Questioning Motives

Questioning Motives
I like what Furtick has to say on his blog today. I have often questioned the motives of mega-church pastors, and it’s good to know that Steven is beginning to question his motives as well. Here’s a little snippet: And my friend felt like the Lord responded to him with a challenging thought: “What if I ...

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision
Steven Furtick via twitter: Don’t ever compromise God’s vision. For anyone. Or anything. At any time. Stay true to His purpose. At any cost. I would be very interested to know what Steven means by “God’s vision” in this context. If we go on what he has said in the past, we can assume that ...

Preventing problems with podcast preachers

Talk to any engaged 20-something Christian these days, and you’ll likely find that they can rattle off a list of their favorite podcast preachers. For some, a quick scan of their iPod will probably tell you more about their doctrinal commitments than their local church membership. The relatively recent phenomenon of being able to carry ...

How good is your caller ID? (Updated)

Perry Noble advised pastors on how to hear from God last week. One of the KEYS to receive REVELATION is PREPARATION!  It’s not that God isn’t wanting to download HUGE vision into us as leaders…but many times we just aren’t ready for it. Now, I might have said that the key to receive revelation was ...

Measuring Effectiveness

Measuring Effectiveness
Steven Furtick begins this post by making a reference to 2 Samuel 24 : God got very angry with David for taking a census in 2 Samuel 24.  In fact, this single act of disobedience resulted in a plague that destroyed 70,000 people.  The level of punishment doesn’t seem to fit the crime.  All David ...

Noble: We don’t fight critics (except when we do)

Perry Noble took a few minutes to coach his congregations on how not to respond to critics last Sunday. Here’s some of what he said (after bragging about asking God for permission to throw over the table of a young woman at a local restaurant who dared to talk about entertainment in church within earshot of Noble): We ...

Manipulation 101

Manipulation 101
In this post, Steven Furtick shows us how he gets people to do exactly what he wants: Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must ...

Where does the profanity come from?

According to NewSpring’s creative pastor, Perry Noble’s pulpit profanity comes from God’s leading and Jesus’ example. Perry uses a lot of strong words in his sermons…how does he get away with that? never confuses sermon prep with his quiet time. in his quiet time whatever he’s studying God will speak into him something that is ...

The value of heresy hunting

Perry Noble seconded Rick Warren’s “argument” against heresy hunters yesterday. RT @RickWarren: Heresy-hunting lets u to ignore the mess in your own life. God is more concerned about your hypocrisy than other’s heresy. Let’s examine that. Where is the hypocrisy? Warren assumes that anyone who finds heresy is a hypocrite. Pointing out heresy is about ...

Exegesis by opinion poll

Perry Noble is going through a series of posts where he describes how he prepares his sermons–in case you ever wanted to preach like Perry. It took a while for Scripture to enter the conversation, but it made a cameo appearance yesterday as a subpoint under his main point about being creative. After acknowledging that ...