First Free Wichita just had a membership class recently. This 9 Marks EFCA Church is a firm believer in membership covenants. This is a brief post explaining why people should not enter into covenant membership at First Free Wichita. Not only is covenant membership a form of modern slavery, but the leadership at First Free will never be subjected to church discipline. Church discipline is for the members in the pews. Continue reading
Recently The Well Community Church in Fresno, California did a sermon that explained how they want to reset. The purpose of this post is to teach The Well lessons that I have learned in writing about the EFCA, Neo-Calvinism and scandal across the United States. If The Well incorporates some of these ideas they will become healthier and better in the long course of time.
The Wondering Eagle visited The Well Community Church in north Fresno on January 6, 2018. Mike Slayden gave the sermon which was pre-recorded and shown on a screen. This post reviews some of what Mike taught. While The Well pastor preached on Matthew 5:23-24 this blog has come to the conclusion due to personal experience that evangelical Christians don’t believe in repentance and reconciliation. Plus what do you do when a church like The Bridge Fresno make errors and refuses to atone for its mistakes? Finally as Mike Slayden quoted from Ravi Zecharias, is The Well pastor aware of the sexting charges and academic fraud allegations that came out about Ravi Zacharias? Continue reading
At the Baptist News Global there was an op-ed by Mark Wingfield. The article looked at why the evangelical Christian church needs to admit when its wrong. This is a theme I keep bumping up against here. In addition Mark addresses areas where there should be discussion. This article raises some issues that honestly need to be discussed.
This is the final post for The Wondering Eagle for 2018. This article reviews the stories and situations covered in the year of 2018. From Acts 29, to the EFCA to the Sojourn Network, the atheist community and Harvest Bible Chapel. This is a wrap up of all the work this blog accomplished. Plus I discuss what is coming in 2019 as well.
Doug Ponder an Acts 29 pastor from Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia wrote a troubling article about church planting for The Gospel Coalition in December of 2018. The article has concerns in light of the issues this blog has written about at Remnant Church. What Doug is espousing reminds me more of how cancer spreads and amounts to empire building in the end. Continue reading
This is an article that reflects on an older post from Mike Anderson who led The Resurgence at Mars Hill in Seattle. What do you do when religion leads you to places that are dark and to behaviors just as destructive as alcoholism or drug addiction? This also reflects on what I have seen in my own life. Continue reading
Mike Minter leads Reston Bible Church in Dulles, Virginia which is in the Washington, D.C suburbs. Mike discusses why people leave churches. In no part of the video does he discuss issues like sexual, domestic or spiritual abuse. I am deeply disappointed that Mike Minter misses a major reason why people leave a church.
On September 30, 2018 Justin Pearson of Sojourn Fairfax gave a sermon on joyful partnership. In the talk he also explained why you covenant with the local church, and encouraged people to covenant with Sojourn Fairfax. The message was disturbing in several ways. First of all Justin is ignoring the covenant scandals out of Matt Chandler’s The Village Church or Bryan Laughlin’s Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia. Also what the members of Sojourn Fairfax need to understand is that while they will be subjected to church discipline, Justin Pearson and Edward Hunt are above church discipline and it doesn’t apply to them. Continue reading
James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel file a lawsuit against The Elephant’s Debt which chronicles the abuse of power and financial issues inside Harvest Bible Chapel. This is an overview of James MacDonald, his empire and his scandals. The Wondering Eagle stands in the corner with The Elephant’s Debt during this lawsuit. Continue reading