Michelle Van Loon wrote an article the other day that looked at issues with friendship inside evangelicalism. Its about how she realized some people are not friends after all. This is a reflection on her article as I consider my past challenges of friendship inside evangelicalism. While I have two positive examples I was also deeply burned as well. I also explain under what circumstances will I push back from a person. Issues like anti-Semitic behavior and disparaging racial comments will lead me to end friendships as well. Continue reading
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.
A short open letter to Scott Van Swernigen. This is an open letter thanking him for his friendship and for talking in Kansas City, Missouri. As I head up to York I will think of you. I ask that you keep my family, especially my Dad in your thoughts. Continue reading
Tyler Chernesky at Christ Community Church in Kansas City gave an interesting talk about friendship and Proverbs at the Downtown location on October 7, 2018. This post looks at Christ Community Church and Tyler Chernesky as well as the man who is the driving force behind this EFCA church movement in the Kansas City metropolitan area – Tom Nelson. The amazing aspect of Tyler’s talk is seeing it play out in a challenging trip to Missouri amongst a couple of friends who I have known for years who validated what was taught. Continue reading
Just putting up some pictures from my time in Kansas City, Missouri. The pictures below are of Kansas City and the National World War I Museum. In the coming days I will post pictures of Wichita, Kansas and around Salina. Plus I also have a lot of pictures of Eisenhower’s Library in Abilene, Kansas. Continue reading
I will be traveling to Kansas City, Salina, and Wichita later this week and early into next. So I will be slower to responding to people who try and contact me. I just want to communicate that I will be out of touch for a few days. Continue reading
For Mother’s Day a letter to my Mom who I deeply miss. This is the first time in my life I am not interacting with Mom on Mother’s Day. I have dreaded this day and yet I still want to wish Mom a happy Mother’s Day. Continue reading
An older 9 Marks article by Eric Simmons is the subject of today’s post. It was written before Redeemer Arlington officially launched. When Eric Simmons wrote about the missional life and how to reach the atheist or unbeliever, the question is this. Did that happen from Redeemer Arlington? Did a person in church leadership who was discipled by Jordan Kauflin effectively engage an agnostic/atheist co-worker in the office he worked in? Continue reading
When I was a college student a man of Japanese-American descent told me about his family’s incarceration in World War II. Today I want to tell that story as a reminder that history is to be learned from. May the mistakes of the past not be repeated in the present. Also to what extent are Evangelical Christians going to own this current mess with those with Visas or Green Cards being turned away? Continue reading
An open letter to a friend of mine in Fresno, California. I met Eric through Campus Crusade for Christ at Fresno State. He has deeply impacted my life and tonight I just want to step back and reflect on a friendship I have known since 1999. Through crisis and hardship Eric has blessed my life deeply. That showed itself again in the lobby of St. Agnes Hospital amidst a medical crisis. Thanks for your friendship Eric.