Recent Theological Musings

  • An Endemic Problem in Pentecostalism
    1. When I was 6 years old my parents experienced deep personal conversions to Pentecostalism. I sojourned in that tradition for many years and have reflected on those experiences, both good and bad. Because of the prevalence of sexual misconduct among the ministers in the Pentecostal clergy, I began to think about the reasons for this phenomenon. I have come to believe that Pentecostalism has some endemic troubles built into it. It has a distinctive ethos. Its adherents elevate themselves to a higher plane or higher life than ordinary Christians.
  • Killing and War in the Old Testament
    Question: The Sixth Commandment reads, “You shall not kill” yet in other places in the Old Testament we read where God commanded the Israelites to wage war and sometimes to even exterminate their enemies. How can we understand this?
  • Shall we pray for world peace?
    Question: When I pray for world peace, what exactly am I praying for? There won’t be peace until the New Heaven and New Earth become reality. The clockwork of the world is going to run its course as foretold in the Bible. How does prayer fit in? Truly perplexed.

Recent Sermons

  • I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me 3
    As the shadow of the cross stretched across Jesus’ final days he told a parable depicting final judgment Jesus indicated that the King of the Universe separates the righteous from the unrighteous like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The King holds the practice of compassion as the basis of the judgment of the nations (Gentiles). This challenges some or our theology of a reduced Gospel fixated on the afterlife rather than the world of the here and now. To Jesus, the practice of compassion reveals real faith.
  • I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me 2
    God’s Torah specified how the people of Israel were to treat foreigners. Since foreigners were vulnerable in the land they could have been subjects of abuse and exploitation. God forbade all mistreatment of foreigners reminding Israel that they too had experienced oppression as foreigners in the land of Egypt. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan in which a despised foreigner did the will of God in reaching out with compassion on a Jew victimized in his own land. This sermon examines several Old Testament texts wherein God instructs Israel to demonstrate compassion on the foreigners.
  • I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
    People of faith practice hospitality toward strangers. Abraham and Sarah entertained God’s messengers through their caring actions. This sermon reflects on Genesis 18:1-15, Hebrews 13:1-3, and Jesus’ word’s in Matthew 25:31-40.

About Kim Crutchfield

Help Dig a Well in Tanzania

I n 2014 we returned on a visit to Kenya and Tanzania in Easter Africa where we had served as United Methodist missionaries in 1993-1999. During our visit to the annual conference we learned about their project to build a secondary school in a village near Magu. For the project to go forward they need a deep well to supply water for the school and the whole village. We took up the challenge and have begun to raise money for this much needed well. Students at the Secondary School in Magu, Tanzania and people living in the surrounding village will get access to this well as soon as it is complete. Imagine how much it means to the children and families to have access to clean water!

There is a "gofundme" page set up for this cause here. The account is set up under Broad Street United Methodist Church, which is the church that I pastor. All donations go to the building of the well. I also sell my watercolor paintings and donate all proceeds to this cause. My painting shop is here on Etsy.

Buy My Watercolor Paintings to Fund the Well

I have always loved the creative spirit and find watercolors as a channel of personal expression. Artists interpret nature and scenes, adding their own personality and unique experience to the work. I paint what I enjoy and feel deep gratification when others also enjoy my work. Watercolors are inherently impressionistic and the medium allows for many "happy accidents". My elementary and high school teachers encouraged me in my drawings and free expression. Later I studied under Joanne Scott, Frank Webb, Mel Stabin, and Mike Bailey.

All proceeds from the sale of these original watercolors will go to support the creation of a well in Tanzania. The well will provide fresh water to families that do not have easy access to water. Through providing a source of clean water the village will be able to open a school for children in the vicinity. See more about our fundraising efforts at: https://www.gofundme.com/27gssf4c.

Buy My Watercolor Paintings to Fund the Well

I have always loved the creative spirit and find watercolors as a channel of personal expression. Artists interpret nature and scenes, adding their own personality and unique experience to the work. I paint what I enjoy and feel deep gratification when others also enjoy my work. Watercolors are inherently impressionistic and the medium allows for many "happy accidents". My elementary and high school teachers encouraged me in my drawings and free expression. Later I studied under Joanne Scott, Frank Webb, Mel Stabin, and Mike Bailey.

All proceeds from the sale of these original watercolors will go to support the creation of a well in Tanzania. The well will provide fresh water to families that do not have easy access to water. Through providing a source of clean water the village will be able to open a school for children in the vicinity. See more about our fundraising efforts at: https://www.gofundme.com/27gssf4c.