Wise as Serpents — A Practical Theology of Evil: Sermon Series

UPDATE  Sept 2021:  I, Barbara Roberts, 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.


Wise as Serpent — A Practical Theology of Evil is a 26-part sermon series given by Ps Crippen at Christ Reformation Church.  The sermon series is a practical theology of evil.  The purpose is to expose evil in its practice.  Also the method is not primarily to produce an academic, theoretical, nor philosophical threats, but rather an experiential and earthy (yet profoundly spiritual) walk in the footsteps of Christ’s people sent out as sheep in the midst of wolves.  It is practical truth for practicing followers of Jesus Christ who, whether they fully realize it or not, actually do have a roaring lion on the prowl seeking to devour them.

We have compiled the entire sermon series here with links to each post.  Each sermon was individually posted on the blog with each post also providing a link to the audio and PDF of each sermon from sermonaudio.com.


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

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