Should Perry Noble be given the benefit of the doubt?

Over the next few posts, I will be going through my old case files and reviewing some of the more surprising statements that Perry made in sermons and podcasts after the details of the 2009 NewSpring harassment against us were known to them. Neither side publicized the fact that a lawsuit was underway, so most of ...

Clayton King’s gospel of violence, or Why this will happen again

One of the reasons that I have resumed blogging even after our case against NewSpring was settled is that the underlying issues that caused the problems are still there. NewSpring shows no evidence of having learned anything from the events of 2009, and, remarkably, continued to preach a violent response to critics well after they ...

Don’t blame NewSpring’s haters

For the last day or two I’ve been working on a post partially titled “Why this will happen again,” the this being NewSpring’s angry harassment of Perry Noble’s critics. I found out this afternoon that the prophecy came true yesterday. A listener of Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith show, which had broadcast an interview with me on Monday, ...

A new conversation with Fighting for the Faith

If you want to take a 60-minute break from reading, here’s an interview I did with my friend Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith a few days ago. Share this:More

Noble’s big wink at the harasser

In the last post I reviewed Perry’s sermon from July 12, 2009, which was preached in the early and intense days of the harassment campaign by his staff and volunteers. The focus last time was on what Perry was saying to himself and to me, but there was one other important audience member: Josh Maxwell, the ...

Perry Noble preaches about tough conversations

One of the key decisions amid a cascade of bad ones made by Perry Noble and other NewSpring leaders was his refusal to meet with me in July 2009. For context, I could see that senior NS leaders were supervising the vicious attacks against my family, so I needed to go directly to Perry to make ...

The sufficiently ambiguous tweet of the day

From Heath Houston: The obvious solution is to outlaw assault pastors. Share this:More

A few details about our NewSpring lawsuit (abbreviated edition)

Three years ago I reported the story of the campaign of harassment against my family by a NewSpring staff member and some volunteers under the apparent supervision of NewSpring executives. In 2010 my wife and I sued Noble, NewSpring, two other pastors, the staff member and two volunteers over their behavior during the summer of 2009. After ...

Temporary service disruption

I was made aware this afternoon that there exists a court order governing the disclosure of much of the testimony and documents in the NewSpring case. I have subsequently removed several posts and edited two others in order to comply with that order. If you reblogged or reposted any of the information that I removed you will ...

You should, you can’t, you must, you may never again talk to Perry Noble

The story of my attempts to meet with Perry Noble is one of changing rules and massive discrepancies between what’s said in public and done in private. Whom I meet and why isn’t normally of much interest to anyone, but this particular story reveals important features of Noble’s character and leadership which should be concerning ...