Some of you have been following this story every since I posted about it last week. Since then Jud Lounsbury, the author of the two stories about Walker and tongues-speaking at The Progressive, has joined the discussion in the comments section of the post. So has Dave, a former member of Elmbrook Church and someone whose theological sensibility on these matters I respect. Dave has sniffed out some of the problems with the Lounsbury stories. Here is his comment:
I'm kind of late to the conversation, but since I was a member of Elmbrook for several years, and have maintained several friendships despite moving away, I was very surprised by what I read here. Speaking in tongues was not a practice at Elmbrook, nor at any of its sister churches when we we there. I believe Mr. Lounsbury has some unfortunate wires crossed here. There are two Meadowbrook churches in Wisconsin, and they both have websites. The one in Wauwatosa (a suburb of Milwaukee) has a website that can be found at www.mbctosa.org. The website for the church in Green Bay can be found at www.themeadowbrookchurch.com. Mr. Lounsbury weaves back and forth in quoting the Milwaukee Journal article and the church website, so it's hard in this comment to isolate them, but all the doctrinal statements that are backed up by expired links in the article match quite well with the doctrinal statements on the website of the Green Bay church. If that is the church Governor Walker goes to, then Mr. Lounsbury has a point. But if Walker goes to the church in Wauwatosa, then I would say that the statements about that church's beliefs and practices are not accurate (specifically the roles of women, and speaking in tongues).
I should add here that Walker attends the Wauwatosa church.