Why online worship is virtually impossible

On his blog, Nick Charalambous has been engaging the question of whether church and worship can be conducted online. He has many thoughtful posts about the issue, but this section from one in January sums up the question nicely: Could you not have a physical campus-less church and still be the church as Christ intended it?… ...

How to train a generation of spiritual rebels

One of the most personally threatening aspects of NewSpring’s ministry (and a very good reason why I would not be a member) is the way that leaders casually tear down parental authority. As some of you know, I first noticed it with their Parents Are Clueless marketing campaign, but Noble was at it again last ...

What is it with pastors’ T-shirts?

What is it with pastors' T-shirts?
A few days ago Perry Noble was wondering about whether he should wear a grope-your-wife T-shirt, and today Brad Cooper wants to know what you think about this: Is it normal that when Fuse* cranks up the worship, I want to tear my shirt off like the Hulk and just lose my mind!???! Trying to ...

Why we worship on Sunday

In my recent posts on the physical center of the Christian worship, a few commentators challenged the idea that the Christian church should assemble on Sundays. I promised them that I’d explain why, so here it is: The Sabbath is as physical and natural as night and day. The origins of the Sabbath come from ...

Is church a building?

This is an issue that’s been brewing in the comments to the Turnstile Church post, and it also matters when we start to think about the effectiveness of doing church online. My basic position is that even though the church is not a building, it is usually found in a building. The fact that Christians ...

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. ...

Who is church for?

If you were to boil my disagreements with Perry Noble and NewSpring down to a single issue, it would be over the answer to this question. Here, in order, is how I would answer the question. God. As God began to reveal himself to his people, one of his early steps was to create a ...

How to pray like a Pharisee

A week or so ago, we were looking at Brad Cooper’s gun-assisted sermon on how worship is a weapon. Although we were rudely interrupted by the Gary Lamb news, a couple of things in his closing prayer warrant a few more bullet points. In his exposition, he criticizes existing worship styles. In our evangelical culture ...

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
A few people around these parts have been insisting that gross errors of misapplying Scripture, as we saw with Noble’s teaching on Simeon, happen so infrequently at NewSpring that we need not be concerned. That being the case, here’s something else they can be unconcerned about. Brad Cooper posted the sermon he was preparing when ...

Can we use just anything in worship?

Gary Lamb opened his service with a new song from Montgomery Gentry last weekend. Here are some of the lyrics: There’s one in every crowd, brings the party in us out, good time Charley with a Harley, whiskey bent and hellbound, he’s got the next round, but he always drinks for free, there’s one in ...