Presidential Priorities Report

In mid-August the FPU President’s Cabinet and President’s Council will convene in retreat to review our progress on the strategic priorities of the 2017-18 academic year. We use this time for coordination and planning and to establish priorities for the 2018-19 academic year. Priorities do not discount all the work we do institutionally but allow […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Be Careful Not to Forget the Lord Your God

In the eighth chapter of Deuteronomy Moses reminds the people of the promise and vision of God for their future. He also reminds them of the laws, statues, ceremonies and traditions to maintain, so that they will be “careful not to forget the Lord their God” in the midst of their work and prosperity. Three […]

An Engaged Presence

God sends his word to the earth in the form of a child to express his love for all. This gift of love gave us access to understanding God’s heart for relationship with all mankind. He sent his presence through Jesus the Christ to draw us into a kingdom where abides as Father. In the […]