Theological Musings

April 10, 2017

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.
April 10, 2017

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?
April 10, 2017

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.
April 10, 2017

The Use and Abuse of Prophecy

Prophecy has great potential for misunderstanding. This gift suffers abuse to an enormous extent in some churches. The abuse has given it a bad name and muddied the waters for others. The New Testament understanding of prophecy meant spontaneous speaking on behalf of God to another person for his or her good. Prophecy does not necessarily mean predicting the future, although a few instances occur in the New Testament where we find predictive words (e.g. Agabus to Paul Acts 21:11)
April 10, 2017

How to Know the Will of God

In this article I will work towards an answer to the question ‘How can we know the will of God?’ Christians are interested in God’s will. In church we regularly pray the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Your kingdom com, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ Often we face puzzlement about this will of God business. Is everything that happens in the world the will of God? Is life like a scripted drama and we are actors in a divine comedy for the entertainment of God? Is evil and suffering God’s will? Where does human freedom come in?
April 10, 2017

Interview with Kim Crutchfield by Jon Rising Parts 1 – 3

This is a blog entry I took from my friend Jon Rising who conducted an interview with me in July 2010. In part one I answer questions about my pastorate in Taiwan, doctoral studies and Pentecostal upbringing. In part two I answer questions about my years spent at Princeton Theological Seminary under the tutelage of Bruce Metzger and James Loder. In part three I discuss my experience working at Chapel Hill Harvester Church under the leadership of Earl Paulk.
April 10, 2017

My DMin Paper

In 2010 I completed my DMin paper. Below is a short article Columbia Theological Seminary published in their Spring 2011 "Vantage Online" web newsletter:
April 9, 2017

The Church and Homosexuality: A Call to Reexamine a Traditional Stance

From time to time I have fielded questions regarding ethical and theological issues. One burning question over which churches agonize concerns homosexuality. A friend of mine on a Yahoo! group for which I occasionally make written contributions asked about how the other members of the group feel about the question. She put her question this way: “How do people in the group feel about gays in church?” I wanted to reply to her question but needed some time to reflect. I wrote stating that I offer these thoughts as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. I stand within this tradition. Below I offer the essential answer I wrote along with some additional thoughts on the topic.