At the Baptist News Global there was an op-ed by Mark Wingfield. The article looked at why the evangelical Christian church needs to admit when its wrong. This is a theme I keep bumping up against here. In addition Mark addresses areas where there should be discussion. This article raises some issues that honestly need to be discussed.
This is the final post for The Wondering Eagle for 2018. This article reviews the stories and situations covered in the year of 2018. From Acts 29, to the EFCA to the Sojourn Network, the atheist community and Harvest Bible Chapel. This is a wrap up of all the work this blog accomplished. Plus I discuss what is coming in 2019 as well.
An open letter to Jason Webb the former Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. In this open letter I recall a faith crisis I had and how I hit bottom in my life. I also explain how I approached 140 people for forgiveness. I hope this can give Jason a road map to move forward. If he seeks out forgiveness and works things out with many people then then I propose that Elmbrook Church can become the only church in the United States that models grace, forgiveness and repentance. Continue reading
On a recent post a comment was left that I wanted to draw attention to. In the Rick Trotter situation at Downtown Church Richard Rieves was warned that he was bringing on a sexual predator. He was warned about what happened at Fellowship Memphis. Despite those warnings Richard Rieves justified his hiring of Rick Trotter. Richard Rieves is a man who should not be a pastor, in the opinion of The Wondering Eagle. He is a pastor who has failed to do the right thing and caused needless pain. Continue reading
The Wondering Eagle is preserving the letter of confession made to Paul Petry and Bent Meyer. The domain for this has expired and I believe it needs to be documented and captured. Plus The Wondering Eagle is also going to research and write a few articles about The Sojourn Network. Continue reading
The Washington Post published an article about how evangelical Christians are in denial about sex abuse inside evangelicalism. The article tells the story of Rachael Denhollander and how she had to leave Ryan Fullerton’s Immanuel Baptist in Louisville, Kentucky. In response Immanuel contacted The Washington Post and admitted that they were wrong. The statement has some problems, but Immanuel should be encouraged for taking this act and admitting error. Its a step in the right direction for this key 9 Marks church. Continue reading
This is the story of Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons and Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers. Its a story of a friendship that was once close and then broke down. Johnson believed that Thomas spread rumors that he was bi-sexual or gay in the wake of his HIV diagnoses. For over 20 years they had a major falling out. This all changed in December of 2017 when they met and Johnson apologized and expressed his love for his old friend. Its another story of how reconciliation and forgiveness can help people heal. Continue reading
This brief post is about how some Christians celebrated and remembered the memory of Martin Luther King. On the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis The Gospel Coalition held a conference in the same city to discuss racism. The Roman Catholic, mainstream and liberal Protestants also marked the day. This post also looks at the history of the Memphis Sanitation Strike and the King assassination. Continue reading
The senior pastor of First Free Lincoln, an EFCA Church in Lincoln, Nebraska wrote about his bucket list a few years ago. This is what Mark Brunott came up with. The Wondering Eagle wrote my bucket list in the context of this blog and its life. I ask you in return, what is your bucket list? It can be anything from personal, professional or spiritual. Continue reading
This is a follow up post to what was written previously at The Wondering Eagle. This post is a sample statement of what the EFCA could possibly issue in regards to Steve Estes Community Evangelical Free Church. This post is written for Greg Strand and Eddie Cole. I sincerely hope a statement by the EFCA can be issued for the peace of Elverson, Pennsylvania. Continue reading