What is the purpose of baptism?

A month or so ago, Perry Noble and Steven Furtick baptized almost 1,000 people between them in a remarkable day when they sprung the opportunity on people who had come to church with no knowledge of what they’d end up being asked to do. As I showed you back then, Noble spent just a few ...

Filthy Roman Sponge

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Prettying up people who are far from life

I ran into an old friend today and asked what he’s doing for a job. “I help people who are far from life look their best,” he said. “Oh, so you sell makeup,” I replied. “No, not really. But I do apply it.” “You’re one of those beauty consultants at the mall?” “No, I said ...

If not fame, then what?

I’ve argued against overusing the phrase To make Jesus famous. What, then, could we replace it with? How about To make Jesus known? It describes evangelism and discipleship equally well. Fame is too heavily biased towards presenting Jesus to the unsaved and leaves the family of faith in the cold. By emphasizing knowledge, we acknowledge ...

Does Jesus really want to be famous?

One or two commentators have referenced Newspring’s oft-repeated mission of making Jesus famous, a term that is also in widespread use beyond Newspring. It’s a phrase that has long bothered me for its carelessness. I’ve tried to use Google to help me understand what its users think the term means and where it comes from, ...