Thursday, March 30, 2006
Perry Noble's Toe Hurts
One of my favorite bloggers is Perry Noble. Perry is the pastor of the wildly-growing NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. I've often shared some of his comments here at MMI because they are so 'dead on'. It seems that there are some in the blogosphere who take aim at Perry for the way NewSpring does ministry (you know, the whole seeker-sensitive; numbers; people matter to God thing). Well, now, it seems, Perry has given his critics one more thing to find fault with him on. In a recent post at his blog, Perry gave a riviting, pastoral confession: his toe really hurts.
I'm really surprised that Perry's critics haven't jumped on this one. I thought I'd help them out. You see, the scripture has much to say about toes; and to be honest, I think Perry just doesn't get it. For instance:
The priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. (Lev. 14:14). [Isn't this the toe that Perry said looked like the 'toenail of death'? Hmm... interesting.]
Then Adoni-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them." They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. (Judges 1:7) [Interesting scenario, huh, Perry?!]
We won't even bring up the giant Philistine in II Samuel with six toes on each foot.
Perhaps you should trade in your cool pastor Nike's for a pair of more sensible shoes... say Converse or Adidas. You should know that it is not the size of the shoes that is the problem; but rather way in which you wear them.
"Oh be careful little feet where you go" could teach you a lot, dude.
PS -- On a serious note... there are other bloggers on the internet who visit Perry's blog (and MMI for that matter) for one reason and one reason only: to find something they can disagree with and blog about. I could give you numerous examples of this; and Perry has been taken out of context and misquoted more than most. Let's keep him and others in prayer as they are constantly attacked; mostly from within the body of Christ.
BTW; at MMI, we try, whenever possible, to report about the great things God is doing rather than harp on everyone we disagree with. I'm so much more inspired by seeing how God is working rather than condemning those who don't do things 'my way'.
Oh... and... good luck with the toe, Perry.
[DISCLAIMER: Toe pictured not necessarily the actual toe of said Perry Noble]
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Todd on your comments about reporting the great things that do is doing - keep it up. It is much better to focus on the strengths rather than the weakness. As one sage told me, do not try to find out why people get sick, find out why the others are well. Keep it up.
Posted by: Kent | Mar 30, 2006 9:20:12 AM
"Let's keep him and others in prayer as they are constantly attacked; mostly from within the body of Christ."
Aw, that's just because he's an apostate emergent wannabee... NO... JUST KIDDING! LAUGH! IT'S FRIDAY...
Seriously... It looks like he's being more attacked by some strange toe fungus than others in the church.
I really didn't need to see that on a Friday. Perry, put your shoes and socks back on, yer stinkin' up the place!
Posted by: Peter Hamm | Mar 30, 2006 9:35:18 AM
Well... almost Friday... I'm getting ahead of myself...
Posted by: Peter Hamm | Mar 30, 2006 9:36:09 AM
Todd…YOU ROCK! And MMI is a breath of fresh air for me. I came out of the kind of Christianity that finds fault with everyone else. I think it’s so we could say, “we remained doctrinally pure” while others compromised. Sort of sounds like the Pharisees doesn’t it?
Often some of the churches I work with need liberation from this sort of legalism and when it happens they may lose some people but gain in the long run. Someone once told me (I believe it was my “spiritual father and mentor” that when others criticize what you’re doing, you’re probably doing something right.” Keep up the good work Todd. Like I said, "YOU ROCK" and so does MMI.
Posted by: Andy McAdams | Mar 30, 2006 9:42:14 AM
Peter, your funny dude... I believe you may have been working to hard this week like I have. I thought today was Friday also.. And this week seems to be a longgggggggggggggggone...
Andy, I know exactly where your coming from. I too was raised Southern Baptist, now I am called "Revised Southern Baptist, cause I have seen the light.. Oh Glory...
But anyway. I think Perry needs to soak that in some Espon Salt and Vinegar and cover it with a brown bag in a hurry. Just kidding Todd.. That's an ole' time remedy for that...
Anyway. Why is it that Christians are like that. WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM AREN'T WE. At least that what I have always thought. We always think we have to out do the other one. But as soon as they find a sore place like Perry's Toe, instead of helping him back to health, they keep mashing it.
I have learned that from people around here that is the #1 reason they do not go to church. Is because how people treat you.
Only thing I can say to Perry is keep on keep on Bro... God is on your side and that is the #1 reason you get put down, kicked around, body slammed. You are doing the right thing.
Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."
Todd, Andy,Peter and everyone else on mmi. I love everyone of you very much and I am so glad that I am intouch other Christians across the U.S. Each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.Just keep hanging in there and let's continue to encourage and pray for one another. Prayer is the key.
Posted by: Clairvoyent 1 | Mar 30, 2006 10:09:24 AM
Yeah, let's all agree and say amen to this, shall we...
PERRY NOBLE GOD BLESS YOU SO MUCH YOU CAN'T EVEN STAND IT ANY MORE AND YOU BEG FOR IT TO STOP!!!!!!!!!
And cover up that toe, I can't stand going to MMI and seeing it there. I think I'll skip lunch today! Goodness!
Posted by: Peter Hamm | Mar 30, 2006 10:51:07 AM
That is a farily "gross" toe, and this is from someone who has pretty ugly feet.
Posted by: Kent | Mar 30, 2006 11:50:20 AM
Anyone want to see my "warts"?
Posted by: Jeff | Mar 30, 2006 12:28:55 PM
I so appreciated your comments concerning Perry, "Lets keep him and others in prayer as they are constantly attacked; mostly from within the body of Christ". I agree 100%. Can we do that also with Skip Heitzip and Pete Nelson? I did not sense that same attitude and Christlike spirit with the prior discussions concerning those two men. Why don't we do it with all men and women. Is it jealousy, or because we disagree with them or we think they are wrong. None of those things change the need to treat them with respect, love and prayer. I am glad Todd that we are going to treat Perry this way, but lets do it for everyone.
Posted by: LarryB | Mar 30, 2006 2:04:00 PM
You'll notice that when I posted about Skip and Pete that I tried my darndest to be balanced and positive. Truth was (and is)... that there were some real leadership blunders and no-nos that happened in their situation. That is something else that I'm passionate about... maintaining integrity in leadership; and there were many examples (without implicating anyone specifically at CCABQ) that we can learn from that could've most definitely avoided all that has happened at their church in the past two months. In those situations, we need to look closely; analyze; and make sure we avoid those situations like the plague.
That said, I think I did then as I do now... and ask everyone to pray for the individuals and the churches involved. That's the least we can do.
Posted by: Todd Rhoades | Mar 30, 2006 2:14:31 PM
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