Do they have ghost writers? 8

One thing about the blogs of a few of the leaders that PP pays some attention to is that they tend to mix their faux wisdom with demeaning observations about strangers they run in to in their lives. A month or two ago, a NS commentator asked us to watch a great Noble sermon where Perry riffs on praying for God to kill the man sitting beside him to stop him from snoring.

A few days ago we highlighted a little Tweet where Brad Cooper makes fun of a stranger for not having the right kind of tan on his legs. He also takes a photo of the man’s legs–from behind–so the rest of us can laugh too.

Cooper follows with this bit of nonsense today.

What would you call Tim Tebow if he was gay!?!…….. Chuck Norris.

What???

Does he know that Norris is a fellow believer? Does he realize that he’s saying that Norris is gay? (A lie.) Does he also realize that he’s going to make a few people wonder if Tebow, also a believer, is gay?

Does he actually write this stuff himself?

I ask, because either Cooper or his ghostwriter had posted this just a few hours before:

Gods Word to me: ‘Does your LIFE sing as loud as your LIPS!?’

Good question.

8 thoughts on “Do they have ghost writers?

  1. Sara Crocker Sep 12, 2009 10:30 am

    I agree, good question. I find it disturbing that a pastor would make such disparaging remarks about someone. While it is true that not every person is considered beautiful or handsome by the world’s standard, which clearly is the standard that Cooper is using to judge this man’s legs and probably many other features on many other people, some things are better left unsaid. Cooper should also be ashamed that he took a picture of this man’s legs with the intent of having other people laugh at him. How pastorly.

    It looks like the teenagers he “pastors” are influencing him more than he is influencing them. Now, all the teens that follow him on twitter will know it’s okay to make fun of someone, and then publicize it, based solely on his or her physical appearance.

    Way to go role model.

  2. James Duncan Sep 12, 2009 10:47 am

    It took a while for the penny to drop, but I think I understand what Cooper is saying. To interpret this the way that he probably meant it, you have to assume that Tim Tebow makes the sun rise and set.

    He’s so tough that if he was gay he’d still be as tough as Norris.

    Still, for a church that wants to love the so-called unloveable, is it really all that smart to be making gay jokes so publicly?

  3. Tim P. Sep 12, 2009 10:48 am

    Do you have a link for the snoring sermon?

  4. David J Horn Sep 12, 2009 11:02 am

    Titus 2:6-8 (NIV)

    2:6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
    7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
    8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

    The Scriptures speak volumes against Cooper’s present and past antics.

  5. James Duncan Sep 12, 2009 12:55 pm

    Tim, I’ve added the link. I’ll have more about that sermon on Monday.

  6. Tim P. Sep 12, 2009 2:31 pm

    Thanks. The story of him wanting to kill the snoring man is about 75:30 in.

    He is not justifying that wish. He is talking about his problem with his own sin of wrathful anger. But he makes a light joke about wishing someone would die, and he does so from the “pulpit.”

    • James Duncan Sep 12, 2009 2:33 pm

      He does. And he attributes the same attitude to many of the wives in the congregation.

      It got a laugh though, so that makes it OK.

  7. Tim P. Sep 14, 2009 9:17 am

    I know of a former elder at a church in my denomination who left the church and joined NewSpring (all of his daughters friends went there; she was attending the youth gatherings and eventually they all started attending and joined). This is basically how he defended Noble (just being funny/joking) — he described it as using a lot of “redneck humor.”

    Noble actually does give some correct teaching on Matthew 7:1ff at the beginning of the “sermon.” The sad thing is that it is just tidbits from the table while he tells a bunch of personal anecdotes designed to get a laugh or be shocking (such as talking about his child defecating in a pool). There is far more comedy than exegesis. Seriously, he sounds like a frustrating comedian more so than a pastor.

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