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

#LetUsWorship Sean Feucht of Bethel Leads Worship Protests as COVID-19 Pandemic in Wisconsin Gets Worse

Sean Feucht is a controversial Bethel worship personality who has been leading worship protests around the United States. In three locations in Wisconsin he led religious rights protests as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated and became worse. This post also explains how Sean Feucht is really no different than a drunk driver for his reckless behavior and why he should be prosecuted if people become ill and lives are lost. Continue reading

Michael Passons Reveals How he Was Forced Out of Christian Contemporary’s Avalon in 2003 for Being Gay

Michael Passons who founded the successful Christian contemporary music group Avalon shared how he was forced out in 2003 for being gay. Some members from Avalon who forced his hand set him on a journey where Michael discuses how be blamed himself and dealt with PTSD.  I saw Avalon several times when I was younger and listened to them when I was in the Christian music scene. This post would like to ask, why do some evangelicals feel so threatened by gays and where is the issue of empathy and compassion? Continue reading

Some White Evangelical Christians Are Rallying Behind Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse at Give Send Go

Kyle Rittenhouse is a 17 year old teenager who shot to death two people and injured another in Kenosha, Wisconsin during civil unrest. After he was arrested a defense of him began on an Evangelical Christian crowd funding platform called Give Send Go. As controversy grew, some white evangelicals flocked to defend a terrorist. Jacob Wells, a Navy Vet who has forgotten his oath doubled down and defended using the evangelical platform to support Kyle Rittenhouse. Its another mess about evangelicalism. Continue reading