of bringing our world into focus.
I am humbled and honored. Thanks Andy.Posted by todd at May 24, 2004 11:39 AM