I’m on sabbatical (translation: I’m resting),
so this is a pre-scheduled post for your encouragement, education and enjoyment!
I was recently reading a post by James MacDonald regarding “Celebrity Pastors.” Do you know what he is taking about? It’s those guys who are well-known throughout the Christian realm, have out tons of videos (on disk and the internet), and seem to have a “following” of sorts. It could be anyone from Rick Warren, to John Piper, to Mark Driscoll, to FILL-IN-THE-BLANK.
There have been all sorts of criticisms of those guys (as you might imagine) and it all really comes down to motives in the heart of that particular man. As James wrote about this, he had some very good points. Here’s one of the quotes that grabbed my attention…
The issue is not celebrity, but how one arrives there and how they steward that influence. I realize that he, like all of us, will account to Christ for how he allows his influence to be used and how he treats every minister of the gospel, every Christian, and every person outside God’s family.
If you’d like to read the entire letter from James MacDonald – you can do so HERE.