Dealing With the Searing Pain of Unresolved Spiritual Abuse and the EFCA’s Dr. Cedrick Brown’s Encouraging Proposal on the Church Asking For Forgiveness From the World

This blog post is a response to the EFCA’s Eastern District co-superintendent Dr. Cedrick Brown who asked the question should the church ask the world to forgive them? This blog is impressed with the question and offers some feedback which comes from a person who learned why spiritual abuse is a problem. Its my hope that this discussion with start to happen more often.  Continue reading

Carolyn McCulley Boasts of How Redeemer Arlington is Doing Church in the COVID-19 Era, While Neglecting My Spiritual Abuse Mess From Redeemer

On Twitter Carolyn McCully boasts of how Redeemer Arlington is doing church during the COVID-19 era. Her boasts are problematic in light of the unresolved spiritual abuse situation that has adversely affected my family.  Either Carolyn is exhibiting cognitive dissonance or she doesn’t know her Bible. If so I can teach her a thing or two.  Continue reading

A Response to Sam Emadi’s 9 Marks Post (Another Open Letter to a New Christian)

Sam Emadi wrote an article at Crossway that was re-published at 9 Marks that is addressed to a brand new Christian. In response, while employing a slight degree of sarcasm I also write an open letter to a new Christian. The joy that is coming when it comes to evangelicalism. In that sense its time to prepare the youth and those coming onboard for the coming burn out tomorrow.  Continue reading

Do You Recall When You Realized the Problems in Evangelicalism? Despite Our Longing We Can’t Go Back to How Life was Before

Do you remember what your life was like before you realized that evangelicalism is broken? Do you recall what it was like before you dealt with spiritual abuse or authoritarianism? In what seems like an eternity many people do. In the classic work Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow in a time of change and upheaval it was also realized that you can’t go back to how life was before. When you come out of the dark side of evangelicalism the only way ahead is to go forward. You may crave or desire to go back for a number of personal reasons. But there is no turning back. These journeys are for the brave. Continue reading

Bryan Lair While I Applaud Your Commitment to Racial Injustice Will You Be Equally Committed to Injustice Regarding Spiritual or Sexual Abuse?

Trinity City Church is both an Acts 29 and EFCA Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Since George Floyd’s death Bryan Lair who leads Trinity has been quite vocal about racial injustice. And while this blog believes racial injustice needs to be addressed and written about, is Bryan Lair committed to addressing all injustice? Will he address the injustice of spiritual abuse  in the Acts 29 network? Will be be as outspoken about sex abuse? This blog would like to ask how can you be against injustice when you compartmentalize it?  Continue reading

It’s Time for Sarah Pulliam Bailey of the Washington Post or Elizabeth Dias of the New York Times to Write About J.D. Greear’s Hiring of Bryan Loritts, Who Allegedly Covered Up Voyeurism and the Manufacturing of Child Pornography at Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis. Its a Major Story in the Southern Baptist Convention

The Bryan Loritts and Fellowship Memphis scandal is growing within the Southern Baptist Convention now that J.D. Greear is involved. This is a post about why the national media from the New York Times to the Washington Post needs to write about how J.D. Greear’s church hired a pastor allegedly involved in a cover up of voyeurism and child pornography an Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis.  Continue reading

The Importance of Listening and of a Blog Taking Feedback

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

(Updated June 10, 2020) Ben Groen From Oxboro Evangelical Free in Bloomington, Minnesota Teaches That Those Who Criticize the Church Want to Run From God

Ben Groen is the senior pastor at Oxboro Evangelical Free in Bloomington, Minnesota. Recently he preached on Jonah and in a stunning statement said that those who criticize the church want to run from God. That type of thinking can put individuals like Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald and Bryan Loritts in a new light. But it raises another issue as well. If there were sexual abuse at Oxboro who would come forward when the senior pastor teaches something like that? This post is a response to the senior pastor’s teaching. Continue reading

Hemant Mehta’s Ten Reasons Why People are Abandoning Christianity

Hemant Mehta published a video explaining why people are walking away from Christianity. Its a list of ten items that should come as no surprise. Many of these help explain why people have pushed back and walked away from faith. The one that should be on the list that is not is that Christianity does not provide a satisfactory answer to the problem of evil.  Continue reading