Monthly Archives: April 2010

Mohler on the “Metacities” and Their Massive Implications for Missions

Theologian Al Mohler just wrote on the rise of “metacities”, stratospheric cities featuring around 20 million people with unvarying density, little infrastructure, and little sustained planning.  The trend is highly noteworthy.

Mohler comments as follows:

As Stewart Brand argues, we are becoming a “city planet.” Vast populations are moving into huge international cities, drawn by the hope of a better life. As Brand notes, cities have always been wealth creators, and the exploding populations of the largest cities draw even more inhabitants with the hope of securing an economic future. “At the current rate,” Brand writes, “humanity may well be 80 percent urban by mid-century. Every week there are 1.3 million new people in cities. That’s 70 million a year, decade after decade.”

This represents a truly incalculable transformation of human life.

The metacities include Lagos, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Mexico City.  Many are in the global South.  I learned from Mohler’s article that New York City, seemingly grand beyond scale, is actually already dwarfed by many of these cities.

Mohler highlights the missiological challenges of these sprawling environs:

These new metacities will shape the future and, by extension, all of us. The Financial Times produced this important report with primary concern for the future of the cities as engines of economic development and political innovation. Christians must look to this report with a sober acknowledgment that the church is falling further behind in the challenge of reaching the cities. The emergence of these vast new metacities will call for a revolution in missiology and ministry.

This much is clear — the cities are where the people are. In the course of less than 300 years, our world will have shifted from one in which only 3 percent of people live in cities, to one in which 80 percent are resident in urban areas.

Read the whole piece.

The call of Tim Keller of NYC’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and others to the cities of the world seems spot-on from this article, which as noted above is based on a recent Financial Times piece that is not available without subscription.  It’s encouraging that Redeemer’s church planting outfit–Redeemer City to City–targets not simply American cities, but global cities.  Much more work on this front is needed.  Tons more.  Many thousands of planters and missionaries more.

Can you imagine a 20-million person city?  Really?  Well, there are many of them.  That’s a mind-boggling reality.  There are serious challenges before the church of the twenty-first century–and, as Mohler and Keller point, serious opportunities.  Maybe church planters need to look beyond their hometown and their favorite locale to the massive metacities in which untold millions of people work and live and struggle.

These metacities, after all, are populated primarily not with slick young professionals but with men and women and children living subsistence lives.  In reading this piece, I really wonder if we are not seeing a massive transformation of missions.  Historic missions often have involved–at least as many of us think of them–modern people going to premodern settings.  Surely, much of the world still lives in such settings, but this is rapidly shifting.

In the future, if the Financial Times article is correct, missionaries and church planters who have a massive vision of God and His work in the world will need, perhaps, to prioritize the teeming global cities to which once agrarian people are flowing.  Tons of missionaries are still needed for agrarian, isolated settings, but many must go to the metacities–not to make a name for themselves, not so that they can fall in with the upwardly mobile, but so that they can minister to hordes of lost sinners who swarm into cities in search of  hope they cannot find without the gospel.

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Sacrifice of the Fittest, Boys Being Girls, and Tim Tebow

Andrew Lisi just wrote an excellent piece on sacrifice from Leviticus.  I loved this paragraph:

But as I was reading through today I came across Lev. 22:21 and immediately saw one of the countless threads rooted in that book of the Bible that’s woven throughout Scripture. In Leviticus the perfect animal sacrifice is called for. The demand is not for just any animal. It couldn’t be deformed or defected in any way. I can only imagine the “Best in Show” of all animals. This also seems to go against everything our modern minds consider, especially our Darwinian-informed minds. This is a “sacrificing of the fittest.”

What is on view here is the reality that God deserves the very best offering for our sin, the very worst in us. More than that – he demands it.

This seemed to me to be a great turn of phrase, and also a helpful angle on sacrifice in the Bible.  In fact, this is a great concept to turn over, think deeply about, and maybe explore in more detail.  God doesn’t demand the sacrifice of the weak and cheap, but the mighty and costly.  Pretty profound stuff.

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I’ve got to give a major caution here because this video, “Boys Will Be Girls”, has some offensive content (I would cut it off at 3:45).  It’s similar to Saturday Night Live, which I watch little of due to objectionable material.  Some will want to give it a pass, especially those watching Internet usage of children.

