Furtick crashes and totals his Chatterbox on the topic of Biblical inspiration

Furtick crashes and totals his Chatterbox on the topic of Biblical inspiration
In the introductory chapter of Steven Furtick’s new book, he assures us that God speaks to us outside of Scripture and gives an example of an encouraging “word” that assured Furtick that God had given Charlotte to him. At least, that’s what he thinks God said, and he qualifies the example with this telling passage: ...

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 ...

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 does God speak to us?

How does God speak to us and reveal his will? I’ve written about how preachers should talk about God’s revelation, so this will extend that to consider how we think and talk about how God speaks to us as laypeople. Has God stopped speaking to us? Just because God closed the book on his written ...

How good is your caller ID? (Updated)

Perry Noble advised pastors on how to hear from God last week. One of the KEYS to receive REVELATION is PREPARATION!  It’s not that God isn’t wanting to download HUGE vision into us as leaders…but many times we just aren’t ready for it. Now, I might have said that the key to receive revelation was ...

The value of heresy hunting

Perry Noble seconded Rick Warren’s “argument” against heresy hunters yesterday. RT @RickWarren: Heresy-hunting lets u to ignore the mess in your own life. God is more concerned about your hypocrisy than other’s heresy. Let’s examine that. Where is the hypocrisy? Warren assumes that anyone who finds heresy is a hypocrite. Pointing out heresy is about ...

What is Furtick’s view of inspiration?

I can’t imagine that he thinks very much of it, based on earlier tweets suggesting God should apologize for Leviticus. Now he’s suggesting that the prophets were depressed and emotionally unstable. Finishing Ezekiel-wondering how the OT might have been different if the prophets had access to Lexapro Yeah, yeah, the emoticon at the end says ...

Rick’s Revelation

Rick's Revelation
Rick Warren tweets: God taught me the 5 Purposes of Church at 24, but few paid attention. Now,in my50s,I ask”What 24yrold should I be listening to? Had God been hiding these purposes until 30 years ago? You mean to tell me the Church wandered around for 1,970 or so years without knowing its purpose, until ...

Who are we to condemn Thomas?

Thomas usually makes a pretty easy target for our condescending judgments. So often and firmly do we judge him that we usually can’t think of his name without appending the required doubting adjective. Why? What was his crime? He wanted to see and touch Jesus’ crucifixion wounds. He had heard the news, but he wanted ...

What’s wrong with Christians?

I learned an important lesson from Noble’s recent sex sermon: never miss an opportunity to knock Christians. (This came seconds after he personally gave nonbelievers an exemption from following God’s rules for sexual propriety. It’s good to know who’s looking out for you, I suppose.) At the end of the day I just want those ...