Engaging the Cultures and Serving the Cities Through Music

An amazing thing happened in Acts 15. Scholars call it the “Jerusalem Compromise.” In what is most likely the first all-church council, the young church wrestled with the likely prospect of merely becoming another sect of Judaism. But the apostles, with much encouragement from Paul and his followers, no doubt, spurned that option and the […]

A New Kingdom Way To Love And Serve

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 Here in this passage we see a new call to action from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s a call to demonstrate what one believes and cherishes about love. It’s a call to love in a difficult time, […]

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 […]

The Great Divorce

I was invited by some friends to meet with them to discuss C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce. They have been reading it as part of a practice of Bible study and spiritual reading they have done together for a number of years.  There questions were very perceptive. I thought I might review a few […]

Serving the Veteran Community

Servant-leadership is at the core of Fresno Pacific University. Part of the reason veterans belong here is that they understand this concept. One of my favorite quotes, from President Kennedy, defines one form of servant-leadership: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your […]