How Steven Furtick turns mediocre books into mansions

How Steven Furtick turns mediocre books into mansions
Steven Furtick is sticking to his story that his mansion money has come from his books, though his business partner clarified that the house is being built with money from books he has yet to write. Though the continued insistence that the house uses book money reinforces their Walter White problem, don’t you wonder how ...

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum

Steven Furtick and the Walter White conundrum
Steven Furtick has a Walter White problem. In the last season of Breaking Bad, Walter White, who has become a criminal mastermind, has literally tons of cash that he can do little more than stack on pallets in a storage unit. He has become incredibly wealthy, yet he can only spend tiny fractions of his ...

In which I argue that Perry Noble and Steven Furtick are not overpaid

In which I argue that Perry Noble and Steven Furtick are not overpaid
This week has seen some astonishing reporting by Charlotte media about Steven Furtick’s lavish $1.7 million new home, complete with quotes from our pirate pal, Chris Rosebrough. Furtick claims the money for the house is clean because it comes from his book sales, though he thought it prudent to hide the purchase behind a trust ...

Perry Noble vs. the Gospel

Perry Noble took to Twitter a few months ago to tell us why other pastors aren’t preaching the Gospel, as, presumably, Perry is. Problem is, the Gospel itself fails Perry’s test. What follows is a little commentary-free conversation between the Gospel-defining Noble and the Gospel itself: Noble: If people are accused rather than believed in ...

NewSpring attacked my family, but I’m the jackass?

In November of 2010 Perry Noble and Shane Duffey released a leadership podcast entitled Ignoring the Jackass where they took great delight in belittling and literally demonizing bloggers who dared criticized Noble’s teaching or NewSpring’s methodology. This was almost a full year after they took the Maxwell story public and months after we had filed ...

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 ...

Should Perry Noble be given the benefit of the doubt?

Over the next few posts, I will be going through my old case files and reviewing some of the more surprising statements that Perry made in sermons and podcasts after the details of the 2009 NewSpring harassment against us were known to them. Neither side publicized the fact that a lawsuit was underway, so most of ...

Don’t blame NewSpring’s haters

For the last day or two I’ve been working on a post partially titled “Why this will happen again,” the this being NewSpring’s angry harassment of Perry Noble’s critics. I found out this afternoon that the prophecy came true yesterday. A listener of Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith show, which had broadcast an interview with me on Monday, ...

Noble’s big wink at the harasser

In the last post I reviewed Perry’s sermon from July 12, 2009, which was preached in the early and intense days of the harassment campaign by his staff and volunteers. The focus last time was on what Perry was saying to himself and to me, but there was one other important audience member: Josh Maxwell, the ...

Perry Noble preaches about tough conversations

One of the key decisions amid a cascade of bad ones made by Perry Noble and other NewSpring leaders was his refusal to meet with me in July 2009. For context, I could see that senior NS leaders were supervising the vicious attacks against my family, so I needed to go directly to Perry to make ...