So much for the Reformation

When I started reading Calvin’s works a few years ago, I was surprised at how contemporary and fresh they were. One of his books, The necessity of reforming the church, perfectly describes the church in our own time, and you don’t even need to be a Calvinist to see that his diagnoses were right. It turns ...

NewSpring attacked my family, but I’m the jackass?

In November of 2010 Perry Noble and Shane Duffey released a leadership podcast entitled Ignoring the Jackass where they took great delight in belittling and literally demonizing bloggers who dared criticized Noble’s teaching or NewSpring’s methodology. This was almost a full year after they took the Maxwell story public and months after we had filed ...

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 ...

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 ...

Shut up, they explained

I don’t know what kinds of questions Perry Noble is having to answer in his world, but if you survey the comments on this blog you’ll find a number of challenges to my position. While we await Noble’s explanation, I’ll offer this personal defense. You deserve it. It has been quite chilling to see this ...

Naming critics (Updated)

Because Perry still won’t name names, I will. The critic Perry refers to in this post is me. This is a huge, complicated story, and I’ll have it for you soon. UPDATE: I don’t mean to be teasing you, but this is going to take a while (probably late tonight or early tomorrow). The whole ...

How to work through complex problems in one easy step

Perry Noble puts his critics on the couch for some psychoanalysis this morning. He starts from the admirably humble position of assuring us that if someone doesn’t like him, it’s because they’re jealous of him. If that bombshell doesn’t seal the argument for you, he adds this: Why do “Christians” hate people who don’t believe ...

Older Brother Syndrome

Older Brother Syndrome
This weekend, I heard an incredible sermon on the Prodigal Son. This sermon further strengthened my belief that God’s Word is living, because despite the fact that I’ve heard this story a thousand times, I saw it in a new way.  I want to specifically look at one small section of the story. I don’t think I’m ...

How to deal with critics? Destroy them.

NewSpring’s creative pastor, Shane Duffey, advises pastors from other churches on how to deal with critics. Don’t swerve for animals (critics (in & out) will try to get you off the road… just run them over) I believe him. Share this:More

Criticize Me

Criticize Me
Let’s start with an honest comment from Furtick: When I make comments about refusing to let critics upset me, it’s usually b/c a critic has just upset me. I appreciate Steven’s honesty. I have often wondered why the Turnstile pastors spend so much time talking about, blogging about, tweeting about, how much they don’t care ...