This is the final post at The Wondering Eagle for 2017. In a year filled with pain and loss I wrote 300 posts about the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Neo-Calvinism, The Gospel Coalition, 9 Marks, Redeemer Arlington, and also atheism and secular humanism. This is an overview of the top posts and my personal favorites. Also I discuss what is coming in 2018. In January The Wondering Eagle is going to look at a dark Acts 29 situation in the United States. Continue reading
An open letter to Jon Payne the EFCA District Superintendent of the Forest Lakes District in Wisconsin. This is a reflection of my life in Wisconsin, attending Marquette and the city of Milwaukee which was once my home. This also remembers a different time in life. A time before I knew what spiritual abuse was, and how dark many parts of evangelical Christianity can be. It was a time I had hope and trusted the church. Is was a time before one was burned and fried. Continue reading
An open letter to Joe Blow. Telling him about the grief I am experiencing with my Mom’s death. Against all that I learned that he became a Dad recently. This is a letter expressing both emotions of mourning and joy. Life goes on even amidst the pain. And in my season of mourning I am grateful for Joe and Ellie’s excitement in becoming parents. Continue reading
Who How healthy was Wooded Hills Bible Church? This looks at the issues that affected it from nepotism, the church operating in a bubble and more. Plus this church did the most outrageous thing I had ever heard in nearly 15 years of evangelical Christianity. It was when Trish Stern sent the youth group to fight a demon in a convenience store close to the church in SE Wisconsin. Continue reading
This is the first of two posts about Wooded Hills Bible Church in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. This post explores a church that became engrossed in fighting demons for a two month period. During this time the church had demon deliverances in small groups, the hospital, and other places. Continue reading
An open letter to a friend of mine in Fresno, California. I met Eric through Campus Crusade for Christ at Fresno State. He has deeply impacted my life and tonight I just want to step back and reflect on a friendship I have known since 1999. Through crisis and hardship Eric has blessed my life deeply. That showed itself again in the lobby of St. Agnes Hospital amidst a medical crisis. Thanks for your friendship Eric.
Looking at the theological themes in Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty. This is a movie about loss, grief and death. However it is also a movie about how you can sometimes find beauty out of the pain. This post is a reminder that death is around you, many people are living a façade and asks the question what is your collateral beauty?
The Wondering Eagle reviews the Cru Winter and Christmas Conferences for 2016 and 2017. This is a review of all the speakers and agendas. This blog recommends Greensboro, Dallas, Portland and Los Angeles. This blog does not recommend Denver, Baltimore and Indianapolis. As of December 18, Minneapolis is supported, if Paul Tripp is still scheduled to speak then The Wondering Eagle will pull support for TCX. I am growing deeply concerned about a fundamentalist Neo-Calvinist agenda growing in Cru which gives this writer deep pause about this organization. Continue reading
This is an open letter to Zach. I found his picture while digging through my closet and it flooded my mind with memories. Zach is one of the many people burned and fried by modern evangelicalism’s culture who is no longer involved today. This is an open letter from one person in pain from fundamentalism to another person who once was a dear close friend. I miss him deeply. Continue reading
Another quick open letter to Joe Blow. I’ve known Joe for 16 years and had the privilege to watch him grow and mature. It was a pleasure to see him in the Washington, D.C. area over the weekend. Thanks man, I love you brother! Continue reading