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

Iraqi Freedom and Wooded Hills Bible. When You Blindly Lust For War in the Middle East Hoping to Usher In the End Times

In 2002 and 2003 the United States marched forward toward war in Iraq. While the war was about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction for some Evangelical Christians the Iraq war meant something else. It meant that the end times could come about. As such war was looked upon with awe and wonder because pretty soon Jesus would be coming back on a white horse and the rapture would take place. Today I shake my head in disgust when I consider what I was involved in. Continue reading

Reaching the Lost in Brazil Through Stoning, Executions and Pentecostal Jesus Gangs

Brazil is moving from a Catholic country to an Evangelical Christian theocracy. As Catholicism and other religions become minorities some fringe Evangelical Christians are engaging in violence in efforts to convert them. Pentecostal Evangelical gangs have engaged in a murder campaign and pointing guns at Catholics and other minority religions and telling them they have a week to shut down their church. While mainstream Evangelicals allegedly not involved, in my time in evangelicalism Brazil was always a focus. But today’s post comes about after a disturbing article in the Washington Post points out the issues with fringe Evangelical Christian gangs. If Brazil is going to become like Afghanistan, this writer is going to be concerned about Evangelical Christian missionary efforts especially with the law of unintended consequences. Continue reading

Recalling When Trish Stern Pushed Rick Joyner. Plus Considering Joyner’s New Comments on Militias is Theo Williams’ Wooded Hills Outside Germantown, Wisconsin Preparing for the Next Civil War?

Rick Joyner on Jim Bakker’s television show called for Christians to arm themselves and prepare for the next Civil War. When I heard that I immediately thought of my former Third Wave Church in Milwaukee where Rick Joyner was pushed by Trish Sterns when I was a member. This post looks at Rick Joyner and asks the question, why was I involved in a cult?  Continue reading

In Order to Understand Evangelical Culture One Should Cease Reading their Bible and Read George Orwell Instead

In order to understand evangelical Christian culture one should read, study and pay attention to the themes from George Orwell in his classic novels. The themes of corruption, totalitarianism, censorship, blind loyalty, and more are used to paint warning to society. Because remember comrade, while all animals are equal some like your pastor are more equal than others.  Continue reading

The El Paso Shooting, Christian Nationalism and Racism and the Moral Failure of Evangelicals and Historical Lessons from Germany

This past Saturday a horrific terrorist attack occurred at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas. 22 were killed. This post looks at the issues with Christian Nationalism and racism as well as evangelical support of Trump who may have inspired a domestic terrorist attack. This post is coming from someone who is in the 17% minority. Also explored is how many evangelicals have morally failed. Plus its time for other Christian bloggers to address the issue of Christian Nationalism. Continue reading