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Relevance and Notoriety

Relevance and Notoriety

This entry is part 26 of 29 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

One of the powerful spells cast over the modern world is the charm of celebrity. One quipped that a celebrity is someone who is famous for being famous, but few stop to notice that. Celebrity culture is the true opiate of the masses, and if it were not so, the word paparazzi would never have… Continue Reading

Celebrity and Gospel Witness

Celebrity and Gospel Witness

Dave Doran on gimmicking the gospel, particularly through celebrityism: Celebrity draws attention, and I suppose there is something to be gained by getting attention to an important message. As long as the method used to gain attention doesn’t obscure the message. Sometimes the practical outcome looks more like, “You should become a Christian because [insert… Continue Reading

Beware the Celebrity Syndrome

Beware the Celebrity Syndrome

In October of 1845, after 33 years away from the United States, Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary to Burma, returned to his homeland in Boston, MA, just days after his second wife died.  Upon his arrival, he was greeted by the announcement of a public meeting two days later for the purpose of welcoming… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 4)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 4)

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I believe that the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians ought to guide our thinking concerning the relationship of our efforts to minister the grace of Jesus Christ and so-called cultural relevance. This series has been slowly working through those chapters, seeking to understand the words of Paul, and then… Continue Reading