Four Evangelical Churches Sue Governor Newsom as the COVID-19 Pandemic Gets Worse in California. Meanwhile Jim Franklin’s Cornerstone Assembly of God in Fresno Vows to Defy Sacramento. In Contrast N.T. Wright and Francis Collins Criticize Evangelicals Reactions to the Pandemic

As California works at trying to manage the COVID-19 pandemic churches are ordered not to meet inside or sing. Four evangelical churches bring lawsuits against California Governor Gavin Newsom. Meanwhile Assembly of God Church Cornerstone in Fresno which is led by Jim Franklin’s family has vowed to resist the orders from Sacramento and continue meeting inside. While this is playing out in evangelicalism N.T. Wright and Francis Collins had an interesting discussion about evangelical behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

The Tragic Death of Carsyn Leigh Davis Who Attended a Party at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida and Contracted COVID-19

A dark story comes out of an Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers, Florida. In the middle of a pandemic a mother takes her immune compromised daughter to a church party at First Assembly of God Fort Myers where she contracts COVID-19. It also turns out that the mother who is allegedly into Christian nationalism and junk science then administers the discredited drug  hydroxychloroquine to her daughter. Two days after her 17th birthday Carysn Davis died  in an ICU and remains one of the youngest fatalities of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. A child is dead in Florida and it could have been prevented. This is a story that highlights why evangelicalism is so flawed as junk science, evangelical culture, and Christian nationalism are woven together in this tragedy. Continue reading

Why You Should Sign a Do Not Resuscitate Order Before You Attend Jim Franklin’s Cornerstone Church in Fresno, California

In Fresno, California Jim Franklin who leads an Assembly of God called Cornerstone has become one of the leaders who plans to defy Governor Gavin Newsom and open on May 31. Claiming he is persecuted this is a pastor making a business decision who doe snot understand science or infectious disease. This is a pastor the in the culture wars who is willing to send members of his congregation to the hospital and beyond just so he can draw a paycheck. Its evangelicalism at its most corrupt in a pandemic. This blog is putting out a call for stories about Jim Franklin’s Cornerstone so this church can be analyzed and dissected.  Continue reading

When Fox News Competes Against the Pastor in the COVID-19 Era. Also When the Coronavirus Epidemic is Over What Will the Death Toll Be for White Evangelicals Who Consume Fox?

There was an article in the Washington Post recently that described how a pastor competed against Fox News and the “conservative” media which claimed the coronavirus is a hoax. What do you do when the Fox News competes against a pastor and the Bible is nothing more than a prop. Its not the word of God, its just a prop for display? This blog would like to pose the question when the COVID-19 pandemic is in the history books will white Evangelical Christians have died at a much higher rate due to their dependence on Fox News? Is the Southern Baptists about to needlessly lose a significant part of their convention especially if the United States starts to turn like Italy?  Continue reading

James MacDonald is Back as New Life Covenant in Chicago, Illinois Takes him Into Fellowship

James MacDonald is back and involved in another church in the Chicago area. MacDonald is now affiliated with the largest mega church with the Assembly of God movement in the United States. New Life Covenant Church elders prayed for MacDonald’s healing as the sad story from Harvest Bible Chapel continues to play out. This briefly looks at how charismatic theology gives people a new launching pad to restart their “ministry.”  Continue reading