My interview on Fighting for the Faith

Yesterday I talked to Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith radio for about an hour about this story. In that time, we couldn’t cover everything, but I offer you the link in case you’re interested in hearing a bit more in a different medium. He starts by asking whether I hate NewSpring and Perry ...

Some posts to re-read with new eyes

Especially for long-time PP readers, you might be interested to read a few of these older posts against the context of the weekend’s story. This is the Paranoid Pastors post that promoted Duffey’s “love the rage” conversation. Duffey suggests that running over critics is a useful tactic. Now you know why I believed him. From ...

A message to my students

I apologize to you that this has happened during finals week. None of us needed the additional stress right now. To those of you who attend NewSpring, my complaint is not with you or the many other people who also attend. It is strictly with a set of staffers and insiders who seem to have ...

A couple of random observations

There’s no such thing as Internet anonymity, even on Twitter. I don’t know how many people noticed this in my narrative, but Maxwell was identified because Twitter responded to a subpoena and gave his IP to the detective. A second subpoena to Blackberry identified the person who was using that IP. That’s a story in ...

Differentiating Jesus from the Word

(We temporarily return to regular PP programing. For newcomers, these are the kinds of statements that have kept PP going much longer than I ever imagined it would.) Perry Noble preached on how to hear from God today. We’ve chronicled problems with Noble’s extra-biblical view of revelation many times on this blog, but today’s statement ...

How do you ignore this?

What did NewSpring’s leadership know and when did they know it is one of the key questions in this story. We know what Jason Moorhead knew, but what about Noble and another of his lieutenants? We know that Noble and Brad Cooper routinely monitor messages coming into their Twitter accounts by people who send them ...

A few of my favorite comments

As is usually the case on this site, the comments in these posts are often more interesting than the original posts, so I recommend you to scan through them. There are quite a lot, so I wanted to highlight a few that got my attention. This came in from Albert Lance on Friday night, after ...

Noble ties himself to the mast

Noble ties himself to the mast
Besides the coordinated publicity blitz Noble set off yesterday, one of the most surprising aspects of their rejection of our deal was that Noble had given every indication that he was quite confident that the news about his staff would not come out. He seemed to go out of his way to embrace the cast ...

Looking again at NewSpring’s big announcement

Now that you’ve had a chance to read both sides, it might be helpful to take another look at NewSpring’s big announcement yesterday. In February an employee of the church met with this individual I didn’t start blogging about NewSpring until March, and this meeting was April 1. If they start their post with such ...

Another scandalous dollar amount

I understand that the $1.5m and $3m are giving a few people the vapors today, but there’s another number in this story that you might add to the mix. Zero. This has been Perry Noble’s offer to my family. Zero meetings. Zero calls. Zero apologies. Zero questions. Zero dollars. I’ve explained the number that I ...