Category Archives: Prayer Letter


Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways!—Romans 11:33   My memory is such—and I acknowledge it as a gift from God that I do not presume will be available to me tomorrow—that there are certain flashbulb moments in my reading […]

Seeking Peace on Earth

One of the refrains of a familiar Christmas carol is “peace on earth, good will to men.” When we think of Christmas, these themes have nearly always been accentuated, both in the general culture as well as in the Christian culture. And rightly so. They are biblical themes. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, Immanuel, […]

Worthily Reading

God is the Story-teller and the main character. He is the Bard and the hero. He authors the fairy tale and then comes to kill the dragon and get the girl.  —Joe Rigney, “The Story-Teller Who Entered In,” This is the first letter that I have written as president-elect to the friends and contributors […]

Viet Nam Teaching Report

My teaching in Viet Nam in 2020 has looked radically different than in previous years. I had been scheduled to teach in Hai Phong and Nam Dinh in June of this year, but the COVID-19 crisis scuttled those plans. Instead, I was able to teach the Hai Phong group via Microsoft Teams the week of […]

In All Circumstances

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. It will likely be a holiday that we won’t soon forget as all of the restrictions of the pandemic continue to restrain us from our normal gatherings and activities. In fact, some of us may have a hard time thinking of what there is to give thanks for! And yet […]

The Sum of Your Usefulness

By now I hope you’ve received a copy of the Fall 2020 issue of the Serious Joy Newsletter. (You can read an electronic version here; if you’d like a print version, let us know—we’d be happy to send you one). This issue highlights our distinctive approach to seminary education as a pastoral apprenticeship and features […]

From Election Day to the Ends of the Earth

Psalm 2 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?  2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4  He who sits in the […]

Times and Seasons

The election next week is probably one of the most consequential ones in our lifetime. That may sound like an overstatement, but with the two main political parties veering farther apart, the choices become more significant with each passing election. It appears to me that Christians are more divided, more perplexed, and more torn heading […]

Our Letter of Recommendation

“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.”—2 Corinthians 3:2   One of the greatest gifts to our school is our alumni. As of Spring 2020, the school has graduated 432 alumni from Bethlehem College & Seminary programs. Our alumni are the fruit born from […]

Send Them Our Way

One month ago I wrote a prayer letter (“If the Lord Wills”) asking you to pray for the final weeks of our admission process. We didn’t know what they would bring, but we were committed to accepting applications right up until the first day of class. What would the Lord do? Allow me to tell […]