Why Liberty University won’t criticize Benny Hinn, even if it won’t do business with him 6

Why Liberty University won't criticize Benny Hinn, even if it won't do business with him
As Liberty University continues to update its “clarification” about Ron Godwin’s ill-fated appearance with Benny Hinn, it becomes harder to understand why they denied involvement in the deal. Both Godwin and Reber appear to have been doing their assigned jobs, and nothing about what they were offering on Hinn’s show was new. Instead of distancing ...

‘God Blogger’ interview with Drew Marshall in Toronto 1

15-minute radio interview with Drew Marshall in Toronto, Canada, where we briefly review the NewSpring harassment, Driscoll publishing, Furtick baptisms, and Liberty University stories. Share this:More

How do I get my own concierge pastor? 16

How do I get my own concierge pastor?
In Mark Driscoll’s apology to Mars Hill last week, he reassured us that he was well cared for by his own team of pastors. I have been a pastor for a long time, but have not had a close pastor since college. I now rejoice that God has been gracious to give me pastors for ...

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients
NewSpring contracted with Result Source to “market” Perry Noble’s first book, a New York Times best seller, a spokesperson for NewSpring church confirmed today. According to NewSpring’s public relations director, Susanne Swift, the church paid $30,000 for the service and purchased 11,000 copies of Unleash! “for use in our Resource Centers and for other uses.” Result Source markets ...

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 ...

Steven Furtick goes on offense over spontaneous baptisms: A response to the Shake the Snake sermon

Steven Furtick goes on offense over spontaneous baptisms: A response to the Shake the Snake sermon
Steven Furtick responded to the spontaneous baptisms report in his sermon yesterday, going on offense against WCNC and me for exposing his church’s mass-baptism plans. Furtick paused during the sermon to go on the record with the following statement: When they started talking this week on the news about our baptisms, I got hot. Yes, ...

Disneyfication of the megachurch? What Disneyfication?

Disneyfication of the megachurch? What Disneyfication?
In WCNC’s story about Steven Furtick’s spontaneous baptisms, Rev. David Key from Emory University describes the Elevation show as a product of the Disneyfication of church. He’s right, and we see it especially clearly at NewSpring Church and their pastor’s obsession with measuring the church — usually unfavorably — against Disney’s flash and glamor. Disney ...

Furtick’s Chatterbox was inspired by pagan spiritualists like the Queen of Manifestation

Furtick's Chatterbox was inspired by pagan spiritualists like the Queen of Manifestation
If Chapter One weren’t bad enough, the second chapter of Steven Furtick’s Crash the Chatterbox gets simultaneously silly and seriously dangerous. Here’s the passage that got my attention: I read online that the average person has more than sixty thousand thoughts per day, and over 80 percent of these thoughts are negative. Is that accurate? ...

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: ...