It’s remarkable what passes as teaching in Noble-land

Perry Noble gave his annual pep talk to like-minded pastors yesterday and told them they need not worry if their parishioners get offended at what they do in their churches and leave. It’s a good thing when people leave your church, quoth the preacher man. To support his point, he quoted scripture from To illustrate ...

Does Jesus really want to be famous?

One or two commentators have referenced Newspring’s oft-repeated mission of making Jesus famous, a term that is also in widespread use beyond Newspring. It’s a phrase that has long bothered me for its carelessness. I’ve tried to use Google to help me understand what its users think the term means and where it comes from, ...

My angle, and a few nice words

A few of the defenses of Newspring have pointed me to the sermon and the fruit of the series, which is fine, but not really my point. My professional expertise is communication and media, a topic that I try to view as much as possible through a biblical lens. What I’m looking at is primarily ...

God, brought to you by Durex

God, brought to you by Durex
At this point I must say that I feel somewhat regretful for criticizing the sex magazine at the center of worship in my last post. I’m now convinced that I should have been encouraging it. Not because of anything in the feedback, but because whenever you see improvement in behavior, it should be encouraged. It ...

Indecency in church

Indecency in church
No, this is not from an MTV set. It’s worship at Newspring Church. This doesn’t (or shouldn’t) require much commentary, but there’s a verse that head pastor Perry Noble, who wasn’t a part of this service, loves to titillate his audience with, though he appears not to have grasped the point of the passage. Designate ...