The Possibility of Substantial Significance

On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, I spent a little over through three hours strolling through the Alamo. I’m one of those people who really enjoys historic sites. I tend to want to read each plaque, view each highlight and I especially like the audio walking tours that many such sites now provide. In […]

Finding the Voice We’ve Always Had

“So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace” St. Paul, to the Ephesians (6:14-15, CEB). “You know,” he said to me, “You work at the sleeping giant of the Valley!” “I […]

FPU Board of Trustees Looks to the Future with Joseph Jones

This past week the board had its very first regular meeting with Fresno Pacific University’s new president, Joseph Jones, Ph.D. The meeting featured both “business as usual” and discussions of a very promising nature regarding future possibilities at FPU. I reported to the board that “Dr. Joe” has settled in quite quickly and has capably […]

Where We are Financially: Cause for Optimism

This has been a year of ups and downs, as is so often the case at FPU, but increases in enrollment, and therefore income, along with some hopeful trends for the future, give cause for optimism. First, we’ve been blessed with some exceptional news: grad and degree completion are each about $2M ahead of budget! […]

A Covenant Convocation at FPU!

Genesis 17:1-6 1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’ 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 ‘As […]

Enrollment Success Requires Diversified Investment

When you’re serious about investing for your long-term future, typically the first step you take is to schedule an appointment with an investment professional. And one of the first things they’ll tell you is to diversify your portfolio. You wouldn’t want to put all of your money in one type of investment, like stocks in […]

In My Garden Grows a Melody—and Too Many Metaphors

When our children are small we send them to a place called “kindergarten” or “children’s garden.” There they learn the beginning skills. And usually after a dozen years or so of preparation they come to us here in another garden where we refine their growth, encourage them to think and help them to find and […]

Times of Transition

Connecting Points readers, During this time of transition as Fresno Pacific University welcomes Joseph Jones, Ph.D., as president, along with the Independence Day holiday, there will be no Connecting Points this week. Look for the series to resume weekly starting July 12, 2017 with contributions from President Jones and other members of the FPU community. […]

#StayStrongFresno

Forest Benedict is a local therapist who specializes in sexual addiction treatment and teaches at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. In his compelling and timely article, Forest calls the Fresno community to stand against the new Hustler store that may come to Fresno later this year. He shares valuable information about the harms of pornography and […]

Young Woman Seeks to Inspire Youth

Dina Villanueva, age 20, a student studying Criminal Justice and Sociology at Fresno Pacific University (FPU) often dreamed about traveling internationally.  She now has a story to tell…   Villanueva, was one of the 40 young adults who participated this summer in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Summer Service Program.  This short-term program is a […]