Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Best Years for Christian Music

     One of the things that has been an integral part of my life is music.  When people ask me what my favorite type of music is, I have to say that there isn't one type that is my favorite.  Now, if the question was what type of music has been the most influential, it would be Christian music.  Looking back on my life, the most influential and best years for Christian music was 1995-1996.  Here are the albums that had a part in my spiritual life.

Jesus Freak by DC Talk (1995)

Jars of Clay by Jars of Clay (1995)

I'll Lead You Home by Michael W. Smith (1995)

Going Public by The Newsboys (1995)

Take Me To Your Leader by The Newsboys (1996)

Signs of Life by Steven Curtis Chapman (1996)

Third Day by Third Day (1996)

     If you have listened to these albums, you probably know what I am talking about regarding their greatness.  If you haven't listened to these albums, they come highly recommended.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

One Score And a Half...So Far.

     Thirty years ago today, I was born.  Thirty years!  It is so amazing to me as to how fast time goes by.  I hope that God grants me another thirty years, and maybe another thirty after that.  In honor of the thirty years, I will be giving a list of thirty events that took place in my life, the nation, and the world from a wide variety of topics.  Are you ready?

1981 - March 30, President Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinckley.

1982 - March 29, Michael Jordan's "shot heard 'round the world" helped UNC win it's 2nd NCAA basketball national championship.

1983 - May 25, Return of the Jedi: Episode 6 is released in theaters.

1984 - January 24, Apple unveiled the Macintosh personal computer.  Also, wife was born. (Nov.)

1985 - September 29, MacGyver debuted on ABC.  Also, The Goonies was released in theaters.

1986 - January 28, Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff.  Also, Oklahoma won it's 6th NCAA football national championship (Jan. 1).

1987 - May 28, The Union's Civil War Ironclad, The Monitor, was discovered by a deep sea robot.

1988 - January 31, The Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, 42-10.

1989 - March 24, Exxon Valdez oil spill.

1990 - April 29, Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate started being torn down.

1991 - February 23, UNC was first NCAA basketball team to reach 1,500 wins (on my b-day no less).
         - March 6, President Bush (41st) announced to Congress that Gulf War was over.

1992 - April 6, Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened.  Also ended one of the best years in my public school experience (5th grade)

1993 - January 18, MLK Jr. Day observed in all 50 states for the first time.
         - April 5, UNC won it's 3rd NCAA basketball national championship against Michigan.

1994 - April 22, Former President Richard Nixon died.

1995 - January 12, O.J. Simpson murder trial begins in L.A.
         - April 19, OKC Bombing.

1996 - May 10, Twister premiered in theaters.  My brother graduated from high school.  My brother and I were in a severe car accident during the summer, which led me to accept Christ as my Savior and LORD.

1997 - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition premiered in theaters.  Also I got my driver's license.

1998 - January 26, Intel launched the 333 MHz Pentium II chip.  Also, the truth about Bill and Monica came to light.

1999 - April 20, Columbine shooting.  Also I turned 18 and I graduated from high school.

2000 - October 6, Slobodan Milosevic resigns.
         - December 13, Al Gore conceded the election and George Bush was named the 43rd President.
         - Oklahoma won its 7th NCAA football national championship.

2001 - September 11.

2002 - October 27, Someone other than the Yankees won the World Series (Anaheim Angels).

2003 - February 1, Space Shuttle Columbia explodes over Texas.

2004 - November 2, Kerry vs. Bush.  Bush won a second term.  Also, I graduated from OU (May).

2005 - April 4, UNC won its 4th NCAA basketball national championship against Illinois.
         - May 19, we finally saw how Anakin became Darth Vader.
         - August 29, Hurricane Katrina.

2006 - February 22, iTunes sold it's one billionth song.
         - August 24, Pluto was demoted to a "dwarf planet."
         - October 10, Google bought YouTube.
         - October 31, Bob Barker retired from The Price Is Right.
         - December 30, Saddam Hussein was executed.

2007 - January 9, Apple unveiled the iPhone.

2008 - February 20, U.S. Navy destroyed a U.S. spy satellite with a missile.
         - February 24, Fidel Castro resigned as Cuban President.
         - November 4, Barack Obama became the first African-American U.S. President.

2009 - January 15, U.S. Airways plane lands safely in the Hudson River.
         - June 6, I married the love of my life (on the 65th anniversary of D-Day).

2010 - January 10, China surpassed Germany as the world's largest exporter.

