How do I get my own concierge pastor?

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 ...

On Driscoll, it’s a straight red

On Driscoll, it's a straight red
Many others have been covering the Mark Driscoll plagiarism story well, though I have a few observations that come from my experience as a college professor where I sometimes deal with this, and where, unlike with Mr. Driscoll so far, people actually suffer consequences for what they do. The paraphrasing of other people’s ideas and ...

The terrifying testimony of Congressman Barrett (Part 1 of 3)

The terrifying testimony of Congressman Barrett (Part 1 of 3)
In the summer of 2011, NewSpring told the story of Congressman Gresham Barrett, who, after a personally devastating loss in a campaign to replace Mark Sanford as South Carolina governor, joined NewSpring church and found a new purpose in life. In the biographical video, we learn the following: He went to a “very traditional family ...

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum
Steven Furtick has a Walter White problem. In the last season of Breaking Bad, Walter White, who has become a criminal mastermind, has literally tons of cash that he can do little more than stack on pallets in a storage unit. He has become incredibly wealthy, yet he can only spend tiny fractions of his ...

In which I argue that Perry Noble and Steven Furtick are not overpaid

In which I argue that Perry Noble and Steven Furtick are not overpaid
This week has seen some astonishing reporting by Charlotte media about Steven Furtick’s lavish $1.7 million new home, complete with quotes from our pirate pal, Chris Rosebrough. Furtick claims the money for the house is clean because it comes from his book sales, though he thought it prudent to hide the purchase behind a trust ...

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments
I once heard of a seminary professor who told his class of aspiring pastors that whenever a preacher starts a sermon with a personal story, he starts his sermon with a lie. It’s hyperbole, but it makes a good point: when preachers base their spiritual lessons on personal stories, we have a problem if those ...

An irrelevant King-sized scoreboard

From Clayton King’s Twitter feed today: Why we shouldn’t trust the media: major news outlet says Catholic Church is dwindling while 1.1 billion Catholics say “Huh?” Huh? We’ve pointed out the weakness of NewSpring’s trademarked Scoreboard argument by asking whether they’d be swayed by it if it were applied to other religions, cults and sects. King ...

Clayton King’s gospel of violence, or Why this will happen again

One of the reasons that I have resumed blogging even after our case against NewSpring was settled is that the underlying issues that caused the problems are still there. NewSpring shows no evidence of having learned anything from the events of 2009, and, remarkably, continued to preach a violent response to critics well after they ...

Don’t blame NewSpring’s haters

For the last day or two I’ve been working on a post partially titled “Why this will happen again,” the this being NewSpring’s angry harassment of Perry Noble’s critics. I found out this afternoon that the prophecy came true yesterday. A listener of Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith show, which had broadcast an interview with me on Monday, ...