The Wondering Eagle Book Review: Fear, Lust for Power and 81%. A Look at John Fea’s “Believe Me – The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump”

John Fea, a history professor from Messiah College outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania writes a book that is quite talked about in social media. In “Believe Me – The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump” you learn about the relationship between Donald Trump and many evangelicals.  The court evangelical is explained and one understands how fear has always been an issue for American evangelicals. Fear can be traced back to the Puritans in the 1600’s and carries on through fear of immigrants, other races, Catholics and modernism in the 20th century. The Wondering Eagle reviews this book with joy and is grateful for what Professor Fea contributes to the conversation of evangelicals, history and politics.  Continue reading

Richard Rieves Returns from Sabbatical. Plus is Downtown Church in Financial Distress?

Richard Rieves is back in the pulpit at Downtown Church in Memphis, Tennessee after being away on a sabbatical. Meanwhile this blog would like to know if Downtown Church is experiencing financial hardship? Downtown is pleading for money and I am wondering if the church is hurting from the Rick Trotter scandal. Plus Fellowship Associates, which John Bryson is tied to is planting Immanuel Fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is being done with the help of Bryan Lair’s Trinity City Church. This is deeply disturbing especially as I write that many evangelical churches need to be closed. There are many churches where criminal allegations have occurred, and if people cared about the Gospel they would walk away from them and shut them down.  Continue reading

Recommended Read: Ronald Reagan’s Simple and Private Faith

The Washington Post had an article recently that looked at Ronald Reagan’s faith. A recently discovered letter in the Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Archives reveal a simple and yet private faith of Reagan. Christian nationalists like Robert Jeffries often use Reagan’s divorce as a means to support Donald Trump. And yet, as this letter shows its very much reveals a Reagan who was intimate about his faith and importance of marital fidelity. This letter as I interpret it is a strong rebuke to the court evangelicals.  Continue reading

Acts 29 Trinity City Church Plants Immanuel Fellowship in Minneapolis with Fellowship Associates. Is the Culture that Led to the Alleged Cover-up of Voyeurism and Child Pornography in Fellowship Memphis Being Duplicated in the Twin Cities?

On September 16, 2018 another Acts 29 church, that of Immanuel Fellowship will be launched in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its done in conjunction of Fellowship Associates, which John Bryson of Fellowship Memphis is linked; and also Acts 29/EFCA’s Trinity City Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is this blog’s belief that Trent Senske’s church needs to be aborted before its launch. Is a culture that led to the alleged cover up of child pornography and voyeurism in Fellowship Memphis in Tennessee being duplicated in Minneapolis? That is the issue The Wondering Eagle wrestles with today right before this weekend’s launch of Immanuel Fellowship.  Continue reading

Redemption Hill’s Bill Riedel from Acts 29 on What He Learned About Politics in Planting a Church in Washington, D.C.

At The Gospel Coalition recently Bill Riedel from Acts 29/EFCA’s Redemption Hill in Washington, D.C., wrote an article about how to plant a church and having it be politically diverse. This article looks at what the Acts 29 pastor said and raises some questions. While I agree the church can address politics and should not be partisan, the warped view of injustice that this Acts 29 pastor has is an issue that needs to be addressed.   Continue reading

Does Evangelical Culture Contribute to Pornography? Plus the Torment Accountability has Left in My Life

Does evangelical Christian culture drive people to embrace pornography? Plus looking at the harm that accountability relationships do to people. In my life accountability led to three painful situations. It destroyed one friendship from Campus Crusade in Wisconsin. Helping someone from Sovereign Grace’s Redeemer Arlington with accountability as an agnostic backfired as I faced a false accusation from someone who was frightened about adult pornography. And at Fairfax Community Church I learned how unhealthy churches can potentially use confessed material against people. And this happens while celebrity pastors like Mark Driscoll or C.J. Mahaney are not held accountable. Today’s post at The Wondering Eagle is about a warped aspect in evangelical culture.  Continue reading