Greg Strand recently wrote about the “Significance of Silence” at the EFCA blog. A follow up response post featured a comment by the North Central District Superintendent Brian Farone and two key Neo-Calvinist churches in the EFCA – Bill Kynes Cornerstone here in the Washington, D.C. area and Josh Black’s First Free Wichita located in Kansas. Despite what is said about the “Significance of Silence” The Wondering Eagle believes that Neo-Calvinists are violating the concept as they hijack churches inside the EFCA. A painful story from Brian’s district in Minnesota as well as how Josh Black flipped First Free Wichita only validate the claim that in regards to Neo-Calvinism the “Significance of Silence” is failing inside the EFCA. Continue reading
Someone from the western United States emailed me and asked what are the problems in the EFCA? They are new to the organization and are trying to figure it out. I decided to tackle their question and give an overview of my thoughts about the EFCA from the 10,000 foot level. The EFCA has some great people, churches and leaders. However, it also has serious challenges inside the organization. This post from The Wondering Eagle looks at the EFCA from a broad perspective and offers analysis on the organization.
The Wondering Eagle visited The Bridge Fresno on Sunday December 31, 2017. This is my response to Jeff Loven’s sermon. In addition its time for churches like The Bridge Fresno to start to push back on issues that are hurting the national EFCA. In this post I raise the issue of D.A. Carson from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School who defended C.J. Mahaney by attacking a rape victim in a statement from The Gospel Coalition. Churches like The Bridge Fresno need to speak out and challenge the denomination leadership on acts of injustice. The days of being indifferent are now over. If churches like The Bridge stay silent on difficult issues then they are duplicating the behavior of the Jewish Priest who walks by the wounded Jewish man in the story of The Good Samaritan. Continue reading
One of the key issues of today is racism and in that area the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) is strategically poised to play a critical role in responding to that topic. My question is this, are they ready and do they realize their capability? In this area its The Wondering Eagle’s belief that Eddie Cole could bring a lot to the table based upon his experience at Salem Church in Staten Island, New York. Plus The Wondering Eagle would like to know, did the EFCA allegedly remove a church from the denomination that had ties to the White Supremacist organization known as The League of the South? If that happened this is a call for information as that should be documented and written about. Continue reading
After a First Evangelical Free Church members meeting in Wichita, Kansas in January of 2016 questions were asked about the EFCA denomination. On the church blog that particular EFCA church wrote a post about learning about the EFCA. I want to use that post to roll out my goals and hopes in terms of encouraging reform in the EFCA. In this post you will find what I believe needs to be done to make the EFCA stronger and healthier in the course of time. Continue reading
A quick overview of the history of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Both the traditional narrative and what I would propose would be a church discovery that is older than what the EFCA has on record. Plus the history of the First Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles. Continue reading
These are the list of active and up and coming blogs that I see in the Evangelical Free Church of America as I read, study and analyze this movement. This list will be in flux as some blogs die, and others commence. I will be happy to take feedback on this if I have missed one or two. I have a number of additional districts to work through. Continue reading