Worship Transforms Us

I well remember a certain worship service that I attended in Jerusalem several years ago now. People from all over the world joined in—pastors, missionaries, scholars, lay people—singing songs, reading texts and sharing stories of God’s marvelous work in their lives. What sticks with me from this experience, however, is not so much the quality […]

Student-Athletes Reflect Fresno Pacific University Off the Field as Well as On

In the world of college athletics, much of what goes on takes place in the public eye. Student-athletes perform in front of crowds, the results of games are reported in the media and the community takes a keen interest in how “their” teams perform. Here at FPU, however, athletics means so much more than what […]

Teaching from the “Right Side” of History

Awakening to history I grew up in a Pentecostal home, and my parents were deeply committed, Christian people. I grew up with the sense that the most important part of my faith was my personal salvation and the most important part of my salvation was going to heaven. “Now I lay me down to sleep; […]

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 […]