The Origins of Mark Driscoll’s The Trinity Church and How Darien Bennett Cannibalized Members From Scottsdale Bible Church

When The Trinity Church started in 2016 one of the questions that existed is who is going to it and how did they get involved? Today’s post helps fill in the gaps of Mark Driscoll’s infamous church in Arizona and how a large group of men from Scottsdale Bible Church was allegedly cannibalized by former Scottsdale pastor Darien Bennett. There are also questions about Darien’s counseling services and the fees he charges. Continue reading

According to a Disturbing Poll 57% of White Evangelicals Believe That Leftists Attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021

In mid September a disturbing poll was released that revealed how influenced many white evangelicals have become by disinformation. In a poll from the Public Religion and Research Institute 57% of white evangelicals believe that leftists and antifa attacked the Capitol and not Christian nationalists or white supremacists. Continue reading

When Emmanuel Enid Hit Bottom. Wade Burleson Has Dinesh D’Souza Speak to His Southern Baptist Church

On November 8, 2020 Wade Burleson had Dinesh D’Souza speak at Emmanuel Enid. D’Souza has actively spread anti-Semitic rhetoric and engaged in the fringe conspiracy theories. He’s a conman who had a reputation of running afoul of the law. Then you have the allegations of domestic abuse which D’Souza’s former wife submitted to a judge. Wade Burleson claims he’s an advocate of women. Is he? Especially when Burleson gives a platform to someone who allegedly kicks his wife in the head? This post is about the day Emmanuel Enid hit bottom, and all because a corrupt Southern Baptist pastor just might have his eyes on an Oklahoma Senate seat. Continue reading

Margie Zacharias and Dottie Sandusky. When Your Husband is a Predator

In late April of 2021 Margie Zacharias came out and defended Ravi Zacharias against the abuse claims from the Miller & Martin report. This post is about how two women of a sexual predator responded to the facts by living in denial. Its the story of Margie Zacharias and Dottie Sandusky. But when you consider the situation Margie Zacharias is far worse because they claimed to be born again and acted of faith. This is probably the most serious case of denial that this blog has written about. Continue reading

Another Take on The Equality Act. Recalling How Some Christians Predicted the Demise of the Family and Church if Women’s Suffrage Passed

Many evangelicals are warning about The Equality Act. They claim its a threat to the church and religious freedom. Evangelicals and Christians have longed beat the drum in culture wars in American history. In the late 19th and early 20th century the contentious debate took place over women’s suffrage. This post revisits that time in history and recalls how a number of Christians predicted the demise of the family and church if women voted. In contentious debates I believe the best teacher is history and this post aims to offer another perspective based upon history. Continue reading

Los Angeles Times: Pastors Are Struggling With Radicalism and Conspiracy Theories in Pews

On the morning of March 5, 2021 the Los Angeles Times published a significant article that explains how pastors are dealing more with conspiracy theories and Christian nationalism in their congregations. The article goes briefly into a Southern Baptist Church situation here in Virginia that forced a pastor to resign and leave because of the Q Anon theory affecting the evangelical church.  Continue reading

Ravi Zacharias Sexual Misconduct is Confirmed and Considering the Cognitive Dissonance Issue Among Evangelical Christians

The board hired by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirms that Ravi Zacharias engaged in sexual misconduct. The report by Martin & Miller is posted on journalist Julie Roys website right before Christmas. This is a post reflecting on a Zacharias event in Milwaukee in 2000 hosted by Steve Mayer and prayed over by Paul Coldagelli. Cognitive dissonance is a major issue in American evangelicalism and it makes the movement toxic. The writer of this blog has had to deal with it regularly from evangelicals when he was one. How are evangelicals going to react to the claim that Ravi Zacharias misled and deceived people? Many evangelicals are going to be in denial and stick their head in the sand. Its all that many evangelicals can do.  Continue reading

How White Evangelical Christians of the United States Never Learned From the Christians of Nazi, Germany

It is some of the bleakest times in European and German history. In the 1930’s the Nazis obtained power in Germany and they used their influence in some of the darkest ways in human history and they tested German Christians in the process. Many German Christians embraced Nazism and people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer were in fact a minority. You study periods in history like Nazi, Germany to apply the lessons and learn from them. And yet the reaction and behavior by many white evangelicals who used faith to embrace Trumpism revealed the following lesson. Many white American evangelicals never learned their lessons from their Christian counterpart generations earlier in Nazi, Germany. Continue reading

Reflecting on Christian Nationalism in Evangelical Christianity and Being Caught Flat Footed in its 2016 Resurgence

This post is a reflection on Christian nationalism from 1999 until 2018. How it evolved over the years before surging in 2016 and catching me flat footed. Christian nationalism is deeply divisive and causes unnecessary conflict.  After coming back to the church it became one of the issues to drive me away from it. Why did Christian nationalism flare up to such an extreme version in 2016? This post attempts to answer that question toward the end. Continue reading