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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.

Differentiations That Make a Difference

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 9, 2012

Stephen B. Young published a piece in the Minneapolis StarTribune (July 28, 2012) in which he says, “We have now lost the comprehensive vision of our founders, and no one has yet appeared who can save us from our self-indulgent divisiveness.”
 
America experiences division in part because she fails to observe other divisions that make a difference:
the difference between long term self-interest and short-term selfishness
the difference between tolerance toward persons and tolerance toward error
the difference between needs and wants

 

 

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

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Table Project in the News

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 11, 2012

Bethlehem’s social network host was recently covered in an article in the Star Tribune.

 

 

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

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Communing With God Across the Country

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 2, 2012

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Whether a person is able to participate in any of the prayer events located around the region or not, one can make time to pray for the city of man and the various jurisdictions in which one lives—city, county, state, federation.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.—1 Timothy 2:1–2

 

 

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

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For Those Looking for a Way to Make a Difference

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 18, 2012

When I taught in the public schools, I encouraged students to take advantage of their civil liberties before they graduate by getting involved with some particular moral issue in some public way—a letter writing campaign, demonstrating with signage at a public site, canvassing, stuffing envelopes, working a booth at the county fair, providing rides for voters, and so on as would be appropriate for a given issue. Public involvement is in addition to private involvement—praying, making donations, stating your views to a friend.

 

 

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

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GNFC: Nothing Is Impossible With God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 18, 2011

(Post 5 of 5: See introduction to this series.)

Possibility and impossibility—it’s all the same with God. Justin Hoover connects that with Good News Festival & Clinic.

Guest post by Justin Hoover, Director for the GNFC

 

 

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

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Jericho Road Ministries and the GNFC

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 17, 2011

(Post 4 of 5: See introduction to this series.)

Teams can do what individuals cannot. Jeff Noyed explains …

Guest post by Jeffrey D. Noyed, Director, Jericho Road Ministries

 

 

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

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The Love of Christ on Display

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 14, 2011

(Post 1 of 5)

Not everything loving that Christ does is visible to us. For example, he is interceding for his own right now, and we don’t get to eavesdrop on the praying. But some of his love is displayed through his people. Displaying Christ’s love is one of the aims of the Good News Festival & Clinic (GNFC).

Some upcoming blog posts will provide a different glimpse of the GNFC—specifically the one that took place at Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus on October 29. Members from the GNFC team will describe what happened there.

 

 

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

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