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To the Islands

The first time I heard the word “seminary” was when people around me joked about how the word sounded similar to “cemetery”. Unfortunately, many well-meaning young men went to phony liberal seminaries just to find themselves burying their faith, never to be recovered again. More regrettably, these dead men ended up filling the pulpits of […]

The Hand of God

By the grace of God our family made it to Minneapolis. Traveling in summer of 2021 from India to the US was a test in every way—God brought us here. His hand was in every step of the way. When the prayers of the saints around the world combined with the generosity of the saints […]

For the Joy of India

People used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. While my answers changed with evolving interests, shepherding God’s people was never on my “probable vocation” list. That changed with my exposure to reformed theology through the expository preaching ministry of faithful pastors and teachers. The correct understanding of the gospel […]

The Sin of Equivocation

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! (Isa 5:20–21) Equivocation, or doublespeak, is not simply a logical fallacy […]

To Your Name Give Glory

For decades the people of Bethlehem Baptist Church and its affiliated ministries have prayed and labored on behalf of the unborn. We have marched in the frigid temperatures of Minnesota. We have supported crisis pregnancy centers and cultivated a culture of adoption and foster care. We have voted for life, and lifted up the worth […]

Disambiguating Gospel-Centrality

We had a great chapel this week disambiguating “empathy.” If you’re curious, look for the video when it comes out in a future email. At some point I’d like to write a book disambiguating another term: “gospel-centered.” Do a quick Google search, and you’ll come up with dozens of books with titles like Gospel-Centered Discipleship […]

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 […]

Hoglund Named to Faculty

  Bethlehem College & Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jonathan D. Hoglund as Associate Professor of Theology and Global Studies. He will assume his teaching responsibilities in August 2022. “For over a decade, Jon Hoglund has faithfully taught Bible and theology in three languages in multiple cross-cultural contexts,” said Dr. Joe […]

Ready to Witness

In the college programs at Bethlehem, we aim to graduate men and women who are ready to witness for Christ with wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives. Fulfilling that aim requires not only intellectual but also spiritual formation during a student’s time here. Therefore, we seek to shape students’ desires by developing […]

Lewis, Learning, and War-Time

In lieu of the normal prayer letter, I’d like to share with you a note that I sent to our faculty in light of the global events of the last week. Like me, I’m sure that many of you are following in some measure the unfolding conflict in Ukraine. In addition to providing an opportunity […]