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Message from C. Michael Patton

Friends of the blog and ministry,

The Credo House, as you may know, exists only because of your kind donations. With the Credo House, Credo Courses, The Theology Program, and all the curriculum we produce, it may look like we are doing fine without any donor support, but this is very far from the truth. We simply cannot exist without your support. match3In fact, we are experiencing a significant shortfall this Spring. We must have this shortfall filled immediately or there is going to be some real trouble with this ministry. Please join us in this campaign. Though it does not represent all our needs, it will provide much to help us get over our immediate troubles.

Will you please help Credo House Ministries continue to do all that we do?

If so, you can give your tax-deducible donations by clicking here.

Thank you so much for your support and may the Lord’s name be magnified.


Seven Reasons to Love Textual Criticism: #6 This is a FULL Course on Textual Criticism!

The countdown continues. You now only have six days left to join with us in putting together the first ever Credo Course and get a great deal on education that will last you and your family forever.

Reason Number 6: This is a FULL Course on Textual Criticism!

I (Michael Patton) dreamed about this during class one day at seminary. I prayed “Lord, let me take this stuff I am learning to the entire world. It is not fair that only those in seminary get this type of education. Everyone needs it.” I wanted to find some way to teach the exact same things that we learned in seminary, knowing that people who have the Spirit of God in them will respond with rebirth and jubilation as their faith was strengthened.

This course on textual criticism is not a dumbed down course. I have instructed the teachers to give their entire course that they would teach at seminary. Dan Wallace will break this subject down into 30-40 sessions of deep teaching. However, I have also told Dan to make sure that he teaches to those who may not have ever heard the word “textual criticism.”

This is the real deal folks. You will be training with Dan Wallace, one of the most respected textual critics in the world, getting his best on the subject in this full course on textual criticism. Join with us now.

Keep the Faith. It is a cross to bear, but it is true.

Michael Patton
President, Credo House Ministries

LAST DAY: End-of-Year Giving Campaign

I will not spend any more time on expressing what we have done this past year or our vision for the coming year. We have already done that. I will simply make this one last appeal to you to join with us in our mission to stabilize people’s belief in Jesus Christ through providing solid theological resources.

Paul said, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Col 1:1 ESV). Notice how important teaching everyone with all wisdom is for maturity in Christ. Help us to come to the aid of the church through our teaching this coming year. We would not exist without your tax-deductible contributions.

We thank you all so much for believing in our ministry.

God bless,
C. Michael Patton
Credo House Ministries
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Credo House Ministries
109 NW 142nd St
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Edmond, OK 73013

Two Million Minutes and a Thousand Pounds

As I look forward to 2013, I’m excited and concerned. First, the concern. I can’t believe it’s been almost 500 years since Martin Luther courageously nailed those 95 theses to the Wittenburg doors. In the 1500’s many things about the church needed to change. One example:

No one read the Bible for themselves. It wasn’t available. Luther, however, knew people would only live free lives if they continually fed themselves the rich nutrition of Scripture. He led a movement to bring the Bible back to the people. As we enter 2013 the church has once again lost the Bible. Oh yes, it’s available everywhere. Most people even have one on their phone. But it’s not in the hearts of God’s people. Most Christians today do not regularly read the Bible for themselves.

Here’s another concern… Over the last few decades thousands of churches have become very “attractional.” The youth programs feel like Disney world. The worship set rivals any rock venue. The cool atmosphere rivals any Starbucks. Yes, I go to a church that fits this description. I think there’s a place for attracting people. The light show during worship draws in many. But here’s the concern, then my excitement. I’m concerned if we give people a bright lightshow, they might not ever see the Light of the World. They’ll come for the attraction, stay for the attraction, and not live for Jesus.

Now my excitement, I think there’s a massive change happening today in the church. Words like doctrine, theology and church history are becoming very popular. People who grew up with all the “attractional” church stuff are yearning for more! They’re yearning for the fullness of their God. They don’t want spiritual junk food, they want the steak and potatoes. Michael and I teach a lot at the Credo House. We’ve had many sessions over the last 6 months that were totally packed out. People were furiously taking notes as we went deep into discipleship. What drew these people? The depths of their God and Savior! Sessions on Doctrine, Theology and Church History filled the Credo House. Who were these people? Most of the people in all our classes are in their teens and twenties! These people coming to the Credo House for theological depth have consumed more than 1,000 pounds of coffee in 2012!

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Upcoming Apps in 2013

2012 was a great year for Credo House Apps. We are working very hard behind the scenes of our coffee shop to be a leader in discipleship-oriented apps. Our apps, like the rest of our ministry, is focused on making theology accessible. Watered down? No. Accessible? Yes!

In 2012 we were able to develop three apps for the iTunes App Store. The Theology app is currently in the pocket of over 2,000 people! Can you believe that? A seminary worth of theological training in the pockets of people around the world.

We were also excited in 2012 to be able to release the Discipleship and Church History apps. These apps take you deep without sacrificing accessibility.

In 2013, however, Credo House apps will go to a whole new level. First, all of our apps will be released and supported for Android devices! We’ve been writing a whole bunch of computer code to allow Theology, Discipleship and Church History apps to work beautifully on Android.

Second, we have many apps waiting in the wings ready to receive the finishing touches and disciple the Church. Here are some of the apps scheduled for release through our ministry in 2013: Bible Map, Archeology, Bible Study, Resurrection and Apologetics.

We believe each of our apps will make a big impact to deepen the Church to reach our world for Jesus.

Donations to the Credo House allow this unusual coffee shop to make world-class discipleship apps. Would you partner with us today by making an end-of-the-year donation?

