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What Did Tim Witmer Say at Desiring God's Pre-Conference Seminar?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 20, 2012

A few weeks ago, Timothy Witmer, a professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, spoke to 470 pastors about “The Shepherd Leader.” He said …

“Thank God for the privilege of saying, ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’”

 

 

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

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What Did Doug Wilson Say at Bethlehem?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 15, 2012

Following the Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors, Doug Wilson spoke at the Downtown Campus Wednesday night Connection service, and said …

“Duties are intertwined with relationships (fatherly duties, etc.).”

“Obedience is not at war with grace.”

“Fathers are as much under authority as children are. ‘Don’t provoke your children’ is a command.”

“The duty of giving honor to parents is never relinquished.”

 

 

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

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What Did Doug Wilson Say at the Pastors Conference?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 14, 2012

“Even righteous anger (which is rare) is like manna: It rots overnight. So, don’t let the sun go down on your anger. When Jesus got angry, somebody got healed. His anger was constructive.”

“Father-hunger is deeper than any other ache.”

“Jesus is the only way to the Father.

“Biblical headship joyfully bleeds and dies for others, taking the blame for what he did not do.”

“Fathers do not have the option of shutting up.”

 

 

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

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Prez Says

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 9, 2012

Jerry Sheveland, President of Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference), asked a rhetorical question when he recently addressed about 300 pastors and leaders in Orlando:

“God says, ‘How limited is the character and generosity of my grace? Be generous like I am.’”

Sheveland also asserted, “Jesus doesn’t want to be the figurehead of our movement, but the functional head.”

 

 

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

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What John Piper Showed the Desiring God Board

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 27, 2011

At the most recent meeting of the board of Desiring God, John Piper brought some devotional reflections from 2 Chronicles 16.

 

 

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

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10 Lessons From 6 & 7

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 12, 2011

At a recent pastoral staff meeting, Pastor John Piper led devotions with the following observations.

There are so few leaders. So many are followers.

Change is what leaders are for—confidently, not despairingly.

The Old Testament is a record of failure after failure and mercy after mercy.

10 Summary Lessons From Judges 6 & 7 [the Gideon story] About God

 

 

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

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Am I an Obstacle?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 9, 2011

“The leader is the biggest obstacle to what God wants to do.”
—Mark Bjorlo, Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference church planter in Brainerd, Minnesota, during a seminar at the Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference annual meeting in Eagan, October 28, 2011

If he’s right, what kind of obstacle am I to my marriage, my family, my church, my jurisdiction at work?

 

 

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

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Small Group Blog Begins

Published by: Anonymous
September 26, 2011

The leaders of Bethlehem Baptist Church believe God has called us as shepherds "to equip the saints (you!) for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God" (Ephesians 4:11–13).

The end: Being one in knowing God and trusting him for all things.
The process: Entrusting Spirit-filled people with the teaching and tools to care for one another.

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.—Romans 12:5

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Pray for Paul Tripp

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 16, 2011

Bethlehem’s elders have solicited the services of Paul Tripp to assist us in infusing more Christlikeness—especially wisdom and love—into our relational culture. I join the others in eagerly desiring to be more like Jesus, speaking the truth in love. I fall so very short of Christlikeness so often.

 

 

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

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Friday Q & A #20

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 22, 2011

What does it mean to be a Campus Pastor? What role, responsibility, and authority does he have? Same questions for the leadership team.

Specifically, each Lead (Campus) Pastor works to mobilize the pastors and elders of his campus to provide care for the campus congregation as well as see that the Word is faithfully taught and preached. It is also his responsibility to coordinate collaborative pastoral leadership on his campus in the ministry areas of worship and outreach.

 

 

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

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