Writing for The Wondering Eagle

The Wondering Eagle would like to transition from a one person blog to a team that can write about a number of issues. Those issues include atheism, doubt, Neo-Calvinism, the EFCA, Mark Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist Church and issues in evangelicalism. I would like to bring on a diverse set of people in time who would have freedom to publish what is on their mind. If you are interested please drop me a note and let’s figure out a way forward. 

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.” 

Tom Stoppard 

“Journalism, like democracy, is not something that is achieved. It is a work in progress, and not every day is as good as the last. “  

John Maxwell Hamilton

“Journalism is about results. It’s about affecting your community or your society in the most progressive way.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas  

 

History unfolding….the death of Osama Bin Ladin, 1992 Los Angeles riots, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the death of Richard Nixon and assassination of Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles in 1968. 

I look at blogging almost as journalism. I believe it is important and has the capacity to influence and change others. Plus one can write and cover aspects of religion that parts of the media and other segments of the population do not understand. But I also look at writing as a deep responsibility to be truthful and even when it means writing about stories or issues is difficult. People have to be honest about their motives in blogging.  Its with that in mind that I would like to expand the writing team to at least a group of 8 people over time. Let me explain why…

Diversity is good and its helpful to be as inclusive as possible on perspectives. Diversity for the sake of diversity I would suggest is problematic. But diversity for the benefit of learning and growing and looking at a problem set through differing perspectives is exceptionally healthy. To look at the issue of doubt, church hijackings, evolution, or child sexual abuse through the lens of an atheist, a person who went through a faith crisis, former individuals in the EFCA or more could be exceptionally healthy. But there is another perspective that I also think is important. Having a group of people who write and who shares the burden prevents one person or personality from dominating the blog. I am not a control freak, in fact differing perspectives are good and helps balance out The Wondering Eagle in the end. Therefore in time I would like to expand the writers on The Wondering Eagle to eight people. This is what I have in mind:

  • 2 atheists writing about secular humanist issues.
  • 1 person who went through a massive faith crisis who can write about doubt.
  • 1 former member of Mark Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist Church who can write about CHBC and 9 Marks.
  • 3 former individuals who were involved in the EFCA that can write about the issues in that denomination.
  • 2 former Neo-Calvinists who can write about Acts 29 and Neo-Calvinism.

All of that together could help bring some balance and perspective and make The Wondering Eagle diverse and deep. Let’s look at each proposal in detail.

 

2 Atheists Writing about Secular Humanist Issues

I would like to propose bringing on a couple of atheists who could write about atheism, agnosticism, and secular humanism. An atheist perspective can help address many issues. I have written quite a bit about atheism. I have penned a number of articles and even had one promoted by the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers. I write about atheism a lot because I believe many atheists are misunderstood, and spoken about wrongly. I would like to use The Wondering Eagle to break down barriers and I believe that atheists and secular humanists have a lot to say, and that its important to listen to them.

If you are an atheist or secular humanist and want to write an article or two on a fairly regular basis I would love to have you. That would be an honor. I am looking for someone who is a strong critical thinker. I am not looking for someone into tribalism.  If something difficult need to be written about Richard Dawkins or Center for Inquiry than please do. But please write about atheist and secular humanist issues, developments, changes, growth of the nones, atheists in the military, and atheist acceptance at United States universities and more. If you would like to do this lets try a few posts. Please email me at wonderingeagle261@gmail.com  

 

 

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1 Person Who Experienced a Massive Faith Crisis Writing about Doubt 

I would like to bring on someone who went through a massive faith crisis in their 20’s or 30’s who walked away from Christianity for years but then for some unknown reason came back. They look at evangelical Christianity and doubt in a very different way. They think different and see the problems and complications in Christianity. They are more toward the edge and have a lot of respect for atheists and secular humanists as well. If this is you please email me at wonderingeagle261@gmail.com

 

1 Former Member from Capitol Hill Baptist Church in D.C. Writing about Mark Dever’s Church and 9 Marks 

The Wondering Eagle is located in the Washington, D.C. area and one of the key churches in D.C. is Mark Dever’s Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC). Its a small church but its affecting the SBC and EFCA through 9 Marks. I would like to bring onboard a former member of CHBC who was a covenant member for a period of time. I would like them to express their concerns about the church and 9 Marks. Their insight would be key to writing about the problems of 9 Marks as this blog writes about the EFCA and modern evangelicalism. If you would be up for this then please email me at wonderingeagle261@gmail.com 

 

3 Former Individuals from the Evangelical Free Church of America Writing about the EFCA 

The Wondering Eagle has been writing about the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). There are many issues to tackle and look at in the EFCA. From the individual districts, growth of Neo-Calvinism, ties to The Gospel Coalition, pastoral credentialing, Trinity Evangelical Divinity school, writing about district superintendents, Reach Global and more. There are many churches in the EFCA that deserve analysis. There really isn’t a blog that writes about this denomination and I want The Wondering Eagle to step in and fill the gap. I am looking for 3 people who have solid experience in the EFCA. Maybe they used to work in the home office in Minneapolis. Perhaps they were a former EFCA pastor or were a member in several EFCA churches in differing districts. One aspect I will need help with is keeping the EFCA church database that I am creating current. I will have to maintain that and I welcome help and assistance. If you would like to help here please shoot me a note and lets discuss this. My email is wonderingeagle261@gmail.com. 

The election of FDR as president in 1932, re-election of Nixon in 1972, ouster of Egyptian President Mubarak, Kennedy assassination in 1963, Bay Area earthquake in 1989 and Tienanmen Square Massacre also in 1989.  

2 Former Individuals from Acts 29 or a Neo-Calvinist Church Writing about Acts 29 

The Wondering Eagle would also like to add a couple of people who have experience in a Neo-Calvinist church like Acts 29. I am looking for a couple of people who have been members of Acts 29 who can write to the issues and problems. This is an ongoing issue that keeps popping up as Acts 29 is cult-like, clannish and removed from the traditional Christian perspective. People are getting burned and there is a lot of work to do in this area. Someone who has been plugged into Acts 29 who knows the culture can help out quite a bit in this area. If you have that experience let’s talk. Please email me at wonderingeagle261@gmail.com 

 

Closing Thoughts

The goal of doing this is to create a blog that can write about more topics and be well rounded. Anyone who wants to write who has the qualifications will have 100% freedom to write what they do. As long as its honest, and accurate I would like to keep this blog on the edge as things develop. The other point I also want to say is that while this blog may be critical at times, it also should look for opportunities to praise and encourage an organization to do the right thing. For example if the EFCA or Acts 29 does something correct that deserves recognition then The Wondering Eagle should single them out and say , “good job.” This blog was born out of psychological trauma and I would like to use it to make sure others are not hurt. What I went through with someone from Redeemer Arlington here in the D.C. area is the last time someone is going to go through such an experience. Likewise I want to use that to prevent people from being hurt at other Acts 29 like Bill Riedel’s Redemption Hill here in Washington, D.C. and beyond.  That is it for the day guys, know that I love you.