Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments
I once heard of a seminary professor who told his class of aspiring pastors that whenever a preacher starts a sermon with a personal story, he starts his sermon with a lie. It’s hyperbole, but it makes a good point: when preachers base their spiritual lessons on personal stories, we have a problem if those ...

What kind of father sues his baby girl?

Earlier this month, I took my infant daughter to court and won. The legal complaint? That she wasn’t yet a Duncan. Our baby girl was still a Miller*, so my wife and I sued her to strip her of that identity and change it to ours. In less dramatic terms, her adoption was finalized earlier ...

Perry Noble vs. the Gospel

Perry Noble took to Twitter a few months ago to tell us why other pastors aren’t preaching the Gospel, as, presumably, Perry is. Problem is, the Gospel itself fails Perry’s test. What follows is a little commentary-free conversation between the Gospel-defining Noble and the Gospel itself: Noble: If people are accused rather than believed in ...

Hello, again

Hello, again
After six months of silence, it’s time to get this blog rolling again, as well as to tell you what I’ve been up to behind these silent pages this summer. The big news: We adopted a baby. After years of trying, my wife and I welcomed a baby girl into our family in June. We ...

An irrelevant King-sized scoreboard

From Clayton King’s Twitter feed today: Why we shouldn’t trust the media: major news outlet says Catholic Church is dwindling while 1.1 billion Catholics say “Huh?” Huh? We’ve pointed out the weakness of NewSpring’s trademarked Scoreboard argument by asking whether they’d be swayed by it if it were applied to other religions, cults and sects. King ...

Dear megachurch pastors, the Bible is not boring

I received this exciting email a week or so ago from the YouVersion Bible app (which I use and appreciate) with the subject line, See the Bible Come Alive this March: Have you ever tried to picture what Noah’s family experienced during the flood? What it looked like when Samson destroyed the temple? How it felt ...

NewSpring attacked my family, but I’m the jackass?

In November of 2010 Perry Noble and Shane Duffey released a leadership podcast entitled Ignoring the Jackass where they took great delight in belittling and literally demonizing bloggers who dared criticized Noble’s teaching or NewSpring’s methodology. This was almost a full year after they took the Maxwell story public and months after we had filed ...

The parable of the preacher who made up parables

The parable of the preacher who made up parables
Once upon a time, a blogger made up a parable to illustrate the dangers of pastors who’d rather preach about themselves than Scripture. It went something like this: One Sunday a popular preacher, finding no good verses to use, told his congregation the parable of the house with the closed doors. It went something like ...

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?
A couple of weeks ago, NewSpring’s Twitter account linked to a blog post written by one of its members praising Perry Noble and the church. NewSpring rarely links to other blogs, so this appears to be a careful choice to advertise the virtues of their church and pastor. The post, written by Sarah Monk, whom I ...

Why we sued another believer

A commentator at this post asked an important question today that I thought warranted a more substantial answer than just a reply in the comments because I assume it’s one that many other readers may have had themselves. No matter what happened between you and Perry Noble (whom I have no relationship with or affinity ...