Fisking Christian Today’s defense of Perry Noble

Fisking Christian Today's defense of Perry Noble
Fisking: a point-by-point criticism that highlights perceived errors, or disputes the analysis in a statement, article, or essay. Two days ago, the Christian Today website published an opinion piece from its reporter, Mark Woods, who, the day before, had published a news story to its website about the Ten Commandments sermon and the SC Baptist Convention’s response ...

An analysis of Noble’s unrepentant apology

An analysis of Noble's unrepentant apology
Perry Noble and I agree on something important: his Christmas Eve sermon was no accident. Late last week, Noble published a letter to his church that looked like he was apologizing for the sermon, though a careful reading shows that the apology was very limited, and the important theological problems created by the sermon were not only retained, but embraced. As ...

Interview with Janet Mefferd on the Commandments sermon and N-word issue

A conversation with Janet Mefferd, primarily focused on why Noble’s Commandments sermon is so important. You have broken all the commandments, but the good news is that Jesus kept them. Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on RedditClick to email this to a friendMoreClick to share on Google+Click to share on ...

Noble departs Christian orthodoxy, announces he’s staying put

Noble departs Christian orthodoxy, announces he's staying put
Perry Noble took the unprecedented step of directly addressing criticism from the pulpit Sunday morning in response to Rosebrough’s and my critique of his Christmas Eve claim that God told him to preach that the Ten Commandments aren’t commandments. After having a week and a half to reconsider his error, Noble dug in his heels and reaffirmed ...

Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015

Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015
(1/2/2015: Updated with NewSpring’s response. See at the end of the post.) On Christmas Eve, Perry Noble gifted the world a rewritten Ten Commandments. In so doing, he contradicted Scripture, celebrated his ignorance of the Bible, and ultimately rejected the gospel. NewSpring had repeated its Christmas service during the week before Christmas day, yet before the ...

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 ...