(111) From Bill Hybels to Carl Lentz: Christian Celebrity Problems

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This episode is for any Christian who wonders how many more ministry leaders we have to see fall from grace in the headlines. Katelyn Beaty uncovers the love for celebrity at the heart of our churches and ministry, and she has thoughts about how to overcome it.

We discuss:

  • why Christians love celebrities
  • the difference between how men and women use celebrity power
  • Bill Hybels and Carl Lentz 
  • why we shouldn’t rush to put leaders back into positions of spiritual authority

Katelyn Beaty joins our partners to talk about what Christians should watch out for next (her answer may surprise you), and it’s available for partners only. Get it here along with a Purity Culture News episode about Andrew Thorburn’s resignation as CEO of the Essendon football club in Melbourne. 

Show Notes:
Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church
Saved by the City
Christians Love a Comeback Story. Too Often It’s Cheap Grace. (Religion & Politics)
A fall from grace: These pastors resigned, were fired or accused of ‘unholy’ acts (USA Today)
He’s a Superstar Pastor. She Worked for Him and Says He Groped Her Repeatedly. (NY Times)

Katelyn Beaty is a writer, journalist, editor, and keen observer of trends in the American church. She has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Religion News Service, Religion & Politics, and The Atlantic and has commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also cohosts the Saved by the City podcast (Religion News Service). Beaty previously served as print managing editor at Christianity Today and is the author of Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church and A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. Connect with Katelyn on Twitter and Instagram