Inside-out, upside-down language

Some of you have probably noticed the disparity in how NewSpring and its fellow traveling churches use language. When they talk to or about sinners, the language is watered down to strip the essential meaning out of the words. Sinners become people far from God. Unsaved becomes unchurched. Unregenerate becomes “unregenerate.” Sanctuary becomes auditorium. Christian becomes Christ ...

Hey Jesus lovers, watch your mouth!

For a few hopeful seconds, I thought NewSpring was about to reform its approach to profanity when I saw this watch-your-mouth headline from the church’s web pastor. I thought he was going to recommend against using paint-peeling cuss words in church. Sadly, it was too good to be true. So what did Pastor Charalambous want us ...

Amazon.com appears to have more discernment than NewSpring’s clergy

You don’t have to take my word for how offensive bamf is. Amazon sells T-shirts with those letters emblazoned across the front. From the site’s product description: Crack Smokin T-shirts are far more then just a novelty, they’re a lifestyle. A company that covers all bases of the crude t-shirts market, making people laugh and ...

A quick thought experiment

For those who would discount Cooper’s bamf description of his church because he only used the initials, not the actual words, let me ask you this: If someone tells you to your face that you are full of bee ess, are you offended any less than if he or she used the full words? If ...

NewSpring takes desecration to the next level

NewSpring takes desecration to the next level
You have got to be kidding me. A few weeks ago I pointed out how pastor Brad Cooper asked his congregation if they frickin’ believed the Word of God (frickin’ being just a different spelling of the f-word.) This evening I clicked on a Twitter picture from Cooper of people receiving Christ at NewSpring’s Easter ...

Are you a Christ follower or mainly just a label avoider?

If you listen to emergent preachers and boosters for any length of time, you can’t help but notice the studied avoidance of Christian and its replacement with Christ follower. A couple of weeks ago I offered a critique of how the church tries to make Jesus famous, but Christ follower is the term that gives ...