Another Reason to Reject Evangelicalism. Realizing That Many Evangelicals Can’t Divorce Faith From Politics

When I abandoned evangelicalism the second and final time one of the reasons why is because I realized that many evangelicals cannot divorce faith and politics. They were married and interchanged in a warped way. When I did a mission trip to Southall in London years prior I was surprised by how Christians in the United Kingdom divorced faith from politics. So did the South Asian Christians from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However after a faith crisis I realized that many American evangelicals had tripled down and became far more polarizing on politics. This blog would suggest that what happened is that Fox News and cable television replaced the pastor and the Bible. As change is not possible then the best thing to do is to walk. Continue reading

How Lon Solomon Overextended Himself and How McLean Bible Became Calvinist

How did McLean Bible go Calvinist? What event in its history laid the foundation for a theological overthrow of a church? There is one aspect that this blog believes allowed Lon Solomon to overextend himself. In late 2007 McLean Bible tried to plant a church in Cleveland Park, as part of their “Spiritual Beltway” growth plan. The Cleveland Park plant backfired and it allowed for many people to see the issues at McLean Bible. In a few years after the failed plant Dale Sutherland would allegedly work with Mark Dever to flip the church, and that is exactly what happened.  Continue reading

Reflecting on Christian Nationalism in Evangelical Christianity and Being Caught Flat Footed in its 2016 Resurgence

This post is a reflection on Christian nationalism from 1999 until 2018. How it evolved over the years before surging in 2016 and catching me flat footed. Christian nationalism is deeply divisive and causes unnecessary conflict.  After coming back to the church it became one of the issues to drive me away from it. Why did Christian nationalism flare up to such an extreme version in 2016? This post attempts to answer that question toward the end. Continue reading

In Rebuking Jesus Its Clear the National Prayer Breakfast Needs to Come to an End

The National Prayer Breakfast was held in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 2020. Arthur Brooks gave a strong talk pleading for contempt and polarization to end. President Trump meanwhile followed Brooks talk and used it to settle scores and attack his perceived “enemies.” While pastors and staff laughed it became quite clear that the National Prayer Breakfast was never about prayer or bringing people to recognize the Lord. Instead, it is about the naked pursuit of power and trying to influence the executive and legislative branch. This blog is calling for the National Prayer Breakfast to be canceled and for Christians to do a lot of hard thinking about what they perpetuated and enabled. They don’t have the moral authority to lecture me about faith when they silently laugh and allow God to be mocked.  Continue reading

Mark Dever Celebrates 25 Years as a Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. A Reflection on a Theological Autocrat

Mark Dever celebrated being a pastor for 25 years at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on September 22, 2019. This blog had a solid source who conveyed quite a bit about the culture and issues at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. But in the end how should Mark Dever be remembered? He should be remembered for his autocratic theology and his authoritarianism.  Continue reading

Reflecting on Working with the Homeless at National Community Church in Washington, D.C. Plus Remembering Vondell Bethune Who Passed Away Recently

Tonight while eating dinner I learned that a well known homeless individual of Mark Batterson’s National Community Church has died. This is my recollection of the homeless ministry at National Community Church and my some of my experiences if I remember correctly with Vondell Bethune.  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

Do You Want to Write? I Would like to Build a Diverse Independent Team that Can Write The Wondering Eagle

The Wondering Eagle would like to transition from a one person blog to a team that can write about a number of issues. Those issues include atheism, doubt, Neo-Calvinism, the EFCA, Mark Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist Church and issues in evangelicalism. I would like to bring on a diverse set of people in time who would have freedom to publish what is on their mind. If you are interested please drop me a note and let’s figure out a way forward.  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