Carl Trueman on “Celebrity” Pastors

Dr. Trueman spoke at the Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference last week. His talk was on the celebrity culture that surrounds some pastors in the US. In an article at Reformation 21, Dr. Trueman summarized his understanding of celebrities and the church:

My general conclusion on this point is that celebrity is clearly here to stay; the key point is that those who have such celebrity cachet acknowledge it and leverage it for good. By ‘good’, I mean direct people back to their own churches and set examples themselves as those who are committed first and foremost to their own people, congregations and denominations. T4G was quite a contrast to the recent reports of an extra-ecclesiastical high-profile meeting of Christian evolutionists, where celebrity appears to be being leveraged to set the agenda and impact the doctrinal testimony of churches. Nothing I heard at T4G indicated that anyone here had that kind of ecclesiastically subversive ambition.

[The “extra-ecclesiastical high-profile meeting of Christian evolutionists” that Dr. Trueman references is the BioLogos Theology of Celebration workshop from last month.]

You can read the rest of his article here. Several of the talks from T4G are available at the T4G website.

One thought on “Carl Trueman on “Celebrity” Pastors

  1. Sarah Green says:

    I really like listening to Alistair Begg on Truth for Life. One of the points in a sermon I heard not too long ago was that when people in the congregation are disgruntled at their pastor, church leadership, they first need to pray– for themselves and for that leadership. TOo often we sit, ready to be entertained by the sermon, judging it. Instead, we should be in prayer for the Holy Spirit to move and work. That’s pretty convicting, at least for me.


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