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 ...

The apostasy problem with NewSpring’s schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)

The apostasy problem with NewSpring's schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)
In two earlier posts, we have considered some of the implications of NewSpring’s highlighting of former congressman, Gresham Barrett’s, testimony as one of its Sunday sermons. To bring you back up to speed, here’s what we know about the Barrett story: He was saved and baptized as a believer at Westminster Baptist Church. While running ...

Perry Noble is an entrepreneurial genius

Perry Noble is an entrepreneurial genius
Last week’s NewSpring made the big announcement that it was starting its own college, though it involved so much hands-on physical labor that I suggested that it is more like an apprenticeship program than a college program. What do you know, NewSpring College is just NewSpring’s Apprenticeship Program with new branding and new fees. Youth ...

Why isn’t the Bible good enough for Perry Noble?

Why isn't the Bible good enough for Perry Noble?
A few posts ago, in the pre-plagiarism era of celebrity pastors, I was working through a series on the implications of NewSpring’s use of former Congressman Gresham Barrett’s testimony to his conversion and baptism. The third and final part of that is still coming, but I need to set it up by paying a bit ...

How to buy a NewSpring job

How to buy a NewSpring job
NewSpring has announced it is starting NewSpring College, a two-year program that will cost you $4,000 and most of your free time. Starting next fall, NewSpring College will offer its students two years of courses and grunt work, after which they are rewarded with a letter of recommendation to — drum roll, please — NewSpring ...

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 ...

Of ghostwriters and elephants

Of ghostwriters and elephants
What did Mark Driscoll know, and when did he know it? Not about the plagiarism. About everything. As is becoming clear, when Mark Driscoll isn’t plagiarizing others’ work and thoughts, he’s relying on uncredited ghostwriters to write his sermons and books. Some Christian leaders are starting to call Driscoll and others out on the way ...

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. Share this:More