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

The El Paso Shooting, Christian Nationalism and Racism and the Moral Failure of Evangelicals and Historical Lessons from Germany

This past Saturday a horrific terrorist attack occurred at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas. 22 were killed. This post looks at the issues with Christian Nationalism and racism as well as evangelical support of Trump who may have inspired a domestic terrorist attack. This post is coming from someone who is in the 17% minority. Also explored is how many evangelicals have morally failed. Plus its time for other Christian bloggers to address the issue of Christian Nationalism. Continue reading