Puddles of unity and passion

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to trigger my persuasive defenses, it’s when leaders call us to unity and encourage us to be passionate. They are such wonderful concepts, we’re told, and we’re frequently encouraged to be one or the other, if not both. You can’t get much better than to be united in passion. ...

Twitter confusion

Perry Noble tweeted this today: Someone doesn’t like you…is it those who didn’t like Jesus OR those who loved Him but were rejected by the religious system of the day? Honestly, I have no idea what that means. Can someone with a secret decoder ring help us out in the comments section? I’ve lost mine.

Angry Singalong

In this video we see Steven Furtick rage against churches with an angry little rewrite of the campfire favorite, “Kumbaya”.  Here are Furtick’s new lyrics: Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya. Our Church is stuck in the 1950’s and we won’t change anything my Lord, Kumbaya. An Entire generation is dying and going to Hell with no ...

How to train a generation of spiritual rebels

One of the most personally threatening aspects of NewSpring’s ministry (and a very good reason why I would not be a member) is the way that leaders casually tear down parental authority. As some of you know, I first noticed it with their Parents Are Clueless marketing campaign, but Noble was at it again last ...

What I learned at Thr3e

After the huge success of their Thr3e conference, Elevation decided to do it again this year and call it Impart. They also more than doubled the registration price for the one day event from $300 to $700. It seems that registration hasn’t been going as quickly as they may have hoped (some might be inclined ...

Numbers

With all Perry’s recent “scoreboard” nonsense, It reminded me of something I once heard Steven Furtick say. I found a version of it on his blog. This account is slightly different, but the meaning is basically the same: “If you get the impression that we’re all about the numbers, let me clarify… Of course we’re ...

SCOREBOARD is such a great argument!

Perry Noble doubled down on his scoreboard retort on Sunday, though it took me until today to really understand what he was saying. Numbers make anything right. (Why does Noble look so enraged when he lists all those great outcomes?) I don’t know why I didn’t consider it before, but SCOREBOARD is such a versatile ...

Preaching the Gospel With Excellence

Earlier, I posted Furtick’s reasoning for Elevation church growth, which included: We worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence. This brought up the question, how do you preach the Gospel with excellence? First of all, I should say that I have a problem with the way these churches use the word excellence. I may do a ...

How Church Growth Happens at Elevation

How Church Growth Happens at Elevation July 16th, 2009 We enable experiences and interactions that leave our people saying: I love my church So they’ll tell their friends: You’ve got to come check out my church The friends come. We worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence. The friends leave saying: I really like ...

Why not attack Satan?

In a couple of recent posts, I have suggested that the devil deserves more respect than is apparent in the language of some church leaders, and explained why the armor of God is designed for defense, not offence. In what I imagine will be the third and final installment on this topic, let’s look at ...