Category Archives: Prayer Letter

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 […]


The Costs of Following Christ ‘Seem’ Great

The Christian life clearly has costs. Jesus made this very clear in various places in the Gospels. He said that for Christians in this “world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). He emphasized that a Christian must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) and that anyone “who does not […]


2021 Alex Steddom Fund Grantee

Introducing Edison DSouza Mysore, Karnataka, India 2021 Grantee Alex Steddom International Student Fund Every Summer, Bethlehem College & Seminary seeks to raise $185,000 every summer to replenish a fund used to support the extraordinary financial needs of four international students in the seminary. The Admissions Committee of Bethlehem College & Seminary announces the selection of Pastor […]


For the Islands

A year ago, I wrote in one of these prayer letters, “It is my prayer that there would be an increasingly strong connection between Bethlehem College & Seminary and Bethlehem Baptist Church and the churches in Hawaii.” I’m delighted to update you about how that prayer is being answered. In the fall of 2014, I […]


The Lord, Our Keeper

The Lord has done it again!  We’ve just completed our first week of classes in the new school year, and the Lord has blessed us beyond expectations.  All summer long, I’ve been reading about the concerns, the hopes, and the plans of many other institutions of higher learning.  Nearly everyone was predicting a massive meltdown […]


In Minneapolis for Good

Cities are intensifiers, both for good and for evil. Reflecting on how Scripture characterizes cities reveals this reality. Early in Genesis, Cain and Lamech concentrate evil in cities, yet when Israel enters the Promised Land, God commands them to build “cities of refuge” (Numbers 35:11). Later in Genesis, God weighs the evil of the cities […]


Following God’s Narrow Way to God’s Broad Place

Let me share with you from my journal before I also share two key prayer requests… Jesus told us, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is […]


Good News from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon

“The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon to the United States of America, H.E. ETOUNDI ESSOMBA, hereby informs the general public that the Embassy will resume the issuance of entry visas to Cameroon as of Monday June, 22nd, 2020.” I wish you could have climbed into my heart when I received this good news […]


Will Things Ever Be The Same Again?

As I reflect on the events over the last several months—the coronavirus lockdown, stock market crash and subsequent gyrations, protests and riots across the country and across the globe—it’s natural to wonder, “Will things ever be the same again?”  The answer, of course, is no; they won’t ever be the same again.  But then again, […]