So who is your favorite Big Name Preacher???
Do you listen to any Big Name Preachers (BNPs) on TV? Radio? Online? Podcasts?
I hear people talking about Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Beth Moore and Charles Stanley. A lot people have said they really like his son, Andy, too. Who do you like? I recently heard of a BNP called Bishop Noel Jones, and I checked out a sermon online…wow! It was great. I found this list of the 25 most influential BNPs of the last 25 years. How could I forget Billy Graham? He’s the biggest BNP of all. When I first became pastor, and we were having the church’s outdoor sign changed to reflect the pastoral change, I thought it might be fun to put Billy Graham’s name on there! In the end we decided not to include a name. I’m not a BNP, but I sure do like some of them.
I used to listen to the Mars Hill Podcast faithfully. NOT the one in Seattle, mind you, where you where BNP Mark Driscoll preaches. I can’t stand Driscoll. Maybe we should also discuss the BNPs we don’t like! Wouldn’t that be fun? But I love Rob Bell, the guy who preached most of the time on the Mars Hill (Grand Rapids) podcast a couple years ago. There were a lot of weeks that he was not preaching, and that kinda bugged me. But one time, he preached the whole sermon while people were up on stage building with Legos! Awesome. I was so disappointed when he left Mars Hill Grand Rapids!. So I don’t listen to that podcast anymore.
I also LOVE Ravi Zacharias. I first heard him preach at Urbana in 1993, and I was blown away. Pretty much all the other BNPs there were crap, but Ravi…wow. We were hanging on his every word, and when he was done, we wanted him to continue. Forget the other preachers and music…get Ravi back on rocking the pulpit. So I got a copy of that message, and I bet you I have listened to it at least 100 times. I’ve heard him preach a few more times in person since, and I have listened to tons of his sermons online. He is the bomb. He brings it. He nails it.
So I guess you could say I am of Rob Bell and Ravi Zacharias.
Which BNPS are you of?
PS – Ever heard of Apollos? Cephas? I heard some people really liked those BNPs too. More about that on Sunday! Join us at Faith Church for more on BNPs.