Jakob Topper in Baptist News Global on the Challenges of Pastoring During a Pandemic and How Congregations Need to be Patient

A Baptist pastor in Oklahoma writes a level headed article about the stress pastors are under in leading a church in a pandemic. He also encourages congregations to be patient and understanding. This blog wants to add this recommended read to the collection of articles acquired about evangelicalism and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Southern Baptist Church Has a Revival in Alabama and Has a Massive COVID-19 Outbreak. Pastor Daryl Ross Defends it and Why Such Pastors Should Be Prosecuted

In Arab, Alabama a Southern Baptist Church holds a revival which leads to a massive COVID-19 outbreak with half the church falling ill. This blog is advocating for pastors who don’t follow health laws and who contribute to neglect to be prosecuted. There is no excuse for constant stories like this one. Continue reading

An Analysis of Chris Hilken’s Apology For Past Misconduct Inside North Coast Church and Why It Falls Short

Chris Hilken both the teaching pastor and leader of the young adult program at North Coast Church in the San Diego, California area recorded a seventeen minute apology that was sent out to 37 individuals on July 24, 2020. This is an analysis of his apology and how it comes up short. A bad apology makes things worse and that is exactly what happened. True humility puts others above themself especially when they have made a serious mistake, which is what transpired under Chris Hilken’s watch at North Coast Church.  Continue reading

The Gospel According to Q. Does Senior Pastor Gary Peterson of Rock Urban Church in Grandville, Michigan Believe That Democrats Conspired to Murder George Floyd? Plus Gary Peterson’s Troubled Past

On July 5, 2020 Gary Peterson the pastor of The Rock Church in Grandville, Michigan showed the congregation a Q Anon conspiracy theory video. Q Anon is a discredited conspiracy theory that states that COVID-19 is an attempt to derail President Trump and that Democrats killed George Floyd in Minneapolis. In digging deeper this blog found some disturbing information about Gary Peterson allegedly engaging in embezzlement at Wellspring Church  also in the area. Furthermore there are additional allegations of Peterson having a sexual affair with a male intern at Wellspring. If there are more stories about Gary Peterson this blog is willing to tell them and provide a platform. Continue reading

The Importance of Listening and of a Blog Taking Feedback

A blog post the other day raises the issue of how important it is to discuss and listen. When I wrote about an EFCA church in Bloomington, Minnesota that led to a discussion with the pastor. Whether it be the EFCA, Acts 29 or other organizations this blog wants people to know that it will engage and listen and discuss these issues. This blog does not hide behind a computer screen and bunker down. In contrast it will engage people and have discussion.  Continue reading

Jay Pound of First Evangelical Free of Minneapolis Reflects on His Brother’s Death to Cancer

Jay Pound of First Free Minneapolis wrote a blog post last year reflecting on his brother’s death to cancer at the age of 22. Its a hard topic but this blog respects Jay Pound for writing about it. This post looks at the question of why and while I don’t go the path Jay Pound does its good that this difficult topic is being considered.  Continue reading