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by Kellen Criswell - 4 years ago

What is the Trinity?

One of the most mind-bending exercises is meditating upon the nature of God. For thousands of years, theologians have attempted to clarify what God is like in His being. With this in mind, of all the topics we will think about in Ordinology, the nature of God is the most difficult to break down in simple and practical terms. Here’s our best shot. The Trini…what? So what is God like? The Bible revea...

by Kellen Criswell - 4 years ago

What is Ordinology?

What is Ordinology? Theology matters. As A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (The Knowledge of the Holy) At calvarychapel.com, we believe we have an obligation to contribute to the theological training of pastors and Christians. To that end,...

by Kellen Criswell - 4 years ago

Honeymooning at Auschwitz: 4 Reasons I’m Glad I did

Weddings & Gas Chambers Auschwitz might seem like a strange place to visit on a honeymoon trip, but that is exactly where the honeymoon journey my wife and I took through Eastern Europe brought us. We went from a wedding party to a gas chamber in about a week. Midway through our tour we stayed in Krakow, Poland for a couple days. From there, a day trip to Auschwitz was an optional excursion tourists c...

by Kellen Criswell - 4 years ago

4 Words that Will Transform Your Church

I used to write off guys I would hear talking about the need to develop Vision, Mission and Core Values for churches as corporate, market-driven sellouts. I had all kinds of snarky comments to make about how they needed to put down their copy of Entrepreneur Magazine and pick up their Bible. The “How” Question And then something crazy happened- I actually got into vocational ministry! When I became...

by Kellen Criswell - 4 years ago

Preaching & Strategic Planning - Simple Steps with High Impact

Strategic planning is an invaluable part of ministry. And, in my opinion, the strategic planning of a basic annual preaching schedule is a crucial task for every pastor who wants to maximize the impact of his preaching ministry. Now, before anyone freaks out, as a Calvary guy, I know that when I say, “strategic planning,” what many of you actually hear in your mind is the voice of a tiny conspiracy-theory b...

by Kellen Criswell - 5 years ago

Government Intimidation of Pastors in Houston Texas? A Christian Response

Today I woke up to find a Fox News Opinion piece by Todd Starnes explaining that a group of pastors in Houston, TX have had their sermons subpoenaed by their local government. Apparently, the small group of pastors targeted were part of a collective of over 400 churches ...

by Kellen Criswell - 5 years ago

6 Twitter Tips for Aspiring Hipster Pastors

Do you long to be worthy of being anointed with the coveted title of hipster pastor? Are you tired of being perceived as a mere keeper of the flock? If you truly want to be the “super cool” hipster pastor Jesus saved you to be, a key thing you need to master is how to use Twitter to be self-promoting in the name of Jesus. Here are 6 Twitter tips to help you become a “Legit” hipster pastor: T...

by Kellen Criswell - 5 years ago

Robin Williams and Secret Suffering

Mrs. Doubtfire. Hook. Dead Poet’s Society. Good Will Hunting. These have been some of my favorite movies growing up. Monday night I, like many, received the sobering news that an artistic legend had passed from this life into eternity with the death of Robin Williams. What was more surprising to me than the tragic news of Williams' death was the way in which he died. Suicide? Robin Williams? The m...

by Kellen Criswell - 5 years ago

Respect and Young Pastors

*Note Occasionally we will feature articles from our archives that were well received when they were first published. The following article was originally published on CalvaryChapel.com in 2012. Most young pastors and church planters think they know everything. As a young pastor and church planter, I know this from personal, sinful experience. Our tendency is to want our sense of calling and gifted...

by Kellen Criswell - 5 years ago

Sin and Sympathy: The Temptation of Jesus and Your Battle with Sin

I’m a pastor, and I sin. Some of my biggest failures and bad decisions have been committed after I became a Christian and entered vocational ministry. I remember thinking I probably wasn’t going to sin or be tempted to sin as much anymore when I first became a follower of Jesus- then ten minutes went by! Over the twelve years that have past since I first met Jesus, I’ve continued to see that even though I t...