What counts as holy?

A line from Noble’s sermon this afternoon: God couldn’t give a crap about your happiness when it comes to his holiness. If God is holy, what does he give a crap about? Should the holiness of God have any effect on how we talk about him? Share this:More

Another language catastrophe

Another language catastrophe
Steven Furtick describes a baptism at his church today as pandemonium. For a man who makes his living with words, this is terribly clumsy. The word has multiple meanings, none of which flatter Furtick or his church. From dictionary.com: wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos. a place or scene of riotous uproar or ...

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 ...

Noble vs. Noble Jr.

Father Noble: Uh…Charisse is repeating everything she hears…which is NOT good when they say “the best d@#+ sports show” and she yells it out! Pastor Noble: The kid said, ”˜I want to go back to the damn church.’ I said, ”˜Get his name because he’s going to be on staff someday.’ HT: Albert. Share this:More

Pajama Pages gets results (Part III)

After I pointed earlier this week out how rotten his language is, Perry Noble appears to be trying to pull up his socks. My evidence? His Twitter feed: Holy crap…I’m in “the zone” this morning…thank you Jesus for this gift!!! WOW! Now it’s not just crap, it’s Holy crap. The epithet is in good company. ...

Pajama Pages gets results (Part II)

From Noble this morning: Discovering that I am either making the enemy happy or pissing him off. From Furtick this morning: Thanks to blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and the like (read: blah blah blah), every idiot with an opinion has a printing press. And it is becoming increasingly socially acceptable to talk crap about people you’ve ...

Substituting scatology for theology

If you’ve listened or read to much material from pastors like Perry Noble, Steven Furtick or Gary Lamb, you’ve been exposed to a great deal of profanity. A search for “crap” turns up 141 pages on Noble’s blog, 145 for Lamb and 102 for Furtick (and now at least one for me). That’s commitment to ...

Theology, actualized to the nth degree slaphappy and cacographic

A few years ago I had a student writer who thought she could jazz up her writing by rewriting her plain language with the help of a thesaurus. Her prose ended up being utterly ridiculous and unreadable, or as her thesaurus might have written, her tongue came to a halt actualized to the nth degree ...

File under “Inane”

Regular readers will know that I am not impressed with the tendency of the modern church to reshape and redefine vocabulary. I’m working on a post for next week about the issue, but here’s a little taste of how language seems infinitely malleable to these cutting-edge leaders. From Brad Cooper’s Twitter account this afternoon: ‘Very ...

Never mind, it wasn’t really profanity

It turns out that BAMF, or anything you like, is OK to say. A reader alerted me to Cooper’s new teaching on what defines profanity. Profanity is no longer a list of words to not say… RATHER, there is a way to use your words that makes much of God in all you are saying ...