It’s not all about Perry. Repeat. It’s not all about Perry. (Updated)

It's not all about Perry. Repeat. It's not all about Perry. (Updated)
Perry Noble will tell you, as he should, that his church is not all about him. Do his staff know that though? An alert PP reader sent me this tweeted observation from a Fuse/NewSpring acolyte [and worship leader] [and preacher] today. I’m serious. if @PerryNoble isn’t your senior pastor then you need to be jealous. extremely ...

Mega-Church Conundrum

Mega-Church Conundrum
First, note the new signature. On a few occasions now, readers have mixed up James Duncan and myself.  While this is much more damaging to his reputation than to mine, a little clarity never hurt. Now, I’d like to open a discussion about mega-churches. Let me make it clear that I have never heard James ...

The Problem with getting Jacked-up on Jesus

The Problem with getting Jacked-up on Jesus
This is where it leads: Pay attention Seth, JT, MW, Anthony…and the rest of you.  This is where you are headed. Take a good, long look.

What would Steve Jobs do?

If you regularly read the blogs of the likes of Perry Noble, Steven Furtick or Tony Morgan, you’ll find that they’re more likely to cite the works of leading marketers than they are theologians. One of their distinctive as leaders is their intentional integration of marketing techniques with an evangelistic message. Some examples: Tony Morgan ...

Do words really matter?

If you follow the comments to any of these posts (they’re usually more interesting than the posts themselves), you’re aware that there’s a bit of a discussion emerging about the propriety of claiming to be jacked up about the Gospel. The word is commonly defined as either being broken or being under the influence of ...

Reconciliation problem

Perry Noble says, Uh…warning…the message on Lie # 5 “It’s Just Sex” that we designed today is definitely going to be rated R…wow! Jesus Christ says, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. The Apostle Paul says, Do not cause ...

Pssst. Wanna hear a good preacher?

Someone asked us in a comment yesterday why PP doesn’t just oppose every pastor. The answer, obviously, is that there are many, many pastors doing fine work and preaching God’s word faithfully and intelligently. Besides my own pastor, one of my favorite preachers is Sinclair Furguson of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. While every sermon ...

Power of Positive Thinking

Power of Positive Thinking
      Last Sunday, Elevation passed out the flyer you see on the right, listing 12 Faith confessions to be stated aloud daily by each member. I thought I’d post them here for examination: I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation. I act in audacious faith to change the world in my ...

Live by slang, die by slang

Someone get Brad Cooper a concordance or Bible dictionary. He offers this description of God’s work tonight: God is so Amazing…. He continues to peel back new layers of Awesomeness @ Fuse*…. Tonight equated to BangORang! I’m not even going to provide a link, but you really don’t want to know what that last word ...

Chemistry at work

What-could-possibly-go-wrong-with-that advice from Gary Lamb’s friend and advisor: NEVER underestimate the importance of chemistry in regards 2 who you work with…doing WHAT u r called 2 do w/people u love is AWESOME! Lamb thought so too. Perhaps professionalism should be more important than chemistry, but who am I to argue with success?