Photo Cred: David Dehtyaryuk
For those of you that are new to this blog and since I’m closing in on 50 blog-posts pretty soon, I figured it might be time to reintroduce myself to all of you that tune in to read my latest writings. I could just be some internet troll that loves candy. Or the Zodiac killer. Anyways, as the title states, who is Chris Cribari? Who am I exactly? Well, here is a little about myself and what makes me who I am today.
I grew up in SoCal (Southern California) for the first ten years of my life and then my family moved to Colorado in 2007 for my Dad’s job where I have grown up for the last ten years. I’m a Californian, but my heart is in Colorado. I was raised by former Christian missionaries who brought up my four siblings and I in the Calvary Chapel Movement. My parents grew up in very different, non-Christian homes which directly influenced their strong emphasis on a family established on Christ first and foremost. My Dad grew up as a Catholic in an Italian home on the Southern end of California, while my Mom grew up in a family of liberal, pluralistic hippies in NorthWest America. I have four siblings (Rachel, John, Corban, and Nathan) and three pet dogs at home (Jake, Molly, and Zeus).
I came to faith in Christ when I was 9 in the summer of 2006 and have been a believer in the Way ever since. My parents strong belief in Christianity had a great impact on my path towards the Christian faith, but the decision was all my own. I accepted Christ unofficially walking home from my friend David’s house where we were watching Playboy DVD’s after school. I officially and publicly came to Christ at Calvary Chapel Oxnard’s Summer VBS a few weeks later when my VBS group leader explained the Gospel to me after I questioned him as to whether it was true or not.
I am and always have been an avid storyteller and an active listener to people’s stories. I was the kid growing up who would rather watch my brother John play video games with his friends, than actually play video games with them because I liked the plot of the campaigns. I started writing my first stories in either second grade or third grade and continue to write to this day. At home, I have stacks of half-written novels, short stories, and concepts either on flash-drives or busting out of years-old binders. Writing allows my soul to speak truthfully, in spite of my antisocial and introverted nature that is likely due to my high-spectrum autism disorder as diagnosed by Stanford University when I was just an infant.
This inner storyteller in me is also why I love cinema and going to the theater so much. When VHS and Blockbuster were still a thing, my siblings and I would watch our tiny VHS collection to death as we rewatched our movie collection to the point of memorization. This collection that we had as kids consisted of such movies as the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), the Wallace & Gromit series (1990-1995), a pair of Jurassic Park movies (1993; 2001), a few Val Kilmer movies like The Ghost in the Darkness (1996), The Saint (1997), and The Prince of Egypt (1998), along with other films too numerous to mention.
When we got a little older, we boys got the privilege of watching my Dad’s infamous movie collection that holds over a dozen of the best films I’ve ever watched. Although, we would watch these movies with Dad after Mom went to bed when it was very late at night. This collection consisted of mostly war movies like Braveheart (1995), Gladiator (2000), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Patriot (2000), and We Were Soldiers (2002). Yet, it also had other genre movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001), Bandits (2001), Equilibrium (2002), Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), The Matrix (1999), The Passion of the Christ (2004), and the Phantom of the Opera (2004). It might just be a box of DVD’s, but it holds some of my favorite memories as my Dad showed us boys what men he wanted us to be through the medium of film.
Besides my love for storytelling, whatever the medium might be, I also compete in Strongman. It’s a type of weightlifting that emphasizes brute and practical strength to the extreme. I was introduced to the sport by my mentor Andrew Morrison and have loved it ever since I tried it out almost three years ago. I have competed three times and I am preparing for future competitions as of the publishing of this blog-post. Through my time training and learning of the sport, I’ve brushed shoulders with some of the world’s strongest men like Brian Shaw, Mike Burke, Robert Oberst, and Stan Caradine. My favorite Strongman lifts are Atlas Stones, Farmer Carries, and Log Press. Later down the line, I’ll be writing more on my athletic progress as well.
My theological stance is Molinist, while my preference on church function leans heavily towards Anabaptist, even in the face of growing up in the Calvary Chapel Movement. I much rather favor an elder-run church versus the CEO-style that Chuck Smith set up for that particular movement. As the old saying goes, “power corrupts” and in my eyes the more powerful one is, the potential to be corrupted is ever more present than for your everyday person. So the more accountability before God and men, the better. I currently attend two churches, Peace Mennonite Community Church and a new church plant in the Colorado area called Lifegate Denver. Although in the near future, I will only be attending Lifegate Denver as I become a youth group leader and serve to make people alive in Christ.
My favorite three apologists are Ravi Zacharias, William Lane Craig, and John Lennox, along with some honorable mentions like Alvin Plantinga, Alister McGrath, C.S. Lewis, James White, Michael Brown, Norman Geisler, R. C. Sproul, and Voddie Baucham. My Dad taught me basic hermeneutics when I was very young and from there I began to develop my own systematic theology as I became a man, which is still at work as I mature in the faith. If I had an emphasis as a Christian apologist on a specific subject, then it would be majoring in church history and minoring in theology and exegesis/hermeneutics. With that said, I’d like to know more about every subject if I’m perfectly honest. I’m mostly self taught, but I have had mentors in my life that have guided my study and sharpened my worldview to be more coherent in all areas of my life. Not just knowing the talk, but actually living the walk.
I attended the Colorado Film School for a while and have an education in screenwriting and directing for the screen. Funny enough, I mostly just work as an editor for AvidMax and produce their creative content. I’m also currently researching for two books that I am in the process of writing. The first book is a fictional novel that focuses on miscarriage, stillborn, and suffering. The other book is like Mere Christianity for the modern world. The first book I’d like to finish within the next year (hopefully this December) and the second book later on after that. Since I finished school, expect to see me write more prolifically as the year goes on, but know that I could get pulled away because those two books are also things that I’m working on the side and will continue to be very time consuming projects.
I started this blog for a few reasons, but like I said earlier, it gives me the opportunity to speak freely on whatever is on my mind. Also, I’ve had people nudge me into doing some sort of writing on my views, so that also inspired me as well. This blog started in June of 2015 and will continue to go on unless of course I’m assassinated or something of that sort. I wrote down the idea for my first blog-post, 1 + 1 = 1: Entering Marriage in the Modern World, on the way back from my Uncle Todd’s wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a month earlier from when it was actually published. All in all, I’m Chris Cribari and this is just a frame of my life. With that, Godspeed and Jesus bless!