Marketing Helps FPU Serve and Engage

“Universities do marketing?!” It’s a common response when I tell people what I do at Fresno Pacific University. For many, marketing is practically a four-letter word. There is something incongruent about marketing and education. It feels a little too sales-y for something as pure as the pursuit of knowledge, right? I’d say that depends on […]

Super Heroes on our Campuses

I often reflect on the blessing of our amazing team of student workers at Fresno Pacific University. When I began my journey as an employee 12 years ago, I had 11 student workers that I felt an immense responsibility to lead, train and mentor; not only in the day-to-day tasks related to their positions on […]

Visionary Leadership

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. Proverbs 29:18 (The Message) Vision is the bridge between the present and the future; it captures the imagination by painting a compelling picture of a desired reality which does not […]

Having A Heart Like Christ for Haiti and Africa

God knew I would be a missionary. He knew I would fight against being a missionary, too, but he also knew that responding to his call would change and challenge my life, my thoughts, my ideals and what I thought about who I thought I was. Being a missionary was never on my radar screen. […]

Why Global Education?

Students who study abroad at Fresno Pacific unanimously come back with stories of awe, surprise and shock. The awe emerges at the grandeur of the Acropolis in Greece, the glittering gold-plated Dome of the Rock in Israel, the graceful enormity of the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul, the sheer immensity of the Angkor Wat ruins […]

It’s a New Season to Give God Praise, So Let’s Worship Together!

In John 12: 20-22, there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. This very familiar passage […]

Conquerors or Grasshoppers: Worship Matters

When Moses’ spies returned from Canaan, they concluded their report by marveling at how large and imposing the people they observed were. “We even saw the Nephilim there. To ourselves we seemed as grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.” (Numbers 13:33) As the spies shared their observations, many of the Israelites […]

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 […]

Worship Transforms Us

I well remember a certain worship service that I attended in Jerusalem several years ago now. People from all over the world joined in—pastors, missionaries, scholars, lay people—singing songs, reading texts and sharing stories of God’s marvelous work in their lives. What sticks with me from this experience, however, is not so much the quality […]