How Steven Furtick turns mediocre books into mansions

How Steven Furtick turns mediocre books into mansions
Steven Furtick is sticking to his story that his mansion money has come from his books, though his business partner clarified that the house is being built with money from books he has yet to write. Though the continued insistence that the house uses book money reinforces their Walter White problem, don’t you wonder how ...

The problem with businessmen pastors. A reader’s contribution.

A comment in the Walt White article is impressively on point that I think it deserves to be read by people who may not have made it to the end of that article. PP reader, Josh, posted the following this afternoon: The problem with Furtick isn’t that he’s rich, or even that he’s a rich ...

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum
Steven Furtick has a Walter White problem. In the last season of Breaking Bad, Walter White, who has become a criminal mastermind, has literally tons of cash that he can do little more than stack on pallets in a storage unit. He has become incredibly wealthy, yet he can only spend tiny fractions of his ...

In which I argue that Perry Noble and Steven Furtick are not overpaid

In which I argue that Perry Noble and Steven Furtick are not overpaid
This week has seen some astonishing reporting by Charlotte media about Steven Furtick’s lavish $1.7 million new home, complete with quotes from our pirate pal, Chris Rosebrough. Furtick claims the money for the house is clean because it comes from his book sales, though he thought it prudent to hide the purchase behind a trust ...

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments
I once heard of a seminary professor who told his class of aspiring pastors that whenever a preacher starts a sermon with a personal story, he starts his sermon with a lie. It’s hyperbole, but it makes a good point: when preachers base their spiritual lessons on personal stories, we have a problem if those ...

Perry Noble vs. the Gospel

Perry Noble took to Twitter a few months ago to tell us why other pastors aren’t preaching the Gospel, as, presumably, Perry is. Problem is, the Gospel itself fails Perry’s test. What follows is a little commentary-free conversation between the Gospel-defining Noble and the Gospel itself: Noble: If people are accused rather than believed in ...

Hello, again

Hello, again
After six months of silence, it’s time to get this blog rolling again, as well as to tell you what I’ve been up to behind these silent pages this summer. The big news: We adopted a baby. After years of trying, my wife and I welcomed a baby girl into our family in June. We ...

An irrelevant King-sized scoreboard

From Clayton King’s Twitter feed today: Why we shouldn’t trust the media: major news outlet says Catholic Church is dwindling while 1.1 billion Catholics say “Huh?” Huh? We’ve pointed out the weakness of NewSpring’s trademarked Scoreboard argument by asking whether they’d be swayed by it if it were applied to other religions, cults and sects. King ...

Dear megachurch pastors, the Bible is not boring

I received this exciting email a week or so ago from the YouVersion Bible app (which I use and appreciate) with the subject line, See the Bible Come Alive this March: Have you ever tried to picture what Noah’s family experienced during the flood? What it looked like when Samson destroyed the temple? How it felt ...

NewSpring attacked my family, but I’m the jackass?

In November of 2010 Perry Noble and Shane Duffey released a leadership podcast entitled Ignoring the Jackass where they took great delight in belittling and literally demonizing bloggers who dared criticized Noble’s teaching or NewSpring’s methodology. This was almost a full year after they took the Maxwell story public and months after we had filed ...