This is a post of my question to Bill Riedel at Acts 29 Redemption Hill here in the Washington, D.C. area. After telling the story of Acts 29 Remnant in Richmond I questioned Bill and asked if he believes that military chaplains should exist. Or does he reject the concept out of his Neo-Calvinist theology.
“Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.”
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12 NLT
The Wondering Eagle spent a month looking at the Acts 29 church in Richmond, Virginia known as Remnant. I looked at the church from many different angles including its relationships such as Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill in Washington, D.C. At the Redemption Hill webpage there is a section called “Ask Pastor Bill” and I submitted a question asking Bill Riedel what is his theology on military chaplains? Does he accept them or does he reject them out of Neo-Calvinist theology and Acts 29 dogma. The question I submitted is below. Let it also be documented that Bill Riedel nor Redemption Hill ever responded to my question. So since their silence speaks volumes I think its safe to assume that Redemption Hill is like Remnant in that they also reject the concept of military chaplains.
The Wondering Eagle has written about allegations of spiritual abuse and problems at Bryan Laughlin’s Acts 29 Remnant in Richmond, Virginia. The issues very from a church trying to control a college graduate’s ability to accept a job, to people arriving at nearby churches on the cusp of a mental health crisis. I am also hearing of college students caught up in membership covenants. I have been in touch with a number of people who are contacting me. One of the issues is that Remnant refused to support an African-American who wanted to become a military chaplain. He left Acts 29 and obtained his chaplaincy commission at another Baptist denomination. Since Acts 29 rejects military chaplains I would like to know as an Acts 29 pastor does Bill Riedel also reject military chaplains out of Neo-Calvinist theology? I am reaching out to the EFCA Chaplaincy program to request a statement on what they think of Acts 29 rejecting military chaplains? I am going to give Redemption Hill three days for a response and if I hear nothing then I will publish this note and say there was no response. You can read about yourself in the post below.
Please take care of yourself Bill,