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
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
This is an open letter to Neal Brower who leads the Western District of the EFCA. This blog would like to ask him, why can’t he take spiritual abuse in the Acts 29 network seriously? As the Western District is working to plant an Acts 29 church in San Francisco this blog has deep concerns. Continue reading
The Western District of the EFCA is supporting a new Acts 29 plant in NE San Francisco. Called The Porch this church is led by Jon Brackett. This blog is disappointed that the EFCA will continue to plant Acts 29 churches especially in light of the problems that came from Mars Hill, The Village Church which had massive problems with spiritual abuse. This blog is writing more about problems with Acts 29 in the EFCA. Does the EFCA take spiritual abuse seriously? Continue reading
Forgiveness cam be powerful and freeing when its practiced properly. However, this blog would like to pose a question. What do you do with forgiveness when the offending party or person doesn’t believe they have done anything wrong? Forgiveness is easily warped in evangelicalism. This post explains why there are situations and circumstances where a person should not practice forgiveness. Continue reading
Rich Wells who is involved in ministry at Soma Church Community wrote a blog post a while back about the topic of forgiveness. This post is designed to capture the post and I plan to use it to make some points about forgiveness. 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
Cornerstone Lodi is an Evangelical Free Church in Lodi, California. This church is actually using the Authentic Manhood program in its Men’s Accountability Group. This blog told the story of John Bryson and the voyeurism and child pornography scandal at Fellowship Memphis. I am still baffled why churches like Cornerstone would use the teachings of a man who played a role in covering up an abuse situation at an Acts 29 church in Tennessee. 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.