About CR and E
I want to glorify God in everything, primarily by presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ accurately and faithfully. He is the one hope for the world and the one reason I am here.
Tell Me About Yourself
Where to start? As funny as it sounds, I would like to start with you. The online medium leaves a lot to be desired concerning connecting at a personal level. One small bridge we can build is through email. Please grant me this one indulgence and email me. Tell me a little something about yourself, offer an insight, ask a question, or just say hello. I enjoy people and would enjoy getting to know you, even if only in a small way. For us tentmaker ministries, a brief word of encouragement goes a long way.
Who We Are
Essentially, "we" at CR and E is me. My name is Dave Sherrill. I am a conservative evangelical Christian with a deep interest in theology and apologetics. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful Christian wife and three great kids (who are all growing up WAY too quickly). My regular job is a project leader in the computer department of a national food manufacturer. I describe the CR and E website as a tentmaker ministry. For those of you unfamiliar with the term tentmaker, Paul worked sometimes as a tentmaker while ministering the gospel. I'm not Paul, but I do have a regular job offline (what we used to call the real world before the internet and that MTV series came along).
I have had an online presence responding to the Jehovah's Witnesses since the early 1990's. My research began as the result of a family member becoming involved with the religion. Since that time I have collected and read a fair library of original Watchtower books and magazines, along with many Christian books and commentaries. One personal benefit for me has been a strengthening of my own faith through the challenges raised by critics and skeptics.
I have been called an informed layman by some of my friends. I have not had any formal schooling in theology through Bible school or seminary. I hope to pursue those studies at a distance in the next few years. Although focusing primarily on refuting the Watchtower Society (also known as Jehovah's Witnesses), I have growing concerns about movements within or impacting the evangelical world (i.e. Open Theism, Post Modernism, Emergent Church). Special areas of study include the Deity of Christ, the Trinity, Justification, Apologetics, and Systematic Theology.
I characterized myself above as a "conservative evangelical". I hate to die the death of a million qualifications but I find that 'evangelical' is used very loosely these days. There are liberal evangelicals, 'evangelical catholics', post-evangelicals, and who knows what else will be coming around the corner (if you throw them all in a blender, you might get a postevangeliberaholic??). The list continues to grow. I describe my faith as inerrantist concerning bibliology, trinitarian concerning theology proper, calvinistic concerning soteriology, baptistic concerning the sacraments, and elder/congregational rule concerning church polity. Hopefully that adequately fleshes out what I mean by 'conservative evangelical'.
My favorite authors and preachers (living and dead) include Charles Spurgeon, Horatius Bonar, Abraham Booth, James White, Ed Komoszewski, Rob Bowman, Robert Morey, John Piper, John Murray, John Calvin, B. B. Warfield, and William Hendriksen.
I am an active member of the First Evangelical Free Church of Sioux City, Iowa. I have served in many capacities there, including overseer, church chairman, adult Sunday School teacher, youth leader, and volunteer webmaster of their blog/podcast (does that make it a blogcast?). One of the greatest privileges I have ever had has been the opportunity to fill the pulpit in my pastor's absence.
Thank you for stopping by the website. I hope you will find helpful information here and through the links provided to other ministries. And don't forget to drop me a line, ok? Ok.