Mark Driscoll on When Your Pastor is Attacked, Plus he Also Rejects 5-Point Calvinism. Personal Reflection on the Controversial Seattle Pastor in the Context of a Past Situation with Redeemer Arlington

Mark Driscoll is in the news again. In June he released a video about when you pastor is attacked and how its of saten. Then in an interview he explained that 5 point Calvinism is garbage. This post closes out reflecting on controversy with Mark Driscoll especially as how he was used at Redeemer Arlington. Continue reading

#Youngerself. What Advice Would I Give Myself at 25?

Recently on Twitter there was a hastag of what you could tell yourself at the age of 25. Many people posted a lot of ideas they wish they could advise their younger self. This is my open letter to my younger self. This is coming from someone  in their 40’s. The basic theme of the letter? Dave, stay away from Evangelical Christianity. If you stay away you will spare yourself a lot of pain and trauma. This is what l would say to myself if l could. Continue reading

John Piper on When God Loves You Enough to Take Your Life. According to John is a Brain Tumor a Sign of God Disciplining Someone?

John Piper, the well known Neo-Calvinist theologian did an interview in which he spoke about how God can discipline someone with death. God after all gives people weakness, illness and even death. This theology once again shows how Neo-Calvinism makes the problem of evil, or pain and suffering worse.  Continue reading

What are the Take Aways From the Newest Scandal at Matt Chandler’s The Village Church Involving the Allegation of Matt Tonne’s Sexual Abuse of a Minor?

This post looks at the take aways of the issues from the latest scandal at Matt Chandler’s The Village Church. Matt Chandler’s The Village is alleged to have mishandled a child sex abuse situation with a pastor on staff who is accused of sexually preying on a minor. There are many lessons to consider from the scandal. That includes the issues of child sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, to problems with church discipline and membership covenants.  Other questions raised include the culture of Acts 29 at ground zero thus spreading through the network to the problems with the celebrity pastor model and how the brand is to be protected is is more important than the safety of a child. Continue reading

Jordan and Tali Kauflin’s Son has a Relapse of Leukemia. And an Olive Branch to Redeemer Arlington is Ignored

Jordan and Tali Kaufln’s son is dealing with a leukemia relapse. Jordan Kauflin is one of the pastors at Redeemer Arlington and the one I interacted with in my spiritual abuse mess. In this post I explain how spiritual abuse popped up in my Mom’s medical crisis. Now the tables are turned and its the Kauflin family dealing with this problem set.  Against all this I actually extended an olive branch to Redeemer Arlington, that olive branch was ultimately ignored. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Tatum Janel of Redemption Hill Church (Acts 29 is Not a Refuge From Spiritual Abuse, Instead its Often the Instigator)

Tatum Janel wrote a Google review about Redemption Hill, an Acts 29/EFCA church in Washington, D.C. being a place that allowed for her to heal from spiritual abuse. This open letter takes issue with Tatum. Acts 29 is not an environment for healing. Instead its a church culture that often instigates spiritual abuse.  Continue reading

Looking at the Relationship Between Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill and Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington

This post looks at the relationship between two Acts 29 churches in the Washington, D.C. area. Jordan Kauflin’s Redeemer Arlington and Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill. This looks at two churches who can be considered to be cult like and are to be avoided by people in both Arlington, Virginia and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  Continue reading