About

  • I was born a baby boomer, and I was reared in the Christian faith. I entered Electrical Engineering out of high school and almost lost my faith to evolution. Then I read a book by an evolutionist who admitted many problems with evolution that contradicted the thesis, and I’ve never looked back.   I might add that what I read was G. A. Kerkut, Implications of Evolution (New York: Pergamon Press, 1960), and he gave these umprovable assumptions:  life came from non-life; all life is related because life only sprang into existence once: viruses, bacteria, plants, and animals;  Protozoa (one cell animals) gave rise to Metazoa (many cell animals);  Invertebrates (no back bone) gave rise to vertebrates (animals with backbones); reproduction went from one cell division to sexual copulation; yada, yada.  I’ll post more of these assumptions under evolution so search for that. (I might add that this is not just the God of the gaps, as evolutionists are fond of saying, but contradictions to their theses. They claim that we fill the gaps in their theory with God.  Rather the opposite is true, Darwinism has changed enormously from its inception, and we now have Darwinism of the gaps.  In other words, they keep changing the theory to adjust to new evidence. For example, to account for huge time gaps in the fossil record, they have invented “punctuated equilibrium”, the idea that evolution occurred very quickly at some points. This is a theory in search of facts, otherwise known as circular reasoning. To this day, I read widely from evolutionists and atheists to Christian theism and intelligent design.  I’ve been reading the New Atheists who are very militant against Christianity.  My blog will discuss their works on occasion, and I have several books reviews of them posted.
  • I taught Hebrew and Greek at Cranmer Theological House for 20 years, and I’m still teaching there part time (theology, various books of the Bible, practical courses). I’m now retired from the ministry, but still teaching in one of our seminaries part time in Dallas, TX.
  • Between Electrical Engineering and Bible College, I was drafted into the Army for two years. I was in the infantry in Vietnam during the TET Offensive where I earned the purple heart, bronze star for saving lives, and the CIB (Combat Infantry Badge).
  • I attended Bible college for three years (B.A.) and then seminary (Dallas Theological Semnary) for four years (Th.M.). I took four and a half years to write my doctoral dissertation at yet another seminary (Th.D.), which is now a book: Man as God: The Word of Faith Movement.  I have written other works that are listed here. Some of my favorite areas of theology to read and teach in seminary are the Holy Trinity, person and work of Christ, hermeneutics, Cure of Souls, Greek exegetical grammar, and generally in the area of theology.
  • Currently, after 38 years, I have retired from the ministry, having been the founding pastor of St. Francis Anglican Church in Spring, TX. One of my students from the seminary where I still teach has taken the church.  I’m the dean of external studies at Cranmer Theological House (www.CranmerHouse.org), a seminary in the Reformed Episcopal Church.  I was reared Southern Baptist, joined a Bible church in my mid teens, read my way into Presbyterianism and then into the Reformed Episcopal Church where I’ve served since May 1991.  You may hear some of my sermons at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=nicea325.  Also, I have a Facebook presence, google+, linkedin, twitter (@curtiscrenshaw), youtube (curtis crenshaw). Just search for curtis crenshaw on these social media.
  • I have written six books, thousands of pages of class notes, and have more projects to write than life left to finish them. See the category on the right of this screen about my books (“Books I’ve written”). Go to http://www.ftstl.com .
  • I married my wife Ruth in 1969, and we have two children and four grandchildren, all of whom are in the faith.  The Triune God has truly blessed us!

9 thoughts on “About

  1. What got you to leave Presbyterianism for the REC? I was a Presbyterian pastor, but now I’m simply a 5-pointer. So I’m interested in other points of view. Can you say what got you to change?

    • Thank you for the note. You asked what caused me to change to the Reformed Episcopal Church. On the negative side, few in my presbytery wanted to be Presbyterian. They paid little attention to the standards, ordaining Arminians, and paid no attention to the Book of Church Order, which, like the federal register, grew exponentially in a few years. It was rule by rules, with endless fights over the interpretation of the rules, a heavy bureaucracy. On the positive side, it was liturgy, sacraments, and order in the church. I’m not going to debate with you, but the three orders in the church (deacons, presbyters, and bishops) is what we see virtually unchallenged from the Apostles to the Reformation. I can see them biblically, too. I’ve been in the REC 22 years, and I’m still waiting to have a fight at our annual diocesan meeting. Ironically, Anglican church order was always said to be heavy from the top, dictatorship, allowing little freedom of thought or differences at the local church. BUT, it has been exactly the opposite. We took our whole church into the REC, and we immediately had more freedom at the local level than we ever did in Presbyterianism, even though we have a Book of Common Prayer to govern our services, and virtually no authoritarianism. Our parishioners respect their pastors, and do all they can to help. What a breath of fresh air!

  2. Thank you for your reply. I too see the 3-fold office in the Bible (though episkopos is used interchangeably with presbyteros). However I would see bishops for the bene, not the esse, of the church. I’m just glad you and your congregation have more freedom now than when you were presbyterian. Though I was presbyterian I’m now looking increasingly into Anglicanism.

    Again, thanks for your reply.

  3. You have made a wonderful journey through Christianity in your life! I am Presbyterian, and I have 2 questions to ask:

    What would your journey have looked like if you would have had a different starting point? (i.e. Romanism, Orthodox, even Anglican).

    Have you stopped your denominational travels? Is there a chance you will continue on to Romanism, or Orthodoxy?

    Thanks!

    • If your comment is meant to embarrass me for making theological changes, it did not work. Who knows what my journey would have looked like if I had started in some other theological tradition, or if I had begun as an atheist? Part of my journey is God’s gracious providence to put me at my starting point and then bring me to where I am now. As for continuing denominational travels, I’ve been Anglican now 25 years, which is the answer to your question. I’ve changed twice, from baptist to Presbyterian to Anglican. At each point I maintained continuity with the historic Church in such beliefs as are in the Nicene Creed such as the Holy Trinity, Incarnation, Jesus’ death on the cross and bodily resurrection, second coming, last day judgment, the two sacraments, supremacy of Holy Scripture, etc.

      • I am sorry if my question gave you any offense!
        I have made many of the same changes, and I have many friends who have done similarly. I am just curious about each person’s story and what motivates them and how the Holy Spirit works differently in each of us. I am most interested in what their final destination looks like and why. Many have made these same ‘journeys’ at great personal expense, and was this a worthwhile choice? Did they find satisfaction, or was the restlessness due to that same sinful nature within us? Others have tragically left the faith entirely, and for what?
        Again, I am sorry for any offense. My question is one of those taboo subjects, but I find it compelling. And thanks for your answer.

      • Sorry for my quick statement. I get questions like that now and then, and I guess I’m sensitive. Thank you for the good explanation; no offense taken. I agree that there are too many today who are leaving the faith. In my case, I made changes slowly with Bible in hand. I have to see things biblically before I change, and since I’ve taught Greek and Hebrew 20 years in seminary, I try to be careful exegetically before I make a change. I’m done changing; I was received into the Reformed Episcopal Church in May 1991, and have not looked back.

        Thanks for the note.

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