An Open Letter to Jason Webb (Former Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church)

An open letter to Jason Webb the former Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. In this open letter I recall a faith crisis I had and how I hit bottom in my life. I also explain how I approached 140 people for forgiveness. I hope this can give Jason a road map to move forward. If he seeks out forgiveness and works things out with many people then then I propose that Elmbrook Church can become the only church in the United States that models grace, forgiveness and repentance.  Continue reading

What I Appreciated from My Faith Crisis and What I Deeply Regret

A text out of the nowhere by James Crestwood saying he was in D.C. and asking to get together led to this quick and personal post. This addresses what I appreciated from my faith crisis. From the people I have met through this blog from Community Evangelical Free, to Albuquerque Blue and other skeptics. To people like Dee Parsons and Gail my adopted grandmother in Michigan and more. What do I regret from my faith crisis? That Andrew and I clashed so much and I was confrontational. Part of this post is a response to Blue’s question. Continue reading

Peaks and Valleys: A Post Inspired by Richard Nixon’s “In the Arena”

This post is inspired by the first chapter of Richard Nixon’s “In the Arena.” “In the Arena” is a memoir where the former President recalls his greatest accomplishment and most difficult failure. The book is meant to inspire those who deal with set backs in life. In Nixon’s case the peak of his life is traveling to China, whereas his greatest valley is resigning the Presidency in disgrace. When I read the first chapter it got me thinking…what are the peaks and valleys of my life? In my situation they are within 6 months of each other: my baptism and then my false accusation from a Care Group Leader at Redeemer Arlington which preceded it. Eagle has this one question…what are your peaks and valleys? Continue reading

2015 The Wondering Eagle in Review: The Top Posts, Statistics and Feedback; In the End All I Wanted is Peace with Andrew White

An overview of The Wondering Eagle for 2015. The end results…181 posts and 54,000 people who have read. The role that this blog played in The Village Church scandal and what is happening behind the scenes. Also a review of the top posts and my favorite articles that I want to highlight. Eagle is ready for 2016 and it is shaping to be a very busy year. This blog arose out of pain from a false accusation from a Care Group Leader at Eric Simmon’s Redeemer Arlington in the Washington, D.C. area. If individuals have concerns over it, they can approach Redeemer and Andrew White ultimately….in the end all I wanted is peace. Continue reading

My 66th Story of Forgiveness: Approaching Justin Pearson & Sojourn Church Fairfax During My Season of Repentance

This is the story of approaching a pastor from Sojourn Church in Fairfax and asking for forgiveness. I was a militant skeptic who greedily reached for the Christopher Hitchens Kool Aid. In the course of time I realized I went too far. This is the story of approaching Justin Pearson and asking to be forgiven. Today’s post is about the 66th story of forgiveness. Continue reading

The Night my Wrestling Match Ended with God

Today’s post deals with winding down from a 5 year faith crisis and Dee Parson’s thoughts on what happened to me. She thought I never left whereas I was convinced I did. After working with the homeless in the middle of the night in a quiet chapel with an air conditioner blowing I come to a realization that my 5 year faith crisis is over. I had my limp it was time to move forward and continue seeking forgiveness. Continue reading

Opportunities Lost when Andrew White, a Care Group Leader from Redeemer Arlington Refused to Reconcile in the 2013 to 2014 Time Frame

Addressing another side of the conflict with Andrew White, a Care Group Leader from Redeemer Arlington. This post explores what was lost when Andrew, as a Christian decided not to reconcile in the 2013 to 2014 time frame. Not only was Andrew the only Christian out of 136 people who didn’t reconcile when he heard the news I returned to the Christian faith, the effects are far greater. In the end the Care Group Leader from a former Sovereign Grace church who boasted of how he was in the “healthiest church he had ever known” hurt himself, perhaps kept a third party out of the Kingdom of Heaven, and deeply hurt Redeemer Arlington. This journal entry explores all these  opportunities that were lost forever. Continue reading

How I Managed a False Accusation Given Birth to by a USAF Captain and Care Group Leader from Redeemer Arlington for 408 Days

Today’s post deals with how I managed a false accusation for 408 days, from May 8, 2013 until June 20, 2014. I get into the weeds in this post and discuss how I was accused of a crime I didn’t commit. While I lived under a threat Andrew White resumed recruiting to Redeemer Arlington. This post explores the PTSD that happened, and how a testimony of a teenager at Wooded Hills Bible Church of a false accusation gave me hope. Plus why an attorney believed I had a defamation of character lawsuit against Andrew White.  Despite that all I wanted was to have Andrew White take the initiative and contact me and say, “I’m sorry Eagle.” Is that too hard from an Officer trained at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs?  Today’s post deals with the darkest season of my life. Continue reading