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: ...

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How to baptize 1,000 people in four minutes

Last weekend Noble and Furtick announced the astounding news that between them they’d baptized more than a thousand people. I was curious to see how they did it, especially given that, for NewSpring at least, none of the baptism candidates knew about the baptism until a few minutes before they entered the water. How did ...

Do words really matter?

If you follow the comments to any of these posts (they’re usually more interesting than the posts themselves), you’re aware that there’s a bit of a discussion emerging about the propriety of claiming to be jacked up about the Gospel. The word is commonly defined as either being broken or being under the influence of ...

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 ...

Dangerous flirtations with heresy

This retweet from Brad Cooper is giving me heartburn tonight: Acknowledging the historical fact of His resurrection doesn’t save u (James2:9). Being changed by His resurrection does (Rom6) I think more highly of BCoop than some of you might suppose, so seeing him entertain this kind of idea stuns me. The cancer in the modern ...

Why Simeon matters

Seth asks how I know that Simeon is a priest, and accuses me of making stuff up by insisting that he is. Elsewhere, commentators on the Bathroom post have told us that they want to see some more theology on this blog. So let’s do some. Getting Simeon right matters because if Simeon was not ...

The false comfort of fatalism

One aspect of NewSpring’s apologists that has genuinely surprised me has been the repeated appeal to fatalism, the idea that because everything is predestined it is inevitable, uncontrollable and acceptable. It has been invoked to disqualify criticism of NewSpring’s leaders’ bad behavior on the basis that God made them do it. For example, one commentator ...

Don’t take my word, take Noble’s: Reformation is coming

For the last week, I’ve been trying to convince apologetic NewSpringers that when their pastor announced last weekend that he was starting a new reformation that he actually meant he was starting a new reformation. Someone asked me if I could read Perry Noble’s mind. I don’t need to; I just read his blog. Let’s ...

Reformers vs. Deformers

In his typically nuanced way, Perry Noble announced to the world this weekend that he has started the second Reformation. Besides its self confidence and boldness, the claim seems just a little ignorant of history. As I asked a few days ago, is this really a reformation or a deformation? Given the stated goals of ...