Fisking Christian Today’s defense of Perry Noble

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 ...

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 ...

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR? Would it make it ...

Mars Hill responds to the book marketing story, and I respond to their response

This evening Mars Hill released the following statement on the book marketing story, which I’ll copy here with a few interjections and comments. In 2011, outside counsel advised our marketing team They begin weakly by blaming an anonymous third party. Whatever the advice, the marketing team accepted the advice, as did Mark Driscoll, who solicited ...

How Steven Furtick plans to Crash the Cashbox (Updated)

How Steven Furtick plans to Crash the Cashbox (Updated)
Steven Furtick’s promotional efforts for his forthcoming Crash the Chatterbox book reveal one of his tricks for generating the important first-week sales to get the book on the New York Times bestseller list. The details are described in a special-offer page on the book’s promotional website. If you purchase his book from an online retailer before it’s officially ...

Is censorious Salem now an anti-censorship champion?

Is censorious Salem now an anti-censorship champion?
In a fun piece of corporate hypocrisy irony, Salem Communications announced this week that it had acquired Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com, a Twitter aggregation site. Twitchy has built a large and loyal audience by reposting tweets that celebrities and politicians would prefer to remain hidden. Its specialty is retrieving deleted tweets, and even has an award [link ...

Are you famous enough to write for Mark Driscoll?

Are you famous enough to write for Mark Driscoll?
In light of Steven Furtick’s $1.7 million book mansion and the Mark Driscoll plagiarism and ghostwriting story, Andy Crouch and others have been examining the role of celebrity in the Christian publishing world. Along those lines, a sharp-eyed PP reader noticed the author application form for Driscoll’s new publishing house, Resurgence. If you’re interested in writing for ...

How we went from “Here I Stand” to “My Bad”

How we went from
Almost 500 years ago, Martin Luther stood before his disputed writings and refused to renounce them. Last week, Janet Mefferd, shortly after her writings had been criticized, apologized and deleted them. Both had pointed out and criticized corruption in leading religious authorities. Both had truth on their side, yet their responses are worlds apart. How ...

If Mark Driscoll is looking for another conference to crash, here’s one.

If Mark Driscoll is looking for another conference to crash, here's one.
Here’s the perfect conference for Mark Driscoll to visit with more of his free books.