Archives for January 11, 2023

A Blessed Time of Fellowship!

We’re just back from a blessed time of fellowship over a delightful dinner with Dr. Jim and Caroline Newheiser (2nd and 3rd from left in photo) and Dr. Mark and Donna Kelderman (Mark heads up our Biblical Counseling program at Puritan Reformed Seminary). Jim is presently teaching an adjunct course in counseling for us at Puritan Reformed. He is the Director of the Christian Counseling program and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, and is the author of several good and important books in critical areas of counseling. Pray for us that this much-needed counseling program now being offered at Puritan Reformed will be greatly blessed by God.

Fellowship with 50 Gospel Ministers! What a Blessing!

Yesterday, I finished teaching 50 doctoral students—all ministers—from The Master’s Seminary (associated with Dr. John MacArthur) a course on Reformed Experiential Preaching. Dr. Steve Lawson leads the program.
Christian fellowship is an amazing thing—especially between ministers. It is remarkable how close one can feel to a group of fellow ministers after only 18 hours of teaching and fellowship. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this class and getting to know these brothers (photo). In fact, I was almost sorry to be done with teaching!
Due to the torrential rains in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday, our flight out of Burbank was canceled, but we managed to drive up to the main Los Angeles airport and catch a standby flight to Chicago just in time. We were going to overnight in Chicago and had reservations for a flight home by noon today, but due to my many commitments this morning, we decided instead to rent a car and drive the 3.5 hours to Grand Rapids, arriving home this morning at 1:30 a.m.—all the while having no idea that our flight and many others would also be canceled this morning. God’s providence is so kind!
Pray please for God’s rich blessing on the course taught and on the ministries of these 50 doctoral students/ministers.