Great Moral Teachers and Irrigated Deserts


One way to think about the mission of Bethlehem College & Seminary is to think of watering a desert where a very old seed is planted. I allude to C.S. Lewis:

Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

Our admission policies seek desert-thirsty students, and our hiring practices identify biblical irrigation specialists who by unpacking the scriptures through careful exegetical methods see the Greatest One, think truly great thoughts after him, and then act accordingly.

To that end the Board of Trustees met last week and invested time on a proposal to strengthen the integrity of our hiring practices with regard to the involvement of the Board. With thanks to God, we also received a very positive report from the external auditor, and commenced a formal evaluation of the institution’s president, Dr. Tim Tomlinson. The Academic Dean, Dr. Brian Tabb, provided a written update on an undergraduate program revision.

For the board’s edification, Dr. Sam Storms pointed to twelve biblical things God did with our sin, which are not new moralities, but twelve wonderful things that certainly do irrigate the sin-dried soul. To see the list, go to

Sam Crabtree

Board Chairman

Prayer Requests
  1. Please pray as we wrap up the Fall semester this week.  Pray for the students as they finish their work and for our faculty as they handle a large volume of grading in the days that follow.
  2. Please also pray for some refreshing time away for everyone as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and have sweet fellowship with family and friends.
  3. Please continue to pray for our finances.  December is the most important month of the year for giving and so pray that the Lord would “knock our socks off” with generosity from our friends and supporters.  We need to finish December strongly.
  4. Pray too for the challenges that sometimes come during the holidays.  All of us here at the school want to be witnesses of God’s amazing grace and love during these days when even the secular world might be open to hearing about the Lord.