Dealing with the Death of Mom: The First Year of Grief

A post reflecting on the death of my Mom and dealing with the issue of grief. This past year has been hell in many ways as mourning is difficult. In the aftermath of James’ Mom’s death on April 2, 2018, these are some lessons to James Crestwood and his family in Salina, Kansas based off what my family learned the first year. This is some practical advice as to what to expect and challenges that lie ahead.  Continue reading

An Open Letter to James Crestwood (On the Death of your Mom)

An open letter to a close friend, James Crestwood. James’ Mom passed away in Salina, Kansas on April 2, 2018. Her funeral was at First Covenant Church in Salina this morning April 6. This is a letter of mourning and a letter telling one brother that I am here for his family amidst the pain, and loss. I love you James, I will always have your back, but especially in the painful and dark times of life. Now is one of those periods.  Continue reading

An Open Letter to Kendra and Brad Hansen (EMI Missionaries in South Africa)

An open letter to Kendra and Brad Hansen as they embark on their mission in South Africa with EMI World. Just a reflection on someone who I have known for almost 17 years and going back to Campus Crusade at Marquette University. This also considers the changes we both have had to deal with. Given many of the dark subjects that I write about at The Wondering Eagle its nice to see something come together that is beautiful.  Continue reading

Indicators and Warnings of McLean Bible’s Theological Hijacking that Would Culminate with David Platt Becoming the Teaching Pastor: An Overview of the Changes Chronicled by The Wondering Eagle from 2015 Until 2017; Plus What I Believe is Coming Down the Pike

This post is an overview of the issues that popped up at McLean Bible (MBC) a mega church in the Washington, D.C. area in the 2015 until 2017 time-frame that revealed MBC was being theologically hijacked. The Wondering Eagle picked up on many of the issues over the course of time. This post also contains a list of questions that need to be answered and what I believe is going to happen to MBC in the 2018 to 2020 time-frame.  Continue reading

Is Eric Simmons’ Redeemer Arlington a Rape Culture Like the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs?

A look at the problems of rape and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy. A new Colorado Springs Gazette article helps me to understand my false accusation more and realize that the false accusation was a tactic, a common one it appears in an un-healthy military academy culture. It also leads me to ask another question…is Eric Simmons Redeemer Arlington a rape culture? If a graduate from the Air Force Academy swimming in allegations of sexual misconduct calls SGM healthy, does Redeemer share the same cultural problems as the Air Force Academy?  Continue reading

First Free Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin Wants You to Share Your Story: Here is Mine, From Mormonism to a Brush with Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington and Sovereign Grace

First Free Church which is led by Shane Holden in Onalaska, Wisconsin has a feature on their webpage. They are asking you to tell your story. I have agreed and that is what this post is about. This is my condensed story which shows my history, my exploration of Mormonism in college, time in Crusade, the Evangelical Free, a Third Wave church outside Milwaukee and the dark season of being unsuccessfully recruited to a Sovereign Grace church plant and the false accusation I endured. Part of my story is learning why rape and sexual assault is a problem in the military from an Air Force officer who drunk the John Piper, and Mark Driscoll Kool-Aid. The story played on into my Mom’s illness which resulted in her death.  Continue reading