Blog Posts by Sam Crabtree
Until Death Do We Part — For Real
If anything but death is an option for ending a marriage, then don’t say “until death” in your wedding vows. Tell the truth. Promise what is meant. Say something like “until adultery, abandonment, or abuse.” Say what you mean. God…Continue Reading
20 Verses for God-Centered Administrators
God doesn’t need us. We need him.
Don’t get the roles reversed. We are not indispensable. He is.
This is an essential reminder for all of us — and especially those of us in heavily administrative and “executive” roles. We…Continue Reading
Brothers, Praise Somebody Other Than God
Brothers, praise somebody other than God.
I can hear blasphemy sirens going off in readers’ minds. If “praise somebody other than God” means “praise somebody instead of God,” or “more than God,” the concern is warranted indeed. But if…Continue Reading
Praising Others is Not Optional
God-centered praise of those who are not God is not optional. A fire not stoked goes out. A refrigerator unplugged rots the eggs. A garden not tended erupts with weeds. Affirmation is the fire-stoking, refrigerator-electrifying, garden-tending side of relationships. Relationships…Continue Reading
Moving From Fuzzy Platitudes to Concrete Praise
Is It God-Centered to Praise People?
Isn’t the commendation of people idolatrous? If we should make our boast in God alone, how dare we praise mere people? Have we gone off the deep end, away from God-centeredness and into the popular cultural psycho-jargon of self-esteem?
Six Important Links to the Meaning of Hope
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
1. Link Between Gratitude and Hope
2 Kinds of Outdoing
What should Christians, especially those who are non-sports fans, make of the Olympics?
Everything in the material universe points to something of significance in the non-material realm. By saying so, I am not trying to diminish the significance of the…Continue Reading