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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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Two Kinds, Two Degrees

Published by: Sam Crabtree
March 12, 2013

Members of the board of Desiring God were sent an article on religious liberty to read by Dan Busby.

I used to serve on a board with Dan Busby, who is now the President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. He writes:

 

 

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

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Warm Hearts in Cold Air

Published by: Bryan DeWire
January 23, 2013

Busloads of Bethlehem folks joined thousands of others who braved the arctic cold to march for life at the state capitol in St. Paul yesterday, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court error that has resulted in the willful slaughter of over 50 million of America’s smallest citizens.
 

 

 

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

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Kingdoms in Conflict

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 10, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, Charles Colson published his political fiction, Kingdoms in Conflict. Here are 10 excerpts.

 

 

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

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Advent, Prayer, and Global Justice

Published by: Anonymous
January 3, 2013

As we renew our efforts at the beginning of the year to "be constant in prayer" (Rom 12:12) we're often confronted with difficult issues that leave us wondering "how do I pray for this situation?" This reality is especially true as we seek to pray for God's work among the nations. Take for example India and its surging population of 1.2 Billion people made up of over 2,500 distinct ethnic groups.

 

 

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Make Time to Vote

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 5, 2012

Like spending time in the prayer closet, voting is not likely to happen unless a person makes time for it, making it a priority in the election day’s schedule.
 
To help make it a priority, consider this application/re-working of a line from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6: “When you vote, go into the booth and shut the door and vote before your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

God bless you as you get out of the salt shaker and into the voting booth.

 

 

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

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Marriage Amendment Apologetics

Speaker: 
Jim Ballentine
Date Given: 
September 12, 2012

This is the audio from the Marriage Amendment Apologetics presentation given by Bethlehem member Jim Ballentine at the North Campus on September 12.

How Dangerous Is Our Faith?

Author: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
March 3, 1993

One of the ideas now spreading in contemporary American society is that religion is dangerous to public life. And the more religious people are, the more dangerous they are. There is some reason for this. Witness the appearance of “Christ” in Texas with his cache of weapons. And religious mutilations in Pakistan and India. And the murder of homosexual men by an unstable religious man in Minnesota.

An Open Letter to Naegle Signs

Author: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
April 7, 1993

Your numerous signs promoting the film Indecent Proposal are harmful to our society and a symptom of irresponsible business ethics. This sign pictures a headless woman lying in a pile of money almost naked. I know that your team of advertisers is capable of some very clever and even enjoyable creativity. However, this billboard reveals only an apparent aim to make money at the cost of spreading prurient interests. There are reasons why this kind of indecency is harmful.

Roosevelt High, Vice Presidential Debates, and the End of Civil Discourse

Author: 
John Piper
Date Given: 
October 14, 1992

My son Benjamin is a junior at Roosevelt High School. So I have been watching the tensions. Homecoming activities were cancelled recently because of fear of violence. School was closed early one day and cancelled another day because of dangerous friction. A meeting was held Saturday, October 10 involving dissident students, parents, administration and school board personnel. For over three hours there were charges and criticisms and argument. In general there was a good deal of disrespect, impatience, impoliteness, rudeness, disorder and lack of courtesy.

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