Category Archives: Prayer Letter

Orchestrated Moments

Recently our new Dean of Admissions, Jonathon Woodyard, was a part of a team who headed to Oahu, Hawaii, in anticipation of our new extension site there and of partnerships with Training Leaders International to help serve churches throughout the Pacific Islands. He sent the following dispatch while on the trip: ________ A word of […]


His Own Son

It’s Easter week—the ultimate holiday for Christians to celebrate. Without the cross, we have no hope. With the cross of Jesus, we have all hope! This is a stunning, glorious truth that should be at the forefront of all our minds as we contemplate the significance of Easter. My simple exhortation to myself, which perhaps […]


Don’t Envy Others’ Gifts

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.—1 Corinthians 12:4–7 It’s easy […]


Shame I Would Not Trade

I don’t remember why I was late for the famous Don Carson lecture that fateful January morning, but I will forever remember that I was late. As he continued his crowded one-week intensive on the Gospel of Matthew (the third day of lectures), I literally crawled in the door and sat against the back wall. […]


King David: A Permissive Father

In reading 2 Samuel, we see how David caused himself and his family unspeakable trouble and grief by his sins. Through his own behaviors, David was a poor father to his sons. But David was a poor father in other ways, too. He did not discipline his own children when it was needed, and this […]


King David and the Blessing of Children

From the very beginning, the Bible has taught us that children are a blessing from God. God promised to give Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars in the heavens and the sands on the seashore, who would develop into a great nation (Genesis 15:5, 22:17). Psalm 127 states that “sons are a heritage from […]


Be Encouraged

My wife and I just returned from our annual trip to Florida to attend the conference put on by our accrediting association and to visit with several of our faithful supporters and alumni around the state. Each time we come back from this trip, we are both so encouraged by the affections of so many […]


Welcome, Rochester!

We now have a new Bethlehem College & Seminary extension site in Rochester! At their February meeting, the Board of Trustees approved our newest extension site. Rochester now joins Memphis, Cameroon, and Hawaii. We are delighted that God has given us the opportunity to train leaders in Rochester, and we hope some of our new […]


Three Ways of Knowing

We do what we do because we love what we love.  What we love is significantly influenced by what we assume to be true.  What we assume to be true is shaped by what we know.  So it’s important to ask, “How do we know what we know?” Do we know what we need to […]


Woodyard Named Dean of Admissions

Jonathon D. Woodyard (M. Div. ’16) has been named Dean of Admissions at Bethlehem College & Seminary. Woodyard will also become Assistant Professor of Theology and History, assuming both roles on May 1, 2021. “I can think of few people in the world better qualified to champion the purpose, scope, and benefits of a Bethlehem College […]