The Christian Celebrity & Our Bloated Selfhood

In a culture where everyone feels entitled to their 15MB of fame, is it any wonder that Christian leaders define success by their celebrity influence? Leaders look at culture and deduce that if they can formulate a powerful platform then they will be able to wield influence. And that’s what they want, to influence the world for Christ, right?

This is why defining influence as leadership is dangerous in a culture where influence is perceived as celebrity capital.

Timothy Willard loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.