"We will never save civilisation as long as civilisation is our main object. We must learn to want something else even more."
—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Ben, can you be clearer about why this event - where you get a copy of the book and they're hosting a music concert- is peddling compared to say a conference where more money is paid like T4G? Some might just see this as a mini conference.In some ways I'm inclined to agree, and have certainly seen these mini conferences done for free (like DG's seminars in Minneapolis, which often include a free book), but precisely why is paying for what seems to be a mini conference peddling the Word?
When I go on my book tour, I'm only going to charge $15.
vizaviz,I don't have one particular event in mind. Not sure which one you're thinking of. I'm actually not aware of an event that has the flat $25 price I allude to. I'm quite certain that the rise of the evangelical celebrity church leader (using the term "pastor" might be an unsustainable semantic stretch) hitting the road for weeks on end to hawk books at any price is not a trend that will serve God's Church well in the end.
Agreed on the trend not serving the Church well. There's a particular author who has a book tour with the same price point you mentioned, and the attendant things I mentioned - that's what I thought prompted your post. In general the larger Reformed community ('Reformed' in a reductionistic, New Calvinism sense) is becoming increasing enamored with Church Growth techniques and personalities. Not a good trend. Bruce Winter, the former warden of Tyndale House, predicted this sort of "leadership as celebrity" trend increasing in American evangelicalism. I think this sort of promotion comes across like an American novelty... not sure if that's accurate, but it seems to fit the general direction of American evangelicalism.
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