May 20, 1950 - December 3, 2020
My friend, Craig Crossen I knew Craig Crossen for fifty years, dating back to our undergraduate days at the University of Minnesota. Craig was a friend of mine, or, to speak more accurately, is a good friend of mine. Hundreds of years after the death of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God said to Moses, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; speaking in the present tense, not the past tense, which could only mean that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were very much alive, hundreds of years after their physical deaths. In the same way, Craig is very much alive today. Craig grew up without a father's influence on a small dairy farm in Princeton, Minnesota, He ran the farm with his mother and grandmother. He never lost his love of the hard physical labor of baling hay, cutting grass with a push mower, and shoveling snow. He was in full agreement with C.S. Lewis' statement that 'sweat is the kindest philosophy of all.' Craig was very much an intellectual. You did not need to be very long in his presence to realize that his intellect in a wide range of subjects (astronomy, the ancient near east, philosophy, mathematics, music) towered over yours. Yet he was able to converse with my young children on their level. More than once, when asked a question I did not know the answer to, I would tell them that they would have to wait for Craig's next visit. What is remarkable is that he took them seriously and more importantly, paid attention to them. He loved discussing spiritual matters, and how our views had evolved from the burst of enthusiasm and sense of urgency of our Campus Crusade days in the early 1970's to a firm conviction and hardened resolve of wanting to finish the race well. He had a quiet but very sure faith. He has finished the course set out for him. The Bible tells us "Blessed (happy) are the dead who die in the Lord from now on...that they may rest from their labors" (Rev. 14:13). Perhaps that is why Craig's last facial expression was that of a smile. by Ken Deusterman
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