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
Looking at the theological themes in Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty. This is a movie about loss, grief and death. However it is also a movie about how you can sometimes find beauty out of the pain. This post is a reminder that death is around you, many people are living a façade and asks the question what is your collateral beauty?
A brief post thanking Archie Griffin for the fellowship, dinner and time that was spent in Old Town Alexandria tonight. Archie thanks for the friendship and giving me a second chance after my faith crisis. I love you brother! Continue reading
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
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
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
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