Las Cruces, New Mexico is less than an hour away from El Paso, Texas. In the wake of a domestic terrorist attack Brian Hammonds of the First Evangelical Free Church of Las Cruces used the Psalm 23 to respond to the attack in a sermon. It started out loving and pastoral and half way through the EFCA pastor taught that the Lord assigns a unique cross for each person. In the message Brian Hammonds amplified the problem of evil and became a miserable comforter. Continue reading
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.
An open letter to Harvest Bible Chapel Naples Senior Pastor John Secrest. This letter suggests that he leave Harvest Naples before the machine led by James MacDonald chews him up and spits him out. As someone credentialed inside the EFCA, this blog is suggesting he get invovled in an EFCA church in Florida. Continue reading
What is the role of John Secrest’s Harvest Bible Naples? Why did Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago shift from the hub and spoke model to plant in SW Florida? Is that how James MacDonald is going to escape Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago? It is this blogs belief that John Secrest’s days are numbered as the Senior Pastor of Naples. This blog would also like to ask how is Harvest Naples financially structured? Is it in the same 501(c)(3) as Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago or is it separate? This is important to know as Dan Busby’s Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is drilling down into Harvest Bible Chapel’s financials in Elgin today. Continue reading
A recently published book looks at the growing problem of Neo-Calvinist theology inside the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Its the story of “Truth Evangelical Free Church” outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is a story of how a church goes from elder led to elder rule. Along the way you see how a traditional EFCA church was theologically flipped. In this heartbreaking story you will learn about how it became authoritarian. In the process the Neo-Calvinists are violating the “Significance of Silence” which is core to the EFCA. This is a solid book that this blog heartily recommends. Continue reading
On October 7, 2018 the EFCA is having Church Multiplication Sunday. Its a push through prayer for more church plants across the EFCA. In this post you can see the prayer requests for the EFCA districts across the United States. I also urge the denomination to proceed with caution as there are a number of internal issues inside the EFCA that need mitigation. From pastoral credentialing gaps to managing the Neo-Calvinist issue. If the EFCA doesn’t manage and deal with these issues then this will create additional problems for the EFCA. Continue reading
On August 26, 2018 this blog made an error about D.A. Carson and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This post is a follow up explaining what happened and how that error occurred. In addition I also use this mistake to teach the EFCA how to respond to errors that will happen inside the denomination. My hope is that the EFCA will learn from my mistake and become a better organization in time. Continue reading