Pride, Celebrity, Self-Flattery, and Donkeys

 Andreas Kostenberger has a nice section about humility in his book Excellence.  He notes that humility is one of the "cardinal virtues in the Christian life and in academic work."  In the chapter Kostenberger quotes Calvin: I was always exceedingly delighted with that saying of Chrysostom, “The foundation of our philosophy is humility”; and yet more… Continue reading Pride, Celebrity, Self-Flattery, and Donkeys

The Popes of Evangelicalism (Lints)

(This is a re-post from December, 2015) I always think it’s ironic and comical when a Christian mocks or discredits creeds and confessions then turns around to favorably quote popular evangelical leaders on social media. While social media is new, this anti-confessional and pro-popular leader mindset is not new. It was a central characteristic of… Continue reading The Popes of Evangelicalism (Lints)

On (Not) Listening to Recorded Sermons

(This is a repost from two years ago - July, 2012)  Christopher Ash’s Listen Up: A Practical Guide to Listening to Sermons is a helpful pamphlet aimed at giving Christians some lessons on listening.   This book is only thirty pages long and written at a popular level, so any Christian could benefit from it.  In… Continue reading On (Not) Listening to Recorded Sermons

The Church Is Greater Than The Pastor

Although he lived and ministered in Holland almost 100 years ago, Abraham Kuyper could already see the celebrity pastor syndrome growing in the United States.  There are quite a few layers of wisdom in the following quote.  I especially like Kuyper’s dig at democratic/populist religious gatherings, his emphasis on church history, and his note that… Continue reading The Church Is Greater Than The Pastor

The Celebritization of American Christianity

Scholars have written  helpful books on the juvenilization of American Christianity (Bergler) and the democratization of American Christianity (Hatch).  Similarly, we need one on the celebritization of American Christianity.  I don’t even need to explain how Christianity in America has its own celebrities, including pastors, speakers, and singers.  It is common knowledge that there are… Continue reading The Celebritization of American Christianity