Does Jesus really want to be famous?

One or two commentators have referenced Newspring’s oft-repeated mission of making Jesus famous, a term that is also in widespread use beyond Newspring. It’s a phrase that has long bothered me for its carelessness. I’ve tried to use Google to help me understand what its users think the term means and where it comes from, ...

My angle, and a few nice words

A few of the defenses of Newspring have pointed me to the sermon and the fruit of the series, which is fine, but not really my point. My professional expertise is communication and media, a topic that I try to view as much as possible through a biblical lens. What I’m looking at is primarily ...

God, brought to you by Durex

God, brought to you by Durex
At this point I must say that I feel somewhat regretful for criticizing the sex magazine at the center of worship in my last post. I’m now convinced that I should have been encouraging it. Not because of anything in the feedback, but because whenever you see improvement in behavior, it should be encouraged. It ...

Indecency in church

Indecency in church
No, this is not from an MTV set. It’s worship at Newspring Church. This doesn’t (or shouldn’t) require much commentary, but there’s a verse that head pastor Perry Noble, who wasn’t a part of this service, loves to titillate his audience with, though he appears not to have grasped the point of the passage. Designate ...

Are you best known by people who don’t know you?

An AP story about James Dobson resigning from the board of Focus on the Family included this observation: While Focus on the Family emphasizes that it devotes most of its resources to offering parenting and marriage advice, it is best known for promoting conservative moral stands in politics. I’m guessing that would come as a ...

A pastor’s lament

Perry Noble recommended this post by Gary Lamb about the challenges that these emergent-church pastors face. Lamb says he doesn’t know what to do about it, though I think he is blind to the real problem. In the early days of people attending your church they will love your passion.  When the newness wears off, they will hate ...