2011 - February 11, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns due to civil unrest.
         - February 23, I turned 30.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011


     I am trying to think back to the time when I first heard about the concept that the Earth revolves around the sun.  It is possible that I may have heard about it in fifth grade when I studied the Solar System in Science.  I know I definitely heard about it in my AP European History class my senior year of high school.  This idea that the Earth revolves around the sun is called heliocentrism.  The opposite view is geocentrism, or the idea that the sun revolves around the Earth.  Who came up with this idea?
     Heliocentrism was not a commonly supported notion during the 15th century AD.  The common notion, well supported by the Catholic Church (supposedly because it was supported by Scripture), was geocentrism.  During the age of the Scientific Revolution, Nicolaus Copernicus was a proponent of heliocentrism.  It just so happens that today (2/19) is the day that Copernicus was born in 1473.  Supporting Copernicus was Galileo, who had a run in with the Catholic Church because of his scientific beliefs.  Anyways...Copernicus was not the first to arrive at the idea that the sun is the center of the solar system.
     Coming up this week is the chapter 5 test on Greek Civilization.  One thing that I learned, and hopefully my students learned, is who first thought of heliocentrism.  His name is Aristarchus of Samos.  How do we know that it was Aristarchus?  Well, it is true that Aristarchus' works have not survived, but the Ancient Greeks were renowned for their writing of history.  The idea of heliocentrism by Aristarchus was mentioned by Greek mathematician Archimedes (who first explained the lever and complex pulley system), Greek biographer Plutarch, and Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus.  Just remember that when you look up at the sun one day, or look down at your shadow, it was an Ancient Greek that first figured out that the Earth revolves around the sun.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Take: A Response to Misinterpretation and Ignorance

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;" - 2 Timothy 3:16

"in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago," - Titus 1:2

"so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us." - Hebrews 6:18

"If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself." - 2 Timothy 2:13

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" - Numbers 23:19

*emphasis mine in bold and italics

     I am taking a step aside from the usual way of things on History with Mr. C to address a matter that I feel very strongly needs to be addressed.  There comes a time when a follower of Christ must defend their faith and speak out against anything that attempts to slander and smear the Lord of all creation.  This is my response, my take on misinterpretation and ignorance.  I also would like to preface by saying that the focus of this post is not about homosexuality.  This post is about claims made concerning the interpretation of the Bible with regard to human sexuality.

     Recently, I read a blog post (you can read it here) that had been tweeted by Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill in Seattle, WA.  Driscoll was not the one that wrote the blog post, but only mentioned it.  The writer of the blog post is Jennifer Wright Knust, an assistant professor at Boston University.  She professes to be a Bible scholar and pastor.  I am not a Bible scholar and pastor and one is not required to be either of these to understand Scripture.  The format of my response will be taking what she has said, quoting it, and then responding to it.

"The Bible's surprising mixed messages on sexuality"
     This is the title of your blog post.  You have written a book about the Bible's contradictions about sex and desire.  Let's talk about contradiction.  As I quoted from Paul to Timothy at the beginning of this post, ALL Scripture in the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  Not some parts here and there.  Not the verses that you like and agree with.  ALL of it.  I have also quoted several verses about the nature of God with regard to lying.  He cannot lie.  It is impossible.  Take yourself back to your days of geometric proofs and if/then statements.  If all Scripture is inspired by God and it is impossible for God to lie, then what the inspired Word of God says about a man lying with another man (Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:18-32) is is an abomination, is unrighteousness and ungodliness.  Anything that is an abomination, unrighteous, and ungodly is sin.  Was biblical hermeneutics one of the required classes for your M. Div. at UTS?

"Truth is, Scripture can be interpreted in any number of ways"
     Yes, anything can be interpreted in any number of ways, but that doesn't mean the interpretation is correct.  The depraved, imperfect, finite mind of mankind can take anything and interpret it however it wants to be interpreted.  Let's take something pretty simple.  In several restaurant bathrooms that I have had to use, there has been a sign posted that says, "Employees must wash hands."  I can interpret this to mean that employees must wash their hands before they return to their duties in the restaurant.  I can also interpret this to mean that an employee has to come into the bathroom and wash my hands after I have used the facilities.  Any reasonable and sane person would understand that the correct interpretation of the sign is that the employees have to wash their hands before returning to their duties in the restaurant.  How do we know what the correct interpretation is?  Context.  The three rules of interpreting Scripture are context, context, and context.
     Referring back to biblical hermeneutics, the correct interpretation and understanding of Scripture is with Scripture.  Paraphrasing Cooper Abrams from, if there appears to be a contradiction in the Bible, the issue and problem is not the Bible, but our understanding and interpretation.  The true Interpreter of Scripture is the Holy Spirit.  With the resting upon one's self by the Holy Spirit comes understanding, wisdom, knowledge, strength, counsel, and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