But if you want to see some cutting-edge cultural commentary that seems to speak to the state of modern manhood, check out this video by the Harvard Sailing Team, an NYC sketch comedy group.  Ashton Kutcher, Cosmopolitan, and Comedy Central have all taken note of this new group.

Again, I don’t support the offensive content at all (and you might want to cut out early at 3:45).  I do think, however, it makes some noteworthy points about modern men.

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How will the Broncos use Tim Tebow?  Many are wondering.  The NYT has some thoughts.  On another note, here’s hoping he can maintain his testimony in the NFL…

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Two upcoming concerts in the TEDS area: Peter Bradley Adams on April 30 (and May 1) and Andrew Belle on May 1.  Scroll down on Adams’s website to see shows on the right.  Andrew Stravitz, hipster culture watcher at large, clued me in to the first; many thanks.

(Image of Zurbaran’s Agnus Dei, 1635-40: JesusWalk)

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Os Guinness in Chicago, Jonathan Edwards, and Baptist21 Events

Socrates in the City is very cool.  And it’s coming to Chicago on May 6, 2010.

The program is “pre-evangelism”, aimed at cultural influencers interested in thoughtful conversation on matters of faith, the mind, and public life.  Based in New York City and led by evangelical public intellectual Eric Metaxas, the program is utterly unique and highly exciting.  It’s featured speakers like Sir John Polkinghorne, Francis Collins, Alister McGrath, and Robby George.  Basically, it rocks.

Here’s the info about the May 6th event in Chicago:

Please join host Eric Metaxas and special guest Dr. Os Guinness, author of The Call and more than twenty other books, who will speak on the topic: “Can Freedom Last Forever?: The Framers’ Forgotten Question and How We Are Doing Today”.

Date: May 6th

Wine and Cheese Reception from 6:30 pm till 7:00 pm

Speaking will begin at 7:00 pm SHARP

Dr. Guinness will sign copies of his books at 8:30 pm

Location: University Club of Chicago

(76 E. Monroe Street)

VPs accepted day of event)

Register for the event here.

So there you have it–Socrates is coming to the Windy City.

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Stephen Nichols on the strange unitive power of Jonathan Edwards.  It’s pretty remarkable when you actually think about the diverse patrons of the Edwardsean mind and ministry…

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Carl Trueman has the sharpest pen in evangelicalism.  In a recent essay (HT: JT) entitled “Life on the Cultic Fringe”, he takes aim at those who worry over what the world thinks about the church.  His words are strong but needed.  Read the whole piece.

Further, if the world finds me and mine ridiculous, then I can only respond by saying that I do not find the world’s views on a whole host of things particularly judicious or impressive either.  I switch on my TV each night and see politicians behaving like cheap backstreet hucksters; I see `celebrities’ living lives that would make a porn star blush and being applauded for so doing; I watch talk shows where people take seriously the soppy psychobabble of numerous numpties; I stand on the touchline at kids’ sporting events and see parents coming to blows over a refereeing decision in a game involving kids, for goodness sake; and I look at the great, self-important, self-righteous contemporary critics of the church and note the contempt they have shown in their own lives for their marriages and for those they were meant to love and honour, and even for those with whom they disagree within their own guilds. None of these things means that everything the world does and thinks is automatically wrong; but it inclines me to take the world’s wisdom with a pinch of salt and not be too worried if they find me `unloving’ or they dismiss my church when she refuses to conform to their view of reality simply because they tell me it is true. That kind of capitulation to powerful personalities and guilds is indeed where cults, on the Trueman definition, begin.

This is a helpful counter to those who suggest that the world has the right to act as some kind of imperious and abstract judge over the church.  That’s simply not the case.

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Timmy Brister has video from Tony Kummer from Band of Bloggers.  The event was really fun and typically well-done.  I continue to submit that it is strange that no one live-blogged it.  It’s like going to a conference on tables without any tables…

(I’ll let you chew on that one for a while.  Deep thoughts.)

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Check out upcoming Baptist21 events.  Exciting stuff…

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An Essential Talk by Bruce Ware on Manhood

The following was just posted at the blog of The Gospel Coalition:

Theologian Bruce Ware just gave a noteworthy talk on godly manhood at his church, Clifton Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky.  The talk was entitled “Select Principles on Being a Biblically Faithful Man and Husband”.  I heard the talk and commend the audio to you.  The following is the handout given out at the talk.  The handout alone is one of the most helpful documents I’ve seen on what godly manhood looks like.

