Category Archives: Prayer Letter

The Glory of Christ Through Students’ Eyes

This semester, I have the privilege of teaching our college seniors a course on Biblical Theology. In many ways, this course is a capstone to their courses as they marshal the tools they’ve learned in exegesis—Hebrew and Greek translation, sentence diagramming, arcing and tracing the argument of a passage, etc. and in theology—applying the tools […]

How Great a Debt?

Excerpt from the 2019 Conference for Pastor’s + Church Leaders It is my delight at our school to be the principle advocate for the Serious Joy Scholarship, a ten thousand dollar a year annual grant, that is given to every resident student at our school, undergraduate and graduate, so that they can receive a bible-saturated, […]

A Team Effort

One of the wonderful gifts that Bethlehem College & Seminary gives to its faculty is the privilege to periodically request a sabbatical. Bethlehem Baptist Church also gives to its pastoral staff the opportunity to request a sabbatical every five years. We do not take this for granted. Our appreciation abounds! Last semester, I was on […]

Gospel Growth in Egypt

Just two weeks ago Rick Segal (Vice President of Advancement, Distinguished Lecturer for Commerce and Vocation) and I were part of a U.S. delegation to Egypt to encourage religious liberty in that country and the surrounding region. It was an eye-opening experience for me as we met with political leaders, members of parliament, Christian and […]

The Church’s Unmasking Mission

Our world is confused about women. It’s confused about men, too, but I’ve only got so many words here, so forgive me for narrowing my focus. Our world believes that being a woman is so flexible, so all-encompassing, so completely unbounded that even a man can do it. And while that may sound liberating at […]

A Christmas Update

It is the time of year at which we write to thank you for being a faithful contributor to The Serious Joy Scholarship and to encourage you to continue, even deepen, your commitment to this extraordinary ministry. Would you please consider renewing your support at the same level as last year, and supporting one additional […]

Thanksgiving and Celebration

We’ve just finished celebrating Thanksgiving and now are about to begin the Advent Season culminating in the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  It is an extended season of joy and thanksgiving as we remember the amazingly good gifts of the Lord to us.  Giving thanks to the Lord in this season usually comes […]

Identity Crisis

The cry of my generation seems to be, “Who am I?” We are lost, and we are desperately trying to find out who we are. This generation is one of identity confusion. But my generation is not unique. Adolescence and young adulthood, now and historically, have been characterized by identity crisis. We long to know […]

Hate Evil and Love Good

Exiled near Babylon by the River Chebar, Ezekiel was commissioned by God to proclaim that the locus of God’s presence in Israel, the city of Jerusalem, would be utterly devastated (Ezekiel 3:22–6:14). And growing up in the priestly succession (1:3), Ezekiel would have been quite familiar with the central, most intimate infrastructure that housed God’s […]

David and Goliath – Think Again!

I love serving at Bethlehem College & Seminary for many reasons – among them is that I am always learning from my students. Let me share with you some their insights (and a few of mine) from the story of David and Goliath. Perhaps their insights will help you think again about this well-known story, […]