David Crabtree

David Crabtree was one of the founders of Gutenberg College, where he was the president and a tutor from 1994 to 2016. He joined McKenzie Study Center, now an institute of Gutenberg College, in 1982. His MSC teaching focused on deriving doctrine from exegesis, biblical languages, Genesis, church history, and philosophy of education. He is a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible. He has an M.A. in classical Greek and a Ph.D. in history.

Below you will find the following materials by Dr. David Crabtree:

Articles

  • Valuing Crumbs. Comments on the relationship between Jews and Gentiles by telling the story of a gentile woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter. (5/15)
  • Holding the Line. Addresses the question of how we keep from being "swept along" in a society that has turned its back on what is good. (8/14)
  • The Second Thoughts of John the Baptist. Finds encouragement in John the Baptist's questioning whether Jesus is the Messiah. (5/14)
  • Holding the Line Against Evil. Responds to Jack Crabtree's paper, "How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast" (Summer Institute 2013), by addressing the question of how we keep from being "swept along" in a society that has turned its back on what is good. (8/13)
  • The Future of Higher Education. Describes the upheaval in higher education and speculates on its future. (03/13)
  • Is Jesus’ Resurrection a Historical Fact?. Discusses the biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection in light of archeology and the nature of "proof." (05/12)
  • Does the Sermon on the Mount Say Anything New?. Compares Jesus’ teaching with rabbinic teaching of the same time period. (03/12)
  • What Would Jesus Read?. Conjectures about what Jesus might have been reading during his forty days in the desert. (06/11)
  • History Lesson. Describes how historical assessments can differ so dramatically. (1/11)
  • President’s Address to the 2010 Gutenberg Graduates. Explains the significance of a Gutenberg education. (8/10)
  • Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter?. Makes a case for the importance of teaching liberal arts, both for students and our culture. (11/10)
  • Fifteen Years of Gutenberg. Describes the education students receive at Gutenberg College and how it differs from most other colleges. (8/09)
  • State of the College 2007. Describes the state of Gutenberg College in October 2007 and reaffirms the faculty's reliance on God. (12/07)
  • Gutenberg Update 2005. Describes the beginnings of Gutenberg College and addresses the future of the college (from October 2005). (12/05)
  • Recognizing God. Discusses the nature of the “clues” the people at the time of Jesus had for recognizing Him as the Messiah and draws a lesson for believers today. (1/07)
  • Gutenberg Update 2004. Reports on the accomplishment of a significant milestone in the history of Gutenberg College and offers thanks to supporters. (10/04)
  • A Different Drummer. Reports Gutenberg College's progress and describes what makes it unique. (10/03)
  • Academic Freedom. Gives a historical perspective on the concept of academic freedom and shows how it manifests itself at Gutenberg College. (12/02)
  • Coping with Culture. Discusses how a Christian can relate to culture without compromising himself. (9/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Two. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter two of The Language of God. (2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Three. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter three of The Language of God. (2/)
  • Answers to Chapter Six. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter six of The Language of God. (2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Seven. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter seven of The Language of God. (2/02)
  • Engaging the Culture. Discusses how parents can protect their children against cultural seduction. (10/01)
  • The Camera Lies. Examines the problem of knowing the truth about our leaders in a media culture. (9/98)
  • Preparing for Y2K. Assessed the real dangers of the Y2K problem. (3/01)
  • The Importance of History. Discusses the nature of history and the proneness to revisionism in the writing of history. (11/93)
  • At the Feet of the State. Describes the shift of our government from protector to social engineer. (3/91)
  • Modern Madness. Explores how moral relativism has contributed to our inability to understand the world. (6/93)
  • The Obstacle of Affluence. Shows the difficulties of growing up to learn responsibility in an age of affluence. (4/00)
  • How to Prepare for College. Argues for the priority of character development in preparing for college. (9/99)
  • Why a Great Books Education is the Most Practical!. Challenges the perception that a great books education is impractical in today's world. (3/96)
  • Rethinking Education. Discusses the goal of education and its implications for teaching strategies. (2/92)
  • The Lesson of the Exodus. (Exodus) Draws the analogy between how God dealt with Israel in the exodus and how He deals with us today. (9/97)

