Category Archives: Prayer Letter

Decades of Praying

Some of you have been praying since the 1980’s when Bethlehem Baptist Church began our intentional focus on raising up pastors and missionaries through our Apprenticeship Program for Ministerial Candidates. More of you were drawn into this prayer between 1998 and 2009 as we labored at a higher level in this same mission through The […]

Gospel Partnership

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3–5 The apostle’s familiar words perfectly express the exuberant gratitude to God that I feel for your […]


One of the things I have to fight daily is discouragement.  Mind you, this is coming from a person who is by nature an optimist!  But the shear amount of discouraging news and events on any given day is enough to dishearten even the most ardent optimist.  Part of this is fostered by the nonstop, […]

Making the Grace of Christ Explicit

We mainly study Hebrew and Greek here at Bethlehem College & Seminary. But I have personally been learning an older Germanic language in recent weeks, particularly Gothic. The Goths are probably most famous for having sacked Rome in 410 AD. We also know that the “Christianity” adopted by most Goths was Arian, a heretical teaching […]

For the Sake of the Great Commission

Christian higher education is facing a constellation of intense pressures – fiscal, cultural, governmental, and philosophical. Why college? Why seminary? What it is for? Is it worth the price tag? One pressure is student enrollment. Nationally, half of students who start college drop out during or after their first year. Others hang around, often learning […]

In His Teaching the Islands Will Put Their Hope

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. […]

Devotion as an Ever-Present Existence

“Devotion” is an interesting term in our Christian circles. It’s interesting because “devotional” could have several meanings. I have heard Christians use “devotion” or “devotional” to refer to their morning routine wherein they might read Scripture, pray, or even read a book on Christian living or theology. “Devotional” could also refer to a specific book […]

A Promise of Mercies

How many of us have turned to Lamentations 3:22-23 during times of distress or trouble?  These are precious words of promise that give all of us hope—no matter what we are facing. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your […]

Paul’s Prayer for New Students (and Everyone Else)

This week we welcomed new students from near and far to begin their education in serious joy. Our faculty and staff prayed for these men and women by name throughout the admissions process, and now they have begun their classes in three locations—Minneapolis, Memphis, and Yaoundé, Cameroon. The beginning of the school year brims with […]

Partnership for the Gospel

By God’s grace, I have completed my second year of seminary, so I would like to personally thank you for partnering with Bethlehem College & Seminary to invest in my training. Without your support and generosity, this would not be possible; thank you for your sacrificial giving for the sake of Christ’s name. Let me […]