Category Archives: Prayer Letter

The Usefulness of the Apostles’ Creed

The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord; who was conceived of the Holy Spirit; was born of the virgin Mary; he suffered under Pontius Pilate, he was crucified; died and was buried, he descended into hell; on the […]

Why Did Melchizedek Bring Out Bread and Wine?

Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) —Genesis 14:18 Is it significant that Melchizedek brought out bread and wine? Might that be connected to the death of Jesus the Messiah? Before I answer those questions, let’s first get our bearings about Melchizedek. Getting Our Bearings about Melchizedek […]

Henry Martyn: A Student of the Great Books in Light of the Greatest Book for the Sake of the Great Commission

Twenty-first century American evangelicals can be excused for not knowing the name of Henry Martyn (1781-1812)—a paedo-baptist Anglican who was employed as a chaplain for the East India Company and whose ministry in India and Persia encompassed just six years before his death due to sickness at age thirty-one. But his formation and ministry provide […]

Portraits of Conversion: Augustine, the Prodigal Son, and Me

The great Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck, must have had Augustine in mind when he wrote, “The heart of man was created for God and it cannot find rest until it rests in his Father’s heart. And all men are really seeking after God, but they do not seek him in the right way nor at […]

Suffering Unjustly for Our Joy

“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:1–2) For what are […]

God’s Steadfast Love Towards Bethlehem College and Seminary

I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. –Isaiah 63:7 Join me for a few moments in recounting some […]

Good Work Continued

We have just concluded another successful Serious Joy: The Bethlehem Conference for Pastors, thanks to the incredible work of our speakers, conference staff, and volunteers.  This year’s theme of “I Will Build My Church” was an energizing and promise-fulfilling series of messages for pastors who have faithfully persevered through years of trial, societal stress, and […]

Psalms in Cameroon

  Christianity grew from 9% of Africa’s population in the year 1900 to 49% in 2010 (source: Operation World). This growth has massively outstripped the training of leaders; according Dr. Conrad Mbewe, 90% of pastors in Africa are untrained. Without solid, Biblical training for their shepherds, the flock is easy prey for wolves, such as those […]

Work Hard

On Tuesday this week I had the joy of preaching in chapel to the men at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, California. (Over the years I’ve enjoyed watching conversations between their chancellor, John MacArthur, and our chancellor, John Piper—for example, in 2007 and 2022.) I tailored the sermon specifically to pastors and to pastors-in-training. […]

A Special Gathering of Serious Joy

I attended my first Desiring God Conference for Pastors two decades ago with a group of pastors and students from my church in Illinois. The 2004 conference theme was Money, Ministry, and the Magnificence of Christ, with messages from John Piper, Randy Alcorn, Dwight Perry, and the late George Verwer. It was a time of […]