1. Love.   1) Loving God increasingly w/ all my heart, soul, mind and strength; loving Christ and the cross; loving the gospel — these are the foundation for all else.  Drawing from God all I need to be the man and husband God has called me to be is my strength and hope.  2) Loving my wife as Christ loves the Church — this is the umbrella principle for marriage; everything else flows from this responsibility and privilege (Eph 5:25ff).

2. Leadership.   Biblical manhood involves cultivating, embracing, and exercising leadership initiative, especially spiritual leadership initiative.  This is a principle that applies to young men and adult single men just as well as to married men.  Cultivate, embrace, and exercise spiritual leadership initiative.   In marriage, my love for my wife involves and requires that I exert leadership in our relationship.  My headship of my wife means I’m responsible for her spiritual growth and well-being.  And as a father, I’m responsible in ways that my wife is not for the spiritual development of our children (Eph 6:1-4).  And again, to do this, I must be seeking God and growing personally.  Only out of the storehouse of my own soul’s growth in God can I assist my wife to grow spiritually.

3. Example.  Lead by example as much as by admonition and instruction.  Set the example in:  consistent times in the Word and prayer;  in sacrificial service for your wife, children, church family members, and community needs;  in giving faithfully, generously, and regularly of your finances;  in humble admission of wrong-doing along with confession, asking forgiveness, and repentance.  Fight pride, fight defensiveness, fight carnality before others.

4. Authority.  All three points above imply and invoke the concept of male-headship.  Yes, God has given special authority to husbands and fathers.  Learn, though, the correct expression of healthy, constructive, upbuilding, God-honoring, Christ-following authority.  Resist and reject the sinful extremes of 1) harshness, bossiness, mean-spirited authoritarianism, and of 2) laziness, apathy, lethargy, negligence, and abdication of authority to the women in our lives.  Learn to blend firmness with gentleness, truth with grace, a firm hand with a warm smile.

5. Acceptance.   Each of us is unique as God has made us.  We should accept others’ differences w/o thinking ourselves to be either superior or inferior to others.  In marriage, my wife is unique, and so in many ways, she is not like me.  I need to accept who she is, prayerfully and sensitively seeking to assist her in changing what is sinful and needs to be changed, and accepting what is “just different.”

6. Listening.   One of my wife’s biggest and most real needs is my attentive and respectful listening ear.  She loves to share her experiences, thoughts, ideas, feelings, concerns, hurts, joys, etc.   I can minister to my wife more than one might think by offering her caring, responsive, and respectful listening and interaction.  Learn to listen sympathetically w/o rushing to “fix it” solutions.  Connect first heart to heart, then later heart to head.  Establish regular times of mutual sharing (yes, mutual), keep short accounts, and act on what you hear and learn.

7. Understanding.   I need to live with my wife in an understanding way (1 Pet 3:7), to learn her needs, her sensitivities.  I should seek to know the desires and felt needs of my wife and, when appropriate and possible, fulfill these.  I need to discover her “language of love” and make every effort to love her in ways she feels loved.

8. Work.   A man’s main sense of identity, responsibility, and purpose is found in his work.  Wives want to take pride in their husbands, and taking pride in their work is an important part of this.  Women are not meant to bear the financial weight of a marriage or family, so husbands must work hard and responsibly.  As important as work is to a man’s identity and fulfillment, we must not allow work to overshadow our commitment to and time with our wives first, and also to our children.  Work hard, work well, work to the honor of Christ, and then put work to rest.

9. Sexuality.   My wife is my only legitimate sexual experience, and I am hers.  So, learning to love sexually with increasing skill and pleasure is vitally important to the satisfaction and intimacy of our marriage.  See human sexuality for what it is — the good gift of God to be experienced in marriage, as God has designed.

10. Home.   She cares much about our home.   The “honey-do” list is far more important to her than she is likely to let on.  In love for her, I must pay attention to her requests and treat them as important.  But more important even than this is cultivating the “culture” and “ethos” of our home.  Develop an atmosphere of appreciation, respect, kindness, service, holiness, happiness, gratefulness, contentment, forgiveness — all as expressions of our love for God and one another.