"Ancient Christians and Jews explained this two-step creation by imagining that the first human person possessed the genitalia of both sexes. Then, when the androgynous, dually-sexed person was placed in the garden, s/he was divided in two."
     First of all, the proper terminology is "early Christians", not "ancient Christians."  To use secular academic terminology, there is nothing in Common Era history that is referred to as "ancient."  Now on the topic of this "two-step" creation.  Just before the quote from above from your blog, you said that there are "two versions of God's creation of the human person."  I think you need to go back and read it again.  Genesis 1 is the story of the creation of the heavens and the earth in six days, in which it briefly mentions creating "man in His own image."  Genesis 2 is the story of the creation of Adam and Eve.
     There are not two references to different accounts concerning the creation of man, but two references to the same account concerning the creation of man.  This is evident in the beginning of Genesis 2:4, "This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven."  Genesis 2:1-3 is about God resting on the seventh day.  Verse 4 begins the specific telling of when Adam and Eve were created during the six days.  This is for two reasons.  The first comes from Scripture.  The phrase, "in the day" in Gen. 2:4 refers back to Gen. 1:3-31, the entire six days of creation.  The second comes from Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary.  Regarding the word "day" in the second part of Gen. 2:4, "Here 'day' refers to the entire period envisioned in the first six days of creation" (pg. 54).  To review, Genesis 1 is the broad telling of the six-day creation.  Within that six days, God created man and created them male and female (i.e. Adam and Eve).  Genesis 2 is the specific telling of the creation of Adam and Eve.

"The third-century non-canonical Gospel of Philip..."
     It is "non-canonical" for a reason.  Non-canonical texts do not trump the spiritual authority of canonical texts in the Bible.

"Despite common misperceptions, biblical writers could also imagine same-sex intimacy as a source of blessing. For example, the seemingly intimate relationship between the Old Testament's David and Jonathan, in which Jonathan loved David more than he loved women, may have been intended to justify David’s rise as king."
      To assume or assert that Jonathan and David were homosexual because of their intimate relationship is absurd.  The Hebrew word for the love between Jonathan and David, "ahabah," was so commonly used in the Old Testament that it might connote a sexual love, "therefore, behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure..." (Ezekiel 16:37).  But it was also used to connote God's love for his people, "...because your God loved Israel establishing them forever..." (2 Chronicles 9:8).  The act of sex was used more in the terms of "knowing/knew" and "to lay with".  Ancient Greek had a better understanding of the word "love" so much so that there were four different words for their respective contexts.  Author C.S. Lewis even wrote a book about them, The Four Loves.  These words and meanings are taken from here.
          -Eros (ἔρως érōs) - romantic or sexual
          -Storge (στοργή storgē) - natural affection
          -Agape (ἀγάπη agápē) - divine, unconditional
          -Philia (φιλία philía) - friendship, brotherly
     To better understand the love that Jonathan and David had for each other, it is best to go to the Septuagint (LXX).  "Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself" (1 Samuel 18:1).  The word "loved" in this verse cross-references to the word "loved" in 1 Samuel 20:17.  Unfortunately, 1 Samuel 18:1-5 was omitted from the LXX, but not 1 Samuel 20:17.  Here is what 1 Samuel 20:17 says in Greek:

          καὶ προσέθετο ἔτι Ιωναθαν ὀμόσαι τῷ Δαυιδ ὅτι ἠγάπησεν ψυχὴν ἀγαπῶντος αὐτόν

I have put in bold and italics the Greek word that is translated to "loved."  This Greek word that has been underlined is a form of the Greek word "agape," the divine, unconditional, and self-sacrificing love seen throughout the New Testament with God through Jesus Christ.  It was agape love, not eros love, that was between Jonathan and David.  In the words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper, "Bazinga!"

"It’s true that same-sex intimacy is condemned in a few biblical passages. But these passages, which I can count on one hand..."
     You concede that the Bible does in fact condemn same-sex intimacy.  There is no "but" needed.  If something is, IT IS.

     I would like to end with a few words.  What you have done is attempted to conform the Bible to your worldview about sexuality.  What you have failed to do is allow your worldview about sexuality to be conformed to the Bible.  I pray that God would change your mind and your heart.  I will leave you with two pieces of Scripture to reflect upon...

