Category Archives: Prayer Letter

Christ for Latin America

The Lord brought me and my family to Minneapolis in the fall of 2017 to start my Master of Divinity degree at Bethlehem College and Seminary. This was possible because of the generosity of many of you who support the Alex Steddom International Student Fund, of which I was a recipient. After my graduation in […]

Our Cameroon Classroom

Greetings! Last week I returned from my 5th trip to Cameroon this year. But this return was different. I didn’t come back alone. I had the joy of traveling with Dr. Dieudonné Tamfu, my former student and now my boss in Cameroon. He is also my pastor in Cameroon, my fellow professor, and my friend. […]

To the Islands

The first time I heard the word “seminary” was when people around me joked about how the word sounded similar to “cemetery”. Unfortunately, many well-meaning young men went to phony liberal seminaries just to find themselves burying their faith, never to be recovered again. More regrettably, these dead men ended up filling the pulpits of […]

Going Godward

We are one week away from Godward Life, a New Gathering for Serious Joy. The vision for this event comes from the famous biblical exhortation in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” To go forward is to move intentionally in the […]

Exciting Transitions

The past year has been a year of exciting transitions. It is unbelievable to think that I am now approaching my last year of seminary. Your generosity has changed my life in different ways. First, your generosity has played a role in helping me get married! God has been so good to me and has provided me with […]

The Dangerous Myth of Quality Time

Quality time emerges only from Quantity Time. Psalm 9:1 tells us, “I will recount all of your wonderful deeds!” This is great Quality Time—when our kids learn what God means to us! True, the Psalmist had in mind the great works of God from the Books of Moses. But I am confident that he also […]

He Hangs the Earth on Nothing

It is that time of year, the time before we continue the otherwise year-round work of encouraging generosity toward The Serious Joy Scholarship and pause briefly to pray for replenishment of The Alex Steddom International Student Fund. Would you please pray whether you are called to aid in this work of gospel ministry? There is […]

Trusting in the Creator’s Artistic Hand

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4). God is Beauty. Much in creation is beautiful. But some […]

Cultivating and Stewarding Our Attention

We open our eyes every morning with a finite amount of attention to give. And almost immediately many things demand our attention, from basic bodily functions to the notifications on our phones. Our days often disappear as we flit from one activity to the next, toggle from one screen to the other, spending our finite […]

Rediscovering the Joy of Contemplation

We live in a world driven by production, action, and success. Money doesn’t make itself. We need to act if we want to see change. We work so we can “play.” Action is required in the face of injustice, and inaction is portrayed as implicit approval of injustice. In such a world, one who does […]