Courage to Follow, Courage to Lead
Why 800 Pastors Are Coming to Bethlehem in February
Jan 12, 2000
On the night of December 15, a seminary in Indonesia was attacked by a mob of 2000 angry Muslims, forcing students and faculty to flee for their lives. One student was caught and surrounded. The mob demanded that he renounce…
Talitha, the Person Who Is Adopted
Thoughts about Racial Harmony and Sanctity of Life
Jan 20, 2000
Our daughter, Talitha, is a human being. Only one thing greater could be said of her. I pray daily that it will be said, namely that she is reconciled to God through Christ. That is one truth Talitha is a…
Does God "Visit the Sins of the Fathers on the Children"?
Getting Serious about Education for Exultation
Feb 1, 2000
Great and lasting things are at stake for future generations not only because of what we teach, but also because of what we are.
Thank You, Bethlehem, for Overflowing Love
Jun 13, 2000
You have washed us with love. You have covered us with the aroma of kindness. You have clothed us with the garments of peace. You have adorned us with the flowers of praise. We have become still and quiet, lest…
We Took a Good Stand and Made a Bad Mistake
Reflections on the Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting, St Paul
Jul 5, 2000
Reflections on the Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting St Paul One of the most significant issues before us as a Conference at the recent annual meeting was whether we would embrace open theism as part of our corporate identity. Open…
How to Be a Refuge for Your Children
Aug 22, 2000
Dads, fear God and put your confidence in him so your children will have a refuge in you.
The Church Was Spoken Against Everywhere
Sep 5, 2000
Sometimes Christians have no favor in society. Even so, God can, and often does, pour out his power for effective witness.
Is "Growing Without Growing" Working?
Farewell to Sovereign Joy Fellowship
Sep 19, 2000
God does not always wait for our strategies. In fact, our idea of "growing without growing" was an effort to catch up with what he seemed to be about. The train was moving. We thought it would be good to…
Do I Not Hate Those Who Hate You, O Lord?
The Verses We Skipped
Oct 3, 2000
How are we to understand those psalms that express hatred and call down curses upon the enemies of God?
It Is Sown in Dishonor, It Is Raised in Glory
Oct 10, 2000
Let us learn how to help each other die. It will not be easy, but, by grace, we will help each other say in our final pain, "To die is gain."
The Goal of God's Love May Not Be What You Think It Is
Oct 14, 2000
True love aims at satisfying people in the glory of God. Any love that terminates on man is eventually destructive.
It Is Never Right to Be Angry with God
Nov 13, 2000
It is never right to be angry with God. And it’s never right to hide your anger from him, if you feel it.
A Prayer for Our Church
Nov 20, 2000
O Lord, by the truth of your Word, and the power of your Spirit and the ministry of your body, build men and women at Bethlehem Who don't love the world more than God, who don't care…
Joseph of Arimathea
Dec 3, 2000
The evening sky behind the cross Was crimson as if all the loss Of blood from Jesus' veins had spread Across the heavens like a red Stain lifted from the earth. The Lord Hung limp and cast a shadow t'ward…
Hope-Giving Promises for Triumph over Sin
Dec 4, 2000
If God works to bring about obedience in our heart, then sin will not be lord over us, God will.
Joseph of Arimathea
Dec 10, 2000
When all of Joseph's tears were spent, And all the secret love, long pent Behind the bars of fear, was loosed, And, like a swelling flood, reduced This polished nobleman to sobs, And left him weakened and with throbs Behind…
Dec 17, 2000
Not far beyond Gethsemane, And bending toward the barren sea, Beyond the Kidron Valley, lay The "Hills of Hope," the name, they say, That Peter gave to Joseph's field When he had sold it, and then kneeled Before the Lord's…