The Deeper Dimension of Business Ethics

The traditional semester for undergraduate and graduate courses begins in just two weeks. I and my fellow professors are now finishing revisions to our courses. This happens often for me, as it does this year, after reading new material, new scholarship, or catching up on topics we have felt some weakness in. I know others […]

The Grandeur and Tragedy of the Reformation

We’ve been back now a couple of weeks from our tour of Reformation Germany, Switzerland, and Geneva. I have been thinking about what we saw, and the events and personalities from 400 and 500 years ago. The experience of being at a place, seeing where Luther, for example, lived and taught (Wittenberg), where he hid […]

Beauty and Unity in the Reformation

We have been in two “Reformed” centers, two very, very, very beautiful cities, having left the Luther Towns of Germany. First we were in Heidelberg on the Neckar river, the old town wedged in a narrow valley. This is the city of the famous Heidelberg Catechism, which begins by asking and answering, “What is your […]

Luther’s Table Talk and Quotes, and Bach too

Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach, and Worms, these are the Luther towns we have visited. Erfurt was the town of the university he attended. He lived in Eisenach to attend the Latin school, and sang as a choir boy to earn money. At Worms he was examined before the emperor, Charles V, in 1521 and said the […]

Berlin and Wittenberg–Overwhelming!

The last two days for our tour have been overwhelming. As I write this, we are taking a brief break before dinner in our hotel in Halle, a Renaissance city which we will see this evening, the city of the composer Handel. Yesterday we spent in Berlin, a city still rebuilding after the fall of […]

500th Anniverary Reformation Tour 2017–Our Beginning

We have finished day three of the FPU “500th Anniversary Reformation Tour.” There are sixteen of us from Fresno, Clovis, Hanford, Reno, Pensacola, and New Hampshire—a great group to travel with—some experienced, some for the first time traveling. We are enjoying learning, sitting in street side cafes, and exploring the cities. Everyone we have met […]

Jeanne d’Albret and Gracious Leadership

I have been thinking a lot about the Reformation these days. At least I have when I have a few minutes between preparations for new classes. We are heading out on a tour of Reformation Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands in just about eight weeks. (If you are interested you can find more about it […]

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther, Dr. of Theology, planted on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, in Saxony, Germany, 95 theological theses for discussion and debate. It was the standard academic procedure for announcing a debate. Soon, very soon, his words (not couched in formal academic prose and occasionally satirical and acerbic) […]