Can we use just anything in worship?

Gary Lamb opened his service with a new song from Montgomery Gentry last weekend. Here are some of the lyrics: There’s one in every crowd, brings the party in us out, good time Charley with a Harley, whiskey bent and hellbound, he’s got the next round, but he always drinks for free, there’s one in ...

Let’s have the Bloods and Crips lead our worship!

First we had an endorsement of premarital sex. Then we had profanity directed at God’s house. Now, NewSpring’s youth group maintains its momentum with murder and hate in a tirade seemingly plucked from the hymnal of the Bloods and the Crips. Youth pastor, Brad Cooper, highlighted his band’s performance of a song whose lyrics are so ...

I have a question for Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki has asked the leaders at Catalyst WC how they describe their church. Are there two or three words that can define your church? Does BAMF count as one or four words? Share this:More

Inside-out, upside-down language

Some of you have probably noticed the disparity in how NewSpring and its fellow traveling churches use language. When they talk to or about sinners, the language is watered down to strip the essential meaning out of the words. Sinners become people far from God. Unsaved becomes unchurched. Unregenerate becomes “unregenerate.” Sanctuary becomes auditorium. Christian becomes Christ ...

Is it OK for us to disagree now?

NewSpring’s worship leader seemed quite down on himself on Sunday. He acknowledged that he has payed his dues to Satan, and seemed to think he’s going to hell. I know NewSpringers don’t like bloggers always finding things to disagree with their leaders on, but would this be an appropriate time to point out that he’s ...

You can see how this could get confusing

An inspiring pop culture leader says this is how you do it. I wanted to create a stage persona for myself that allowed me to really speak about anything I want… So I can be a storyteller, I can be jokey, I can be corny, I can be a little vulgar, I can be a ...

Amazon.com appears to have more discernment than NewSpring’s clergy

You don’t have to take my word for how offensive bamf is. Amazon sells T-shirts with those letters emblazoned across the front. From the site’s product description: Crack Smokin T-shirts are far more then just a novelty, they’re a lifestyle. A company that covers all bases of the crude t-shirts market, making people laugh and ...

A quick thought experiment

For those who would discount Cooper’s bamf description of his church because he only used the initials, not the actual words, let me ask you this: If someone tells you to your face that you are full of bee ess, are you offended any less than if he or she used the full words? If ...

NewSpring takes desecration to the next level

NewSpring takes desecration to the next level
You have got to be kidding me. A few weeks ago I pointed out how pastor Brad Cooper asked his congregation if they frickin’ believed the Word of God (frickin’ being just a different spelling of the f-word.) This evening I clicked on a Twitter picture from Cooper of people receiving Christ at NewSpring’s Easter ...

Do you !@%$#%@ believe the Bible?

Do you !@%$#%@  believe the Bible?
A few weeks ago BCoop complained that I was being too concerned about desecration in the house of God. I’ve been accused of worse, but I happened to be reviewing a Brad Cooper sermonette for an upcoming post and ran across this little piece of desecration. Although he doesn’t have the sex posters behind him ...