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 […]

Learning—and Living—in Community

Jesus said, “For with mortals it is impossible, but with God all things are POSSIBLE!” (Matt. 19:26) Since arriving at Fresno Pacific, I have become more convinced that reflective Christian faith must unify our intellectual and communal life as a university. Most Christians on Christian campuses are familiar with the phrase “integration of faith and […]

Envisioning the Future: Academic Excellence

“Teach the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning (Proverbs 9:9).” “The wise will hear and increase in learning; and a person of understanding will acquire wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5).” Over the past few weeks we have conducted several forums entitled: “Envisioning the Future.” We […]

It Takes a Village to Make a Brand

A Great Brand Meeting a new institution is like meeting a new person—you want to get to know who, or what, they are and what they stand for before you clutch either to your chest as your best friend. You want to understand values, mission, vision and purpose. That’s the big idea behind branding. It […]

Academic Innovation and the Mission of God

In 2008, I left my full-time job at a manufacturing company to pursue “by faith” an evangelistic ministry and the completion of my college degree. I was unsure how I would pay my bills, and less confident about my pursuits in higher education. All I knew was that the Lord placed a fire within me […]

Prayer with Consistent Purpose

Yvette and I knew that our journey to Pakistan would change our lives. We also anticipated a change in our relationship to God. We were entering an environment not conducive to Christianity, and in some places very dangerous to live. Prayer was always a principal in our relationship, but there it became critical to our […]

What’s Christian higher education worth? How about $60 billion

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) issued an economic study of its 142 members in the United States, which includes Fresno Pacific University. All these institutions broaden the educational options for students and create environments where they can freely integrate their Christian faith with cognitive development. Many of those institutions, like FPU, do […]

Life was the Lesson for Wilfred Martens

Wilfred Martens taught a lot to those lucky enough to know him, whether as a member of the English faculty at Fresno Pacific, a tour guide at Hearst Castle, an instructor at the University of San Francisco or in classrooms at Elderhostel, China and Lithuania. But like any master teacher, his greatest lesson was his […]