Have it Your Way

Have it Your Way
Is Consumerism Killing the American Church?       On Sunday, my wife and I were talking about Little House on The Prairie. We were discussing the church on that show, and how everyone in the town went to the same church, and the Pastor was active in the life of each family.  Families who were at odds with ...

Perry Noble on Southern Baptists

Here’s what Noble tells you to think about his church. It is time that the Christian community got beyond themselves…it is time that we begin looking for what IS working in other churches and ministries rather than sit around and criticize what is going on. Be secure enough to get outside of the circle of ...

What’s wrong with being normal?

Noble includes this fairly typical exclamation in his notes tonight: The last thing I want to be is a “normal” pastor who leads a “normal” church full of “normal” people! “Normal” sucks! Not to get all OED on him, but I think he means average, not normal. Normal means what’s right. Its root is norm, ...

At least take a swing

I had actually been looking forward to Perry Noble’s current series on the end times, happy that he was tackling a topic that demands some serious study and thinking. The series was prompted by a survey of NewSpring members months ago where Noble asked what topics they would like him to preach on. Noble reported ...

Ed Stetzer and Alan Hirsch on Multisite

Ed Stetzer and Alan Hirsch on Multisite
Ed Stetzer says: If you aren’t questioning multi-site, you aren’t thinking. Hmmm. I guess we know who played on a basketball team that didn’t keep score. credit for video to Out of Ur.

It’s just as well that Paul never flew coach

If you track Perry Noble’s tweet feed in the sidebar, you already know that whenever he travels we get treated to almost constant belly aching about how poorly he’s treated by the airlines and his fellow travelers. His trip to California last week was no exception. Some excerpts: The pilot just informed us that the ...

Perry Noble rebukes an offensive preacher

Ocassionally, Perry Noble and I see eye to eye, as you’ll see in this short clip from his baptism sermon. You’ll see here that Noble notices a preacher who had lost control, but Noble bravely rebukes him and tells him to stop. When we hear the gospel properly preached, shouldn’t our sin offend us more ...

Criticize Me

Criticize Me
Let’s start with an honest comment from Furtick: When I make comments about refusing to let critics upset me, it’s usually b/c a critic has just upset me. I appreciate Steven’s honesty. I have often wondered why the Turnstile pastors spend so much time talking about, blogging about, tweeting about, how much they don’t care ...

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 ...

What counts as holy?

A line from Noble’s sermon this afternoon: God couldn’t give a crap about your happiness when it comes to his holiness. If God is holy, what does he give a crap about? Should the holiness of God have any effect on how we talk about him?