NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter

NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter
The Internet laughed at¬†and chided Gary Lamb a few weeks ago when he asked the Twitterverse for ideas on what he could preach on for Easter Sunday. Lamb may have saved himself some grief if he’d just asked his former friend, Perry Noble, who was able to come up with a creative Easter idea without ...

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR? Would it make it ...

Furtick’s Chatterbox was inspired by pagan spiritualists like the Queen of Manifestation

Furtick's Chatterbox was inspired by pagan spiritualists like the Queen of Manifestation
If Chapter One weren’t bad enough, the second chapter of Steven Furtick’s Crash the Chatterbox gets simultaneously silly and seriously dangerous. Here’s the passage that got my attention: I read online that the average person has more than sixty thousand thoughts per day, and over 80 percent of these thoughts are negative. Is that accurate? ...

Why isn’t the Bible good enough for Perry Noble?

Why isn't the Bible good enough for Perry Noble?
A few posts ago, in the pre-plagiarism era of celebrity pastors, I was working through a series on the implications of NewSpring’s use of former Congressman Gresham Barrett’s testimony to his conversion and baptism. The third and final part of that is still coming, but I need to set it up by paying a bit ...

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments

Clayton King and his fantastic world of death, drownings and disembowelments
I once heard of a seminary professor who told his class of aspiring pastors that whenever a preacher starts a sermon with a personal story, he starts his sermon with a lie. It’s hyperbole, but it makes a good point: when preachers base their spiritual lessons on personal stories, we have a problem if those ...

The parable of the preacher who made up parables

The parable of the preacher who made up parables
Once upon a time, a blogger made up a parable to illustrate the dangers of pastors who’d rather preach about themselves than Scripture. It went something like this: One Sunday a popular preacher, finding no good verses to use, told his congregation the parable of the house with the closed doors. It went something like ...

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 ...

Clayton King’s gospel of violence, or Why this will happen again

One of the reasons that I have resumed blogging even after our case against NewSpring was settled is that the underlying issues that caused the problems are still there. NewSpring shows no evidence of having learned anything from the events of 2009, and, remarkably, continued to preach a violent response to critics well after they ...

A priceless pair of proclamations from Perry’s preaching

Perry Noble last week: My prayer for this series is that singles will view being single NOT as a sickness, but rather as a season that needs to be embraced in order to learn all that God desires to teach them. Perry Noble this week: We started to hand two marbles out to every single ...

Preventing problems with podcast preachers

Talk to any engaged 20-something Christian these days, and you’ll likely find that they can rattle off a list of their favorite podcast preachers. For some, a quick scan of their iPod will probably tell you more about their doctrinal commitments than their local church membership. The relatively recent phenomenon of being able to carry ...