A Closer Look at Derek Gaubatz the General Counsel for the International Missions Board. Does “Religious Freedom” Mean the Right for the Southern Baptists to Cover Up Sexual Assault?

This is an overview of the General Counsel of the Southern Baptist’s International Missions Board, Derek Gaubatz. Gaubatz played a role in covering up a sexual assault scandal in the IMB by encouraging Anne Marie Miller to let it go. Mark Aderholt, a sexual predator was allowed to go to another church in the SBC and have access to children. This post looks at how Derek Gaubazt acted, especially in light of contacting federal authorities about alleged financial crimes in the Brady Nurse scandal. The question I would like to pose to a veteran attorney of the evangelical culture wars is this. Does “religious freedom” include the right to cover up sexual assault in the SBC?  Continue reading

Anne Marie Miller’s Alleged Sexual Abuse by Mark Aderholt, and Did the Southern Baptist’s International Missions Board Cover it Up? Plus David Platt’s Response

A disturbing scandal comes out of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Missions Board (IMB). Its the story of Anne Marie Miller and Mark Aderholt. Aderholt was a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who groomed and sexually abused Anne, Anne in time realized the severity of the situation and the IMB was notified. They did an investigation but did not report Aderholt’s alleged abuse to law enforcement. As a result of the #MeToo situation Anne had the courage to file a report to Arlington Police in Texas. Today’s The Wondering Eagle looks at this disturbing story.   Continue reading

Is Nepotism a Major Issue Inside the EFCA? From the Spenst’s of Trinity Evangelical View in Plainview to New Life in Hastings, Minnesota. Plus Remembering the Nepotism Issue at the Former Community Evangelical Free in Elverson, Pennsylvania

Does the EFCA struggle with nepotism? Two churches from the North Central District stand out for issues of nepotism. Those churches are Trinity Evangelical Free in Plainview and New Life Evangelical Free in Hastings, Minnesota. In addition I also spend some time looking at the nepotism issue at Community Evangelical Free in Elverson, Pennsylvania which was in the Eastern District of the EFCA. Its my hope that the EFCA will start to examine how the denomination can better deal with nepotism for the health of the EFCA.  Continue reading

Publishing an Email Sent to Lead Pastor Andrew Smith of The Bridge Fresno Regarding Bryan Loritts Speaking on July 8, 2018

The Wondering Eagle reached out to Lead Pastor Andrew Smith to discuss the Fellowship Memphis scandal and Bryan Loritts. This post is the email I sent to the Lead Pastor of The Bridge Fresno. This email was ignored by The Bridge Fresno. So apparently Andrew Smith is okay with putting someone in the pulpit who covers up video voyeurism and the manufacture of child pornography inside a church.   Continue reading

The Memphis Commercial Appeal Asks If Memphis Police Mishandled the Rick Trotter Situation? Plus The Bridge Fresno Advertises and Prepares for Bryan Loritts to Speak on July 8, 2018

The Memphis Commercial Appeal writes more about the scandal of Rick Trotter and Fellowship Memphis. The newspaper asks if the Memphis Police mishandled the investigation. It can be possible, especially with some of the other issues that have occurred with Memphis Police Department. Also this post looks at another voyeurism situation that was eerily similar to Rick Trotter- that of Sammy Nuckolls.  Finally as the Fellowship Memphis scandal drags on The Bridge Fresno in California is advertising, welcoming and promoting Bryan Loritts for speaking on July 8, 2018.  Continue reading

Re-Publishing a Comment on What Richard Rieves Knew About Rick Trotter When Downtown Church Hired Him

On a recent post a comment was left that I wanted to draw attention to. In the Rick Trotter situation at Downtown Church Richard Rieves was warned that he was bringing on a sexual predator. He was warned about what happened at Fellowship Memphis. Despite those warnings Richard Rieves justified his hiring of Rick Trotter. Richard Rieves is a man who should not be a pastor, in the opinion of The Wondering Eagle. He is a pastor who has failed to do the right thing and caused needless pain.  Continue reading