"Therefore I urge you , brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." - Romans 12:1-2

"Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." - Romans 2:24-25

*verses quoted come from the NASB

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Thirteen #7: Favorite Seinfeld Episodes

     I am watching, well, was watching Seinfeld and got the idea that I would do a long lost Thursday Thirteen of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld.  These are not in order of most favorite to least favorite.  That would take to much time and be quite difficult for me to decide.

1.  "The Library"

2.  "The Boyfriend"

3.  "The Barber"

4.  "The Marine Biologist"

5.  "The Opposite"

6.  "The Soup Nazi"

7.  "The Bizarro Jerry"

8.  "The English Patient"

9.  "The Strike"

10.  "The Calzone"

11.  "The Face Painter"

12.  "The Hamptons"

13.  "The Invitations"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

He Has Prior Experience

     This post is one of those long awaited posts, but a creative way just came to mind today in order to tell the story...

     4:43 am...January 28, 2011...Josiah Russell Crumpler, my nephew, was born.  He is so beautiful and is the cutest little thing ever.  I am so excited to be able to see him in person this summer and be able to hold him.  Sometimes when I think about him and everything that took place to bring him into this world, I get a little emotional.  I cannot imagine how much more emotional I would/could be with my own son/daughter being born.

My brother will do a good job of being a father.  As you can see, he is no amateur.  He has had experience before.  What are baby brothers for?

Love ya Brian!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


First of all, I would like to apologize for not having posted ANYTHING for the past several weeks.  I haven't really had any inspiration/motivation to write anything.  I can't necessarily promise that I will have something posted every day, but I will do my best.

I got the idea today of telling a story about a part of my life from the past.  This story takes place in the spring of 1992.  I was a 5th grade student at Candlewood Elementary School (MCPS) in Derwood, MD.  Fifth grade at Candlewood was probably one of the best years of my life in public school.  My fifth grade teacher, Mr. Kuykendall, was my favorite teacher from elementary school.  He is the one that inspired me teach.  On a side note, two of my high school teachers (Mr. Handler - AP European History; and Colonel Whiteside - World History) inspired me to get my undergrad degree in history and ultimately become a social studies teacher.

Back to elementary school.  My fifth grade year was one of the best.  As a school, we won the national Blue Ribbon award.  I was a school patrol, starting out the year as a private.  February rolled around and I was voted Patrol of the Month, which meant that I got to wear the gold patrol badge for the month.  Also during that month was the time that the officer positions, with the exception of Captain, were changed.  I was selected to serve as the Publicity Lieutenant, which meant that any announcement that needed to be made over the P.A. system concerning the patrols was made by me.  At the end of the year I was selected as a Patrol of the Year (if I remember correctly, there were only 3 of us), which awarded a $20 gift certificate to one of the local movie theater hot spots and a tiny gold patrol badge (it is still pinned to my Candlewood Eagles jacket hanging in my bedroom closet at my parents house).

I learned the 50 States song and still have the 50 states memorized in alphabetical order.  If you don't believe me, you can ask any one of my fellow colleagues where I teach.  Mr. K introduced me to Tasty Cake's Butterscotch Krimpets.  He also taught me, along with some of my fellow classmates, how to play Carrom.  You are probably wondering why this post is called "Rhubarb!!!"  Well, it has to do with the fifth grade play, which, by the way, was directed by Mr. K.

The play was Rhubarb.  There was a princess who was available for marriage.  She did not like any of the suitor princes that came a courtin'.  As a protest to them and her parents, the king and queen, the only word that would come out of her mouth was, "Rhubarb."  There was a lowly count.  No, his name was not "of Monte Cristo", but "Widdershins."  Count Widdershins fell in love with the princess and the princess returned her love for the count.  The problem was that he was a count, not a prince.  Also, I forgot to mention that occasionally Count Widdershins would sing if he had something to say.  The king and queen eventually realized that they needed to more concerned for their daughter's happiness rather than royal tradition.  Count Widdershins was made a prince so that he and the princess could marry.  The part of Count Widdershins was the lead male role in the play.  I, Kevin Crumpler, was Count Widdershins.  I was also Card #4.  See for yourself!

The boy that is bowing...that's me.

From left to right: Patrick, Jeffrey, Alison, and Yours Truly.  Also, and I forgot to mention this in my original posting...I still have the script.

I have some fond memories of elementary school, but none so fond as my 5th grade year as a Candlewood Eagle.