Two Items of Concern

By | May 22, 2014

A panel discussion took place a while back and Carl Trueman posed the question to his colleagues “why is it always the same 12 men speaking at the conferences?” All the celebs responded with “amens” and “that’s good Carl.” Judging by their loud clapping it would seem those in the audience also agreed with Dr. Trueman’s assessment. I believe Dr. Trueman even suggested inviting a pastor from a small church, a man whom nobody has heard of, to speak at a conference. In spite of this nothing has changed.  I guess these speakers have such an inflated view of their own importance that they deem themselves the only ones able to expound God’s truth to the masses.  Either that or the gravy train is too lucrative to give up.  Perhaps both are true.

2014-05-22 9Marks conference


On another issue close to my heart Tulian Tchividjian gave voice to my feelings.  The Gospel Coalition members who published their statement of support for C.J. Mahaney need to now go back and retract their statement and apologize to the evangelical world.

Tchividjian didn’t mention it, but the same goes for the men who published the T4G statement and the celebrity pastors who chose to speak and endorse Mahaney at his church.

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You dont become present by being humble.

I respectfully disagree. Why not have the best speakers make the speeches? Not everyone is equally wise. People would disagree as to the top 10, but if a pastor’s gift is best used at conferences, why settle for someone with a different gifting?

I think what you’re really objecting to is cliquishness. If the every-conference speakers aren’t very good, but get invited because they’re friends with the organizers or because they’re celebrities— people famous for being famous and not for anything else— then that is a problem.

I hear what you are saying Erasmuse. Perhaps you are correct. We do, however, live in an age of glitz and glamor. We admire, dare I say even worship, the beautiful people, the gifted orators. Because of this we may end up missing some great opportunities to hear from godly men at conferences. Years ago I attended Bethany Fellowship in Minneapolis. Their senior pastor was a godly man named Ted Hegre. I used to be disappointed when he was preaching because his delivery was dry and boring. He basically seemed to be reading from his notes, and his reading skills were not the greatest either; but if you could get past that his messages were rich in content.


Why don’t pastors be pastors? Everybody wants to be a big shot and have a ministry. Yuk. Everybody wants to sell a book. I have given up on Christian book buying and conference going. I just need to study the Bible more, pray, and listen to my local faithful pastor in a Berean way. It. Is all about fame and fortune for these guys. It is sickening.