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The Final Exam

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Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
June 27, 2015

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.

Note to Self

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 16, 2015

That’s the title of Joe Thorn’s small volume containing forty-eight chapters, each a succinct two pages long. Here are ten excerpts.




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What is Education?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 4, 2015

According to John Piper’s address at a recent donor reception for Bethlehem College & Seminary, education is the instilling of habits of mind and heart that incline and enable students for the rest of their lives to ...




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Changed By Paragraphs

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 2, 2015

I was recently gifted a recently released edition of A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, in which the author, John Piper, says in the preface “My life has been changed as much by paragraphs as by books,” adding, “God can make a single paragraph life-changing.”

“Seeing happens in an instant.” He continues, “I write, you read, but God gives the sight.”

“God is ready to act.”




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Eight Questions

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 22, 2015

The Desiring God board met for a day and a half recently, and during a board development portion of that meeting, the board members were asked individually to respond to the following questions.




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Star Newsletter 5-2015

Heather Douglas
Date Given: 
April 16, 2015

On our website, this newsletter is available as a PDF only. To subscribe or learn about this monthly publication, visit the Star newsletter page. This issue of the Star newsletter contains ...

Church Membership, Discipleship, and Discipline: Part One (April 2015 'Star' Article)

Published by: Jason Meyer
April 6, 2015

During our Quarterly Strategy Meetings we take time for “family business.” Recently during these times I have taught on the meaning of church membership and church discipline. Since only a small percentage of our members come to these meetings (we would love to have more!), I decided to share these defining family matters in a series of Star articles. I have learned a great deal from Jonathan Leeman’s book Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus (2012), and the page number citations here will refer to this book.



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What Saints Are Supposed to Do

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 25, 2015

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.—Ephesians 4:11–12   

Dallas Willard paraphrases that text like this: Church leaders are to prepare the saints to do what the saints are supposed to do.



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Three Postures

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 27, 2015

At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, President Scott Ridout highlighted three postures he would like people in the Baptist General Conference (Converge) to take:

  1. Be a learner.
    Study to exegete the Bible and our culture.
  2. Be a leverager.
    Steward the resources and influence God has given you by putting them to good use and not leaving them idle.
  3. Be a listener.
    Be swift to hear. And the one voice we need to hear is God’s voice.




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