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

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Apr 9
Sam Crabtree
Here are more differences between people and animals. Humans have animal zoos. Animals have no human zoos. We make medicine. We wear clothing. We can choose to say no to sex, and delay gratification. A man can draw a man. The most accomplished...
Apr 8
Sam Crabtree
What significant differences are there between humans and animals? One morning last week I pedaled my bike 11 miles from the house to my office at the Mounds View campus. I rode a bike made by humans, not animals, manufactured from metals and fabric...
Apr 7
Sam Crabtree
Jesus teaches that we are more valuable than many sparrows and sheep (Matthew 6:26–27; 10:29–31; 12:12). The book of Job echoes this teaching: “Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and...
Apr 6
Sam Crabtree
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the...
Apr 4
Sam Crabtree
John Mayer has produced his 16th edition of Cityview Report, a sometimes jarring compilation of facts and figures about spiritual life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here’s a sampling. We have the fourth-largest homosexual...
Apr 1
Sam Crabtree
“And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”  Matthew 25:40   Such texts motivate us to serve those in need. Yes, may it be so. Meanwhile, misguided...
Mar 31
Sam Crabtree
Yesterday, March 30, was my bride’s birthday. I have been married to her 13 years longer than I knew my dad. (In fact, I have known my children several years longer than I knew my dad). At this point in my life, my dad’s influence has plateaued...
Mar 26
Sam Crabtree
Schema of a Soul is the title of Kimberlye Berg’s 141-page narration of her deeply painful and bewildering loss of her young adult son in a car crash. In the book, she throws open her soul for the whole world to see. I confess, when I started to...
Mar 25
Sam Crabtree
“We’re entertaining the goats, but not feeding the sheep.” —Charles Spurgeon, quoted by Norman Geisler in a seminar at the Transform (Converge) meetings in Florida in January 2014
Mar 24
Sam Crabtree
A recent edition of the secular marketing magazine Cargill News quotes Senior Vice President Todd Hall as saying that one of Cargill’s foundational guiding principles is “Our word is our bond.” This is good-sense practice for the sake of building a...
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