Exhibiting the profound humility that I too am known for, Perry Noble responds to me and the others who’ve criticized the article he published last month, Creating an Experience that also ended up on Out of Ur as The Greatest Show on Earth. I responded to his original article with Church of the Little Rascals. I call it an article as Perry’s website is not really a blog. A blog promotes conversation (whether internally like BHT or in comments like this and most blogs). Perry states his opinion and would like us to agree with him…or at least shut up. Conversation is not optional on his site.
Now let me say that Perry is the kind of a guy I’d enjoy having a beer and cigar with – except I don’t smoke cigars. In our email conversation, he strikes me as a good humoured, fair minded guy. I’ll let you be the judge of whether he comes off that way on his blog website.
One of the chief critics of churches like NewSpring is the whole “emergent” church movement. I just love that – here you have 15-20 people…usually guys, who sit in rooms smoking cigars and drinking beer, debating theology while the world around them goes to hell…and somehow they think they’ve “got it!” In my opinion the only thing that needs to “emerge” from the emerging church is their head out of their rear ends so that they can better listen to God and fulfill the Great Commission.
As a good friend of mine would say, "My, my." Or perhaps Shakespeare paraphrased (another beer swilling, cigar smoker – if he could get a good cigar, that is), "Methinks thou dost protest too much."