James Dobson Invokes the Threat of Another Civil War in the United States Unless American Evangelicals Support Donald Trump

James Dobson sent another letter to his followers and invoked the prospect of a second American Civil War unless evangelicals supported Donald Trump. This post is preserving Dobson’s letter. This blog will write a response analyzing this letter and point out the problems and concerns with James Dobson’s letter.  Continue reading

How Some Evangelicals View Stonewall Jackson and Analysis by Jeff Sharlot

Here in Virginia the other day the statute of Stonewall Jackson was removed in Richmond. Jeff Sharlot on social media discussed the theological implications of that for fundamentalist. A comment he said about Campus Crusade for Christ in a section from his book “The Family” hit me hard and reminded me of a situation in Milwaukee years ago where I saw Crusade staff almost worship Stonewall Jackson. The coding for this post is going to have issues, so please forgive that issue.  Continue reading

Do You Recall When You Realized the Problems in Evangelicalism? Despite Our Longing We Can’t Go Back to How Life was Before

Do you remember what your life was like before you realized that evangelicalism is broken? Do you recall what it was like before you dealt with spiritual abuse or authoritarianism? In what seems like an eternity many people do. In the classic work Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow in a time of change and upheaval it was also realized that you can’t go back to how life was before. When you come out of the dark side of evangelicalism the only way ahead is to go forward. You may crave or desire to go back for a number of personal reasons. But there is no turning back. These journeys are for the brave. Continue reading

Eric Metaxas Comment on Twitter Using Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Criticize Black Lives Matter is Owned By Charles Marsh of the Project of Lived Theology at the University of Virginia

Recently on Twitter Eric Metaxas attempted to use Dietrich Bonhoeffer to criticize the Black Lives Matter movement. In response University of Virginia Religious Studies Professor Charles Marsh put Metaxas through a wood chipper. Its good to see disinformation confronted and challenged. This is yet another blog post with a long Twitter thread about the issues with Eric Metaxas.   Continue reading

The Underground Railroad is Active Again in the Old Dominion. This Time Its Saving African-Americans Trapped at Jerry Falwell Jr’s Liberty University

Once romanticized in the South the Underground Railroad is now back in Virginia. The goal is not to save African-Americans from plantations, but instead to save them from Jerry Falwell Jr’s Liberty University. This post is a brief history of the Underground Railroad and current efforts to help African-Americans escape Liberty University. Continue reading

We Need to Remember That the Confederacy Lost the Civil War. How My Thinking on Civil War Reenactments Changed From California to Virginia and Why the Confederate Flag Should Be Banned

The issue of the Confederate flag and Confederate statues has been in the news a lot lately. This post offers some thoughts on this issue. We need to remember that the Confederacy lost the Civil War. My thoughts on Civil War reenactments has changed as I moved from California to Virginia and see different reasons for them in different parts of the country.  This post also argues that the Confederate flag needs to be banned and that a number of major military installations named after Confederate military leaders need to be renamed. Continue reading

As Minneapolis Riots and Many Parts of the United States Are Experiencing Unrest its Time to Remember Robert F Kennedy’s Words After Martin Luther King’s Assassination

As Minneapolis riots and racial violence is occurring across the United States its time to recall the prophetic words of Robert F. Kennedy. Spoken to a black crowd in Indianapolis after Martin Lither King’s assassination in Memphis they still hold truth today. Please listen to his speech and process it. The United States needs to hear these words.   Continue reading

Caleb Morell of 9 Marks Writes About How Washington, D.C. Churches Responded to the Second Wave of the Spanish Flu in December of 1918

Caleb Morrell is a MDIV student at SBTS Seminary and a research assistant to Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.  Caleb wrote a solid historical article at 9 Marks about what happened when churches re-opened in the Spanish Flu only to have the influenza rage again in the second wave. There are many historical lessons in what Caleb writes and this blog believes strongly in learning from history. Continue reading