Audio Series

  • An Anniversary Medley (Oktoberfuss 2004). On the occasion of McKenzie Study Center's 25th anniversary and Gutenberg College's 10th, Gutenberg tutors present "An Anniversary Medley" of talks at the 2004 Oktoberfuss:
    Jack Crabtree reflects on the nature, role, and value of personal Bible study.
    R. Wesley Hurd proposes that all forms of art are formed by the interplay of the artist's beliefs and the effort to create meaningfully.
    David Crabtree argues that our understanding of the oft cited analogy of the human body's "organization" has significant implications for the individual's life in the Church.
    Ron Julian takes a balanced look at the argument of the very popular book The Purpose Driven Life. (Also on iTunes)
  • Bible's Greatest Hits. Teaching on biblical texts that the MSC staff deemed crucial to an understanding of a biblical worldview in general and the biblical gospel in particular. This series was presented in 1997-1998 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Biblical Christianity 101. What is the message of the Bible? What does the Christian faith mean for our lives in this world and the next? This class, aimed at both those who are new to the faith and those who have been around awhile, discusses what is biblical Christianity. This class was taught in 2000 at McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.
  • Christianity & Truth. Many people no longer believe "truth" exists. Is Christianity, which claims to be the truth, a meaningful contender for how one should understand reality? This 2001 McKenzie Study Center class explored "truth" and its relation to Christianity. (McKenzie Study Center is an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Coming to Truth. Gutenberg tutors and others within the Gutenberg College community describe the intellectual journey that led them to conclude that Christianity is true. (This series was presented in Winter 2008 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Democracy: A User's Manual (Summer Institute 2010). We all love America's Founding Fathers, but what did they really say? Does their plan still work? Gutenberg tutors and SI 2010 participants explored through discussion of assigned readings and these lectures the history and future of American democracy. [Works discussed at the Gutenberg College 2010 Summer Institute: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky); The Federalist Papers (James Madison); Individualism and Economic Order (F. A. Hayek); Democracy in America (Alexis de Tocqueville); The Political Illusion (Jacques Ellul).] (Also on iTunes)
  • Disenculturating the Gospel (Summer Institute 2005). Learning to sort out the abiding truths of the gospel from the cultural assumptions of the ancient and modern world is an essential part of being disciples of Christ. The Gutenberg College 2005 Summer Institute, Disenculturating the Gospel, explored explored through discussion of assigned readings and these lectures the power of culture and how we can learn to separate the wheat from the chaff in our own cultural setting. (Also on iTunes)
  • Doing Christianity. What is a follower of Christ supposed to DO? This course presents a three-part picture of Christian discipleship: "Knowing the Truth," "Embracing the Truth," and "Living the Christian Life." (This series was presented in 2003-2004 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Easter. Talks given at annual Reformation Fellowship Easter celebrations. (Also on iTunes)
  • Exodus. Talks by David Crabtree on the book of Exodus, given at Reformation Fellowship. (Also on iTunes)
  • Exodus (2015). Talks by David Crabtree on the book of Exodus, given at Reformation Fellowship. This historical narrative and carefully crafted literary work is the second of the five books of Torah, the foundation for the rest of the Bible. (Also on iTunes)
  • Foundations of Knowing the Truth. A series designed to promote an understanding of the basis upon which a person comes to know what they know to be true from a biblical point of view. These talks were given as part of McKenzie Study Center's Biblical Worldview Program in 1991-1992. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Freedom of Thought: Hollow Slogan or Purposeful Practice? (Oktoberfuss 2008). Freedom of thought has been a long cherished tradition in Western society, especially within the academic and scientific communities. Is it still? At Gutenberg College's 2008 Oktoberfuss Conference, Gutenberg tutors survey various arenas where freedom of thought ought to be esteemed and treasured. (Also on iTunes)
  • Genesis. Talks by David Crabtree on the book of Genesis, given at Reformation Fellowship. Genesis is foundational to an understanding of the rest of the Bible; David's talks explore the implications of the text as well as the issue of how biblical narratives should be understood. (Talk 16 on Genesis 15 is missing.) (Also on iTunes)
  • History of Christian Thought. David Crabtree teaches a year-long course on the history of Christian thought at McKenzie Study Center's School of Exegesis in 1987-1988. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • How Jewish Was Jesus? (Oktoberfuss 2011). Jesus and all of his Apostles were Jews. Yet by the second century, the church had begun to turn its back on its Jewish origins. The 2011 Oktoberfuss Conference explores the significance that this "divorce" from Judaism and the text of the Hebrew Bible had on the development of Christian thought. (Also on iTunes)
  • How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast (Summer Institute 2013). American culture is quickly, and inexorably, becoming an anti-Christian state. That's the thesis of a paper by Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree in which he explores what it will look like to exist as a follower of Jesus in the emerging hostile society and how believers can prepare for such a future. Is he right? Gutenberg tutors and others in the Gutenberg community presented responses to Jack's paper. After each presentation, a lively dialog between presenters and participants ensued. The Summer Institute, in the spirit of Gutenberg College's approach to education, was a conversation about ideas and their consequences. [The papers from the Summer Institute will be available on the website as each is ready for publication.] (Also on iTunes)
