Envisioning the Next Eight Years
Jul 20, 1987
I think the reason I respond so positively to the ministry of Ralph and Roberta Winter is that they really are committed to spreading vision and giving hope more than they are to raising money That is the way I…
Possible Steps for '86
Feb 17, 1986
Eight reasons for why Bethlehem members voted to postpone a capital campaign.
Ponder This with Tillapaugh
Feb 11, 1985
John Piper invites church members to consider with him how Bethlehem ought to handle future growth.
Encouraging You to Come to the Desiring God National Conference on Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
Sep 7, 2005
Dear Bethlehem I am writing to encourage you to come to the third annual Desiring God National Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center on October 7-9, 2005. The theme is Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. I believe this conference…
Please Pray for the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors
Jan 30, 1989
Announcing the approaching pastors conference on "The Achievement of the Cross" and the items needing prayer.
Thoughts on Our ‘SPAN III’ Commitments Before I Know the Results
Mar 11, 1991
It is five o’clock Sunday afternoon, March 10. After this morning’s service at Northwestern I came home, ate some of Noël’s world-class spaghetti, and went to bed. I have just gotten up from that nap What a morning the Lord…
Project ’84 Ends and the Pre-’90 Era Begins
May 21, 1984
The six remaining years of the 1980's are filled with exciting new potential for Bethlehem.
Update on Bethlehem As Seedbed
Nov 15, 1982
John Piper introduces a new program at Bethlehem for raising up young candidates for full-time Christian ministry.
Past and Future at the Bethlehem Conference Reunion
Jul 5, 1983
A brief report of the good things going on at BBC after 3 years as pastor.
Bethlehem: Seedbed for Missions
Aug 17, 1982
How does a church become and remain fertile ground for moblizing and supporting missionaries?
Rallying for a Different Hope
Jan 3, 2008
Eric Redmond, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist in Temple Hills, MD, helps us see the lay of the land in the African-American church by doing two things He celebrates Anthony Carter’s and Thabiti Anyabwile’s books as rallying points for a different…
What Wonderful and Wild Thing Might God Be Up To?
May 8, 2002
How do you lead your church through financial and logistical surprises?
SPAN the Nineties II
May 30, 1989
An extensive redesign of the equipping process at Bethlehem that seeks to better prepare every saint for the work of ministry.
Ministry Ferment on the Homefront
Mar 4, 1985
No ministry is too small. Someone needs your encouragement that their life can count.
Three Important Things for Members
Sep 3, 1985
The life of a growing church calls for prayer, planning, and praise.
From Bedford to Bethlehem via China
Nov 4, 1985
Introducing the China Awareness Seminar and its speaker, David Adeney.
What’s Happening with ‘SPAN the Nineties’?
Aug 29, 1988
After the “SPAN the Nineties” fund raising effort last spring, several factors led the leadership of the church to reconsider certain aspects of the original proposal 1) For example, the cost to remodel the “Hacking Property” for Children's…
Vote on SPAN the Nineties Part II
Jul 10, 1989
Five changes that will occur if you vote for the church restructuring plan.
Blessed Brooding About Bethlehem
Jan 27, 1986
What might a church's ministry become if its members served for years on end?
Would you Pray About our Conference for Pastors?
Jan 8, 1990
A request for prayer for the 1990 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors on Universalism and the Reality of Eternal Punishment.
Putting the Ministries Fair in a Missions Context
Feb 15, 1988
Last week I spoke in four daily chapels at Western Seminary in Portland. It was part of their missions emphasis week. The topic they gave me was: How to Bring Missions Vision and Life to a Local Church. There…
Another Astonishing Vote for ‘SPAN the Nineties’
Sep 26, 1988
On Sunday evening, September 25, the church reached an astonishing consensus on two recommendations from the Council of Deacons Of the 173 voting members 98.8% (only 2 no votes!) said yes to the recommendation that we proceed with construction of…
What Is God Saying to Us in the ‘SPAN III’ Pledges?
Apr 8, 1991
In October 1987 we voted to build a new worship center. For over 100 years Bethlehem had worshipped in the present sanctuary which holds 450 comfortably and 500 crowded. In March of 1981 we went to two Sunday morning services…
The Glory of DG Is as Nothing
Sep 20, 2007
When I pray that Christ may increase and Desiring God may decrease what do I mean I do not mean that I want God to help us have less influence in awakening a passion for the supremacy of Christ. Rather…