Category Archives: Christian Spirituality

The Deep

by Kirk Spencer I was multi-tasking in my backyarddigging and listening to the radio and thinking about my Bible study. I was thinking about the darkness on the deep and the Spirit of God there hovering; about how the ancients feared the deep (the ocean). The deep came to represent danger and chaos and absurdity in life; like the chaos I was listening to on the radio, bad news all … Continue reading

Christianity and the Importance of Philosophy

by Joe Wooddell The Bible says not to be taken captive through philosophy (Col. 2:8). The warning, however, is not against philosophy (or the love of wisdom) in general, but rather to empty, worldly philosophy instead of a philosophy according to Christ. In fact, Paul used not only Scripture on Mars Hill in Acts 17, but philosophy also. He knew about worldly philosophy, as evinced by his familiarity with their … Continue reading

Pitfalls of Spiritual Maturity

by Joshua Crutchfield One of the great thrills of newborns is watching them grow. But I do not just mean in size, chubby cheeks, or diapers. I mean, it is exciting to see your child grow cognitively, learning that things can exist though they are hidden (e.g. peek-a-boo), making sounds with their mouth just so they can hear themselves coo and ah. But what is especially entertaining is when the … Continue reading

Spiritual Cardiology

by Joshua Crutchfield I believe that my wife and I have such a unique story that even Nicholas Sparks would want to buy the rights for his next best seller. You see, we have been close friends for nearly sixteen years. We served together in our youth group, of which her father was the youth pastor. We performed skits together. We were in the praise band together. We also dated. … Continue reading

“I should be glad of another death”

By Winston Hottman As we celebrate the Epiphany season, here is T. S. Eliots The Journey of the Magi as read by the author: A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter. And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. … Continue reading

Deaf Choir

by Kirk Spencer My neighbor is deaf and she is one of the sweetest people I know. Ive known her now for almost thirty years. She has lived her life in absolute silence. And I have seen her face other hardships with her particular crooked smile and nodding of acceptance. Ive learned, when speaking, to always face her and exaggerate the movement of my mouth. In her perpetual silence, she … Continue reading

Squirrelly World

*Posted by Kirk Spencer Ive been neglecting my yard work because Ive been far too busy with my work work. As of late, I have been trying to motivate myself to get out there and make up for lost time. However, the insistent necessity of other more necessary things has precluded it. The city changed all that. So, recently, I have been spending a lot of time outside, catching up … Continue reading

“Strange Fire” Polemics

At his blog,All Things New, Dr. Everett Berry discusses the recentStrange Fireconference, hosted by John MacArthur, and the reasons it has proved controversial : Its one thing to say that one may have certain defective ideas in their theology or that one disagrees with anothers interpretation of specific passages of Scripture.Thats just life until Jesus comes back.Yet to be perceived as if you are questioning another persons identityas a Christian … Continue reading

Why We Love the Local Church: Eulogy Written for a Country Churchyard

*At Criswell College, we love the local church. In this first FCC Summer Blog Series, we would like to highlight a few of our professors as they explain why this is the case. **Todays post is by Kirk Spencer, Assistant Professor of Science and History. Poetry, Texas I would like to share two experiences which renewed my appreciation for the local church and its necessity (and indestructibility). The first occurred … Continue reading

Why We Love the Local Church: Paradise in a Parking Garage

*At Criswell College, we love the local church. In this first FCC Summer Blog Series, we would like to highlight a few of our professors as they explain why this is the case. **Todays post is by Christopher Graham, Assistant Professor of Theology. Spiritual I love my local church; it keeps me from getting too spiritual. This, I realize, is a scandalous claim in the American evangelical community where the … Continue reading