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May 1
Sam Crabtree
In accord with Christian hedonism (and even Martin Luther’s, Bondage of the Will), Dallin H. Oaks is quoted on Goodreads.com, “Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.”   Stephen Covey...
Apr 29
Sam Crabtree
Last week at Bethel University’s Pastors Prayer Council, Paul Bishop pointed out the inscrutability of God in that he is 1) immutable, yet 2) his mercies are new every morning.
Apr 28
Sam Crabtree
Last week when Justin Irving led devotions at the Bethel University Pastors Prayer Council, he quoted from chapter 1 of S.D. Gordon’s Quiet Talks on Prayer.   The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those...
Apr 27
Sam Crabtree
Sixteen leaders gathered last week at Bethel University’s Pastors Prayer Council. Justin Irving opened with a devotional about the 100,000 hours an individual typically invests of the course of his work life.  He said: Pray about work. Prayer...
Apr 22
Sam Crabtree
According to the most recent Pew Research Center “State of the News Media” report, an increasing share of the money funding journalism is coming from wealthy individuals and foundations. For example ... Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, bought the...
Apr 21
Sam Crabtree
“We have granted to God, and by this our present Charter have confirmed, for Us and our Heirs for ever, that the Church of England shall be free, and shall have all her whole Rights and Liberties inviolable. We have granted also, and given to all...
Apr 16
Sam Crabtree
I recently spoke to pro-life leaders in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here is some of what I said. Pro-life causes are NOT the main thing. “But we preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23). “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also...
Apr 15
Sam Crabtree
I recently spoke at the Shepherd’s Conference of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. Here is some of what I said on my assigned topic, “The Pastor and Caring for His Own Soul.”  Look away from self-provided care to the Lover of your...
Apr 14
Sam Crabtree
When the Royal Navy battleship HMS Formidable (1898) is sunk by an Imperial German Navy U-boat and 547 lives are lost, WWI heats up. And … Georges Claude patents the neon tube for use in advertising. The first United States coast-to-coast long-...
Apr 13
Sam Crabtree
Karl Barth became one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century featured on the cover of TIME magazine 53 years ago this week.  While he (sadly) rejected the classic reformed doctrine of election and had some questionable views in...
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