Listen to the talk here.

My only other word on the talk would be that in the case of Dr. Ware, these words are backed up by a faithful life.  It’s one thing to hear people talk about manhood directed to the glory of God; it’s another to live it.  Dr. Ware excels at husbanding, fathering, leading, and teaching.  He has much to teach you and me, and I hope that these resources bless you and contribute to the revival of robust biblical manhood in our day.

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Free T4G Sessions, Liberating Black Theology, and the Sad Story of Jennifer Knapp

In a stunning twist of irony, The Gospel Coalition blog has all of the Together for the Gospel sessions posted online, while the T4G site does not.  And you thought the two did not interface.  It’s great that they do.

I don’t know why, but CJ Mahaney’s session is not up.  I thought it was exceptional, and that it tied the whole conference together.  You had Mohler and Sproul doing high-level worldview thinking, Dever and others working out of their pastor-theologian mindset, and CJ–the heart of the conference–tying it all together for the vast majority of attendees, the faithful pastors of countless churches across the world. 

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Anthony Bradley has written a courageous book on black theology entitled Liberating Black TheologyJohn Starke of TGC Reviews interviewed him.  Looks highly worthwhile.

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Denny Burk links to CT’s coverage of the recent “coming out” of musician Jennifer Knapp, one of the first Christian musicians I heard who made beautiful music and sang meaningful lyrics.  I’m deeply saddened by this news. 

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You’ve heard about Dr. Oz, but you don’t know much about him.  Here’s your source for information.  I met a driver who had once taken him to the airport.  She said he was on his phone the whole time.  There–now you know something completely extraneous about the man.

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If you have not introduced yourself to the wonder that is Andrew Belle’s music, please do so.  I dare you to find a better recent song than “The Ladder”.  You can’t do it.  That song will stand playing ten times in a row.  Trust me.

(Photo of CJ Mahaney at T4G 2010: Devin Maddox–more pictures here)

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Brian Croft on the External Call to Ministry

A while back, I blogged about a book on visiting the sick by a faithful Louisville pastor I know named Brian Croft.  It’s a delight to share with you that Brian has written another practical ministry book on the external call to ministry.  It’s entitled Test, Train, Affirm & Send into Ministry (DayOne, 2010).  It comes with a foreword by Al Mohler and endorsements by folks like Tom Schreiner, Thabiti Anyabwile, Donald Whitney, David Platt, and Jim Hamilton.

Some of you know that DayOne has a heart to help God’s churchmen learn the basics of pastoral ministry.  There’s really no other publisher doing exactly what they do.  They have published valuable works on such topics as counseling, comforting mourners, and teaching prayer.  Grounded in a brief but thick biblical theology of shepherding, Brian’s newest book fits nicely in this stream as he combines clear prose, wise counsel, personal anecdotes, and biblical insight to inform our understanding of what it looks like for a local church to send a future pastor into the field of ministry.

Here’s a nice passage from the work that shows its agility and depth:

The detailed process is unclear, yet it is clear where the responsibility falls.  God has called out a people for salvation from every tribe, tongue, people and nation to build his kingdom and to display his glory to the nations.  Although God uses many people and organizations to accomplish many purposes, the authority and responsibility given by God for building his kingdom and displaying his glory rest solely upon his redeemed people within the context of the local church.  God has divinely ordained the local church to grant the external call to an individual seeking the call of God.  May our individual local churches and our leaders within be awakened to feel the weight of this responsibility so that they will take hold of it and hold it fast to the end.

Finally, you should also know that Brian has a new blog up called Practical Shepherding on which he dispenses the same blend of clear, biblical, empathetic pastoral wisdom.  Check that blog out.  The blog features what a number of my good friends have experienced in person in the church Brian leads, namely, careful guidance and godly wisdom.

What a joy to see the Lord raise up a movement of practically minded pastors who do not shy away from teaching about the nuts and bolts of ministry and who ground that absolutely essential work in a rich understanding of the Word and the gospel of Christ.

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Live Webcast of TIU-RZIM Partnership Announcement

Today at 11am CST (in a few minutes) Trinity International University will announce a new partnership with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.  Go here to watch the live-stream for free: http://tiuproductions.com/livestream/ This is a special chapel service of the university.

