Yes Minister!

One of my congregants once pondered after attending a conference, “I wonder if these folks run to the front of their churches every Sunday to get a seat the way they do here.” Is there a “rock star” culture amongst evangelicals, especially evident in its conference machinations? My reasoning is that if we’re even entertaining the question then the answer is probably “yes.” I believe this is all Carl Trueman, professor and dean at Westminster, is attempting to say.

I have seen the VIP seating, the special dinners, and the perks for speakers reach gross proportions. I have watched “great expositors” who can’t carry a conversation with an average Joe be heralded for their communication abilities. Yes, Trueman overstates a few points but this easily excusable once one discovers that he’s British (this is where you usually find the obligatory “just kidding” remark). The question remains as to whether we are stuck with the status quo or will this celebrity culture ever be seen for what it is. For your reading pleasure, Phil Gons does a nice job of rounding up the relevant posts on the subject.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 22, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I both agree and disagree but since it is my B-day and more importantly Good Friday I will wait for another time to comment.

    Together for the gospel,


  2. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

    This weekend i watched two specials. One was on the Vatican (Nat Geo) and the other was an ABC special on the Royal Wedding. We need to be careful when we throw around terms like “Rock Star” treatment and “Christian Celebrity” culture. John Piper and John MacArthur have never experienced a day remotely close to what the Pope lives each and every day (and we’re all grateful for that). Watch the TV special if you don’t agree with me.

    With that said, I think I agree with what Paul’s trying to communicate here.

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