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Celebrity Christianity Is Like "Smelling Your Own Feet" Says Michael Horton

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Is there a connection between celebrity Christianity and the rejection of Christianity as ordinary?

Michael Horton thinks so, addressing such ambition and super-apostleship in his new book Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World. He also addresses it in an interview.

9780310517375“In our culture we love to make idols and break idols. We’re fascinated with celebrity,” which he says has crept into the church.

In Ordinary he writes, “Ambition is a focal point for something that creates within us…a tension between self and community.” (99) In the interview he distinguishes between being popular and aspiring to popularity—which he humorously describes as “smelling your own feet.” He also points to the rivalries is of the New Testament based on popularity to remind us what it teaches: “God works through the weak.”

Watch Horton’s interview and engage his book to guard against Christian celebritism and embrace the ordinary.

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