Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today's prize from Santa Driscoll, a trip to the Resurgence 2013 conference.


Welcome to Day 2 of our week full of giveaways, courtesy of our friends at Thomas Nelson, to celebrate the release of Who Do You Think You Are? Today you have a chance to win a free trip for two to Seattle to attend the 2013 Resurgence Conference at Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle.
The second annual Resurgence Conference is being held on November 5–6, 2013, and features an awesome lineup of speakers, including Rick Warren, Matt Chandler, Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, and Crawford Loritts.

Today’s winner will receive free airfare, lodging, and tickets to the conference—times two. (Please note, this offer is only available for residents of the United States.)

To enter, share the phrase below on your favorite social network. If you've read the book, you can also enter by writing an honest review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Whether you post the phrase, write a review, or both, fill out the form below to officially submit your entry.

Last I check iPad Mini, iPad Mini was an honest review.  Or do folks need to write a review of the book that involves actually reading it. 

Maybe Stephanie Drury can be eligible seeing as she wrote a review that discusses what's actually in the book.

Let's remember that "an honest review doesn't require that it has to be a good notice for the book, does it?

It seems "the Crisis of Conference Christians" isn't quite so big a worry for Driscoll these days.
And back when Driscoll fretted about the inflationary bubble of his and other neo-Calvinists' influence, an old grumpy Calvinist, Carl Trueman, offered an observation.



The points are good, well-made and welcome but I do have one small reservation: every megaconference celebrity to whom I have spoken has played a variation on the same basic theme -- the speakers cannot help the celebrity culture that grows up around them and is thrust upon them without their consent; thus, the problem is really the fault of the audience; but, as the good results outweigh the bad, there is no reason not to continue business as usual.

Is that really the case? Is the matter as clear cut as that? Is there no `supply side' responsibility here? One can stretch an analogy too far, but the pornography and addiction reference in the post above would surely hint at precisely the need for some self-reflection on the responsibility of the supplier or producer. As one friend put it to me last week, it would not seem to require a degree in rocket science or brain surgery to avoid becoming a megaconference celeb speaker who speaks at half a dozen megaconferences. So is there really nothing that the speakers and organisers can do to stop or inhibit such a culture? Just saying "no" once in a while, perhaps?

The generic response of placing primary blame on the audience reminds me of those Bowery Boys movies that were old and out-of-date even when I was young: "It wasn't me, officer, it was them other other fellers what done that crime you are accusing me of.... Yeah, that's right, boys, you know don't you, yeah -- it was them other fellas what done it all along and we were somewhere else entirely."

Yeah, that's right


Anonymous said...

Today, Santa is giving away a free Kindle or a Nook!

Headless Unicorn Guy said...

The previous Payola didn't work, so he's upping the ante?

Just think, you can go to the conference, See His Face (Kewpie-doll Faux-hawk and all), Hear His Voice ("I CAN BEAT YOU UP!"), and even drink the Kool-Aid when the ManoGawd calls "White Night"!

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

HUG, it's all part of the campaign ... or you could say "It's all part of the plan."