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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).




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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:




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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.




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Star Newsletter 05-2013

Date Given: 
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.




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What’s Cookin’?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 3, 2013

This photo shows leaders of Desiring God (DG) at a lunch meeting with leaders of Bethlehem College and Seminary (BCS) pondering together strategic partnering into the future. This blog post is a straightforward appeal for prayer—asking you to pray that God would grant these men wisdom, vision, and the supply of every necessary grace.




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2012 All-Church Annual Meeting Report

Published by: Amanda Knoke
December 18, 2012

Those gathered at the All-Church Annual Meeting on December 16 heard a 2012 Financial Update as of December 11 (see more recent December 18 update) and a »



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Family Discipleship Volunteer Training 2012 - Team Leader Session

Bud Burk
Date Given: 
September 8, 2012

This is the 2012 Fall Volunteer Training audio by Bud Burk and Jan Golias for volunteers serving at Bethlehem in the Family Discipleship Department. This training applies to volunteers serving as Team Leaders in Sunday and Wednesday classrooms.

Since 1997

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 20, 2012

I came on staff at Bethlehem in 1997, and one of the objectives of my position was to free our senior leader, John Piper, from administrative bric-a-brac in order to focus on preaching and writing. The following books have been released since 1997:




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