Greg Marshall of Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee Area on How White Christians Should Respond to Racial Tension

At Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee Greg Marshall who sometimes teaches wrote a post for the church blog on how white Christians should respond to racial tension. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the riots taking place in Minneapolis and unrest in the United States Greg writes some an article that should give us all something to consider.  Continue reading

Wooded Hills is this Social Distancing? (Cough, Cough) Is Theo Williams Going to Follow Joe Jenkins Lead and Try and Raise Someone From the Dead?

Wooded Hills Church in Colgate, Wisconsin outside Milwaukee met in person this morning. And in a vibrant testimony of their love of Jesus and with elderly present masks were ignored and social distancing also appears to be ignored. This blog would like to know if Theo Williams going to follow Joe Jenkins lead and try and raise someone from the dead amidst a pandemic? Continue reading

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Bringing Out the Worst Problems of Evangelical Christians as it Drags On. Brief Commentary on What I am Seeing

Today this blog saw some disturbing information on social media. Some from people tied to my former church Wooded Hills. And in a couple of other cases elsewhere on social media. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing that evangelicals are naked and revealing who they are. This afternoon I got a taste. Most of this post is a rant. Continue reading

Wooded Hills Church in the Milwaukee Area, Junk Science and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Evangelical Christians are often into conspiracy theories and junk science. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic this blog saw an example of this behavior from Wooded Hills Church in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Nicole Heck was sharing discredited information and others were buying into it or believing that it was taken down by YouTube because of a conspiracy. When Mark Noll published about the scandal of the evangelical mind; the behavior of individuals at Wooded Hills such as Nicole Heck prove that the well known evangelical author is correct. There is no evangelical mind, not at Wooded Hills or elsewhere inside evangelicalism. Continue reading

Recalling My Formative Years Inside Evangelicalism in Wisconsin. Plus Deeply Embarrassing and Troubling Newspaper Articles About Dairy State Evangelical Christians Worshiping Donald Trump Over Jesus

Recently Evangelical Christians in Wisconsin have received some troubling press in the Boston Globe and the London Guardian. The publicity which is embarrassing discusses how white evangelicals in Wisconsin are worshiping Donald Trump over Jesus. I once called Wisconsin home and today stand horrified by what has developed. In addition the behavior of white evangelicals that I once knew from people like Steve Papez of Milwaukee Metro Crusade or Russell Schmaltz from Elmbrook further highlight these issues or of how some evangelicals are turning a blind eye. As I continue to push back from this stream of evangelicalism I have to grapple as to how the formative years of my life – my 20’s- were wasted in planting a Crusade chapter at Marquette University as well as being involved in churches like Wooded Hills and others. This blog entry is in part a post-mortem as to why I am pushing back from evangelicalism. Continue reading

Jon MacDonald From Sheboygan Evangelical Free on the Church Not Being a Place for Community

Jon MacDonald is a pastor in Sheboygan Evangelical Free. This is an EFCA church in the Forest Lakes District. At his own blog Jon wrote about how he is not about community and wrote a legalistic case for following Jesus. In his post he stated that he does not reconsider his theology. So I thought I’d do a post about this, especially since this was published on his blog years ago and see if Jon MacDonald has grown. Continue reading

Elmbrook Makes The Washington Post and Deep Disappointment in My Former Church as My Journey Away From Evangelicalism Continues

Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield made The Washington Post this past week. After the Christianity Today editorial calling for Donald Trump to resign the Post went to Elmbrook Church to ask attenders what they thought of the editorial. The responses were varied but they highlighted the issues today with Evangelical Christianity. In the fact that people don’t come forward and criticize Trump’s mocking the disabled or the boasting of sexual assault, well it is another illustration of why religion can be corrupt. After all if those who claim to follow Jesus, and be a new creation or born again can’t communicate the basics of their faith then why do places like Elmbrook exist?
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Iraqi Freedom and Wooded Hills Bible. When You Blindly Lust For War in the Middle East Hoping to Usher In the End Times

In 2002 and 2003 the United States marched forward toward war in Iraq. While the war was about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction for some Evangelical Christians the Iraq war meant something else. It meant that the end times could come about. As such war was looked upon with awe and wonder because pretty soon Jesus would be coming back on a white horse and the rapture would take place. Today I shake my head in disgust when I consider what I was involved in. Continue reading

Recalling When Trish Stern Pushed Rick Joyner. Plus Considering Joyner’s New Comments on Militias is Theo Williams’ Wooded Hills Outside Germantown, Wisconsin Preparing for the Next Civil War?

Rick Joyner on Jim Bakker’s television show called for Christians to arm themselves and prepare for the next Civil War. When I heard that I immediately thought of my former Third Wave Church in Milwaukee where Rick Joyner was pushed by Trish Sterns when I was a member. This post looks at Rick Joyner and asks the question, why was I involved in a cult?  Continue reading