Great quotes from Perry’s latest sermon

Noble’s sermon from last Sunday apparently moved a few people here, so I decided to give it a listen… You didn’t honestly think I was gonna listen and not comment, did you?  Here’s what he has to say: Jesus called it the Great Comission, not the Great Suggestion. Sure about that one, Perry? I’m too ...

Define “creepy”

I linked to this Q&A about volunteer ministries at NewSpring a few days ago, and it warrants a little more attention. In one section, the following question arises: How do you tell a creepy person that they should not be a greeter? The answer is to try to get them to smile, and if they ...

The quote that NewSpring didn’t want you to read

NewSpring’s youth pastor, Brad Cooper, found it necessary to delete this quote from Charles Spurgeon that our friend, Twit, had posted in a discussion on his blog about the merits of an educated clergy. We do not know what the books were about, and we can only form some guess as to what the parchments ...

Duncan, why do you keep criticizing Newspring?

Because it’s big. On Easter weekend, the church counted 15,000 attenders across all its campuses. In a city the size of Anderson, that’s a big deal. When an organization has the kind of rapid growth and influence as this single church does in such a relatively small area, why wouldn’t it warrant closer scrutiny than ...

Worship song triggers high school evacuation

Try this thought experiment. If a high school teacher came across the lyrics from NewSpring’s worship band handwritten in a student’s locker or desk, would the school have to be evacuated? If you didn’t see them the first time, here they are: I’m here to battle, baby. I dance to kill. Time to go all ...

Let’s have the Bloods and Crips lead our worship!

First we had an endorsement of premarital sex. Then we had profanity directed at God’s house. Now, NewSpring’s youth group maintains its momentum with murder and hate in a tirade seemingly plucked from the hymnal of the Bloods and the Crips. Youth pastor, Brad Cooper, highlighted his band’s performance of a song whose lyrics are so ...

A quick follow-up on Tony Morgan

I just re-read Perry Noble’s explanation of why Tony Morgan was leaving and noticed this passage: Our approach to leadership and the execution of the vision were slightly different…and while we DO agree on most things there was a slight disagrement on the methodology of as to how execution of the vision was to take ...

Tony Morgan leaves NewSpring

Most readers will already know this, but Tony Morgan announced that he’s leaving the NewSpring leadership team today. Not that it matters much to him, but he has always struck me as a mature leader with a good head on him and someone who has a good understanding of what the new church movement is ...

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 ...

Do you [email protected]%$#%@ believe the Bible?

Do you !@%$#%@  believe the Bible?
A few weeks ago BCoop complained that I was being too concerned about desecration in the house of God. I’ve been accused of worse, but I happened to be reviewing a Brad Cooper sermonette for an upcoming post and ran across this little piece of desecration. Although he doesn’t have the sex posters behind him ...