John Welborn of Salem Church in Staten Island, New York Speaks Against Jerry Falwell Jr Returning to Leadership at Liberty University

John Welborn of the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island told the Religion News Service that Liberty University needs a fresh start. By speaking against Jerry Falwell Jr he is one of the alumni doing so. But since this blog is focused on the EFCA it wants to camp out on Welborn’s statements. Plus this post also looks at the harm that Liberty University has done to evangelicalism and how its become in issue for those outside the bubble. This writer experienced this in Wisconsin when Jerry Falwell Sr blamed the September 11, 2001 attacks on liberals, gays and more. It became a challenge that a student leader in Campus Crusade for Christ had to address. Continue reading

The Gutted Gospel of Bill Riedel’s Acts 29 Redemption Hill in Washington, D.C.

Bill Riedel writes an article for The Gospel Coalition that warns of both a gutted and truncated gospel. The article in light of how Redemption Hill handles its problems  or behaves reveals the flaws in this church. Once again the emperor is naked. Its time for the emperor to stop walking around with his exposed ass cheeks on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Dealing With the Searing Pain of Unresolved Spiritual Abuse and the EFCA’s Dr. Cedrick Brown’s Encouraging Proposal on the Church Asking For Forgiveness From the World

This blog post is a response to the EFCA’s Eastern District co-superintendent Dr. Cedrick Brown who asked the question should the church ask the world to forgive them? This blog is impressed with the question and offers some feedback which comes from a person who learned why spiritual abuse is a problem. Its my hope that this discussion with start to happen more often.  Continue reading

From John Welborn of Salem Church Recommending James MacDonald to Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Praising Ravi Zacharias. Does Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Explain How Corruption and Scandal Are Ignored?

Frequently this blog has noticed a number of EFCA pastors in the United States who promote or recommend material from questionable fallen and discredited pastors. John Welborn at the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island has done this, and so has Tom Nelson of EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area has also done this. Is this another aspect to the scandal of the evangelical mind? The ability of a pastor to practice discernment and think critically in the midst of a scandal? Continue reading

The Importance of Listening and of a Blog Taking Feedback

A blog post the other day raises the issue of how important it is to discuss and listen. When I wrote about an EFCA church in Bloomington, Minnesota that led to a discussion with the pastor. Whether it be the EFCA, Acts 29 or other organizations this blog wants people to know that it will engage and listen and discuss these issues. This blog does not hide behind a computer screen and bunker down. In contrast it will engage people and have discussion.  Continue reading

For Those Who Still Want to Try the Church, Look For the Pastor Who is a Peacemaker and Leaves Love and Closure in His Wake

The question pops up from time to time. What would you look for in a church if you were going to try one? If I were going to try evangelicalism again it comes down to finding a church led by a pastor who is loving, humble and who is a peacemaker. To make my point while I have interacted with multiple pastors over the years there are three that stand out. R.T. Maldaner, Dale Harris and Eddie Cole. This is why I am saying this and what people should consider if they are going to try a church. Continue reading

When it Comes to Re-Opening EFCA Churches in the Eastern District During the COVID-19 Pandemic Some Thoughts For Dr. Cedrick Brown and Tony Balsamo From an Asthmatic Sheltered at Home

Within the United States there is discussion about re-opening churches. This blog wanted to step back and write a post, one of advice to the leaders of the EFCA’s Eastern District which is led by Dr. Cedrick Brown and Tony Balsamo. When you consider the situation of re-opening church there are a number of issues to contemplate. This post is trying to stay rooted in facts and encourage sound decision making for a policymaker. This is also coming from someone told to stay at home by a doctor for asthma reasons. Continue reading