Category Archives: Prayer Letter

Following God’s Narrow Way to God’s Broad Place

Let me share with you from my journal before I also share two key prayer requests… Jesus told us, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is […]

Good News from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon

“The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon to the United States of America, H.E. ETOUNDI ESSOMBA, hereby informs the general public that the Embassy will resume the issuance of entry visas to Cameroon as of Monday June, 22nd, 2020.” I wish you could have climbed into my heart when I received this good news […]

Will Things Ever Be The Same Again?

As I reflect on the events over the last several months—the coronavirus lockdown, stock market crash and subsequent gyrations, protests and riots across the country and across the globe—it’s natural to wonder, “Will things ever be the same again?”  The answer, of course, is no; they won’t ever be the same again.  But then again, […]

Hatred from the World for Belonging to Jesus Christ

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18–19 ESV This passage from […]

To Raise Up Mature Believers

Dear friends, As you may already know, we have graciously been given a matching gift of $100,000 to help us meet our Serious Joy Scholarship commitments for the school year just completed. This matching gift will help us to meet our remaining need of $76,307 for this fiscal year. If you would please pray with […]

Does Not Nature Itself Teach You?

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him…—1 Corinthians 11:14 My effort here is not to make a point about hair or head coverings, but something more basic. Namely this: nature teaches. Does not nature itself teach you? Does it? It is designed to.  Nature […]

Prayer, Justice, and the Return of the King

The tragedy of George Floyd…a global pandemic…high racial tensions…bludgeoned economies…rioters, looters, and anarchists…churches locked down…these are indeed extraordinarily challenging times. Experts abound who are proclaiming many possible solutions to these challenges. In reality, no one knows for sure how to solve them. As a result, we are left to sort through the strong rhetoric coming […]

Conference Announcement

Dear friends, As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on so many areas of our lives and ministries. We’ve had to adjust to doing things differently in nearly every facet of life: education, church, work, friendships, etc. And now, I regret to announce that our beloved 2021 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors + […]

COVID-19 Financial Update

TO: Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends of Bethlehem College & Seminary FROM: Jason Abell, Chief Financial Officer DATE:  May 22, 2020 RE:  COVID-19 Financial Implications This is a long and important memo. I pray that you will give it attention, knowing that I’m attempting to convey a lot via the written word, trusting in the Lord for all good things. […]

On the Tooth of a Flea Redux

Having been mustered to compose a sensitive-to-our-present-moment appeal for school year-end financial support for The Serious Joy Scholarship, I discerned that it would be no shirk on my part to reprise my appeal—now highly relevant—from this same time in 2016. Little did we know. “Little” being the operative term. For the better part of the […]