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by Kellen Criswell - 2 weeks ago

Eight Things I Would Say to Kanye If I Could

Dear Kanye, Along with the rest of the buzzing world, I recently heard about your conversion to faith in Jesus. Like many, I was initially struck with curiosity. I wanted to find sources presenting you personally explaining what is going on in your life. As I did, my opinion is that the things you have been saying sound like what people should say when they have come to know and follow Jesus, according to...

by Kellen Criswell - 4 months ago

Critiquing Cessationism: The Gifts of the Spirit & the Church Today

In my last post in this series, I tried to offer a valid explanation of cessationism along with the primary points commonly held in support of that position. In this post, I want to graciously and honestly address some weaknesses in the arguments set forth in support of cessationism. Response to the “Foundational Apostles” Argument First, there are biblical and logical problems with the argument...

by Kellen Criswell - 7 months ago

Understanding Cessationism: The Gifts of the Spirit & the Church Today

“Speaking in tongues is demonic.” “Speaking in tongues is the evidence of Spirit baptism.” “The gift of prophecy ceased in the life of the church with the death of the last foundational apostle.” “God wants all Christians to walk in the prophetic ministry of the Holy Spirit.” The debate over the current state of the gifts of the Spirit in the ...

by Kellen Criswell - 2 years ago

Five Ways to Protest Like a Christian

The day of “boycott everything” has officially arrived, and America is in protest frenzy. “You stand for a political party I do not like, so you cannot eat at my restaurant.” “If I did not vote for you, you are #notmypresident.” “If you refuse to make my wedding cake for personal and religious reasons, you are a bigot, and I will be suing you in court.” “If you do not refer to me by the gender identity of my desir...

by Kellen Criswell - 2 years ago

Third Wave Coffee, Hipster Culture & the Great Commission

Bon Iver is playing on the house speakers. I am sipping a cup of glorious, locally roasted, V-60 brewed coffee. All around me are men and women, 18 to 35 years old, wearing high-wasted jeans, Doc Martins-style boots, five-paneled hats, flannel shirts and skinny jeans. Where am I?I would not call you crazy if you think I am in Seattle, WA, but I am far from Seattle. I am in a much smaller city, hardly k...

by Kellen Criswell - 2 years ago

What Every American Christian Should Be Doing for Donald Trump Today

To begin by stating the obvious, Donald Trump is a polarizing person. The new President was a particular point of polarization for American evangelicals throughout the presidential election campaigns. Evangelicals of the #NeverTrump variety appeared more likely to vote for the anti-Christ than for president Trump in the recent election, while others seemed ready to wave proverbial palm branches at his pseud...

by Kellen Criswell - 3 years ago

Pastor Jane or Pastor John? - Addressing Evangelical Chauvinism

I believe women are far under-utilized in ministry. While the Bible does reserve certain roles in the family and home for men, I believe the Bible isn’t nearly as restrictive as many pastors and churches are when it comes to involving women in leadership and ministry. To be clear from the outset, this article isn’t an argument for installing women as pastors in the local church. I believe that the ro...

by Kellen Criswell - 3 years ago

Real Christians Can't Watch the Oscars...or Can They?

It’s that time of year again! On February 28, 2016, the rich and the famous will descend in mass upon the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California for the 88th Academy Awards. Guests have shelled out serious cash for multi-thousand-dollar outfits, makeup jobs, and hairstyles in hopes of drawing the lens of every camera and the adoration of every eye. Gathering in a hall of extravagance and celebration, mo...

by Kellen Criswell - 4 years ago

Good Friday

Jesus was bludgeoned. He was betrayed, spit on, lied about and nailed to a piece of wood we call the cross. From the physical pain, emotional pain, loss of blood and breath, Jesus died hanging on the cross like a piece of lifeless meat. And today, on Good Friday, Christians are celebrating this all over the world! We are celebrating the fact that the founder of our faith, the One we call Savior, underwent the most...