Martin Luther: If we neglect the biblical languages, the gospel will perish 6

Martin Luther: If we neglect the biblical languages, the gospel will perish
The following is an excerpt from Martin Luther’s treatise, To the councilmen of all the cities in Germany that they establish and maintain Christian schools, where he predicts what will happen to Christian doctrine when teachers think they can ignore the biblical languages. Though written 490 years ago, so accurate are its predictions and so contemporary its application ...

Fisking Christian Today’s defense of Perry Noble 17

Fisking Christian Today's defense of Perry Noble
Fisking: a point-by-point criticism that highlights perceived errors, or disputes the analysis in a statement, article, or essay. Two days ago, the Christian Today website published an opinion piece from its reporter, Mark Woods, who, the day before, had published a news story to its website about the Ten Commandments sermon and the SC Baptist Convention’s response ...

An NFL quarterback and the SCBC president rebuke NewSpring. The story of what happened next. 53

An NFL quarterback and the SCBC president rebuke NewSpring. The story of what happened next.
NewSpring faced two public relations crises last week, and its response to each tells us much about the church’s lack of accountability and unwillingness to submit to correction. On Friday morning, the South Carolina Baptist Convention published a strong and detailed rebuke of the NewSpring’s pastor, worship style and governance. The statement by the SCBC president, Pastor Tommy ...

Baptists’ message to NewSpring: You’re not one of us 78

Baptists' message to NewSpring: You're not one of us
The South Carolina Baptist Convention has told Perry Noble and NewSpring that they must correct serious errors in their church before they can once again associate with the Convention. In a bold and praiseworthy statement, the president of the SCBC, Tommy Kelly, turned what has been general public criticism of NewSpring into official church discipline, though the public rebuke went much ...

An analysis of Noble’s unrepentant apology 27

An analysis of Noble's unrepentant apology
Perry Noble and I agree on something important: his Christmas Eve sermon was no accident. Late last week, Noble published a letter to his church that looked like he was apologizing for the sermon, though a careful reading shows that the apology was very limited, and the important theological problems created by the sermon were not only retained, but embraced. As ...

What has the church taught about the Ten Commandments? 5

What has the church taught about the Ten Commandments?
In the last week or so, we’ve been focusing on Perry Noble’s teaching on the Ten Commandments, but perhaps this is an opportune time to remind ourselves what the church has taught through the centuries about the Commandments. I’ll kick it off with a few quotes, but please use the comments to add more (with ...

Noble’s apology and a brief pause 28

Noble's apology and a brief pause
This afternoon Perry Noble published an apology for his Christmas Eve sermon and for a Twitter insult he directed at critics of that sermon. The apology is welcome, as are the signs that he’s sensitive to getting the issue right. As it stands now, however, there are significant flaws in the position that Noble appears to hold, ...

Noble departs Christian orthodoxy, announces he’s staying put 147

Noble departs Christian orthodoxy, announces he's staying put
Perry Noble took the unprecedented step of directly addressing criticism from the pulpit Sunday morning in response to Rosebrough’s and my critique of his Christmas Eve claim that God told him to preach that the Ten Commandments aren’t commandments. After having a week and a half to reconsider his error, Noble dug in his heels and reaffirmed ...

Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015

Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015
(1/2/2015: Updated with NewSpring’s response. See at the end of the post.) On Christmas Eve, Perry Noble gifted the world a rewritten Ten Commandments. In so doing, he contradicted Scripture, celebrated his ignorance of the Bible, and ultimately rejected the gospel. NewSpring had repeated its Christmas service during the week before Christmas day, yet before the ...

Wayward pastors and the problem of the franchise player

Wayward pastors and the problem of the franchise player
Days after the world started reading Mark Driscoll’s nasty diatribe against his own church members, we discovered that two of the four outside members on Mars Hill’s Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA) had resigned. According to the church’s statement as reported by Warren Throckmorton, James MacDonald needed more time to spend governing his own church, ...