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Counting the Investment Cost

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 11, 2013

A letter from Joe Smith, President, Fidelis Foundation (Minneapolis):

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Shepherding Hearts That Lack

Author: 
Jon Nowlin
Date Given: 
October 31, 2013

Shepherding Hearts That Lack
By Jon Nowlin, Pastor for Young Adult (Senior High) Discipleship, North

1 Peter 5:5–7 Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Live Like a Narnian

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 10, 2013

Joe Rigney, who spoke at the Desiring God conference on C.S. Lewis a couple weeks ago, has a new book on Christian discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles. Here are eight excerpts.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Ryan Griffith on Discipleship

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 25, 2013

Ryan Griffith, Assistant Professor of Christian Worldview, at Bethlehem College and Seminary, spoke at the BCS chapel last week on a mentoring theme. He said, “Discipleship is the intentional investment of one disciple (of Jesus) helping another grow in his knowledge of God and application of the gospel.”

Discipleship is: 1) life on life, 2) bi-directional (the two persons have impact on each other), and 3) intimate.

The two main functions of discipling and mentoring are …

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Bringing An End to a Hell-Bound Trend

Author: 
Gil McConnell
Date Given: 
May 1, 2010

I don’t usually read USA Today, but when I was in Caribou Coffee recently I looked down and read this headline: “Young adults less devoted to faith: study shows steady drift from church life.”1  The Tuesday, April 27 edition was only about 40 cents so I picked it up. Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, has conducted a survey of 18- to 29-year-olds. In the article, Rainer says of today’s young adults who call themselves Christians, “Most are just indifferent.

Tri-Perspectival Thanks to God for Ken Currie

Published by: Jason Meyer
September 12, 2013

We as a church are celebrating Ken Currie’s 10 years of service at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Ken and I both share a love of John Frame’s theology and especially his tri-perspectival approach that looks at all reality through a three-fold lens of the (1) situational, (2) normative, and (3) existential. I want to thank God for Ken Currie from those three angles as they relate to one of the chief Scripture texts in Ken’s life: the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20).

 

 

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Teachers Are Judged With Greater Strictness (Part 6 of 6)

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 4, 2013

Autumn is here, and in western culture that means the beginning of the “school year.” Schools mean teachers.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Teachers Are Judged With Greater Strictness (Part 5 of 6)

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 3, 2013

With the approach of autumn, we are spending this week asking why the Bible says teachers should be judged more strictly. (See reasons #1–7 and #8–14 on this list.)

15) Good teaching leads to good walking, and bad teaching leads to bad walking.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Teachers Are Judged With Greater Strictness (Part 4 of 6)

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 30, 2013

Having arrived at autumn, we are asking this week why teachers should be judged more strictly. See reasons #1–7 on this list.

8)  Good teaching refreshes like rain.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Teachers Are Judged With Greater Strictness (Part 3 of 6)

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 29, 2013

This week we are examining why teachers will be examined with greater strictness.

Here are 24 succinct reasons.

1) Because teachers have greater responsibility. With responsibility comes reward and loss. Jesus explained that the Pharisees will receive greater condemnation for teaching in a corrupt way that devours the people.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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