SCOREBOARD is such a great argument!

Perry Noble doubled down on his scoreboard retort on Sunday, though it took me until today to really understand what he was saying. Numbers make anything right. (Why does Noble look so enraged when he lists all those great outcomes?) I don’t know why I didn’t consider it before, but SCOREBOARD is such a versatile ...

Gamaliel’s Questionable Advice

Acts 5:35-39 (New International Version) 35Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas ...

In the same way that you judge others, you’ll be exempt

Or something like that, apparently. Noble takes a typical shot at his critics, ruling their arguments out of bounds because they don’t know him. [Critics are] the people who know everything you are doing wrong but don’t know you. If they don’t know Noble, we assume that he also doesn’t know them. As might be ...

Furtick and Noble’s recipe for disaster

“Advice” for preachers: RT @stevenfurtick: Pastors-today you’ll come to a point in your msg where you’ll think: “I can’t say that.” Say it. That explains a lot, I fear.

Confidence in leadership

Perry talks about ways that leaders can respond to criticisms of their actions. He lists six five options: Whine Be sad Get angry Lie and say it doesn’t bother you Ignore it (his preferred response) Explain yourself UPDATE: Sorry, I just noticed that the sixth option wasn’t actually there.

A study in contrasts

Piper tweets this: If someone offers you pleasure for 10,000 years, say, “No thanks…at HIS right hand are pleasures for EVERMORE” (Ps 16:11) Perry tweets this: Got a new T-shirt in support of breast cancer research that says, “Save a life, grope your wife.” Thinking about wearing it…should I? (BTW, PN, the answer is no.)

Introducing the Turnstile Church

(This post is a followup to this one about the purpose of church.) A few months ago while watching Brad Cooper’s effing Bible video, I saw the basic difference between the way he and I approach church. To set the scene, Cooper is welcoming his congregation to a newly built (bamf) facility on the NewSpring campus. ...

Going beyond ridicule

A few days ago I referenced Noble’s tweet about the future of the church in a way that was intended to dismiss it with a deserved bit of ridicule. To refresh your memories, here’s what he said: WHAT IF this past 2,000 years of the church was merely the foundation to set up what God ...

Upon this rock

Noble’s Twitter: WHAT IF this past 2,000 years of the church was merely the foundation to set up what God REALLY wants to do? That thought pumps me up! Matthew Perry 16:18: And I tell you that you are Perry, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not ...

The essence of Pharisaism

Yesterday’s post criticizing Perry Noble’s sexual legalism was predictably misinterpreted by a whole bunch of commentators as suggesting that we should not try to avoid temptation. Perry invited us to consider him legalistic, so I obliged him because what he is suggesting is a classic example of the dangers of legalism. When you make a ...