In addition, you can watch a free live webcast of a special Henry Center-sponsored event entitled “Apologetics Beyond the Pew” at 2:30pm CST today, April 12, 2010 at http://tiuproductions.com/livestream/ The event will last for roughly 1.5 hours and will feature a talk by Dr. Zacharias on apologetics.

Both of these events will be recorded and posted for free viewing on the Henry Center website 2-4 weeks from now.

Schedule of Events for Monday, April 12

  • 11am-12:15pm: Special chapel service to announce TIU-RZIM partnership in ATO Chapel (all invited); free webcast online
  • 2:30pm-4pm: “Apologetics Beyond the Pew” with Ravi Zacharias and Friends in ATO Chapel (all invited); free webcast online

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Are Suburbs Becoming the New Cities?

There’s been much discussion in the blogging world of late about whether to target cities or not in church planting efforts.  In light of that conversation, consider David Brooks’s most recent NYT piece.  He argues based on some studies that suburbs will blossom in coming years:

Over the next 40 years, Kotkin argues, urban downtowns will continue their modest (and perpetually overhyped) revival, but the real action will be out in the compact, self-sufficient suburban villages. Many of these places will be in the sunbelt — the drive to move there remains strong — but Kotkin also points to surging low-cost hubs on the Plains, like Fargo, Dubuque, Iowa City, Sioux Falls, and Boise.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t know this.  Seems to lend credence to the words of those who emphasize ministry all over the place in Christ’s name.

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With her characteristic eloquence, Maureen Dowd weighs in on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal.  The anecdotes she provides turn the stomach, to say the least.  Sin is everywhere–in our house and outside it–but this scandal boggles the mind, given the widespread suffering of helpless children.

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While we’re on the NYT, commentary on the increasing presence of androgynous female athletes:

“Brittney Griner is such an athlete, and so gifted, you almost don’t notice that she is part of a slowly unfolding, civilized response in this country to the slightly androgynous female,” said Terry Castle, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and a passionate fan of women’s basketball. “She calls our attention to the unnecessary rigidity of sex roles and makes a number of feminist points along the way.”

Brittney Griner, incidentally, is the same female college basketball player who recently punched one of her opponents.  If you track with a biblical worldview that emphasizes the necessary and God-glorifying distinctiveness of the genders on many points, you may find this cultural development problematic, and worthy of attention. This is not to say that women playing any sport is harmful, but that some sports may exercise an androgynizing effect on women.

If you’re inclined to argue with this idea, do you think that the genders are distinctive?  Are there any innate differences between men and women that, though not spelled out in full in Scripture, are worth preserving?  Or is it all just a wash?

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Phoenix Christian rap group isix5 has made a few of their albums available for free download.  Check that out if you need some summer jams…

(Image of Dubuque: QuiltingPathways)

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What Is the Gospel, and Why Care?

Greg Gilbert’s brand-new What Is the Gospel? (Crossway–IXMarks, 2010) is dynamite.  Pick this book up to remind yourself of the essential of the essentials.  A short (127pp), small, readable, punchy text, What Is the Gospel? dispels the cloudiness surrounding the exact character of the gospel today.  Pastors, disciplers, Bible study leaders, and many others would find this a great book to pass on to believers, young believers, and unbelievers.

The book’s subject matter is deceptively easy to obscure.  There are many definitions given of what exactly the gospel is today.  Is it the proclamation of the kingdom?  Do we do the gospel?  Or is it a message to proclaim?  If it is a message, what is the core content of this message?  If you read widely in evangelicalism today, you’ll find all kinds of answers given to these questions.  There is indeed a great depth to the gospel, a many-sidedness, but I think Greg is quite right that there is a core to it that cannot be minimized or replaced.

On a personal note, I remember reading Greg’s 9Marks reviews almost a decade when I was a college student.  I read them and thought, “I want to write like that.”  Greg has a sharpness to his prose and a clarity to his thought that is unusual.   With this particular book, I liked Greg’s section on three ways that the gospel is unhelpfully defined.  For example, there is massive confusion today on how kingdom and cross, and social justice and evangelism, fit together.  Do you emphasize one?  Both together?  How do you figure this stuff out theologically, spiritually, exegetically?  Greg’s book is a starting point on this tricky matter.  I hope we’ll hear more from him on this.

