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Playing God Redeeming the Gift of Power

ISBN-10: 0830837655
ISBN-13: 9780830837656
Edition: N/A
Authors: Andy Crouch
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Description: Power corrupts--as we've seen time and time again. People too often abuse their power and play god in the lives of others. Shady politicians, corrupt executives and ego-filled media stars have made us suspicious of those who wield influence and  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/6/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Power corrupts--as we've seen time and time again. People too often abuse their power and play god in the lives of others. Shady politicians, corrupt executives and ego-filled media stars have made us suspicious of those who wield influence and authority. They too often breed injustice by participating in what the Bible calls idolatry. Yet power is also the means by which we bring life, create possibilities, offer hope and make human flourishing possible. This is "playing god" as it is meant to be. If we are to do God's work--fight injustice, bring peace, create beauty and allow the image of God to thrive in those around us--how are we to do these things if not by power?With his trademark clear-headed analysis, Andy Crouch unpacks the dynamics of power that either can make human flourishing possible or can destroy the image of God in people. While the effects of power are often very evident, he uncovers why power is frequently hidden. He considers not just its personal side but the important ways power develops and resides in institutions.Throughout Crouch offers fresh insights from key biblical passages, demonstrating how Scripture calls us to discipline our power. Wielding power need not distort us or others, but instead can be stewarded well.An essential book for all who would influence their world for the good.

ANDY CROUCH is an award-winning freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Celebrator Beer News, Ale Street News, Yankee Food News, Beverage Magazine, and on his website at www.beerscribe.com. He often travels on beer-related adventures when he's not practicing criminal law in downtown Boston.

Introduction
The Discovery of Power
The Gift of Power: In the Beginning It Was Not So
Exploration: Genesis 1 - 2 - Original Power
Power Is a Gift
Idolatry
Injustice
A Note: Evangelism and Social Action
Icons
Exploration: John 2 - The Wedding Wine
The Grip of Power: It Will Not Be So Among You
Exploration: Exodus 20 - The Ten Words
The Hiddenness of Power
Force, Coercion and Violence
The Lure of Privilege
Exploration: John 13 - Jesus, Power and Privilege
Institutions and Creative Power: From Generation to Generation
The Gift of Institutions
Principalities, Powers and Broken Institutions
Becoming Trustees
Exploration: Philemon - The Peculiar Institution
The End of Power: We Had to Celebrate
Disciplined Power
The Sabbath Ladder
The End of Power
Exploration: Luke 15 - Prodigal Power
Acknowledgments
Notes

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