FPU-In-India: The Power of a Boat Ride

Today’s guest post is from Darren Duerksen, Ph.D., assistant professor of intercultural studies. Fresno Pacific University has enjoyed a relationship with India for many years. For example, from the 1970s to the present many Indian Mennonite Brethren leaders have come to FPU and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary for education and training. In addition, many of […]

Connecting Creativity and Diversity

Diversity is extremely important in the life of Fresno Pacific University. We think about it, work on it and pray and pay for it constantly. It matters in our accreditation status; our relationships with state and federal agencies and programs; our reputation in the community and in national higher education rankings of quality and value; […]

FPU’s Many Faces of Spiritual Formation

Guest post by Angulus D. Wilson, Ph.D., University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Formation, and Cindy Jurado Hernandez, M.A., Director of College Hour & Chapel Programs FPU’s Many Faces of Spiritual Formation Why is spiritual formation important for FPU students?  Angulus: Spiritual formation is important for FPU students because it transforms the lives and souls of […]

Listening to Fresno Pacific

You learn a lot more when you’re listening than when you’re talking. For many of us our roles in life require us to do a lot of talking. One of the differences between being a parent and a grandparent is that parents tend to talk more to children and grandparents often have learned to enjoy […]

Off to a Good Start

As Peggi and I were leaving home this Wednesday morning she mentioned quietly that today was our two-year anniversary. Clearly she was not referring to our wedding anniversary. My calendar for this Wednesday back in 2014 had only two entries: 8:00 o’clock—President’s Office; 3:00 o’clock—Town Hall (with all faculty and staff). The previous Tuesday night […]

Athletics Lives Out the Mission at FPU

Guest post written by Aaron Henderson, Director of Athletics Another season of FPU athletics is upon us. Our fall sports are in full swing with cross country, volleyball, soccer and men’s water polo each beginning their seasons last weekend as we kicked off our second full year as NCAA Division II members. As I head […]

With God All Things Are Possible

By a long-standing custom, this first Wednesday provides an opportunity for the president to mark the beginning of the academic year for the residential community on the main campus with a convocation. We sang a powerful and beautiful hymn focused on what the Bible calls “the mind of Christ,” a concept repeated often in the […]

Faith-Based Institutions Under a Secular Government

During the 2015-16 California state legislative year that ends on August 31, two bills in particular attracted strong national as well as state-wide attention. One bill was AB 1888, which sought to prevent California students from using their Cal Grant financial aid to attend faith-based institutions like Fresno Pacific University. Fortunately for our students, that […]

Fall is Here, How Great is That?

This week I’m handing over Connecting Points to Randy Worden, dean of student life. Enjoy! — Rich I am always shocked at how fast summer goes and how quickly fall arrives. When I was younger, the beginning of the school year was something that always made me just a little bit sad. The change of […]

Connecting the Points to Create the Story

A futurist writes what-if scenarios, narrative descriptions of future conditions that might exist in a society, an economy, an industry, a movement, an organization or even a family or a church based on whether certain combinations of selected trends and events would converge. What if certain things are true and what if we all do […]