A Look at Rockpoint Church’s Political Comments on their Church Blog. A Gentle Reminder to the EFCA that they Need to Follow the Johnson Amendment

Senior Pastor Roy Fruits wrote a polarizing blog post that flirted with politics in the pulpit after the 2016 election. This is a look at what the pastor from the EFCA’s Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo, Minnesota said. This post is a gentle reminder in the current election season that the Johnson Amendment prohibits politics being done from the pulpit. If this blog finds examples of EFCA churches that violate the Johnson Amendment I will report them to some of the atheist organizations I have interacted with.  Continue reading

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

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

Josh Ott from Grace Free Church in Cressona, Pennsylvania on How to Preach to Millennials

Josh Ott from Grace Free Church in Cressona, Pennsylvania wrote a blog post that ran on the national EFCA blog. The post breached the topic  on how to preach to millennials. The post Josh wrote was in many ways good. This post today is a response to Josh letting him  know how millennials view many topics and how people like Josh can better engage them.  Continue reading

A Closer Look at Derek Gaubatz the General Counsel for the International Missions Board. Does “Religious Freedom” Mean the Right for the Southern Baptists to Cover Up Sexual Assault?

This is an overview of the General Counsel of the Southern Baptist’s International Missions Board, Derek Gaubatz. Gaubatz played a role in covering up a sexual assault scandal in the IMB by encouraging Anne Marie Miller to let it go. Mark Aderholt, a sexual predator was allowed to go to another church in the SBC and have access to children. This post looks at how Derek Gaubazt acted, especially in light of contacting federal authorities about alleged financial crimes in the Brady Nurse scandal. The question I would like to pose to a veteran attorney of the evangelical culture wars is this. Does “religious freedom” include the right to cover up sexual assault in the SBC?  Continue reading

An Open Letter to Clay Crum (Southern Baptist Pastor at First Baptist Church in Luverne, Alabama)

An open letter to the pastor of First Baptist Church in Luverne, Alabama. This is a letter to a pastor of a Southern Baptist congregation where some people believe slavery was good. Others believe that Donald Trumps’ adultery is fine and excused as long as abortion is fought.  This is a church that is struggling with racism and reveals that parts of the SBC haven’t moved very far from where the denomination was in 1845.  Honestly if the Christian faith is represented by people like Jewell Killough, Terry Drew and Sheila Butler then I would rather spend an eternity in hell then be in heaven with them.  Continue reading

How Acts 29’s Trinity City Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota Responded to the Neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville

When a Neo-Nazi rally happened in Charlottesville, Virginia Acts 29 Trinity City Church responded quickly to condemn it. Bryan Lair’s church re-published the EFCA statement on racism from the 1992 General Conference. Despite my concerns with the Acts 29 movement, which this blog writes about, I am encouraged that Bryan’s church responded in the manner that it did to this disturbing incident here in Virginia.  Continue reading