Category Archives: Prayer Letter

Begrudging God’s Grace

Have you ever felt like God cheated you? Like others are getting a better deal than you’re getting? While we might not say it that way, it is easy for these sentiments to creep into our hearts, especially during times of trial. Jesus’ Parable of the Vineyard Workers can help us see our work and […]

Church Planting for the Great Commission

We at Bethlehem highly value the ministry of planting new churches. I serve as Pastor for Church Planting at our 150 year old church, and as Associate Professor for Church Planting at our seminary. Both the church and the school share a common vision to see new churches planted for the glory of Christ and […]

Advancing the Mission

For the thirteen years that I’ve been a professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary, the month of June has been fairly standard. May is always intense—finishing classes, administering final exams, preparing for commencement. After digging out from beneath the mountain of papers and submitting final grades, the month of June is a welcome change of […]

Why Pursue a Non-Traditional Master’s or Bachelor’s at Bethlehem?

There are at least three (human) motives flowing together into an answer to this question: Why pursue a degree in Bethlehem College & Seminary’s non-traditional programs? Let me investigate these briefly as a help to you as you assess God’s leading for you. BETHLEHEM’S MOTIVE Bethlehem College & Seminary invests significantly in our non-traditional degrees […]

Proclaim the Excellencies of God

On May 21, Bethlehem College & Seminary conferred degrees on our largest graduating class to date. The ceremony was filled with songs of worship, testimonies of God’s grace, and exhortations to our graduates, to use what they have learned for the glory of God and the joy of all peoples.   During the ceremony, Sam […]

Who is God?

Who is God? Theology strives to answer that question. How does the theologian (and we are all theologians) strive in the right direction? He goes to the authoritative word that God has breathed about himself. Completely truthful, the Bible never affirms any falsehood. There—in the Bible—we encounter Jesus. Jesus is not only the master teacher, but […]

Until We Meet, Again

As my tenure as president of Bethlehem College & Seminary comes to an end in a few days, I am deeply and profoundly grateful to the Lord for granting me the opportunity to be part of establishing this very special, strategic, and much needed school. A huge part of my gratitude to the Lord is […]

Stirring and Striking

Thankfulness is on my mind these days. It all started a few weeks ago when Dr. John Beckman, our Associate Professor of Old Testament, shared a faculty devotion that was both stirring and striking. He unpacked for us his journey of thankfulness that revolved around Scripture passages like Ephesians 5:20, “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the […]


I used to. Run, that is. And truth be told, I aspire to run again. My oldest son, in fact, just started track. Maybe I’ll train with him… The author of Hebrews, however, has something else in mind. He’s not talking about exercising or road races or track meets. (Nor, for that matter, is he yelling […]

The Far-Reaching Advantages of a Church-Based Seminary

A short while ago in my missions class at our extension site in Yaoundé, Cameroon, our guest lecturer was Chying Chying Zau Naw. He is a recipient of our Alex Steddom Scholarship and is a beloved member of this year’s graduating class from our Master of Divinity program. He introduced himself to our ten Cameroonian […]