Worship song triggers high school evacuation

Try this thought experiment. If a high school teacher came across the lyrics from NewSpring’s worship band handwritten in a student’s locker or desk, would the school have to be evacuated? If you didn’t see them the first time, here they are: I’m here to battle, baby. I dance to kill. Time to go all ...

Let’s have the Bloods and Crips lead our worship!

First we had an endorsement of premarital sex. Then we had profanity directed at God’s house. Now, NewSpring’s youth group maintains its momentum with murder and hate in a tirade seemingly plucked from the hymnal of the Bloods and the Crips. Youth pastor, Brad Cooper, highlighted his band’s performance of a song whose lyrics are so ...

Behold the awesome power of age

For the last few months my church has been incorporating a testimony of God’s goodness from one of our members as a part of our worship service. They’re not necessarily the testimony of their salvation, but of times that they’ve seen God’s hand during trying moments in their lives. Last week and this, the “witnesses” ...

For some, this is a bug

For others, it’s apparently a feature “We don’t think there should be any barriers to hearing the good news of Jesus,” said Nick Charalambous, NewSpring’s web campus pastor. “We know people are living more of their lives online every day, and we want to offer them an option to learn how God can transform their ...

Is it OK for us to disagree now?

NewSpring’s worship leader seemed quite down on himself on Sunday. He acknowledged that he has payed his dues to Satan, and seemed to think he’s going to hell. I know NewSpringers don’t like bloggers always finding things to disagree with their leaders on, but would this be an appropriate time to point out that he’s ...

You can see how this could get confusing

An inspiring pop culture leader says this is how you do it. I wanted to create a stage persona for myself that allowed me to really speak about anything I want… So I can be a storyteller, I can be jokey, I can be corny, I can be a little vulgar, I can be a ...

In which he embraces seeker-sensitive services

I was listening to a podcast of a sermon by Sinclair Furguson this evening and was struck by the truth of his insight into seeker sensitivity. All biblical worship is seeker-sensitive worship. The question is, who is the one seeking the worship? The Father seeks such [us?] to worship him. Put in other words, all ...

Indecency in church

Indecency in church
No, this is not from an MTV set. It’s worship at Newspring Church. This doesn’t (or shouldn’t) require much commentary, but there’s a verse that head pastor Perry Noble, who wasn’t a part of this service, loves to titillate his audience with, though he appears not to have grasped the point of the passage. Designate ...