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

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

A Sampling of How a Number of Evangelical Free Churches in the United States Celebrated Easter Online in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Easter in the United States was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As states from California to New York and Louisiana among others grappled with a national pandemic many states asked Christians to stay home and practice social distancing. From an overview it appears as if the EFCA followed the guidelines imposed by state and local health authorities. This blog would like to say thank you to the EFCA for doing its part to stay at home and helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This post is a look at how a number of EFCA churches around the United States celebrated Easter. From outside Seattle, Washington to Tampa, Florida. From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Thousand Oaks, California this is how a number of churches inside the EFCA celebrated Easter during a challenging time. 

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Jon MacDonald From Sheboygan Evangelical Free on the Church Not Being a Place for Community

Jon MacDonald is a pastor in Sheboygan Evangelical Free. This is an EFCA church in the Forest Lakes District. At his own blog Jon wrote about how he is not about community and wrote a legalistic case for following Jesus. In his post he stated that he does not reconsider his theology. So I thought I’d do a post about this, especially since this was published on his blog years ago and see if Jon MacDonald has grown. Continue reading

Why the EFCA Needs to Discuss Spiritual Abuse and How John Secrest Can Be the Point Person on this Topic

The EFCA needs to start to have a discussion about spiritual abuse. From EFCA One, to blog posts and district conferences its time for the national EFCA to begin to discuss spiritual abuse. Inside the denomination there is one individual who should lead the discussion and guide it. John Secrest is an EFCA pastor who went through the dark Harvest Bible Chapel scandal, and yet he’s the perfect candidate to lead the EFCA in a discussion about spiritual abuse.  Continue reading