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

On Driscoll, it’s a straight red

On Driscoll, it's a straight red
Many others have been covering the Mark Driscoll plagiarism story well, though I have a few observations that come from my experience as a college professor where I sometimes deal with this, and where, unlike with Mr. Driscoll so far, people actually suffer consequences for what they do. The paraphrasing of other people’s ideas and ...

More NewSpring threats. A story we’ve seen before. (Updated)

Yesterday a commentator appeared on this blog assuring us that he’d welcome a “great open debate” about the good and bad things that megachurches are doing. The commentator, who identified himself as “Pastor,” came back this afternoon questioning my salvation, my church’s motivations, and, for good measure, throwing in a reference to my employer. After ...

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)
In an earlier post, we looked at the re-conversion of Congressman Gresham Barrett at NewSpring’s membership class, then to “prove to everybody how serious [he] was,” he got baptized again. It’s a curious thing that a Baptist church would let this happen. I understand that Baptists don’t accept some baptisms as being valid in the ...