More NewSpring threats. A story we’ve seen before. (Updated)

Yesterday a commentator appeared on this blog assuring us that he’d welcome a “great open debate” about the good and bad things that megachurches are doing. The commentator, who identified himself as “Pastor,” came back this afternoon questioning my salvation, my church’s motivations, and, for good measure, throwing in a reference to my employer. After ...

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)
In an earlier post, we looked at the re-conversion of Congressman Gresham Barrett at NewSpring’s membership class, then to “prove to everybody how serious [he] was,” he got baptized again. It’s a curious thing that a Baptist church would let this happen. I understand that Baptists don’t accept some baptisms as being valid in the ...

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 ...

Dear megachurch pastors, the Bible is not boring

I received this exciting email a week or so ago from the YouVersion Bible app (which I use and appreciate) with the subject line, See the Bible Come Alive this March: Have you ever tried to picture what Noah’s family experienced during the flood? What it looked like when Samson destroyed the temple? How it felt ...

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?
A couple of weeks ago, NewSpring’s Twitter account linked to a blog post written by one of its members praising Perry Noble and the church. NewSpring rarely links to other blogs, so this appears to be a careful choice to advertise the virtues of their church and pastor. The post, written by Sarah Monk, whom I ...

A few details about our NewSpring lawsuit (abbreviated edition)

Three years ago I reported the story of the campaign of harassment against my family by a NewSpring staff member and some volunteers under the apparent supervision of NewSpring executives. In 2010 my wife and I sued Noble, NewSpring, two other pastors, the staff member and two volunteers over their behavior during the summer of 2009. After ...

You should, you can’t, you must, you may never again talk to Perry Noble

The story of my attempts to meet with Perry Noble is one of changing rules and massive discrepancies between what’s said in public and done in private. Whom I meet and why isn’t normally of much interest to anyone, but this particular story reveals important features of Noble’s character and leadership which should be concerning ...

Here’s what NewSpring’s pastors were reading in 2009

Here's what NewSpring's pastors were reading in 2009
Last time I posted here, I gave you a few details about the campaign of harassment that NewSpring staff and volunteers engaged in against my family and me because I dared criticize Perry Noble. In 2010, we did take legal action against Perry, NewSpring and others, and that process was resolved a couple of months ago. In ...

Shut up, they explained

I don’t know what kinds of questions Perry Noble is having to answer in his world, but if you survey the comments on this blog you’ll find a number of challenges to my position. While we await Noble’s explanation, I’ll offer this personal defense. You deserve it. It has been quite chilling to see this ...

NewSpring’s curious silence

I don’t have much more to say about this whole thing, but I’m surprised at how quickly NewSpring’s leaders seem to have gone to ground after their big splash on Friday afternoon. I’ve learned that they actually sent their statement as a press release to the local newspaper, intending to get this on the front page ...