Since I've been accused of being a "seminar caller", I have to admit that I'm full of curiosity to discover what exactly it is that I supposedly am. So I googled "seminar caller" for answers.
I've cut and pasted the following from Wikipedia. Yes, I know it's a ridiculous source and that any fool can write any nonsense he wants, but I thought it might be a passable source for slang terms:
A seminar caller is someone who telephones a radio talk show for the purpose of astroturfing, which is the mass promotion of a particular product, service or political point of view as if it were genuinely spontaneous, or grassroots.
Many seminar callers try to portray themselves as regular people, claim to agree with the host's point of view, then begin to read a contrary opinion from an agenda or list of talking points widely circulated by a group known to oppose the views of the host.
Seminar callers get their name from the seminars they attend to learn how to most effectively get their message on the air. However, faxes, e-mails and newsletters are more common modes of disseminating astroturf messages to seminar callers.
Before the 2004 U.S. presidential election, seminar callers began to tell more elaborate stories to establish credibility, behaving as if they were actors playing the role of someone with beliefs opposite of their own, in an attempt to erode the opposing candidate's "base" of political support.
What can I say?This accusation is one of the funniest things that has been said about me in a loooong time. But, just in case any of my accusers are reading my blog (and I don't flatter myself that they are bothering to do so) let me state for the record:
You got me. I'm not a regular person. In fact, I'm part of a group of people that has a definite agenda. I regularly attend meetings and read materials that, in part, teach me how to get our message across more effectively. In fact, just this morning I was reading a book that's sole purpose is to teach readers how to communicate our message fearlessly.
However, I don't tell elaborate stories to cover up my involvement with this group. In fact, I'm quite upfront about my agenda and about my message --- although I need to be much, much more bold about it than I am.
I'm sure most, if not all, of my readers know about this message and about the meetings I attend, because I've written about it quite openly on my blog.
I'm not a regular person. Well, to be accurate, I am and I'm not. Through nothing special in myself, but entirely by the grace of God, I am a new creature in Christ Jesus.
I belong to the Body of Christ.
My message, my main message, has always been the gospel, that glorious story of God's grace. (Look at my sidebar under "Most Important Posts on my Blog".)
And, yes, I'm trying to learn to communicate it more effectively.
If that makes me a seminar caller, I will accept that title gladly and unashamedly, because I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But...somehow I don't think that's quite what was meant by the accusation...