In the Wake of Dark Scandals in Evangelicalism the EFCA’s Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller at Christ Community Talk About Accountability

Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area releases a video about accountability in light of some of the scandals that have happened in modern evangelicalism. Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller’s video is encouraging and this blog welcomes their discussion on transparency. Its good that they are getting ahead of this issue and are working on it, and for that this blog respects them for it.  Continue reading

The EFCA’s Tom Nelson Asks Why Are You a Christian?

On Easter weekend The EFCA’s Tom Nelson at Christ Community Church in the Kansas City, Missouri area asks why are you a Christian? I wanted to put up a post for this Easter, and yet its hard. I think of all the scandals and problems in evangelicalism and do indeed want to ask why are you a Christian? Instead of doing a deep post about these issues I’ll just let people read Tom Nelson’s post. There are other days to write about these problems in evangelicalism.  Continue reading

Ashtyn Fair Wife of Taylor Fair Pastor at Christ Community Church Reveals how the Church Can be Cruel to Those Who Suffer. Plus is God “Good” When the Pain Comes From His Commissioned Church?

The the blog of Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area the wife of Taylor Fair writes about God being good during pain and she writes about what appears to be infertility issues. The post however goes downhill with “Christianese” and only amplifies ones’ pain and suffering. She makes the claim that walking with God through suffering helps improve perseverance. Is that why the child is molested? Improve perseverance? Is that why a military officer once taught me why rape and sexual abuse is a problem in the military? God wanted to improve my character? This blog post article has some issues the more I thought about it, and this blog post is a response to what is written by Ashton Fair. Continue reading

In a Rare Example of Humility, the EFCA’s Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Tells His Congregation That He Was Wrong About Ravi Zacharias

In response to the Miller & Martin report that documents Ravi Zacharias’ sexual abuse and other misconduct Tom Nelson of the EFCA’s Christ Community Church sent out an email to his congregation explaining that he was wrong about the famed evangelist. Nelson who deeply admired Zacharias discussed the ongoing scandal with his congregation. Its refreshing and encouraging to see proactive behavior in light of troubling facts. Last year, Steve Baughman the atheist who pursued the issues with Ravi Zacharias wrote a post about Tom Nelson’s praise for the well known evangelist. The humility that is shown by the lead senior pastor at Christ Community Church after learning the facts is deeply encouraging and this blog hopes that others will follow suit. Continue reading

Greg Strand Needs to Take the Lead in the Growing Ravi Zacharias Scandal. He Should Guide and Help the EFCA Navigate Through the Spiritual Crisis

The Ravi Zacharias scandal is exploding in a new and stunning way with a report released by Miller and Martin that documents sexual abuse, rape, financial fraud and other problems by the well known Christian evangelist. This post is offering recommended policy advice to Greg Strand who is responsible for theology and credentialing inside the EFCA. Ravi Zacharias was a popular individual inside the EFCA according to the last doctrinal survey. Strand needs to get on top of this issue and help guide the EFCA through this spiritual crisis. This will have to be done not only for EFCA pastors but also for people inside EFCA churches who sit in the pews.  Continue reading

Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller From Christ Community Church in the Kansas City Area Offer a Healthy Perspective on Faith and Politics

This is a post that should have been published before the election. However, its still valid now in the view of this blog. Tim Nelson and Nathan Miller from Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas area have some thoughts about faith and politics that come across as healthy and balanced. Continue reading

The EFCA’s Eddie Cole on the Challenges of Pastoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eddie Cole from the EFCA wrote an article the other day at the blog that looked at the challenges of pastoring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Allegedly 50% of all pastors plan to leave the pastorate, and he discussed the situation. Its a challenge, yes there are bad pastors and churches that this blog has written about during the pandemic. But to be fair, there are many churches that are doing a good job. Leading a church and doing ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult. Continue reading

Bob Jennerich on How to Show Love During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Some Thoughts

At Grace Redeemer Church in Garland, Texas the senior pastor Bob Jennerich wrote a blog post about how evangelicals can show love during the COVID-19 pandemic. Has that happened in evangelicalism? While there are some examples of love there is much more that shows the dark side of evangelicalism. This post also addresses the issue of COVID-19 bringing revival in the United States which some evangelicals are claiming. Finally many evangelicals often have a higher view of themselves than what is grounded in reality. Continue reading