Category Archives: Prayer Letter

Minding the Returns at the End of the Semester

This year at Bethlehem College & Seminary we’ve made it a special point to “mind the returns,” that is, to express our gratitude to God when he has answered our specific prayers. As I come to the end of my first year as President, it seems fitting for me to share with you just some […]


More George

We want you to know what we think we’ve gotten wrong about “We want you to know…” We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity […]


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We’ve blacked out the number of Serious Joy Scholarships remaining to be funded before the end of the school year on June 30, 2022, as previously reported here… To explain, let me share with you these remarks that I made last night at The President’s Reception, just prior to our Twelfth Annual Commencement: My wife, Adrien, and […]


“And He Believed YHWH”

 “And he [Abram] believed YHWH, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6 is the main biblical text the apostle Paul uses to prove that righteousness is by faith apart from works (quoted in Romans 4:3, 4:9, 4:22–3, and Galatians 3:6). Is it appropriate to give that one verse in Genesis the weight that […]


Rationalizing Sin

God designed us to be seekers of good, seekers of glory. Sin distorts and corrupts this seeking, but it does not obliterate or remove it. This is why human beings cannot do an evil act unless we convince ourselves that what we are doing is good. In other words, to be a fallen human is […]


Why Get a Non-Traditional (Evening) Degree at Bethlehem? 

It’s not done, and it never will be. When God created Adam, he was perfect, but perfect is not a singular and unchangeable state as some may think. Even in perfection, Adam had much to learn! Learning is one thing that is never complete for us. Not now, not ever. Our goal in life is […]


An Ancient Remedy for Modern Folly

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates is portrayed in a discussion with Glaucon, Adeimantus, and others. They are trying to discover the nature of Justice in general, and to show that it is good, per se, to be just. In the process of trying to discover what Justice is, they think about the various parts of a […]


Counting the Cost Disease

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not […]


What Is a Woman?

Each week at my church, in addition to the sermon, one of our pastors or deacons offers an exhortation to the congregation as the “on-ramp” for confession of sin. I had the privilege of giving the exhortation this week and thought that it might both encourage and exhort you. It’s no secret that we live […]


Graduating Mature Adults

For many schools around the country, whether high school or college, Spring Break is winding down. Students at various grade levels have had a chance to sleep in, visit family, catch up on assignments, and perhaps devote a few more hours to their job. That is certainly the case here at Bethlehem College & Seminary. […]