How About Them Cubbies! The Reconciliation of Steve Bartman and the Chicago Cubs, and What the Evangelical Christian Church Can Learn

The Chicago Cubs and Steve Bartman reconcile and resolve a lot of pain. In the process the Cubs show a lot of grace, forgiveness, and how reconciliation and healing is possible. Its yet another example of how the world can often do a better job in showing grace than the evangelical Christian church. As Harry Carey would say, “How about those Cubbies!”  Continue reading

Young Life Statement on Eric Nickle Being Employed at Fairfax Community Church Despite Eric Being on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry

Young Life in Colorado Springs, Colorado emailed me a statement on the ongoing situation at Fairfax Community Church with Eric Nickle being on staff. Eric Nickle is on the Virginia Sex Offender registry and Rod Stafford’s church has not been forthcoming about this information. You can read the statement below and feel free to discuss it.  Continue reading

An Open Letter to Jon Payne (District Superintendent of the Forest Lakes District on Reflecting on my Life in Wisconsin)

An open letter to Jon Payne the EFCA District Superintendent of the Forest Lakes District in Wisconsin. This is a reflection of my life in Wisconsin, attending Marquette and the city of Milwaukee which was once my home. This also remembers a different time in life. A time before I knew what spiritual abuse was, and how dark many parts of evangelical Christianity can be. It was a time I had hope and trusted the church. Is was a time before one was burned and fried.    Continue reading

An Open Letter to Kathleen Otchy (Fairfax Community Church Community Life Pastor on the Need to Notify the Congregation that FCC Employs a Sex Offender)

This is an open letter to Fairfax Community Church’s (FCC) Community Life Pastor Kathleen Otchy. In this letter I just share that it is time that FCC have a special service and inform the congregation that Eric Nickle is on the Virginia Sex Offender registry. I also explain what Elmbrook church in Milwaukee lived through in regards to a child sex abuse scandal. Plus I share other thoughts about ongoing issues at FCC. Here in the Washington, D.C. area FCC is the theological equivalent to Mel Brooks Spaceballs  Continue reading

Does Young Life Capernaum Take Child Sex Abuse Seriously? Remembering the Ongoing Employment of a Violent Sex Offender at Rod Stafford’s Fairfax Community Church

On May 3, 2017 at Fairfax Community Church (FCC) here in the Washington, D.C. area, a night of sharing of stories involving Young Life Capernaum took place. In a church that employs a violent sex offender registered here in Virginia, FCC is promoting a ministry that gets more developmental disabled students involved in Young Life Capernaum. My question is this…are those young children with a developmental disability more at risk of being exploited or preyed upon?   Continue reading

First Free Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin Wants You to Share Your Story: Here is Mine, From Mormonism to a Brush with Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington and Sovereign Grace

First Free Church which is led by Shane Holden in Onalaska, Wisconsin has a feature on their webpage. They are asking you to tell your story. I have agreed and that is what this post is about. This is my condensed story which shows my history, my exploration of Mormonism in college, time in Crusade, the Evangelical Free, a Third Wave church outside Milwaukee and the dark season of being unsuccessfully recruited to a Sovereign Grace church plant and the false accusation I endured. Part of my story is learning why rape and sexual assault is a problem in the military from an Air Force officer who drunk the John Piper, and Mark Driscoll Kool-Aid. The story played on into my Mom’s illness which resulted in her death.  Continue reading

In Dealing with My Mom’s Death, Amidst the Chaos of Modern Evangelicalism A Question: Where Will My Funeral Be One Day?

In the aftermath of my Mom’s death a new question popped in my mind. The question came from a discussion with my Mom 3 years ago. In short she asked me where will my funeral be held given the chaos of modern day evangelicalism? That question haunts me today given the issues that exist in modern day evangelicalism.  Continue reading

From Mormonism in Montana to Sovereign Grace in the Washington, D.C. Area; The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Comes Full Circle

This is a reflection on how the “Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” has been observed over the years. From being outside Christianity and inside Mormonism and meeting former evangelicals who struggled with discernment and had converted to the LDS faith; to experiences in evangelicalism along the way. After all is Mark Noll’s theory correct when a graduate from the United States Air Force Academy calls a Sovereign Grace church the healthiest church he has ever known? But in the end is this author validating the theory by trying the evangelical church again and again? Is that my form of cognitive dissonance?  Continue reading

I Want You to Think For Yourself, to Challenge What You Hear; and to Learn to be Skeptical

This blog wants you to think for yourself, and thus empower yourself. It wants you to develop critical thinking skills and to use them in many situations. I want people who read this to learn how to become skeptical in a healthy way, and to question what you hear. This applies to me as you can question me as well, which I hope you will do.  Continue reading

Why Do Neo-Calvinists have a Problem with Phillip Yancey? Plus Mike Hellum of Westmark Evangelical Free in Loomis, Nebraska Promotes “Disappointment with God.”

How I discovered Philip Yancey in a faith crisis and how I thought “Disappointment with God ” was an atheist book. Also why do the Neo-Calvinists have a problem with Philip Yancey? Finally I want to highlight Mike Hellum an Evangelical Free pastor at Westmark Evangelical Free in Loomis, Nebraska for promoting “Disappointment with God.” It is my belief that Mike Hellum is a gift to the EFCA denomination. Continue reading