Trinity City Church Pastor Bryan Lair Recalls His Battle With Lymphoma

Recently at the national EFCA blog Bryan Lair who leads an EFCA/Acts 29 church in Saint Paul, Minnesota reflected on his battle with cancer. The lymphoma took place in 2019 and Bryan wrote about how it prepared him for 2020. This blog is not going to pick apart Bryan’s thoughts on this issue, but its encouraging people to read the article. But it does give some insight into how a Calvinist faces challenges and suffering. 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

Evangelizing Mormons and the Naïve Bubble of Liesl Counterman at The Gospel Coalition and Also Gospel Grace of Salt Lake City

An awful article appeared at The Gospel Coalition recently that talked about how to evangelize your Mormon friend. It is written by the wife of the pastor of Gospel Grace in Salt Lake City. This blog wishes it could be a fly on the wall when this article is passed around in the LDS Ward and further pushes people away from Gospel Grace. Liesl Counterman’s article contained a lot of ignorance about Mormonism. But what stunned me is that she didn’t even mention the Utah Lighthouse Ministry which is the most successful ministry in Utah that engages in evangelism. Continue reading

Terry Glaspey at The Gospel Coalition on Novelists Who Affirm Faith. How Could Victor Hugo Be Neglected?

Recently at The Gospel Coalition Terry Glaspey wrote an article about novelists who affirm faith. His list leaves off one of the greatest novelists in western history – Victor Hugo. Works such as Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables have many theological lessons in each book. This is a response to this column by Terry Glaspey. Continue reading

Ongoing Cult Like Behavior at Acts 29

A troubling story emerges from an undisclosed Acts 29 church in an urban Midwestern US city. When Denise got involved after dealing with a stalker the church acted very authoritarian even forcing her into a hospital. The Acts 29 church was so controlling that it prevented her from spending Thanksgiving with her family. Elder issues from an unnamed elder also became a factor as well. Some of the issues here are similar to what is happening in other Acts 29 churches in the United States. Continue reading