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Rideout Rides Out

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 25, 2014

At the recent biennial meetings of Converge Worldwide, the association of churches of which Bethlehem is a part, delegates elected Scott Rideout, Pastor of Sun Valley Community Church in Arizona, to replace the retiring Jerry Sheveland as president of the conference.

In his acceptance speech Rideout said ...

·       God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called.

 

 

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

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American Presidents & Difficulty

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 5, 2014

“It is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.” —Psalm 75:7  

Forty-three men have been elected to the office of president of the United States of America.

Only four were elected by more than 60% of the popular vote: Harding, F. Roosevelt, L.B. Johnson, Nixon.

Only one adopted president: Ford.

Seriously ill while in office: Arthur (Bright’s disease); Cleveland (mouth cancer); Kennedy (Addison’s disease); F. Roosevelt (polio); Wilson (several strokes).

Assassinated in office: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy.

 

 

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

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Freedom, Part 5

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 27, 2014

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
—Abraham Lincoln, in Letter to Henry L. Pierce

 

 

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

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Sheveland Leads Transition

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 18, 2014

Jerry Sheveland, president of Converge Worldwide of the Baptist General Conference (our denomination), has announced that he is working with the board to execute a succession plan. Jerry has served as president for 12 years. 

 

 

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

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13 Goals and 5 Objectives

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 30, 2013

Recently the Bethlehem College and Seminary board approved 13 institutional goals and five strategic objectives.

BCS Institutional Goals (Ongoing and perpetual) 09/19/13

 

 

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

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Vacation Reading – Part 1

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 9, 2013

This is a four-part series of excerpts from books I read while on vacation.

From The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, by Al Mohler . . .

Leaders are made better by other leaders.

When a leader walks into the room, a passion for truth had better enter with him. The leadership that matters most is convictional. Convictions are not merely beliefs we hold; they are those beliefs that HOLD US in their grip (emphasis mine).

 

 

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

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Spiritual Leadership

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 17, 2013

I try to make a practice of DOING something with everything I read (instead of simply reading it, putting it away, and having it get lost). This blog post is part of my DOING something with some recent reading.

Specifically, I just finished reading from the book Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders.

Here are 12 bullets from my reading:

 

 

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

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Pray for Boards

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 14, 2013

The Board of Bethlehem College and Seminary meets on Thursday, May 16, as does the Board of Desiring God. Both Boards operate under the authority of the Elder Council of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Ask God to …

Give them vision for ministry priorities and clarity on the related issues.

Grant them oneness of heart and mind as they point to Jesus in their respective ministries.

 

 

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

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Star Newsletter 05-2013

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April 22, 2013

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 ...

Small Things Making a Difference Decades Later

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 4, 2013

One of our staff recently received this email:

I doubt that Sam will remember this, but when he served on the staff at Brookings Wesleyan Church, their staff team would come and have coffee and meetings at a restaurant I managed. I remember their time in our store primarily from the way they treated my employees. He, and the staff from BWC, had a great reputation with our servers.

We are always displaying our values. Only God knows what small gestures may leave a lingering impression.

 

 

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

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