Paul Davd Trip is fabulous. But despite being an evangelical leader with perhaps the fewest manly qualities besides almost anyone but Jonathan Merritt, the super-scarffed, metro-sexualized man-purse wearer wants you to know how to be a man. At least, we think that’s what he murmled under his iconic chin-ticker.
Trip, whose full-time job was helping hucksters like Mark Driscoll and Tullian Tchivdijian prove they were fit for ministry amidst various controversies (he’s virtually the Grim Reaper for pastoral integrity), also took a side-gig with the Gospel Coalition as a professional personality. He’s now one of the new, rare bread of evangelical “influencers” who don’t really do anything but have influnce for the sake of influence itself.
And boy, is Tripp stylish while doing it. Wosers.
We’ve made fun of this before. And we aren’t the only ones.
But this week, the dandy evangelical influencer started boosting adds for a curious “how to be a real man” conference. Real Manhood™ has been a fixation of the Gospel Coalition and the evangelical left for about a decade, which has simultaneously corresponded to a metrosexual plague of skinny jeans, lotioned-up palms, and luxury beard products.
Never before have men who have been so bad at their gender talked so much about being good at it.
What does it really men to be a man? We suspect the conference will be filled with exhortations to be sensitive, soft, and open to prepping safe places for the traditionally oppressed and marginalized.
But while Tripp was posing for a photo in a “I’m seritouth, you guyth, pleathe lithen to me” talk he was giving – used in the conference advertising – Tripp has several bracelets, including one made of pearls.
The bad news is, dude dresses like a lady. Well, that’s probably a bit much.
Dude dresses like a dandy.
But with that bracelet, he at least has pearls to clutch when he swoons over his fainting couch on actual men making fun at his attempts to lead on the subject.