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Praying and Planning

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 18, 2013

Here is a photo of some of Bethlehem’s leadership staff at the Pray & Plan retreat at Camp Beauty in late August.

Bethlehem's leadership

 

 

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

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Reception for Curries

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 10, 2013

It is our happy custom at Bethlehem to host receptions to honor pastoral staff who have arrived at the 10-year mark in their tenure among us. So, Sunday night, September 15, from 7–9pm in the Downtown Campus Main Hall, there will be an open house for Ken & Theresa and family. At 7:30pm there will be a brief program with remarks from Jason Meyer, a note from John Piper, and a short video thanking God for the remarkable graces that have come to us through the Curries. 

 

 

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

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‘Thereness’

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 24, 2013

Here is a peak into the interaction between an elder and a small group leader.

An excerpt from the blog of Daniel Stanley

“Pastor Sam Crabtree and I sat down the other day to talk about the BBC Shepherd Group which I lead. Sam just became our overseeing elder, and so I was able to introduce him to the group and hear his heart for us. It was good.

 

 

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

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Vacation Reading – Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 10, 2013

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

From Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, by Paul Tripp . . . 

Many pastors have a disconnect between public pastoral persona and the private man.

Either you will be getting your identity vertically, from who you are in Christ, or you will be shopping for it horizontally in the situations, experiences, and relationships of daily life.

 

 

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

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What Are Mods?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 3, 2013

Bethlehem pastors turn in weekly accountability reports on which they are asked to report their “mods” for the week. I was asked to explain here what mods are.

Each day is divided into three segments, called “mods.”

 

 

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

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Father of Mothers

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 24, 2013

The weekend of Mother's Day I prayed a prayer of blessing on the children being dedicated. I was asked to post the prayer, so here it is.

 

 

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

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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).

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.

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