Here’s a little bite to chew on from the provocative and rewarding book, which has a foreword by Don Carson and blurbs from too many Christian leaders to count (Mohler, Mahaney, Dever, Akin, Akinola, etc.):

The Bible actually gives us very clear instruction on how we should respond to any pressure to let the cross drift out of the center of the gospel.  We are to resist it.  Look at what Paul said about this in 1 Corinthians.  He knew the message of the cross sounded, at best, insane to those around him.  He knew they would reject the gospel because of it, that it would be a stench in their nostrils.  But even in the face of that sure rejection he said, “We preach Christ crucified” (! Cor. 1:23).  In fact, he resolved to “know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).  That’s because, as he put it at the end of the book, the fact that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” was not just important, and not even just very important.  It was of “first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). (110)

Amen.  Pick up this little book, and gain clarity on a central matter that we are constantly tempted to minimize, whether on a theological level through direct challenge, or on a personal spiritual level through listening to our doubting hearts.  The gospel is clear, simple, a message to proclaim, and the means by which we and our wicked souls will be saved.

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Michael Horton on the Cross; D. Michael Lindsay on Christian Celebrities

I am loving Al Mohler and Michael Horton chopping up the significance of Good Friday.  These two guys think and speak clearly.  Michael Horton has written very helpfully about modern Christianity and its shortcomings (start with The Gospel-Driven Life).

I also enjoyed Josh Harris’s program on his new book Dug Down Deep (Multnomah, 2010).  Of course, many callers wanted to talk about I Kissed Dating Goodbye (Multnomah, 1997).

Running down this rabbit trail, I wonder how many questions Harris has answered about that book over the years?  Seriously, how many books have their own Wikipedia page?  Wow.  I remember finding this book and Boy Meets Girl (Multnomah, 2000) formative in figuring out the confused mess that is young (would-be) romance.

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Came across this quotation in D. Michael Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power (Oxford, 2007), an absolute must-read for those interested in how evangelicals have penetrated the culture (and indeed we have).

Here’s Lindsay, a sociologist, on evangelical celebrity culture.  He found that

Ministry leaders resemble corporate executives, calling themselves “chairman and chief executive officer” rather than “pastor” or “chaplain.”  Indeed, American evangelicalism contributes to a cult of personality with movement leaders elevated to iconic status, despite biblical injunctions for modesty and humility.

Lindsay then relates a story that illustrates the problems inherent in this culture:

I once sat backstage at a large meeting for evangelicals, where the various entourages–and their sycophantic behavior–seemed more appropriate for a rock concert or political rally than a meeting of church people.  The evangelical publishing world and contemporary Christian music have fed this hero worship, with armies of publicist and personal assistants surrounding a select few leaders whose names garner media attention.  Personality-driven book sales have catapulted evangelical leaders into the cultural mainstream even though industry insiders say some have not even written the books themselves, relying instead on ghostwriters.  Indeed, the very existence of such a things as a “Christian celebrity” shows how evangelicals have adopted the practices of secular society. (130)

There’s a lot to chew on here and in the book as a whole.  Though many of us deeply appreciate so many prominent leaders and have benefited hugely from their ministries, we need to remember these words.  I’m reminded of the need not to cast aspersions, on the one hand, or to slip into the celebrity worship common to secular culture on the other.

We need mentors, role models, and examples.  These are biblical things.  We need to show “double honor ” to godly elders and mentors (1 Timothy 5:17).  We have profited deeply from leaders whom God in His grace has raised up to provide guidance and movement shepherding.  And yet people like me need to remember that we should not follow men, but a Man; that our role models are deeply flawed, just as we are; and that if we are too closely identified with one person, we’re in danger of idolizing them.

Seems like one antidote that we can use against the instinct to promote Christian celebrity culture is to engage a wide variety of voices.  We may well find some teachers more helpful than others, but learning from a wide range of commentators can help us, it seems to me, avoid idolizing mere men.

And this isn’t always possible, but it also seems helpful to go outside of one’s core movement or group to get training and/or education.  That often broadens us, makes us more charitable, and helps us to see that God has spread His gifts over all the church, even those with whom we disagree on some points.

With all this said, it’s helpful, I think, to read that Lindsay quotation and let it wash over you.

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