Considering My Former Charismatic Church in Wisconsin Who Tried to Raise a Person From the Dead. Now When Did the Real Craziness Enter the Picture of Evangelicalism?

In Wisconsin I was involved in a church that tried to raise someone from the dead and also sent a high school youth group to fight a demon in a convenience store. That said in the years from 2002 until 2005 I didn’t run into evangelicals who were opposed to vaccinations. So the question needs to be asked, when did white evangelicals jump off the cliff and became crazy? Between the years 2005 and 2020 when did evangelicals go over the top on vaccine conspiracy theories? Continue reading

Milwaukee Cru’s Steve Papez, Scott Papez, Stormy Daniels and the Sanctity of Marriage

Before the Lord a Biblical marriage consists of a man and a woman and a porn star. This is a reflection on what Steve Papez of Milwaukee Metro Cru believes is Biblical when he threw his theology system under the bus to worship Donald Trump. Recently for his 35th anniversary his son Scott celebrated his father’s sanctity of his Christ-centered marriage. So the real question is since a porn star is a part of the Christ centered marriage maybe Scott and Taylor Papez can open up their marital bed to Stormy Daniels. Continue reading

Phil Andreas of The Gospel Coalition and The Milwaukee Rescue Mission on What He Would Say to a Young Christian Man

Recently at The Gospel Coalition Phil Andreas posted a letter of what he would say to a young Christian man. This blog learned that Phil also pastors at The Milwaukee Rescue Mission which is down he street from where I lived when I attended Marquette, To shake things up and make sure that not every post is about scandal, I just wanted to post something different.  Continue reading

What White Evangelicals and Christians I Once Knew Taught Me About Faith in the Trump Era

This is a hard post to compose, but its something that I have been meaning to do for a while. The Trump era was painful, chief among it was being at the receiving end of bullying, abuse or seeing such disturbing hypocrisy. Today’s post is about Steve Papez, Chad Hart and Josiah Jenkins and his family. Its about people in ministry I once looked up to who showed me who they really were these last few years. In this case the bridges have been burned and they will never be rebuilt. And with that I find peace especially with leaving such people in my wake.  Continue reading

Ravi Zacharias Sexual Misconduct is Confirmed and Considering the Cognitive Dissonance Issue Among Evangelical Christians

The board hired by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirms that Ravi Zacharias engaged in sexual misconduct. The report by Martin & Miller is posted on journalist Julie Roys website right before Christmas. This is a post reflecting on a Zacharias event in Milwaukee in 2000 hosted by Steve Mayer and prayed over by Paul Coldagelli. Cognitive dissonance is a major issue in American evangelicalism and it makes the movement toxic. The writer of this blog has had to deal with it regularly from evangelicals when he was one. How are evangelicals going to react to the claim that Ravi Zacharias misled and deceived people? Many evangelicals are going to be in denial and stick their head in the sand. Its all that many evangelicals can do.  Continue reading

A Message From my Former Elder at Wooded Hills Church Reveals Why its a Toxic Cult

Recently I got a message from a former elder at Wooded Hills Bible Church in the Milwaukee area. Wooded Hills is a cult outside Milwaukee that is a hodgepodge of hyper charismatic theology, hostility to science, with some anti -vaccination individuals mixed together.  My former elder accused me of supporting a baby killer. This is a gloves off post in response to this cult. Continue reading

Charismatic Evangelicalism and Trying to Raise People From the Dead. From Olive Heiligenthal of Bethel in California to Wooded Hills in Wisconsin

Charismatic Christians have tried to raise people from the death in their history. Bethel in Redding, California made national news in December of 2019 for trying to resurrect Olive Heiligenthal . Likewise I was part of a charismatic church in Wisconsin that had a pastor who tried to raise someone from the dead. This behavior is incredibly abusive and just disturbing.  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

Jason Webb Who Resigned From Elmbrook in Scandal in 2018 is Back in Ministry at Great Lakes Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Evangelicalism is often the story of scandal. Pastor resigns in scandal or disgrace and flees and then pops up in another location. Are we seeing that again with Jason Webb? This blog wrote about Jason Webb when he resigned from Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin in scandal. After two years Jason Webb is back working in a church in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Continue reading