Recalling My Formative Years Inside Evangelicalism in Wisconsin. Plus Deeply Embarrassing and Troubling Newspaper Articles About Dairy State Evangelical Christians Worshiping Donald Trump Over Jesus

Recently Evangelical Christians in Wisconsin have received some press in the Boston Globe and the London Guardian. The publicity which is embarrassing discusses how white evangelicals in Wisconsin are worshiping Donald Trump over Jesus. I once called Wisconsin home and today stand horrified by what has developed. In addition the behavior of white evangelicals that I once knew from people like Steve Papez of Milwaukee Metro Crusade or Russell Schmaltz from Elmbrook further highlight these issues or of how some evangelicals are turning a blind eye. As I continue to push back from this stream of evangelicalism I have to grapple as to how the formative years of my life were wasted in planting a Crusade chapter at Marquette University as well as being involved in churches like Wooded Hills and others. This blog entry is in part a post-mortem as to why I am pushing back from evangelicalism. Continue reading

When it Comes to the Virginia General Assembly and Guns Is Jerry Falwell Jr Rejecting Romans 13?

Jerry Falwell Jr discussed the efforts in Richmond, Virginia to enact gun control. The controversial evangelical who has spoken about Romans 13 and Trump in the past stated that Virginians should engage in disobedience if more gun control is passed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For this blogger its time for Liberty to lose its 501 (c)(3) and classify this strand of evangelicalism as a political party. Continue reading

Canadian Country Singer Tenille Townes Song Expressing Doubt of God is Inspired by Suffering and Loss

Tenille Townes released a rare and raw song in country music that deals with doubt. What led to the song was a tragic car accident of a mini van in New Brunswick, Canada that killed a life just starting. The song focuses on the why and of always asking questions. To an era of uncertainty by instability, school shootings, terrorist attacks and more it hits a nerve with many. Doubt is one of the most healthy of human emotions when it comes to faith. If you haven’t doubted my question is have you lived?  Continue reading

Why Wade Mullen Found Peace and Why I Never Will

At Restore Chicago Wade Mullen gave a good talk about spiritual abuse. Wade even shared an abuse situation he walked away from and how a church responded to him and admitted he was correct. In the process they invited him back and spoke to the issue and reversed the abuse that happened. Wade’s case is an exception to the rule and is not the norm. I listened to Wade’s talk again this weekend and draw some comparisons with my own spiritual abuse mess from someone who was in a leadership role of a former Sovereign Grace Ministry church called Redeemer Arlington in the Washington, D.C. area. While Wade found peace, I will not nor will many other people who saw spiritual abuse. Continue reading

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Who Issued a Number of Controversial Pardons Illustrates Why Christian Nationalists are not Pro-Life

Matt Bevin, was the outgoing Kentucky governor who had strong ties to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. The avowed Christian nationalist who boasted of his faith went on a pardoning spree after he lost an election. He pardoned murderers, child molesters, sexual abusers, and more. The situation which is a tragedy shows why Christian nationalists are not Pro-Life despite their rhetoric as well. Continue reading

McLean Bible Changes it Policies After the Scott Woods Grooming Situation and Caleb Moore Allegedly Violates Those Policies. Nate Reed Communicates Coming Website Changes and Social Media Policy. And 16 Years of Sermons by Lon Solomon are Purged From the Website

There is more news with McLean Bible in the Washington, D.C. area. The Southern Baptist mega church implemented more child safety policies in the wake of the Scott Woods situation. The policies were aimed at strengthening child protection measures. And then Caleb Moore who leads The Rock Ministries undermined those rules when he violated them communicating with a teenager behind a family’s back. Also Nate Reed emailed the staff in mid December 2019 about the changing McLean’s website and limiting social media interaction by staff. Also in the new McLean Bible website this blog is disappointed that 16 years of sermons and teaching material by Lon Solomon were purged from the website. The authoritarianism at McLean Bible is troubling. Continue reading