NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter 43

NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter
The Internet laughed at and chided Gary Lamb a few weeks ago when he asked the Twitterverse for ideas on what he could preach on for Easter Sunday. Lamb may have saved himself some grief if he’d just asked his former friend, Perry Noble, who was able to come up with a creative Easter idea without ...

Why Liberty University won’t criticize Benny Hinn, even if it won’t do business with him 6

Why Liberty University won't criticize Benny Hinn, even if it won't do business with him
As Liberty University continues to update its “clarification” about Ron Godwin’s ill-fated appearance with Benny Hinn, it becomes harder to understand why they denied involvement in the deal. Both Godwin and Reber appear to have been doing their assigned jobs, and nothing about what they were offering on Hinn’s show was new. Instead of distancing ...

Liberty University’s provost was a senior Moonie apostle and collaborator 9

Liberty University's provost was a senior Moonie apostle and collaborator
Liberty University’s current provost, Ron Godwin, was appointed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to take his teachings and use them to revive and resurrect American Christianity. Moon knew Godwin intimately, and repeatedly praised him publicly for his usefulness in taking the Moonie message to the American Christian church. Godwin attracted attention last week when he ...

Benny Hinn dalliance brings Liberty University’s cultist history back into the picture 23

Benny Hinn dalliance brings Liberty University's cultist history back into the picture
Liberty University has a World Vision problem. Until World Vision announced and quickly reversed its policy on same-gender marriage, most of its donors probably thought they were giving money to help feed and evangelize poor children and families all around the world. While World Vision lost donors because of its betrayal of orthodox Christian doctrine, ...

An attempt to understand the corporate ties that confuse even Liberty University 3

An attempt to understand the corporate ties that confuse even Liberty University
Liberty University continues to try to distance itself from the announcement that it had entered into a partnership with Benny Hinn that would lead to a new crop of Hinn-ordained pastors the world over. I’ll have another post on the people involved in the announcement, though I decided to abandon that for a moment and ...

Perry Noble’s Overwhelmed book is dishonest and dangerous 47

Perry Noble's Overwhelmed book is dishonest and dangerous
Perry Noble has garnered himself a lot of positive press lately for his acknowledgement that he takes antidepressants to deal with his long-term depression. I assumed that the antidepressant news was a teaser for a more detailed account of his decision in the book. Not so. Perry Noble’s book on dealing with depression contains not ...

How do I get my own concierge pastor?

How do I get my own concierge pastor?
In Mark Driscoll’s apology to Mars Hill last week, he reassured us that he was well cared for by his own team of pastors. I have been a pastor for a long time, but have not had a close pastor since college. I now rejoice that God has been gracious to give me pastors for ...

How Mark Driscoll pockets the money he gives to Mars Hill

How Mark Driscoll pockets the money he gives to Mars Hill
Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill have been defending some of their actions relating to the deceptive marketing of the Real Marriage book by claiming that Driscoll had given much or all of the money he had made from the book to the church. Driscoll told a meeting of church leaders that he and his wife were ...

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients
NewSpring contracted with Result Source to “market” Perry Noble’s first book, a New York Times best seller, a spokesperson for NewSpring church confirmed today. According to NewSpring’s public relations director, Susanne Swift, the church paid $30,000 for the service and purchased 11,000 copies of Unleash! “for use in our Resource Centers and for other uses.” Result Source markets ...

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to “push, push, push” his book

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to
In late November 2011, just five weeks before the release of the Real Marriage book, Mark Driscoll met with the church’s Community Group leaders to brief them on how they could help promote what was described as a “Real Marriage campaign.” (It’s unclear exactly how many people are in the meeting, though questions had to be ...