When Evangelical Superstars Fall

And How We Should Think and Respond
Hint - It Needs to be a Lot Better Than Current Practice...

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Roger Olson is a well known theologian, scholar, teacher and author; as well as Blogger. He may be most known for being a leading voice in the Calvinist - Arminian discussion, although that phrase is not quite right for describing the issues and approach of Olson. Olson has written one book that was very significant for me. Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology.

Don't be put off by the language of postconservative. He actually says finding the right word is very problematic. For now, let just say that by it he means: a new, always reforming way to be an evangelical. What it will look like today is pretty different than what evangelicals were like in 1970! I found Olson described me very nicely in that book.

But . . . that is not what this post is.

This post is referring you to a very nice reflection by Olson on:

  • the celebrity culture in evangelicalism and our love for superstar pastors
  • the problem with how many of these superstars fall into sin (often sexual, sometimes financial, constantly abuse of power... and surprise suprise - even a combination of all three)
  • out utter inability to know what to do about fallen superstars

I won't repeat what he says, only affirm that these are real issues and we need to think well about this. I would love if we would just reject the celebrity superstar performer entertainer model that we love in the 21st century evangelical world. That is not going to happen any time soon. And since temptation, attack and falling into sin is not going away either for that group - we better have palns in place.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International