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 […]

TL Program Alumna Spotlight: Tanya Whitehouse

Congratulations to Tanya Whitehouse, who recently received her Master of Arts degree in School Library and Information Technology! Her thesis is entitled: Computer-Based Reading Versus Print-Based Reading: Effectiveness and Preference for the High School Population.  She shared the following about her thesis journey:  “The thesis process was challenging. There were times I wished I was in a […]

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 […]

Barry Stillwell

Seafood, PG&E and FPU

Barry Stillwell, Ph.D. 2003 MA in Leadership 1999 BA in Management & Organizational Development Clovis Clipper Crab Co. owner, FPU adjunct professor and retired manager at PG&E What do seafood, PG&E and FPU have in common? The answer: Barry Stillwell. Barry has a dedication to new experiences and education that has led him from working […]


“Mary took a pound of costly perfume, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” -John 12:3 Read John 12:1-8 Many of us have been encouraged at some point in our spiritual walks to ponder the question “Am I more a Mary or a […]


“She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’” -John 11:27 Read John 11:20-27 Between Advent and Epiphany we can begin to see that what appears to be overwhelming darkness only amplifies the light. Christ’s whole life affirms this. Even upon […]

Get Up and Go Find Jesus!

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’” -Matthew 2:1-2 Read Matthew 2:1-12 […]

Mary Magdalene

“Mary Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, provided for them out of their resources.” -Luke 8:3 Read Luke 8:1-3 Head cradled by my favorite pillow, I try to wish myself to sleep as anxiety wriggles its way into every corner […]