Perry Noble’s Overwhelmed book is dishonest and dangerous

Perry Noble's Overwhelmed book is dishonest and dangerous
Perry Noble has garnered himself a lot of positive press lately for his acknowledgement that he takes antidepressants to deal with his long-term depression. I assumed that the antidepressant news was a teaser for a more detailed account of his decision in the book. Not so. Perry Noble’s book on dealing with depression contains not ...

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to “push, push, push” his book

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to
In late November 2011, just five weeks before the release of the Real Marriage book, Mark Driscoll met with the church’s Community Group leaders to brief them on how they could help promote what was described as a “Real Marriage campaign.” (It’s unclear exactly how many people are in the meeting, though questions had to be ...

See how the Result Source campaign made Mark Driscoll a half million dollars (Updated)

See how the Result Source campaign made Mark Driscoll a half million dollars (Updated)
On Friday Mars Hill posted an announcement where they assured us that Mark Driscoll  “did not profit from the Real Marriage books sold … through the Result Source marketing campaign.” At the time, I found the statement difficult to believe, because the whole point of the $210,000 “investment” was surely to profit from it. Even ...

On Driscoll, it’s called inurement, and it’s probably illegal

Mark Driscoll may have imperiled his church’s nonprofit status and, with it, cost his congregation millions of dollars in tax deductions. I am neither a lawyer nor an accountant, but I can read IRS publications that describe the kind of hot water that Mars Hill Church and other churches can get into when they use ...

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR? Would it make it ...

Mars Hill responds to the book marketing story, and I respond to their response

This evening Mars Hill released the following statement on the book marketing story, which I’ll copy here with a few interjections and comments. In 2011, outside counsel advised our marketing team They begin weakly by blaming an anonymous third party. Whatever the advice, the marketing team accepted the advice, as did Mark Driscoll, who solicited ...

How Steven Furtick plans to Crash the Cashbox (Updated)

How Steven Furtick plans to Crash the Cashbox (Updated)
Steven Furtick’s promotional efforts for his forthcoming Crash the Chatterbox book reveal one of his tricks for generating the important first-week sales to get the book on the New York Times bestseller list. The details are described in a special-offer page on the book’s promotional website. If you purchase his book from an online retailer before it’s officially ...

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum
Steven Furtick has a Walter White problem. In the last season of Breaking Bad, Walter White, who has become a criminal mastermind, has literally tons of cash that he can do little more than stack on pallets in a storage unit. He has become incredibly wealthy, yet he can only spend tiny fractions of his ...

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 ...

A new addition to the Perry Noble Classic Book Club

A new addition to the Perry Noble Classic Book Club
An alert reader sent me this link to Perry Noble’s enthusiastic review of Seth Godin’s book, Tribes. It is, according to Noble, ONE OF THE FIVE BEST LEADERSHIP BOOKS EVER!! Noble doesn’t so much review as sample by listing the sections of the book that were especially appealing to him, including these: “People yearn for ...