Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups at our North Campus.  

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Sep 8
Sam Crabtree
Incoming college freshmen are in a chapter of life called “emerging adults,” a season of significant change, which can be disorienting. They face pressures related to school, work, family, finances, eating & sleeping, keeping up with homework,...
Sep 5
Sam Crabtree
And the king of Israel answered, "Tell him, 'Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself like he who takes it off.’”—1 Kings 20:11 It’s easier to start something than see it through to completion.It’s easier to make a wedding vow than keep a...
Sep 4
Sam Crabtree
On Saturday, September 13, Pro-Life Action Ministries will hold the local National Day of Remembrance to commemorate the death of children killed by abortion at gravesites and  memorials around the United Sates.  The local event will be an...
Sep 3
Sam Crabtree
In the aftermath of the arrest of a Waseca, MN, teenager, this question surfaced often. Parents, teachers, fellow students, and the general public wonder what would drive a teenager to fantasize about such grisly violence.  A new fad among...
Aug 29
Sam Crabtree
We don’t need better, cleaner noise than the heathen. We need silence. —R.C. Sproul Jr., from “The Silence of the Lambs” in Tabletalk, January 2013
Aug 28
Sam Crabtree
Men that have their spirits heated, and enraged and rising in bitter resentment when they are injured, act as if they thought some strange thing had happened to them. Whereas they are very foolish in so thinking; for it is no strange thing at all,...
Aug 27
Sam Crabtree
Digging through some old files, I came across some notes from a lecture I attended of Henry Cloud, the clinical psychologist who wrote Boundaries: When to Say Yes and When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. My notes include the following three...
Aug 26
Sam Crabtree
Walter Wangerin provides this insightful autobiographical sketch in As for Me and My House, a book on marriage that I highly recommend: In the fifth grade, Alice Kleinhans whispered, as I walked through the classroom, “He walks like a girl!” Was she...
Aug 25
Sam Crabtree
How would the mindset of modern day worshipers be shaped if on their way into the worship services they had to pass between rows of headstones, as was the case in certain times and places where the church cemetery was just outside the church door?
Aug 22
Sam Crabtree
Jim Elliot (1927–1956) wrote, “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds … Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.” —Quoted by Burk Parsons in Tabletalk, January 2013
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