With a post about the Evangelical Free Church of America this blog, The Wondering Eagle reached a milestone with its 2000th post. This is just a step back to reflect on this and think about the journey that is blogging. And to be grateful for the people I have met along the way who are all special to me in many ways.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Ephesians 1:15-17 NIV
Benjamin Vrbicek and Community Evangelical Free of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The other day something significant happened at this blog that is noteworthy. This blog had its 2000th post. From 2015 when it started until November 4, 2020 a lot has happened. This blog was born out of a traumatic experience from 2013. An Air Force Officer who graduated from the Air Force Academy tried to get me involved in a Sovereign Grace Ministries church plant in the D.C. area called Redeemer Church of Arlington. He then turned around and triggered a false accusation that threatened my name, ability to earn income and more. It was the darkest season of my life that made no sense. In 2015 I was also attending Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, Virginia when I stumbled upon information that the church hired and employed a person on the Virginia sex offender registry and then misled its congregation. In that difficult situation I ended up being the whistleblower. All this and more shaped and made who I am today. This blog has seen some dark stuff in its existence and I was encountering it before I even started looking at these topics. But also at that time I was in denial about the issues inside evangelicalism.
From 2015 until today I have written about Fellowship Memphis, Community Evangelical Free of Elverson, Pennsylvania, The Village Church in Dallas, Redeemer Arlington here in the D.C. area, Harvest Bible Chapel, McLean Bible and many more.
But the 2000th post was especially fitting when I consider the mission of this blog. It dealt with the EFCA and Greg Strand and Alejandro Mendes. The post dealt with what they are saying about the national election. You can read it in, “What the EFCA is Saying About the 2020 Election.” It was a neutral post in looking at how the EFCA responded to a national issue that is ongoing. I like that as I don’t want every post to be about scandal and problems. But this blog denominationally is dedicated to the EFCA and writing about it from an outside perspective.
But then there have also been a lot of bright spots in the history of this blog. Interacting with Bill Kynes of the EFCA and discussing the problem of evil with him. Hearing the EFCA’s Benjamin Vrbick preach in Harrisburg, PA and getting to know him and his reformed faith better and having discussions about Calvinism with him. Watching the EFCA’s Kyle Brennan in Manassas, Virginia preach and interacting with some of their elders of Crossway Fellowship. Getting to know know an EFCA pastor but former Harvest personality Dale Harris in Wisconsin has been a blessing in many ways. Interacting with other EFCA personalities up and down the East Coast and the Midwest. For me this is all important. The worst mistake a blogger can make is to live in a bubble and not interact with the organization or topic they research. It has also taught me to keep an open mind. To be open and keep searching. Its important as I think other blogs fail in this area. Its why I am open to rebuke and willing to discuss different takes on topics and process feedback even when its hard. And my commitment to the EFCA as an outsider is to strive to be as fair as possible. This blog will write about topics that the EFCA may not like to discuss. And I can understand where they are coming from. But the goal is not to slander or attack the EFCA. Instead its to raise the issues to make the organization better. And that’s even as I am doubtful that I will be committed to a church again and am next to being nothing spiritually.
So I just want to draw attention to this accomplishment and note that it doesn’t feel like I have written 2000 posts. Instead I feel like I am just getting started. There is so much to write about and so many issues to analyze when it comes to religion and atheism. Its on my mind and this blog is not slowing down in any way at all. Its been a crazy ride, but that was promised earlier in this blog’s history. Religion can be a crazy topic to explore and research.
So as I settle down I am looking forward with eager anticipation to more writing, more stories and my work is cut out for me. And if people want to tell their story this blog will always give them a platform.