Charismatic Evangelicalism and Trying to Raise People From the Dead. From Olive Heiligenthal of Bethel in California to Wooded Hills in Wisconsin

Charismatic Christians have tried to raise people from the death in their history. Bethel in Redding, California made national news in December of 2019 for trying to resurrect Olive Heiligenthal . Likewise I was part of a charismatic church in Wisconsin that had a pastor who tried to raise someone from the dead. This behavior is incredibly abusive and just disturbing.  Continue reading

Reflecting on Christian Nationalism in Evangelical Christianity and Being Caught Flat Footed in its 2016 Resurgence

This post is a reflection on Christian nationalism from 1999 until 2018. How it evolved over the years before surging in 2016 and catching me flat footed. Christian nationalism is deeply divisive and causes unnecessary conflict.  After coming back to the church it became one of the issues to drive me away from it. Why did Christian nationalism flare up to such an extreme version in 2016? This post attempts to answer that question toward the end. Continue reading

Anti-Vaxxers and the New Apostolic Reformation’s Radiance International in Los Angeles and Micah Conrad’s Story in the Washington Post

The Washington Post recently told the story of Micah Conrad of Los Angeles, California. A kid in his late 20’s who was raised in evangelicalism and today producing videos for the anti-vaxxer movement. A deeper look revealed Conrad has links to the Radiance International in Hollywood, California as led by Jonathan and Sharon Ngai who are deeply involved in the New Apostolic Reformation Movement. This is the story of a lost individual and this post offers concerns about the New Apostolic Reformation movement. In addition you can read the entire Washington Post story in this blog post. Continue reading

When Church is Dangerous to Your Health: Kevin Byrum’s Uplink in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin Discourages Face Masks During a Pandemic

Uplink was a break off of Wooded Hills Bible Church and planted in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin by Kevin Byrum. Kevin preaches at Uplink. In a recent social media posting Kevin stressed that face masks are not required and thus discourages them from being used. What do you do when church is hazardous to your health?  Or when it poses a threat to the community is serves? That is the subject of this post at The Wondering Eagle.  Continue reading

Is This What Happened When Wooded Hills Drove a Demon Out of an Aisle in a Convenience Store in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin?

A video surfaced on Twitter of a female who tried to drive a demon out of a supermarket this afternoon. It led me to ask the question, is this what my former third wave charismatic church in Milwaukee tried to do in a convenience store with a youth group? How did I get involved in Wooded Hills Bible Church? Good God! Continue reading

Reflecting on Michelle Van Loon’s Thoughts About Friendship and the Evangelical Church

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

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Bringing Out the Worst Problems of Evangelical Christians as it Drags On. Brief Commentary on What I am Seeing

Today this blog saw some disturbing information on social media. Some from people tied to my former church Wooded Hills. And in a couple of other cases elsewhere on social media. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing that evangelicals are naked and revealing who they are. This afternoon I got a taste. Most of this post is a rant. Continue reading

Wooded Hills Church in the Milwaukee Area, Junk Science and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Evangelical Christians are often into conspiracy theories and junk science. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic this blog saw an example of this behavior from Wooded Hills Church in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Nicole Heck was sharing discredited information and others were buying into it or believing that it was taken down by YouTube because of a conspiracy. When Mark Noll published about the scandal of the evangelical mind; the behavior of individuals at Wooded Hills such as Nicole Heck prove that the well known evangelical author is correct. There is no evangelical mind, not at Wooded Hills or elsewhere inside evangelicalism. Continue reading

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 troubling 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 – my 20’s- 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