A Look at Grace Church of the Valley in Kingsburg, California; Plus Does the Central Valley Need The Masters Seminary?

This is a look at a John MacArthur influenced church in Kingsburg, California called Grace Church of the Valley as led by Scott Ardavanis. Plus this also looks at The Masters Seminary extension going into the Central Valley and asking the question, does the Central California area need that? There are similarities in fundamentalism between The Masters Seminary and some of the radical Islamic madrasas in Pakistan. That is looked at in this post.  Continue reading

From Strange Bedfellows to Strange Fire: What is the Relationship Between John MacArthur and C.J. Mahaney?

This is an examination of the relationship between John MacArthur and C.J. Mahaney. This looks at all the times Mahaney preached at Resolved. Plus there is a question that must be asked..did John MacArthur or Grace to You receive large financial gifts from C.J. Mahaney or Sovereign Grace? It is well within reason to ask that given how Mahaney gave money to other individuals or organizations allegedly to influence. This also looks at how MacArthur treated Mark Driscoll vs. C.J. Mahaney.  Continue reading

Is Phil Johnson from Grace to You the Lt. Frank Drebin of the Reformed Community?

On April 14, 2016 a deeply disturbing conversation took place on Phil Johnson’s Facebook page. Phil Johnson made a statement on the C.J. Mahnaney situation and the alleged cover up of child sex abuse in Sovereign Grace Ministries. Phil ultimately said that if specific and detailed evidence comes forth detailing it, then he would believe. Instead he went after Brent Detwiler and the victims from SGM. This is an old topic but one of the many I have been wanting to write about.  Continue reading

Mark Galli at Christianity Today on Church Discipline; My Question When is C.J. Mahaney, Mark Driscoll or Steve Estes Facing Church Discipline?

Mark Galli of Christianity Today writes an article on the grace of church discipline. In it he singles out Mark Dever and 9 Marks. This post asks Mark as to what rock he has been living under and reviews issues with church discipline. From it being mishandled in Matt Chandler’s church to it not being applied to C.J. Mahaney, Mark Driscoll or Steve Estes. Continue reading

Examining The Bridge Bible Fellowship in Reseda, California and their Biblical Based Counseling Program

An examination of a Biblical counseling program at an Evangelical Free Church in Reseda, California. This looks at their program and the issues with its “confidentiality” form and asks the question; why would a person choose to go to a non-licensed counselor? This post is about a questionable counseling program in the Los Angeles area. Continue reading

Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church: Can One Heal from Sexual Abuse After a 12 Week Program?

Can a person heal from sexual abuse in a 12 week program? What about in a church where the leadership is enamored with John MacArthur and C.J. Mahaney? This is the story of Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church in Oakhurst, California. This also looks at some statistics and indicators of child sexual abuse as well. Plus I ask the question…is there an epidemic of child sex abuse in the Evangelical Free Church of America? Continue reading

How the Internet Helps Heal and Bring People Together

How the internet helps heal and how those hurt by the church connect and reach out to each other. This looks at the role social media plays in totalitarian churches and how I realized this in writing about Steve Estes Community Evangelical Free Church in  Elverson, Pennsylvania. Also if you were hurt by the church you are not alone, and you will heal in your own way in your own time. Each person is different. Continue reading

Is Neo-Calvinism Creating Mini Popes and a Misapplication of Scripture?

A comment by Daniel Roueche at Nate Sparks Facebook page leads to this quick and brief post. Its an honest question about how sustainable is Neo-Calvinist application of  theology in the end? What is its legacy for abuse, poor theology, and in the process creating a mini-Rome? I’ll let you guys discuss this below. Another post is going up later today. Continue reading

Why Write about Church Corruption, Systemic and Systematic Issues? Lessons from the Creation of the National Park Service in 1916

The National Park Service turns 100 this month. Over a century ago a number of people had the vision, and drive to preserve national parks. They ran into difficulty, and went against the culture at the time. In time they convinced others that places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and others deserved protection. Religious bloggers are similar in that we love the church too much to keep it as is. We love the church and write and endure difficulty so that others will not. We write so that a person can attend an Evangelical Free Church or Southern Baptist Church in 2050 and worship in peace. Continue reading

Why the Modern Evangelical Church Needs to Air its Dirty Laundry: Lessons from the Challenger Disaster and Ronald Reagan’s Call for Soviet Transparency

The modern evangelical church is filled with corruption…it’s time to take our dirty laundry and air it for the world to see. There are reasons why this is done, in the end it forces change. To make my case I am going to use one of the greatest tragedies in the history of NASA – that of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. During the Cold War a challenge by Ronald Reagan to the Soviet Union illustrated how mistakes are dealt with publically. This is a post on why the evangelical church needs to be transparent. Continue reading