  • Isaiah (1998). Talks on the first part of the book of Isaiah, chapters 1 through 14:27, given by David Crabtree at Reformation Fellowship. (Also on iTunes)
  • Isaiah (2012). Talks on the the book of Isaiah, given by David Crabtree at Reformation Fellowship. (Also on iTunes)
  • Issues in a Biblical Worldview. Because what we believe determines what we do and how we live, we will never do anything more practical than to clarify our thinking about our faith and our world. This series examines some of the issues Christians face as they undertake the process. The talks were given as part of McKenzie Study Center's Biblical Worldview Program in 1991-1992. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Joshua Narrative. Talks by David Crabtree on the narrative portions of Joshua, given at Reformation Fellowship. Joshua is an important transitional book from the books of Moses to the histories of the Judges and the monarchy; these talks explore the implications of the text as well as the issue of how biblical narratives should be understood. (Also on iTunes)
  • Kierkegaard's Coffee House. Often called the first existentialist philosopher, Kierkegaard has influenced both Christian and non-Christian thinkers. In these talks (given at Imago Dei Church in Portland, Oregon, on April 14, 2007), Gutenberg tutors explore the relevance of Kierkegaard's project to the Christian believer. (Also on iTunes)
  • Making Sense of the Bible (Summer Institute 2004). The Bible, the written word of God, is a difficult work of literature containing many different genres and styles, each presenting its own set of interpretive problems. How, then, do we decipher the meaning of biblical texts? And how can we know our interpretation is correct? The Gutenberg College 2004 Summer Institute, Making Sense of the Bible, explored through discussion of assigned readings and these lectures the process of biblical interpretation. (Also on iTunes)
  • Numbers Narrative. Talks by David Crabtree on the narrative portions of Numbers, given at Reformation Fellowship. Numbers is sometimes a neglected book of the Bible; these talks explore the implications of the text as well as the issue of how biblical narratives should be understood. (Also on iTunes)
  • Paychecks, Politics & Paradigms (Summer Institute 2009). Economics is not just about dollar signs and balance sheets. It's about what we value. Gutenberg College's 2009 Summer Institute asked questions like these: What was ancient Israel's economy? What did Karl Marx really say? What was Adam Smith's "invisible hand"? Who is today's most influential economist? Lectures and small groups discussed a biblical approach to our economic and political world. (Video recordings of these talks are available at iTunesU.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Reflections on Spiritual Formation (Oktoberfuss 2003). Attaining authentic spirituality is a perennial quest among Christians. Many voices--with many different suggestions--all teach the methods, practices, disciplines, or techniques to promote true spirituality. The Oktoberfuss 2003 conference offered a biblical perspective on the relationship between spirituality and the practices that are alleged to foster it. (Also on iTunes)
  • Reunion: Tanakh and the Gospel of Matthew (Summer Institute 2015). Christian culture tends to look at the New Testament in isolation, but it was written in a time and culture saturated with the thought forms forged in the Old Testament writings (Tanakh). The 2015 Summer Institute, "Reunion: Tanakh and the Gospel of Matthew," reunited the Gospel of Matthew with its Old Testament roots by exploring how Matthew, an Apostle and a Jew, used passages from the Tanakh to convey the truth about the Messiah Jesus. (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: Other GC Tutors. Individual talks given by Gutenberg College tutors at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR. (Also on iTunes)
  • Samuel (Book 1). Talks by David Crabtree on 1 Samuel, given at Reformation Fellowship. The story of David and Saul is a fascinating one; these talks explore the implications of the text as well as the issue of how biblical narratives should be understood. (Also on iTunes)
  • Samuel (Book 2). Talks by David Crabtree on 2 Samuel, given at Reformation Fellowship. The story of David and Saul is a fascinating one; these talks explore the implications of the text as well as the issue of how biblical narratives should be understood. (Also on iTunes)
  • Sodom and Sexual Purity. Sexuality is one of the most formidable challenges facing a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. MSC staff discuss aspects of sexuality in this series presented in 2003 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Understanding and Living with the Dynamics of Sex. McKenzie Study Center staff explore the question of how a Christian deals with the dynamics created by the fact that we are sexual beings. The 9th class, an open discussion, was not recorded. (This series was presented in Fall 2007 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Understanding Love, Sex, and Marriage. Sexuality is one of the most formidable challenges facing a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. MSC staff discuss love, sex, marriage, dating, and related topics. (This series was presented in Fall 2002 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • What the BLEEP Can We Know? (Summer Institute 2012). Oceans of data now lie at our fingertips, but deep understanding seems farther and farther off. Science and faith seem divorced. Philosophy and everyday life seem completely unconnected. Can we bridge these chasms? Gutenberg tutors explored these questions at the Gutenberg College 2012 Summer Institute, "What the *Bleep* Can We Know?" (Also on iTunes)
  • What We Have Learned (Summer Institute 2014). Gutenberg College celebrated its 20th year at Summer Institute 2014. During this time of celebration and reflection, tutors who began the journey with Gutenberg when its doors opened in 1994--David Crabtree, Jack Crabtree, Charley Dewberry, Ron Julian, and Chris Swanson--shared some of what they learned along the way. (Also on iTunes)
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