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

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Oct 22
Sam Crabtree
This blog has previously asserted that the standard definition and usage of the term “devastation” means “to be laid waste.” If this is true, then no Christian is ever devastated. Here is another way to put it: When we think things are coming to a...
Oct 21
Sam Crabtree
Mark Batterson spoke at the biennial meeting of Converge Worldwide (the association of churches of which Bethlehem is a part) on the campus of Bethel University last week where he said the following: When God shows up, he shows off. When you pray...
Oct 17
Sam Crabtree
C.S. Lewis died one week before his sixty-fourth birthday. Saturday is one week before my own 64th. So I am prompted to reflect. The end of my life is closer than it has ever been. When my mother died a few years ago, I remember thinking, “Well,...
Oct 16
Sam Crabtree
Last week I received a letter from Crossway. My 2011 book, Practicing Affirmation, is published and distributed by Crossway, a significant publisher, though a relatively small publisher as book publishers go. I am one of 350 authors published by...
Oct 15
Sam Crabtree
Leadership Network points to several crashes between the Church and culture at large. Here are some of them. Culture Crash #1: The Church and [so-called] Same-Sex Marriage Culture Crash #2: The Church in an Inclusive Culture Culture Crash #3: The...
Oct 14
Sam Crabtree
Love bears all things.—1 Corinthians 13:7 Consider two broad categories of things love endures (“bears”): 1. Adversity. There is nothing to endure if it isn’t painful. Godly love endures not only ordinary pedestrian routine run-of-the-mill...
Oct 10
Jonathon Woodyard
This week I was struck yet again by how the Bible leaves no room for anti-intellectualism. We are not called to turn our minds off once we become Christians. We do not believe something just because our parents or grandparents believed it. The...
Oct 9
Sam Crabtree
So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.—Romans 13:12  Homosexuality is not the only manifestation of missing the mark or falling short of the glory of God. So is debased thinking, unrighteousness, evil,...
Oct 8
Sam Crabtree
In her very short book, Eleven Ways to Instill a Biblical Worldview in Your Kids, Linda Weddle suggests the following: Pray for them, pray with them. Show respect for the authority of God. Show them how to be students of the Bible. Teach during the...
Oct 7
Sam Crabtree
Last year the North Campus elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church invested time at each elder meeting reading together through Wesley Duewel’s book, Touch the World Through Prayer. Here is an excerpt: Before meeting Queen Elizabeth, I was told, “You...
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