An Open Letter to Glen Schrieber (Modeling COVID Vaccination in EFCA SE District)

This is an open letter to the head of the EFCA SE District Glen Schrieber. As many white evangelicals are rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine due to conspiracy theories, fringe politics and the rejection of science. Is Glen Schrieber going to be a positive force and be a role model when it comes to taking the vaccine and encourage pastors and leadership in the EFCA SE District? The failure to do so will mean further unnecessary loss of life. And this blog would argue that an evangelical leader who fails to do the right thing would be like the Jewish Priest walking by the Good Samaritan.  Continue reading

The Moral Failure of The EFCA’s Greg Strand and Kevin Kompelien to be a Role Model in Covid Vaccination and Help Mitigate a National Pandemic

As the nation works on vaccination trying to reach herd immunity medical officials are hitting evangelical resistance in the red, rural areas of the United States. This blog has observed that the EFCA under the leadership of Kevin Kompelien and Greg Strand have been allegedly silent on vaccination. They have not encouraged it or even been role models in vaccination. It amounts to a disappointment and ultimately a moral failure of the EFCA to love their neighbor by not encouraging COVID-9 vaccination. If we don’t reach herd immunity can organizations or denominations like the EFCA be part of the reason why? Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, the question must be asked does the EFCA love their neighbor? The EFCA could have sway in rural areas and instead it chooses to be indifferent. After all in addition to Dolly Parton releasing images of herself getting vaccinated what if Greg Strand did that in a blog post or Kevin Kompelien did that in a video? Continue reading

Community Evangelical Free Church Harrisburg Lead Pastor Writes About COVID-19 and His Congregation at The Gospel Coalition

EFCA Pastor Benjamin Vrbicek from Community Evangelical Free Church Harrisburg in Pennsylvania composes a reflective post at The Gospel Coalition. Benjamin writes about the past year of COVID-19 on his congregation and laments the effects of the pandemic on his church. In the process re considers Job and how God is his abundance and how God is in the ashes. Continue reading

How Sheboygan Evangelical Free Used Dr. Jeffrey Clark Lynds, MD to Dispel Disinformation About COVID-19 and Promote Expertise

As a dark pandemic works across the United States in March of 2020 Sheboygan Evangelical Free did something unique that is to be commended. In April the church had a doctor, trained in medicine address the COVID-19 pandemic to the congregation and answer questions and provide medical advice. Expertise was displayed. And science shot down conspiracy theories,. In the process Sheboygan Free showed how faith can co-exist with science. That is rare and to be commended. This blog is grateful for the leadership of Gary Hylander Continue reading

In a Key Moment in American History Here is How the EFCA Should Roll Out the COVID-19 Vaccine in a Safe, Effective Way for the Denomination

The United States of America is at a key moment in American history now that a COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out. While the rules for the vaccine will differ state by state, this blog has a proposal for how the EFCA should encourage people to take the vaccine. From Kevin Kompelien down to the local EFCA church pastor here is a possible campaign to get people on the same page and take the COVID-19 vaccine. In the process the EFCA can be a force multiplier for the denomination, American evangelicalism and the culture in which it operates in communities across the country. Continue reading

Tim Jacobs, in the Middle of a Pandemic What is More Important to the EFCA? Is it Money or Human Life?

An EFCA West church violated California’s guidelines on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bridge Fresno as led by Andrew Smith decided to hold an indoor service despite Fresno County being moved to the Purple tier. It is a poor decision and raises a lot of questions, especially with a COVID outbreak and at least two staff testing positive for the virus. Staff’s health was threatened, the church was exposed to risk possibly even affecting its insurance policy. Plus pastors like Andrew Smith should not be making medical decisions. Leave that to the Centers for Disease Control and trained medical professionals as that is what they are trained to do. Let them do their job, and Andrew Smith needs to learn how to his, because this blog is not impressed by what I have learned. But this issue within a pandemic boils down to one simple question this blog has for the EFCA, and its EFCA West District Superintendent Tim Jacobs. What is more important? Money or human life?  Continue reading