In the Wake of Dark Scandals in Evangelicalism the EFCA’s Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller at Christ Community Talk About Accountability

Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area releases a video about accountability in light of some of the scandals that have happened in modern evangelicalism. Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller’s video is encouraging and this blog welcomes their discussion on transparency. Its good that they are getting ahead of this issue and are working on it, and for that this blog respects them for it.  Continue reading

The EFCA’s Tom Nelson Asks Why Are You a Christian?

On Easter weekend The EFCA’s Tom Nelson at Christ Community Church in the Kansas City, Missouri area asks why are you a Christian? I wanted to put up a post for this Easter, and yet its hard. I think of all the scandals and problems in evangelicalism and do indeed want to ask why are you a Christian? Instead of doing a deep post about these issues I’ll just let people read Tom Nelson’s post. There are other days to write about these problems in evangelicalism.  Continue reading

Ashtyn Fair Wife of Taylor Fair Pastor at Christ Community Church Reveals how the Church Can be Cruel to Those Who Suffer. Plus is God “Good” When the Pain Comes From His Commissioned Church?

The the blog of Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area the wife of Taylor Fair writes about God being good during pain and she writes about what appears to be infertility issues. The post however goes downhill with “Christianese” and only amplifies ones’ pain and suffering. She makes the claim that walking with God through suffering helps improve perseverance. Is that why the child is molested? Improve perseverance? Is that why a military officer once taught me why rape and sexual abuse is a problem in the military? God wanted to improve my character? This blog post article has some issues the more I thought about it, and this blog post is a response to what is written by Ashton Fair. Continue reading

In a Rare Example of Humility, the EFCA’s Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Tells His Congregation That He Was Wrong About Ravi Zacharias

In response to the Miller & Martin report that documents Ravi Zacharias’ sexual abuse and other misconduct Tom Nelson of the EFCA’s Christ Community Church sent out an email to his congregation explaining that he was wrong about the famed evangelist. Nelson who deeply admired Zacharias discussed the ongoing scandal with his congregation. Its refreshing and encouraging to see proactive behavior in light of troubling facts. Last year, Steve Baughman the atheist who pursued the issues with Ravi Zacharias wrote a post about Tom Nelson’s praise for the well known evangelist. The humility that is shown by the lead senior pastor at Christ Community Church after learning the facts is deeply encouraging and this blog hopes that others will follow suit. Continue reading

Greg Strand Needs to Take the Lead in the Growing Ravi Zacharias Scandal. He Should Guide and Help the EFCA Navigate Through the Spiritual Crisis

The Ravi Zacharias scandal is exploding in a new and stunning way with a report released by Miller and Martin that documents sexual abuse, rape, financial fraud and other problems by the well known Christian evangelist. This post is offering recommended policy advice to Greg Strand who is responsible for theology and credentialing inside the EFCA. Ravi Zacharias was a popular individual inside the EFCA according to the last doctrinal survey. Strand needs to get on top of this issue and help guide the EFCA through this spiritual crisis. This will have to be done not only for EFCA pastors but also for people inside EFCA churches who sit in the pews.  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