An NFL quarterback and the SCBC president rebuke NewSpring. The story of what happened next.

An NFL quarterback and the SCBC president rebuke NewSpring. The story of what happened next.
NewSpring faced two public relations crises last week, and its response to each tells us much about the church’s lack of accountability and unwillingness to submit to correction. On Friday morning, the South Carolina Baptist Convention published a strong and detailed rebuke of the NewSpring’s pastor, worship style and governance. The statement by the SCBC president, Pastor Tommy ...

Baptists’ message to NewSpring: You’re not one of us

Baptists' message to NewSpring: You're not one of us
The South Carolina Baptist Convention has told Perry Noble and NewSpring that they must correct serious errors in their church before they can once again associate with the Convention. In a bold and praiseworthy statement, the president of the SCBC, Tommy Kelly, turned what has been general public criticism of NewSpring into official church discipline, though the public rebuke went much ...

Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015

Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015
(1/2/2015: Updated with NewSpring’s response. See at the end of the post.) On Christmas Eve, Perry Noble gifted the world a rewritten Ten Commandments. In so doing, he contradicted Scripture, celebrated his ignorance of the Bible, and ultimately rejected the gospel. NewSpring had repeated its Christmas service during the week before Christmas day, yet before the ...

The Holy Rage story, edited and extended

By far the most-read post on this blog has been Holy Rage at the ‘Spring, the story of NewSpring’s harassment against my family in the summer of 2009. Because of the particular demands to respond quickly to a NewSpring announcement of its own when that was written, it is a very detailed and long post. It ...

NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter

NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter
The Internet laughed at and chided Gary Lamb a few weeks ago when he asked the Twitterverse for ideas on what he could preach on for Easter Sunday. Lamb may have saved himself some grief if he’d just asked his former friend, Perry Noble, who was able to come up with a creative Easter idea without ...

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 ...

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 ...

The apostasy problem with NewSpring’s schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)

The apostasy problem with NewSpring's schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)
In two earlier posts, we have considered some of the implications of NewSpring’s highlighting of former congressman, Gresham Barrett’s, testimony as one of its Sunday sermons. To bring you back up to speed, here’s what we know about the Barrett story: He was saved and baptized as a believer at Westminster Baptist Church. While running ...

Perry Noble is an entrepreneurial genius

Perry Noble is an entrepreneurial genius
Last week’s NewSpring made the big announcement that it was starting its own college, though it involved so much hands-on physical labor that I suggested that it is more like an apprenticeship program than a college program. What do you know, NewSpring College is just NewSpring’s Apprenticeship Program with new branding and new fees. Youth ...

How to buy a NewSpring job

How to buy a NewSpring job
NewSpring has announced it is starting NewSpring College, a two-year program that will cost you $4,000 and most of your free time. Starting next fall, NewSpring College will offer its students two years of courses and grunt work, after which they are rewarded with a letter of recommendation to — drum roll, please — NewSpring ...