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Keeping Up With That Old Pastor

Published by: Bryan DeWire
August 8, 2013

[Note: Pastor Sam is serving in Germany, so his assistant, Bryan DeWire, will be writing for this blog.]

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Matt Chandler's Challenge to Bethlehem

Author: 
Matt Chandler
Context/Location/Campus: 
Offsite
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

There is plenty that I would love to say about Dr. John Piper and how God has used him in my own life—shaped my life, rescued me from what I’ll simply call the kiddy pool of understanding who God is and how God works. But alas, that is not the task I have been given. Rather, I’m to challenge Bethlehem Baptist Church. This task is honestly an unenviable one—how do you challenge people who have sat under such solid, biblical teaching for 33 years?

Challenge From Sam Storms to John Piper

Author: 
Sam Storms
Context/Location/Campus: 
Offsite
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

John, as you know, we first met 29 years ago, appropriately, at Wheaton College. It was a conference devoted, again appropriately, to the theology of Jonathan Edwards. I want to begin tonight by thanking you for nearly three decades of friendship, support, and partnership in the gospel.

Photo Recap of the Celebration of Thanksgiving for Pastor John & Noël Piper

Published by: Amanda Knoke
April 16, 2013

On Sunday, April 14, about 3,500 people from Bethlehem's three campuses and elsewhere came together to give thanks to God for Pastor John's 33-year ministry among us. See Legacy Video. See also the Desiring God report on the event.

 

 

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Farewell Comments From John Piper at Thanksgiving Celebration

Author: 
John Piper
Context/Location/Campus: 
Offsite
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

G.K. Chesterton wrote in his autobiography, “The only way to enjoy even a weed is to feel unworthy even of a weed.”

How much more, then, does the enjoyment of a church—not a weed but the bride of Christ—depend on a sense of unworthiness in her service.

Before the Psalmist could exult in his dominion over the earth he had to feel these words: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:4).

Farewell Comments From Noël Piper at Thanksgiving Celebration

Author: 
Noel Piper
Context/Location/Campus: 
Offsite
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

In 1980, Bethlehem’s Sunday congregation fit well in the old Sanctuary, with elbow room to spare. In the summer, we Pipers arrived as a family of five—two parents and three sons.

You who were part of Bethlehem then, I thank you for making this an easy place to become a pastor’s wife. I don’t recall any times when someone expected me to be or do some certain thing "because that’s what a pastor’s wife does."

Legacy Video for Pastor John Piper

Speaker: 
- Various
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

This Legacy Video played on Sunday, April 14, at the Celebration of Thanksgiving for Pastor John Piper and his 33 years of ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church. In recognition of both his past, and current & ongoing ministry, Bethlehem partnered with both Bethlehem College and Seminary and Desiring God to produce the video.

Not Very Many People Knew

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 15, 2013

That Tom Lehn chaired the committee that put together the Celebration of Thanksgiving for Pastor John Piper held for thousands of people at the facilities of Grace Church in Eden Prairie Sunday night.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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A Personal Tribute for John Stephen Piper & Noël Francis Henry Piper

Author: 
David Livingston
Context/Location/Campus: 
Offsite
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

Ladies first!
 

John Piper Thanksgiving Celebration: Opening Remarks from Pastor Tom Steller

Author: 
Tom Steller
Context/Location/Campus: 
Offsite
Date Given: 
April 14, 2013

Julie was 19, I was 22, when "Dr. Piper" thrilled our hearts and agreed to preach at our wedding on June 15, 1977. His text was John 16:33. He focused his words and our thoughts on what he called "a tremendous trilogy of propositions."

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