Another ignoble and gratuitous slam at the church

This week, Perry Noble is telling pastors how to avoid an affair, and this morning he’s recommending that they pay more attention to their families. Fair enough, but early on in his piece comes this reference: Too many pastors … let the expectations and demands of needy, clingy church people (notice I didn’t say Christians) ...

3 Levels of Doctrine

Just finished reading a book by Al Mohler called He is Not Silent. Very good book that I’d recommend to anyone involved in ministry, even though it is effectually written for pastors. One particular thing that stands out to me is the three levels of doctrine defined by Mohler as: Level 1 – Essentials of ...

Angry Singalong

In this video we see Steven Furtick rage against churches with an angry little rewrite of the campfire favorite, “Kumbaya”.  Here are Furtick’s new lyrics: Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya. Our Church is stuck in the 1950’s and we won’t change anything my Lord, Kumbaya. An Entire generation is dying and going to Hell with no ...

How Church Growth Happens at Elevation

How Church Growth Happens at Elevation July 16th, 2009 We enable experiences and interactions that leave our people saying: I love my church So they’ll tell their friends: You’ve got to come check out my church The friends come. We worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence. The friends leave saying: I really like ...

A Glimpse into the Mind of a Visionary

A Glimpse into the Mind of a Visionary
Original post: http://www.stevenfurtick.com/uncategorized/sermon-planning-audio-blog/ In this very special audio version of his blog, Pastor Furtick and a few special guests from his creative team have a round table discussion about how the sermon series are planned at Elevation. In an act of selfless bravery, I listened to all thirty minutes of this, so that you don’t ...

Why we worship on Sunday

In my recent posts on the physical center of the Christian worship, a few commentators challenged the idea that the Christian church should assemble on Sundays. I promised them that I’d explain why, so here it is: The Sabbath is as physical and natural as night and day. The origins of the Sabbath come from ...

Is church a building?

This is an issue that’s been brewing in the comments to the Turnstile Church post, and it also matters when we start to think about the effectiveness of doing church online. My basic position is that even though the church is not a building, it is usually found in a building. The fact that Christians ...

Introducing the Turnstile Church

(This post is a followup to this one about the purpose of church.) A few months ago while watching Brad Cooper’s effing Bible video, I saw the basic difference between the way he and I approach church. To set the scene, Cooper is welcoming his congregation to a newly built (bamf) facility on the NewSpring campus. ...

Who is church for?

If you were to boil my disagreements with Perry Noble and NewSpring down to a single issue, it would be over the answer to this question. Here, in order, is how I would answer the question. God. As God began to reveal himself to his people, one of his early steps was to create a ...

Paranoid pastors prohibit proper perspective

As this blog gets older, it has become quite noticeable how impossible it seems for any committed NewSpringer to criticize their church. Note, for example, one commentator’s tortured defense of Brad Cooper’s use of Bad A** Mother F****** to describe the church, as well as another’s commitment to confront sin and quick backtracking on that ...