A few of my favorite comments

As is usually the case on this site, the comments in these posts are often more interesting than the original posts, so I recommend you to scan through them. There are quite a lot, so I wanted to highlight a few that got my attention. This came in from Albert Lance on Friday night, after ...

Looking again at NewSpring’s big announcement

Now that you’ve had a chance to read both sides, it might be helpful to take another look at NewSpring’s big announcement yesterday. In February an employee of the church met with this individual I didn’t start blogging about NewSpring until March, and this meeting was April 1. If they start their post with such ...

Another scandalous dollar amount

I understand that the $1.5m and $3m are giving a few people the vapors today, but there’s another number in this story that you might add to the mix. Zero. This has been Perry Noble’s offer to my family. Zero meetings. Zero calls. Zero apologies. Zero questions. Zero dollars. I’ve explained the number that I ...

Holy rage at the ‘Spring

Holy rage at the 'Spring
In mid October, Perry Noble made an intriguing statement in one of his sermons that the church had fired one of its employees for “going over the line” against a critic. “Don’t worry,” Noble assured his flock, the guy didn’t blow up anyone’s house. Noble gave no more details about what his employee had done ...

Naming critics (Updated)

Because Perry still won’t name names, I will. The critic Perry refers to in this post is me. This is a huge, complicated story, and I’ll have it for you soon. UPDATE: I don’t mean to be teasing you, but this is going to take a while (probably late tonight or early tomorrow). The whole ...

Imparted Wisdom from Impart

Imparted Wisdom from Impart
Pastor Steven Furtick » Blog Archive » Married Guys Listen Up. In this video from IMPART, Steven Furtick is joined on stage by special guest Perry Noble. The first thing that hit me after watching this video is that someone paid $700 to watch these guys sit around and talk. Apparently, being able to draw ...

Older Brother Syndrome

Older Brother Syndrome
This weekend, I heard an incredible sermon on the Prodigal Son. This sermon further strengthened my belief that God’s Word is living, because despite the fact that I’ve heard this story a thousand times, I saw it in a new way.  I want to specifically look at one small section of the story. I don’t think I’m ...

How to deal with critics? Destroy them.

NewSpring’s creative pastor, Shane Duffey, advises pastors from other churches on how to deal with critics. Don’t swerve for animals (critics (in & out) will try to get you off the road… just run them over) I believe him.

How to baptize 1,000 people in four minutes

Last weekend Noble and Furtick announced the astounding news that between them they’d baptized more than a thousand people. I was curious to see how they did it, especially given that, for NewSpring at least, none of the baptism candidates knew about the baptism until a few minutes before they entered the water. How did ...

Noble’s Defense of Multi-site Churches

Noble's Defense of Multi-site Churches
After watching this clip, I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or just be angry. I think I’m starting to settle in on anger, and here’s why: He starts out by saying people have problems with multi-site churches because they played basketball for a team that didn’t keep score because everybody was a winner, and ...