This is the agenda and some of the questions that The Wondering Eagle would like to ask and research and write about in regards to Acts 29 Remnant in Richmond, Virginia. This Acts 29 church will be discussed for the the remainder of January and long term at The Wondering Eagle
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32 NIV
Doug Ponder and Josh Soto
The Wondering Eagle launched two posts that deal with Acts 29’s Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia. Those two posts are, “An Overview of Military Chaplains: What they Do, Their Role in the United States Military and their History” and “The Disturbing and Cult-Like Behavior of Acts 29 Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia is Adversely Affecting Lives.” There are so many issues hemorrhaging out of Acts 29’s Remnant Church, and The Wondering Eagle would like to analyze, research and write about them. Therefore, for the remainder of January of 2018 Remnant and Acts 29 will be the topic of discussion. Since I also write about atheism and secular humanism in anticipating this I got up a post that is a response to Hemant Mehta who blogs as The Friendly Atheist.
In regards to Acts 29 Remnant these are the issues that stand out that need to be written about.
- Josh Soto explained to a young African-American male (known here as Travis Jones) that “we’re not Baptist.” This was when Travis was in the process of trying to become a military chaplain. Here is the question that needs to be asked. Why is the Southern Baptist Convention planting Acts 29 churches if they are not Baptist? There are close to 800 military chaplains in the SBC, what does the SBC Chaplaincy think about an Acts 29 church that doesn’t believe in the military chaplaincy?
- There are also issues with membership covenants. Should college students sign a membership covenant? What is responsible giving when one is a college student? Plus I would like to write about why college students should not be members or a church. My take on church membership is negative given the controlling nature of many churches.
- Do Acts 29 churches try and control how members of their congregation communicate with family members? Is that “Gospel-Centered?” This allegedly happened at Remnant, has it happened at other Acts 29 churches?
- What does this story mean for Justin Pearson’s Sojourn Church in Fairfax, Virginia; Jason Conner’s Portico Arlington in the D.C. area; Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill also in the D.C. area and Jordan Kauflin and Eric Simmon’s Redeemer Arlington? If Bryan Laughlin leads the Acts 29 District that those churches fall into, how does the culture at Remnant duplicate themselves at other churches?
- Can women work in law enforcement and other areas of national security? What about the military or more? Why is Acts 29 at war with women?
- This story highlights how the DNA of Mars Hill Seattle is alive and well – STILL – in the Acts 29 network. That can be a post in itself.
- There is much to write about in regards to Doug Ponder. I attended a sermon at Remnant and heard him speak. I walked away thinking his message was off and like Remnant warped.
- There is the issue of celebrity pastors, which is a major downfall of Neo-Calvinism. That can also be written about.
- This is another topic (how appropriate for Martin Luther King Day) but does Acts 29 understand and respect African-American culture? Church planting in a very African-American neighborhood in Richmond and then seeing the congregation is 98% white seems off.
- Why does Acts 29 attract members of the military? When I was being recruited to Acts 29 (former C.J. Mahaney’s Sovereign Grace Redeemer Arlington) I had an Air Force Captain who graduated from the Air Force Academy who called Acts 29 the “healthiest church he ever knew.” At this blog he is known as Andrew White, and he was drawn to Acts 29. At Remnant there are a lot of military. Why does Acts 29 attract members of the military? Is the mancho man, authoritarianism attract them? Do members of the military understand the basic message of Christianity? Grace, kindness and love, or is the DNA of Mark Driscoll’s “I can beat you up…” still attract people in a very authoritarian culture?
- There are Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) implications for this story as the EFCA is planting Acts 29 churches as well. What does the EFCA Chaplaincy Program think of Acts 29 being opposed to military chaplains?
Those are some of the issues that deserve further analysis and writing. I also want to throw this out there. If you were once involved in Remnant you are free to post your story at The Wondering Eagle. You can do this anonymously. If you are involved in Remnant or were involved you are free to comment on the story. You can do so in name, or you can do so anonymously. I also do not practice censorship at all. This will be the topic for the remainder of the month. Like Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and The Village Church run by Matt Chandler, Remnant will be written about long term. As former members contact me, and the church reacts to the story that will also change things. I have traveled to Richmond and hope to do so sometime in the future. I am a people person and I do not hide behind the computer. If you want to meet, have a beer and discuss Acts 29 or more I am happy to meet you. That is it Richmond and Remnant. Please know that I love you.