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 […]

Coming Together to Honor God in Convocations

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” Dorothy Day “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing.” Wendell Berry Four times a year the university has the tradition of coming together—two commencement services […]

A True Community of Learners

As we all filed out from the University Assembly onto the Green to view the solar eclipse, I was inspired and energized by the excitement I felt around me at the wonders of God’s creation. I truly felt that we were a “Community of Learners” as we shared our gadgets, glasses and enthusiasm. I’d like […]

How Firm a Foundation? The Case for the Annual Fund.

It’s August, and across the length and breadth of North America, admission officers and senior university administrators are anxiously holding their collective breadth, waiting to see just how many students will arrive (and return) to their hallowed halls. Such is the life of the tuition/fee-dependent higher education institution and, let’s face it, with only a […]

God’s University

A little over a year ago, Yvette and I visited several South Korean Christian universities. Our university in Pakistan had developed partnerships with several of these institutions, and my job was to broaden opportunities for collaboration. Handong Global University was particularly impressive. Though all these institutions were Christian, we were stunned by a message that […]

Believe in God’s Faithfulness

“How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?” Numbers 14:11 “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful for he cannot disown himself” 2 Tim. 2:13 The only way I was able to embrace God’s call for Joe and me to shine […]

Fantasy or Imagination

The night before his reluctant conversion to Christianity, C.S. Lewis walked for several hours with J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien, a deeply committed Christian, was doing his best to convince Lewis of the credibility of both Christ and the church. All along the way, Lewis spouted out one objection after […]

New Leader, New Commitment

Twenty-two years ago, I sat in Ashley Auditorium with the rest of the incoming freshman. President Richard Kriegbaum came in and asked us two questions which calmed my fears about college: First, he asked, “How many of you are nervous or wondering about how you’re going to pay for college?” Almost all of us raised […]