Better Teaching Through Painting

Aaaaah, summer! Spring semester is over, we’ve celebrated graduation, grades are in and the last few faculty meetings are taken care of. Summer vacation begins! What now? Many of us on faculty have nine-month contracts. So, officially, the summer is ours. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever be called in for meetings, or interviews or […]

The Challenge of Leadership

I heard or read somewhere years ago a statement that has remained with me: “everyone who wants to be a leader doesn’t want to lead.” So many of us want to be in the position, but do not want the responsibilities. We covet the perceived prestige, title and benefits because of how the position might […]

To Serve or Be Served?

Each day most of us unconsciously question ourselves whether we should serve or be served. We are seldom aware of this dialogue, but our thought patterns and actions reveal what lingers in our hearts. We regularly affirm our commitment to service. Here at FPU our mission includes the language of preparing students for “leadership and […]

Libraries and the Connection to Information: A Necessary Human Experience

Contrary to the depictions of shadowy stacks, dusty books and ancient librarians shushing patrons, modern libraries are places of light and life. Big or small, libraries concentrate on serving their users as best they can and disseminating information across the communities they serve. New ideals call librarians to be interdisciplinary, technologically savvy and focused on […]

Just Look Up

Every summer, my wife and I and at least one of our children have the privilege of building homes in Mexico for families who are in need. The Ensenada Outreach Center works with churches in Canada and the United States to bring teams of people to build the homes and provide funds for the building […]

Making Sure We Get to the Right Future at Fresno Pacific University

As we enter the long, hot days of summer in earnest, the “boys of summer” are well into the 2018 baseball season. I have fond memories of hot summer Saturdays as a kid, riding my bike three miles to my grandpa’s place to mow his lawn and then spend Saturday afternoon watching Major League Baseball […]

Engaging the Cultures and Serving the Cities Through Music

An amazing thing happened in Acts 15. Scholars call it the “Jerusalem Compromise.” In what is most likely the first all-church council, the young church wrestled with the likely prospect of merely becoming another sect of Judaism. But the apostles, with much encouragement from Paul and his followers, no doubt, spurned that option and the […]

Living Under the Bond of Peace

“Me” or “We” With God When asked about the time of his coming and the end of the age, Jesus described a future of utter chaos. Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation; hearts would grow cold, despite an increase in knowledge (Matthew 25). As humans we have always talked about peace, but seldom […]

Serving the Veteran Community

Servant-leadership is at the core of Fresno Pacific University. Part of the reason veterans belong here is that they understand this concept. One of my favorite quotes, from President Kennedy, defines one form of servant-leadership: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your […]