When a Faustian Bargain Implodes For a Christian Nationalist. Some Thoughts on the Recent Supreme Court Decision Protecting Gays From Workplace Discrimination

In the evangelical culture wars in 2016 a lot of evangelicals rallied around candidate Donald Trump for the Supreme Court. Christian nationalists made the Supreme Court essential. This former evangelical saw people buy into that narrative. But what does that mean today? When you make a Faustian Bargain and then a major Supreme Court decision rules against what you hope what do you do? Monday’s major decision on Bostock vs. Clayton County, Georgia revealed quite a bit about evangelicals and their culture wars.  Continue reading

Considering Ravi Zacharias and his Passing. Do Evangelical Leaders Think of Death and Funerals? Or are the Pewsitters the Only Ones Guilted Regularly About Death?

Ravi Zacharias has died and with his death evangelicals are singing his praises. Evangelical scandal has changed and now follows people to the grave where their dishonesty remains. Dishonest in life means being dishonest in death. When Jesus says, “Well done good and faith servant” what do you do when evangelicals embrace a man who was dishonest about his education and engaged in sexting during an emotional affair with a married woman? Evangelicals ignore scandal and this blog dealt with this issue when David Powlison of Christian Counseling and Education Foundation died. But can you imagine when the funerals are held for Mark Driscoll, C.J. Mahaney, and James MacDonald one day how much lying will take place? Continue reading

Ed Stezter is Correct About Evangelicals Buying into Conspiracy Theories. Plus How Survivors of Harvest Bible Chapel Who Traffic Conspiracy Theories Can Empower James MacDonald

In the Dallas Morning News Ed Stetzer and Andy MacDonald wrote an op-ed that talked about evangelicals and conspiracy theories. In an article that has a lot of wisdom and truth Stetzer rightfully calls out evangelicals and conspiracy theories. This blog on this issue agrees with Ed Stetzer. But the problem is also bigger. Could those from the Harvest Bible Chapel community who push conspiracies theories in the end embolden James MacDonald as they undermine themselves in the process?  Continue reading

Who Would Jesus Block? Looking at the Aggressive Online Behavior of EFCA’s Kevin Scott in Nevada and Some Thoughts on How He Will Not Reach the Lost of Las Vegas

The Stream is an EFCA Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. This blog analyzed what they said about tithing and giving in 2016. The response to that blog post was Kevin Scott becoming very authorterian. Not only did he block on Twitter but he closed off his blog from the public and made it invitation only. His behavior modeled how Jesus acted, authoritarian, cold, and drunk on power. This blog is writing another post and is looking for former members that can discuss The Stream. This is an EFCA Church that needs to be written about.   Continue reading

How Kentucky Dealt With Christians Who Violated Health Rules and Went to Church During a Pandemic. Plus an Ethical Question: Should Evangelicals Who Spurn Health Law Designed to Keep People Safe Receive Medical Treatment When They Become Ill with COVID-19?

Some evangelicals continued to wage their culture wars in Kentucky when Governor Andy Beshear ordered law enforcement to take down license plates of Christians who gathered in church in violation of health rules during a pandemic. This post looks at the situation and also raises an ethical question. Should evangelicals who spurn public health guidance and have contempt for the law be eligible for medical treatment after they get sick with the coronavirus?  Continue reading

When Baptists Were Grateful that a Catholic was Killed in Dallas. Plus a Solid Read in Politico: John F Kennedy in the 1960 Election and Facing Anti-Catholicism Bigotry by Evangelicals

When I was growing up my Dad recalled what it was like being a Catholic in North Carolina in the 1960’s when word came in that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Dad was dismayed that Baptists were grateful that a Catholic was no longer in the White House. That made a negative impression on Dad. Plus in Politico a solid story about John F Kennedy facing evangelical and Baptists bigotry when he ran for the White House in 1960.  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 troubling 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 – my 20’s- 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