Evidence Suggests That Evangelical Churches Meeting During a Pandemic Are Helping to Worsen COVID-19 and Accelerate the Spread in the United States. Also Ed Stetzer Responds to a New York Times Article

There are a number of stories emerging that reveal how COVID-19 outbreaks can be tied back to evangelical churches. Many clamored to re-open only to become tools to transmit the virus. This blog was noticing this development when the New York Times published an article about this issue  on July 8, 2020. That article drew Ed Stetzer’s ire in a Christianity Today article which is also covered in  this blog post. Continue reading

The Tragic Death of Carsyn Leigh Davis Who Attended a Party at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida and Contracted COVID-19

A dark story comes out of an Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers, Florida. In the middle of a pandemic a mother takes her immune compromised daughter to a church party at First Assembly of God Fort Myers where she contracts COVID-19. It also turns out that the mother who is allegedly into Christian nationalism and junk science then administers the discredited drug  hydroxychloroquine to her daughter. Two days after her 17th birthday Carysn Davis died  in an ICU and remains one of the youngest fatalities of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. A child is dead in Florida and it could have been prevented. This is a story that highlights why evangelicalism is so flawed as junk science, evangelical culture, and Christian nationalism are woven together in this tragedy. Continue reading

According to American Enterprise Institute White Evangelical Christians are Not as Concerned About COVID-19 Infection

Over at the Huffington Post the American Enterprise Institute released a study that revealed that white evangelicals are not as worried about contracting the COVID-19 virus. This data stands in contrast to many other religious groups. While I am not surprised it remains disappointing to read, and quite simply its time for white evangelicals to embrace science. Continue reading

Dealing With the Searing Pain of Unresolved Spiritual Abuse and the EFCA’s Dr. Cedrick Brown’s Encouraging Proposal on the Church Asking For Forgiveness From the World

This blog post is a response to the EFCA’s Eastern District co-superintendent Dr. Cedrick Brown who asked the question should the church ask the world to forgive them? This blog is impressed with the question and offers some feedback which comes from a person who learned why spiritual abuse is a problem. Its my hope that this discussion with start to happen more often.  Continue reading

Tim Spanburg of Christ Community Church in Shawnee Mission, Kansas Pleads With Evangelicals to Wear Face Masks so His Son Can Go to Church

This blog previously wrote about evangelicals and face masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over at Christ Community Church in Shawnee Mission, Kansas Tim Spanning writes a passionate blog post asking for evangelicals to wear face masks. Why? His son is at high risk for COVID-19 and he would like for his son to be able to come to church again.  Continue reading

Wearing My Face Mask in CVS Pharmacy. Let’s Make a Concerted Effort to All Wear Our Face Masks So that the Vulnerable Can Live Life Again

This post is about the issue of face masks and the COVID-19. In it I recount my challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic as an asthmatic and how other people’s wearing (or not wearing) a face mask impacts me. Why do masks have to be a part of the culture war? We are getting hammered by COVID-19 and other countries are much farther ahead on this topic. Continue reading

From John Welborn of Salem Church Recommending James MacDonald to Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Praising Ravi Zacharias. Does Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Explain How Corruption and Scandal Are Ignored?

Frequently this blog has noticed a number of EFCA pastors in the United States who promote or recommend material from questionable fallen and discredited pastors. John Welborn at the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island has done this, and so has Tom Nelson of EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area has also done this. Is this another aspect to the scandal of the evangelical mind? The ability of a pastor to practice discernment and think critically in the midst of a scandal? Continue reading