Thursday, July 21, 2016

For Davey Blackburn, nothing is wasted, and the best yet to come seems to have arrived, only 8 months after wife's murder

I've written about Davey Blackburn here, here and here.

Davey is in the news again this week. He's writing a book. This comes as a surprise to no one, fans and critics alike.

The day after Amanda's murder, and while she was still on life support, Davey issued a statement that "the best truly is yet to come." The day after she was beaten up and shot, Davey started a fundraising campaign for himself (archived here). He live tweeted during Amanda's funeral that #nothingiswasted and 3 days after Amanda's murder that domain was registered by someone at Newspring for Davey. 

Today, Davey spoke live on stage at Gateway Church youth conference, a megachurch in Southlake, Texas. It was broadcast live on Daystar TV

Davey is not listed as a speaker and was not listed on the schedule of speakers. In the video below, a marketing video "Davey's story" begins to play at about the 14:20 mark. Take note that it is no longer "Amanda's story," it's "Davey's story" now.  He lies about his house being "broken into," failing to mention that he told police that he left the front door unlocked the morning Amanda was murdered.

At about the 38:00 mark, Davey begins a prayer time and discusses the need to forgive. Disturbingly, he mentions child molestation as one of the hurts that needs forgiveness. He does not mention victims coming forward and reporting sex abuse to law enforcement, seeking justice to heal and protect others. This is horrendous handling of child sex crimes. This is enabling and promoting a culture of abuse in churches.

Why does Davey Blackburn pick child molestation as the sins (crimes actually) that need forgiveness? This has significance for him. How?

Davey Blackburn Crashes Gateway Student Conference by LizzyJack

Earlier this month, Davey Blackburn's mentor and investor, Perry Noble, founder of Newspring Church, was fired as lead pastor due to "his posture toward marriage, increased reliance on alcohol, and other behaviors that were of continual concern." He is reportedly entering a psychiatric treatment facility.

In 2007, Newspring started a website and publicity campaign intended to attract people to a six-week series on parenting.
If you dare to visit the associated Web site, the picture gets even worse. NewSpring offers parents and kids a chance to publish anonymous confessions, which from the outset turned the site into a cesspool of rebellious threats and taunts. Children angrily accuse their fathers of being perverts. Young kids brag about sexual misadventures that their parents don't know about. The content on the site is bad, but don't blame rogue Internet writers for the voyeuristic dirt on display there. Instructions on the site make clear that church staff approve everything before it's posted.
A source tells me that Newspring Church approved these comments before they were posted on the website and made no effort to reach out to these kids or alert police. These abused kids were only used to market a "dumb sermon series."

Friday, July 8, 2016

Kansas City Southern Baptist megachurch -Westside Family Church- trying to “out” young sex abuse victims

KS-- Big KC church denies trying to "out" young victims; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, July 8, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Officials at a Kansas City church are bullying two girls – ages 11 year old and a 13 year old and their mom. Now, the church’s lawyer is trying to deny the bullying.
A mother and her daughters are suing Westside Family Church in Lenexa. The mom wants to continue protecting the privacy and recovery of her daughters who were sexually violated by a serial predator who helped with Vacation Bible School.
But Westside wants a judge to “out” them and prevent them from moving forward as “Jane Does.” For decades, however, judges in the US have let crime victims seek justice while safeguarding their anonymity. This is especially true when kids are involved.
The church’s motion, filed in Johnson County Court, starts with this phrase: “Westside requests that this Court deny the plaintiffs’ motion (for) a pseudonym.”
It ends with this phrase: “Westside requests that this court deny the plaintiffs’ motion (for) a pseudonym.”
In between, the church’s motion says the alleged victims “should not be able to hide behind pseudonyms.”
Pretty clear, right?
But now Westside’s lawyer claims – in today’s KC Star - that church officials do NOT want to force these girls and their mom to put their names out there in public.
“We’re not looking to out these girls,” said Brad Russell, a lawyer for Westside.
Here’s what we said last week about this disturbing case, and why this hardball tactic
-- hurts this already wounded and still suffering family,
-- intimidates other victims from reporting child molesters who are still hurting children, and
-- deters witnesses, whistleblowers and others who suspect child sex crimes from calling police and other authorities.
There are really two options here: Let the girls and their mom seek justice while protecting their privacy, like courts have done for decades. Or force them to reveal their identities to the public. If Westside Family Church wins their motion, this already wounded family will have to decide – comply with the court order and the church’s wishes by disclosing their names or stop their effort to expose and deter wrongdoing.
For the sake of these girls, their mom, and others who see, suspect or suffer child sex crimes, we beg Westside to withdraw their hostile, intimidating motion.
We ask the public to consider this: What do you believe? What church officials put on paper in a written court document? Or what the church lawyer says later when facing criticism?
And we ask every single person with information or suspicions about child sex crimes and cover ups in churches or institutions – especially at mega-churches where there’s little or no oversight – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
Here’s what others are saying about this troubling case:
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Has Perry Noble been fired from Newspring Church?

I've heard that Perry Noble, Newspring Church lead pastor, was fired today and that it will be announced on Sunday.  Newspring is one of the largest churches in the country. It's a Southern Baptist megachurch. If confirmed, this is a huge development.

stay tuned...

I've written about Perry Noble herehere and here.


This morning I emailed Suzanne Swift, Chief Public Relations and Marketing Officer at Newspring Church, asking if Perry Noble has been fired. I received this reply this evening:

Hey Amy,

I would love to invite you to join us at church this Sunday to learn more from Perry and NewSpring Church. We will have services on Sunday at 9:15am, 11:15am, 4pm or 6pm at our Anderson Campus, located at 2940 Concord Road.

Suzanne Swift
Chief Public Relations and Marketing Officer
NewSpring Church