Please Donate Here (Credo House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.)

Thank you for partnering with us to make theology accessible,
Credo House Team

End-of-Year Campaign: Update #1 from our Executive Director

Thank you so much to those who have already given toward our end-of-year campaign! In this update I want to share two partnerships we can’t wait to launch in 2013…I think you’ll be excited. I unashamedly ask you to consider joining the movement we witness every day by financially partnering with Credo House.

First: Our Partnership with Compassion International in Kenya

Many of you are probably familiar with the ministry of Compassion International. In case you aren’t familiar with their excellent ministry, let me give you a quick overview. It’s a tradition in American churches to have Vacation Bible School for a week in the summer. Volunteers will spend many hours ministering to the kids of the community. Compassion is basically VBS to 1.3 million of the poorest children in the world. I love it! The VBS of Compassion, however, isn’t just once a year. It’s every Saturday in churches across the world and it never stops. They connect these children to sponsors in developed countries and do an amazing work releasing children from poverty in the name of Jesus.

I was able to go to Kenya a year ago on a blog tour and observe the ministry of Compassion. As I sat down over meals with the country leadership it was amazing to hear how they disciple 80,000 poverty-stricken kids in Kenya. A new program has recently been started where some of these kids are allowed to attend college. Can you believe it?! Children who were the poorest of the poor are now able to attain a university degree. There are currently about 350 university students in Kenya through Compassion.

As I sat down with the country leadership they, without even knowing what Credo House was all about, told me one of the greatest things these 350 college students are in need of is strong theological training. African governments are known for their corruption. Kenya is surrounded by some of the greatest wickedness of the past 50 years. The genocide of Rwanda, the Idi Amin era and tragic Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda, the unspeakable horror of Darfur and the lawlessness of Somalia are all next door neighbors to Kenya. These 350 students will need to be strongly grounded theologically in order to go against the tide and lead East Africa into a better future.

Here’s where the Credo House comes into the picture. The Credo House has formed a partnership to provide the theological training for these university students! They will be going through The Theology Program. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. It’s like having the opportunity to go back in a time machine and theologically train our founding fathers. The future impact this may bring is off the charts. Because of your financial partnership we will be able to take these students through all of The Theology Program AND we will be able to pick up the tab. They are excited to get started, please consider giving today to make this a reality and help us start reshaping East Africa for Christ.

Second: Making Theology Accessible to U.S. Soldiers

Several weeks ago Michael was able to theologically train a room full of military chaplains in Anchorage, Alaska. These chaplains were so excited with our curriculum. They felt like the unique way we make theology accessible was perfect for the United States military. You can imagine how much soldiers need theological grounding as they face evil so consistently.

You can also imagine, however, chaplains and soldiers don’t have a lot of extra income for theological resources. Part of this end-of-year fundraising campaign allows us to offer our curriculum to chaplains and soldiers for 50% Off throughout all of 2013!

I hope you are as excited at these two new partnerships as we are. We are humbled and grateful to be able to influence our country and the country of Kenya in such tangible ways for Christ.

We’ll keep telling you more about exciting things happening in and through Credo House Ministries. Would you take a minute, however, and partner with us today?

You can Donate Here

May the lamb who was slain receive the reward of his suffering.

Tim Kimberley
Executive Director
Credo House Ministries


Letter from Credo House President

It’s that time of year again. The time when many ministries call upon you and make their case for your year-end support. So many ministries, like ours, rely on this time of year to replenish their budget and plan for the future. There are so many good ministries out there. But, being the President of Credo House/Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, it is my job to make a case for this ministry being worthy of your support. Let me give you three reasons to give to Credo House Ministries:

1. I believe in our ministry.

This may sound silly. Of course, I am suppose to believe in our ministry. But you must understand, I am very timid about supporting something like this. Why? Because I am the one who started it. It scares me to death to ask for money for something I have such a founding stock in. But over the last six years, Credo House Ministries has grown so much. This does not mean that God is behind it. Lots of things grow in the flesh. However, I am very confident that the Lord is leading the way and it is HIS footprint being made through us. Please know that I kid you not when I say I truly believe in this ministry.

2. We are doing something different

It is easy to do the same thing. It is easy to follow in the footsteps of others. It is easy to throw rocks at the problems of Evangelical education, theological knowledge, and discipleship. It is hard to do something different. This ministry is different. We do everything we can to remain passionate and at the same time balanced in all that we do.

Last year we officially opened a theological coffee shop. A theological coffee shop! And you know what? It has worked. Hundreds of people enter in through the doors each week and saturate themselves in a world they never knew existed. This world does not merely replenish their caffeine, but it replenishes their faith. In everything we do, we are committed to thinking outside the box, creatively pioneering a way to make a difference in a world that so desperately needs to trust Christ.

3. We are not going to stop

Many of you know that we are a young ministry. But it should be evident by now that we are not a “flash in the pan.” It all started on a Saturday morning in 2001 where twelve singles met with me on the second floor of Stonebriar Community Church where I was pastoring. I did not know if anyone would show up. After all, I was teaching theological Prolegomena!! Today, we have thousands of churches using our curriculum and the Credo House is overflowing with eager students who want to learn why they believe what they believe. I am where God has chosen me to be and I, with God’s help, don’t plan on stopping.

These three reasons are nice and neat. However, they don’t amount to much without your partnership. We need your hands to hold us up through your financial gifts. If you believe in Credo House Ministries, please consider us for your year-end giving.

(And please tolerate us as you will be seeing a post every few days making a case for our ministry)

Donate Here

Michael Patton
President, Credo House/Reclaiming the Mind Ministries