Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Backstreet Boy dropout

Burk Parson and Lou Pearlman
Ligonier Ministries just completed it's 2010 conference; keynote speakers included R. C. Sproul, John MacArthur, and Michael Horton, among others.

One of the 'others' is a man by the name of Burk Parsons. When Parsons was a teenager, he had the opportunity to become one of the Backstreet Boys, but he decided to take a pass.  About a year ago he was interviewed by Tim Challies about the whole experience and the allure of wealth and fame. It's a fascinating story. What I find most interesting is that, as a teenager, he had the wisdom to forgo the world and answer God's call on his life. Secondly, as it turns out, some of his band-mates were professing Christians who thought that they could use their platform of fame to witness for Christ. Needless to say, that plan did not work out to well.

You can read the interview here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

On a final note,  Lou Pearlman, the impresario behind the 90's boy band phenomenon, was later convicted of various fraud charges as his entire enterprise crumbled. Here is a clip of Pearlman as he appeared on ABC's Making the Band while putting together another boy band. What a vivid reminder of Mark 8:36.


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