At Grace Redeemer Church in Garland, Texas the senior pastor Bob Jennerich wrote a blog post about how evangelicals can show love during the COVID-19 pandemic. Has that happened in evangelicalism? While there are some examples of love there is much more that shows the dark side of evangelicalism. This post also addresses the issue of COVID-19 bringing revival in the United States which some evangelicals are claiming. Finally many evangelicals often have a higher view of themselves than what is grounded in reality. Continue reading
This is another discernment exercise. The goal of these posts is to get people to avoid harmful and dangerous religious entities; and to allow people to think for themself and analyze a church. This post contains the membership packet for an EFCA church in Garland, Texas. How would you assess Grace Redeemer Church’s membership process? Healthy or solid? Or is it dangerous and cult like? Continue reading
Crossover Bible Church is a small EFCA church in North Tulsa that works with an area that is economically depressed and struggling with a number of issues. On their website they have a recommended reading list that has a disclaimer. The question this blog would like to pose is how responsible is a church for their recommended reading list? Are they responsible or not?
This post is a discernment exercise. This post contains the values of The Bridge Montrose, an EFCA Church in Houston, Texas. How would evaluate the values of this church? Any red flags or warnings? Or does this appear to be okay? Feel free to discuss and pick this apart. Continue reading
After George Floyd’s death and the riots in Minneapolis EFCA President Kevin Kompelien reacted to the injustice and loss that took place. This post is a response to the EFCA President. And while I think the EFCA is better situated to address racial issues for the first time in contrast I reflect and explain how the Southern Baptist Convention will not be able to overcomes its racist past. In my view the SBC needs to be dissolved. Continue reading
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
This post looks at a division inside the EFCA’s ReachGlobal. Crisis Response is a ministry that responds to disasters both globally and domestically. Led by Mark Lewis who is based in New Orleans this post is a history of how Crisis Response came to be and some of the disasters they have assisted on. This post also looks at what Crisis Response has advised EFCA churches on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
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.
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
EFCA SE District Superintendent inspired upon President Kevin Kompelien that the District Superintendents visit The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. As a result the EFCA leadership visited the museum and memorial to lynching victims in March of 2019. In a series of blog posts by both Kevin Kompelien and other EFCA leaders and personalities they reflect on the experience and the challenges that racial injustice poses today and how it needs to be dealt with. This ends with some suggestions for the EFCA on this topic. Continue reading