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

The EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas Area Announce Financial Gifts to Other Ministries During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Blog Would Like to Ask, What About Those Outside the Evangelical Church Walls?

Recently during the COVID-19 pandemic the EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas area announced financial gifts that were being given to a number of ministries. While the giving is encouraging this blog would like to raise the question…what about to those suffering outside of evangelicalism? Is it possible for Christ Community Church to reach beyond the church walls? Continue reading