On Martin Luther King Day Being Thankful for the Efforts by EFCA North Central District Superintendent Brian Farone in Addressing Racial Injustice

Last year the EFCA leadership visited The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Brian Farone who is the EFCA District Superintendent in the North Central District of Minnesota came away convinced that the topic of racism needed to be wrestled with by other EFCA pastors and leaders. The North Central District put together a trip in March of 2020 to allow for pastors to see the memorial and wrestle with the topic of racism and see how it affects their congregation. On this Martin Luther King day this blog would like to commend Brian Farone for his efforts in combating racial injustice.  Continue reading

Recalling My Formative Years Inside Evangelicalism in Wisconsin. Plus Deeply Embarrassing and Troubling Newspaper Articles About Dairy State Evangelical Christians Worshiping Donald Trump Over Jesus

Recently Evangelical Christians in Wisconsin have received some press in the Boston Globe and the London Guardian. The publicity which is embarrassing discusses how white evangelicals in Wisconsin are worshiping Donald Trump over Jesus. I once called Wisconsin home and today stand horrified by what has developed. In addition the behavior of white evangelicals that I once knew from people like Steve Papez of Milwaukee Metro Crusade or Russell Schmaltz from Elmbrook further highlight these issues or of how some evangelicals are turning a blind eye. As I continue to push back from this stream of evangelicalism I have to grapple as to how the formative years of my life were wasted in planting a Crusade chapter at Marquette University as well as being involved in churches like Wooded Hills and others. This blog entry is in part a post-mortem as to why I am pushing back from evangelicalism. Continue reading

Jen Wilkin Who is Affiliated with The Village Church and Who Once Claimed that She Has Hurt People Just as the Sandyhook Shooter is Scheduled to Speak at McLean Bible

Jen Wilkins is scheduled to speak at McLean Bible on February 8, 2020. Jen, who is a part of The Village Church in Dallas, Texas is active in publishing and speaking in the Neo-Calvinist movement. After the Sandyhook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 Jen Wilkin wrote a troubling article at The Gospel Coalition in regards to the mass shooting. In that post Jen writes about how she has hurt people just like Adam Lanza and that while he is dead, she lives to harm other people again.  Continue reading

Canadian Country Singer Tenille Townes Song Expressing Doubt of God is Inspired by Suffering and Loss

Tenille Townes released a rare and raw song in country music that deals with doubt. What led to the song was a tragic car accident of a mini van in New Brunswick, Canada that killed a life just starting. The song focuses on the why and of always asking questions. To an era of uncertainty by instability, school shootings, terrorist attacks and more it hits a nerve with many. Doubt is one of the most healthy of human emotions when it comes to faith. If you haven’t doubted my question is have you lived?  Continue reading

Why Wade Mullen Found Peace and Why I Never Will

At Restore Chicago Wade Mullen gave a good talk about spiritual abuse. Wade even shared an abuse situation he walked away from and how a church responded to him and admitted he was correct. In the process they invited him back and spoke to the issue and reversed the abuse that happened. Wade’s case is an exception to the rule and is not the norm. I listened to Wade’s talk again this weekend and draw some comparisons with my own spiritual abuse mess from someone who was in a leadership role of a former Sovereign Grace Ministry church called Redeemer Arlington in the Washington, D.C. area. While Wade found peace, I will not nor will many other people who saw spiritual abuse. Continue reading

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Who Issued a Number of Controversial Pardons Illustrates Why Christian Nationalists are not Pro-Life

Matt Bevin, was the outgoing Kentucky governor who had strong ties to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. The avowed Christian nationalist who boasted of his faith went on a pardoning spree after he lost an election. He pardoned murderers, child molesters, sexual abusers, and more. The situation which is a tragedy shows why Christian nationalists are not Pro-Life despite their rhetoric as well. Continue reading