An op-ed at the Religion News Service talks about how Mormons deal with doubt. They turn around and blame the doubter and make that person the issue. This writer dealt with that issue when I looked into Mormonism when I was in college in Montana in the late 1990’s.
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.
In an interview recently Franklin Graham said that Donald Trump is a “defender of the Christian faith.” That received a lot of attention and a response from the atheist community. Shortly after that took place Newsweek had a cover story that examines the dying relationship between younger evangelicals and politics. Young evangelicals are walking away from the church in bulk because they are sick of the politics.
This is a guest post about someone’s experiences in two separate Evangelical Free churches in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. In this post you will see two churches through a younger person’s perspective. From dealing with authoritarianism, favoritism, to observing how her Mom was treated and much more. This made an impact on her and not in a positive way. She hopes that in telling this that a discussion can be started about church culture and corruption because in the end this person cares enough to share what transpired
An article by Andrew Sullivan in New York magazine leads to this brief post. The question that needs to be asked is if religion declines or dies in the United States will it be replaced by political cults? The infusion of religion and politics. Continue reading
An open letter to Jason Webb the former Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. In this open letter I recall a faith crisis I had and how I hit bottom in my life. I also explain how I approached 140 people for forgiveness. I hope this can give Jason a road map to move forward. If he seeks out forgiveness and works things out with many people then then I propose that Elmbrook Church can become the only church in the United States that models grace, forgiveness and repentance. Continue reading
Josh Ott from Grace Free Church in Cressona, Pennsylvania wrote a blog post that ran on the national EFCA blog. The post breached the topic on how to preach to millennials. The post Josh wrote was in many ways good. This post today is a response to Josh letting him know how millennials view many topics and how people like Josh can better engage them. Continue reading
Owen Strachan at his blog wrote a piece that talked about how doubt is wrong. Its a response to something Steven Furtick preached. I am not a fan of Furtick but I have deep concerns about what Strachan says. Doubt is not a sin. And Strachan seems to forget that a number of characters from John the Baptist to Elijah all dealt with doubt. Continue reading
The youth group of an Evangelical Free Church in Northern California showed “God’s Not Dead 2” in May of 2017. Its my contention that the questionable movie franchise is the white evangelical Christian equivalent of pornography. This post is a frank discussion on the concept of white evangelical Christians facing persecution in the United States. In all honesty one must remember that many evangelical Christians not only engage in persecution of other faiths but of those who have no faith. Furthermore it is extremely disrespectful for white evangelical Christians to claim they are being persecuted in the United States when one considers what Christians are enduring in North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Russia or China. Continue reading
The national EFCA blog had an article by Paul Chamberlain on Christians who lose faith. I read this blog post and wanted to do a response. I have written about faith crisis and loss of faith. This is an issue that is near and dear to me given my own experience. Above all else its The Wondering Eagle’s hope that the EFCA will honestly listen to those who have lost faith to try and understand them better. Continue reading