What's all this T4G Cribs nonsense? There's a growing number of these videos. Just watch the first minute of this one and you'll get the idea:
I'm saying nothing about the men featured. I am questioning the pedestal on which they're being placed.
I mean the opening credits are a massive turn-off for me. Am I misplacing my angst here or are these preachers being set up like rock stars?
And the whole series of "come see my study" seems designed to make 20-something hot-prots salivate with envy. It's aspirational TV. And it's majorly unbalanced. We do not need a whole generation of young evangelicals aspiring to this. Where are Dever's congregation members who work hard at their jobs, share the gospel with workmates, teach and pastor their homegroups and serve in countless unseen ways? Where's their video? Where are those who pour out their lives for their families and friends in the name of Jesus? Where's their video? What are we holding out to people as the epitome of Christian superstardom?
I don't need to see Mark Dever's study. If I were in his congregation I might want to "consider the outcome of his way of life and imitate his faith" (Heb 13:7). But the T4G cameras do not need to show us where the magic happens.
This is not where the magic happens.
Am I being unfair here?