Bloggers talk about many things. Some talk about the weather, and that’s okay if the weather is what’s on your mind at the moment. Some talk about politics, which turns out to be a great venue for having your voice heard whether your ultra liberal or ultra conservative or somewhere in between. The blogosphere turns regular people into people who have a voice – and I like that. There’s some good out there, some really bad, and some mundane, but still we have the freedom to voice our views. It’s a free country, right? I wish someone would tell Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring church, that!
I’m referring to this post at pajamapages.com from Dr. James Duncan, Associate Professor of Communication at Anderson University. Dr. Duncan wrote blog posts which took issue with Perry Noble’s approach to ministry, which is basically seeker-senitive, culturally relevant soft speak. What was the result? He and his family were stalked and harassed by members of NewSpring staff, which eventually led to a police investigation. Some of the things this family was subjected to are horrible and heart breaking. Among some of the tactics used to intimidate Dr. Duncan were:
- Sending a fake letter of resignation to his boss
- Reavealing Dr. Duncan’s son’s name and the location of his school on the Internet
- Threatening violence against Dr. Duncan
- Interfering with the adoption of a child and hindering it
- Opening fake twitter accounts in Dr. Duncan’s name to discredit him
- Emailing Dr. Duncan homosexual pornography
- Repeatedly calling his home and calling him profane names
- Subscribing him to a gay magazine
- Scouting out his house
- Inviting a serial killer to his house to commit murder (via twitter, of course)
As you might imagine, Dr. Duncan and his family have been through quite the ordeal lately. Perry Noble acts as if he didn’t know what his staff was up to when they harassed and endangered Dr. Duncan’s family, but that’s no excuse. Whether he knew about it at the time or not I can’t tell. Maybe, maybe not. This is just my opinion, but I find it hard to believe that something this despicable was happening by members of his staff and he knew nothing about it at all. Regardless, as overseer, it is his job to know what his staff is doing in the name of his church. If you can’t control your staff, you shouldn’t be a leader. Since his staff was willing to stoop to this level of depravity and wickedness to get even with someone who dared to criticized Noble’s ministry, that is evidence that 1.) these people do not represent Jesus Christ, and 2.) these people have the type of character that you would never want to have on a ministry team.
So, this is what they’ve resorted to? Intimidating and attempting to silence critics? I tip my hat to Ken Silva for pointing this out. Please take time to read Dr. Duncan’s account of the ordeal he and his family suffered. In case you missed the link above, please click here to read it. Be ready to be disgusted. There is some explicit language and unsavory content, so keep the kiddies away from the computer screen.