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Fidelity

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 21, 2014

I recently finished reading Doulas Wilson’s book by that title. Here are 10 excerpts.

 

 

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

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The Next Generation

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
March 15, 2014

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.—Matthew 19:13–15

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Reforming Marriage

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 12, 2014

I recently read Douglas Wilson’s book Reforming Marriage: Gospel Living for Couples—150 pages of quintessential Wilson mix: Bible, barbs, and humor. Here are 10 excerpts.

 

 

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

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Weddings and Marriages

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 9, 2013

In the U.S., 2.3 million couples wed every year. That amounts to an average of nearly 6,200 weddings a day.

 

 

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

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The Aim of All Ministry

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
May 25, 2013

But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.—2 Corinthians 1:23–24

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So-Called Gay Marriage Legislation

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 22, 2013

Here is what I wrote to the Minneapolis StarTribune:

One of the secondary outcomes of marriage legislation like that recently passed in Minnesota is that lexicographers will search for new vocabulary to distinguish between different kinds of marriages.

 

 

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

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Standing Strong Together in Christ

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Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
May 18, 2013

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.—2 Corinthians 1:21–22

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Thorough-Going Trinitarians

Marriage Has Not Worked Out

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 15, 2013

According to Amber & David Lapp,* 43% of high-school educated adults say that marriage has not worked out for most people they know.

Though I can imagine what they mean by “not worked out,” I wonder how many high school graduates know what marriage is for. Understanding the purpose of marriage profoundly affects one’s assessment of whether a marriage has “worked out.”

 

 

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

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Which Parent Do I Not Need?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 13, 2013

“Which parent do I not need, my mother or my father?” one of my 11-year-old heroes, Grace Evans, asked legislators on the House Civil Law committee during a hearing on HR1054, a bill to legalize so-called “gay marriage.” She respectfully waited for a response, and not getting any, she repeated her question. Again, no answer.

Her question made the front page of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and other news outlets.

Some observations:

 

 

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

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Jesus As Bridegroom Is Pictured in Marriage

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 7, 2013

It is a wife that makes a man a husband. Jesus is not betrothed to a groom. So-called "gay marriage" legislation misses the point of marriage.

The MN House has scheduled a vote on the same-sex "marriage" bill this Thursday, May 9. This implies that the House leadership thinks they have the votes to pass so-called "gay marriage" legislation.

 

 

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

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