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Wise as Serpents Digest

UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.


Pastor Jeff Crippen preached a sermon series called Wise as Serpents in which he focused on how we must be wise to evil and the ways of evildoers. We adapted each sermon into a post at this blog over 2015-16. Here is list of all those posts.

At the end of each post we give a link to where you can find the audio and full written version of the sermon, should you wish to do so. Jeff Crippen is the pastor of Christ Reformation Church Tillamook, Oregon, and was co-leader of this blog until he resigned from co-leadership in late 2017. He is still a full time pastor at CRC Tillamook.

We did not reproduce the entire written text of each sermon. Where we use some exact text from the sermon, it is in black. Where we summarize some of the sermon, or insert a comment that was not in the sermon, we made the text grey rather than black.

1. Wise as Serpents: Exposing Evil in its Practice

2. Wise as Serpents: Evil Comes to Eden

3. Wise as Serpents: Light Comes into the World — and Evil Attacks

4. Wise as Serpents: Do You Want to be Healed?

5. Wise as Serpents: Cain is Still With Us Today

6. Wise as Serpents:  Broadway is Evil

7. Wise as Serpents:  What Does Evil Look Like?

8. Wise as Serpents: What Does the Holy Spirit Look Like?

9. Wise as Serpents: Evil is Among Us, Why are We Surprised?

10. Wise as Serpents: Innocent as Doves Does not Mean Ignorance of Evil

11. Wise as Serpents: The Seductive Beauty of Evil

12. Wise as Serpents: Evil and the Road to Rome — Craving Power and Control

13. Wise as Serpents: The Consistent Motive of Evil is to Enslave

14. Wise as Serpents: Evil Always Distorts God’s Word

15. Wise as Serpents: Why Do We Keep Silent About Evil?

16. Wise as Serpents: Christ is Risen and Satan is Thrown out of Court

17. Wise as Serpents: “Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe” — Darkness and Secrecy are Part of the Very Essence of Evil

18. Wise as Serpents: Calling Evil Good, and Good Evil

19. Wise as Serpents — The Church’s Other Mission Field

20. Wise as Serpents: Increasing in the Wisdom and Knowledge of the Lord

21. Wise as Serpents: Grace is Not for Everyone

22. Wise as Serpents: Stop Being ‘Nice’

23. Wise as Serpents: Take the Lord’s Warnings About Evil Seriously

24. Wise as Serpents: Does the Christian Still Have an Evil Heart?

25. Wise as Serpents: If the Word You are Hearing Does not Set You Free, it is not the Word of God

26. Wise as Serpents: The End of All Evil


  1. Momto7

    Thank you, Barbara, for this list! I just recently started listening to this sermon series, but I think a written summary will be much easier to get through, as I rarely have time to get out the headphones and listen for an extended period without interruption. God bless the life-changing work that you and Jeff are doing. It is making a difference in many lives, especially my own!!

  2. Thank you Momto7 and SeeingClearly. 🙂 🙂

  3. Deanna

    can you tell us why he resigned??

  4. JH

    Did Jeff resign from being pastor in Tillamook or from co-leading the blog?

    • Jeff resigned from co-leading this blog. Sorry for my lack of clarity. I will amend the post so it is more clear.

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