So much for the Reformation

When I started reading Calvin’s works a few years ago, I was surprised at how contemporary and fresh they were. One of his books, The necessity of reforming the church, perfectly describes the church in our own time, and you don’t even need to be a Calvinist to see that his diagnoses were right. It turns ...

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 ...

Purposefully ashamed of the Gospel

Besides giving away the Sabbath, Rick Warren advocates that preachers abandon the Bible in church. Consider this passage from p. 297 of The Purpose Driven Church. (All of the following quotes, except the third and fifth, are from the same section in Warren’s book and are reproduced in order and without any omissions, and are ...

Some things ARE impossible for Perry Noble

Especially when it comes to butt paste, even though the word impossible isn’t in his special dictionary. I have been fascinated with … a tube of this stuff called buttpaste. NO–I am not making this up!I had this thought…maybe if pastors all across America would distribute buttpaste to their disgruntled church members–things would go a lot ...

Don’t take my word, take Noble’s: Reformation is coming

For the last week, I’ve been trying to convince apologetic NewSpringers that when their pastor announced last weekend that he was starting a new reformation that he actually meant he was starting a new reformation. Someone asked me if I could read Perry Noble’s mind. I don’t need to; I just read his blog. Let’s ...

Perceptive points on parsing Pastor Perry

Perry Noble’s reformation apologists seem to be making three different defenses. He’s dumb. Don’t take him seriously. You misunderstood him. He didn’t really mean it. Yes, there is a reformation, and Perry’s our man. I’m with the folk who pick option #3, but let’s deal with #2 for a minute. Has it all been a ...

Two reformers, two visions of humility

Reformer one: Since I am a man and not God, I cannot provide my writings with any other defense than that which my Lord Jesus Christ provided for His teaching. When He had been interrogated concerning His teaching before Annas and had received a buffet from a servant, He said: “If I have spoken evil, ...

Four Pajama Axioms

If you have been following the discussion in the various Reformation posts, you, as I, may have been surprised at the conclusions that NewSpring’s representatives have arrived at. We have had one contributor argue that there’s no important difference between the Protestant and Roman Catholic church, so history’s verdict is that the Reformation was pretty ...

We retort. You decide.

Oh dear, I shouldn’t have questioned Perry Noble’s reformation announcement. Commentators to those posts have told us that Noble is a simple man, so what he says shouldn’t be taken seriously. Then we were told, no, there really is a reformation, but how dare we criticize it. We should all come together and acknowledge that ...