Times of Transition

Connecting Points readers, During this time of transition as Fresno Pacific University welcomes Joseph Jones, Ph.D., as president, along with the Independence Day holiday, there will be no Connecting Points this week. Look for the series to resume weekly starting July 12, 2017 with contributions from President Jones and other members of the FPU community. […]

Connected Educators

Just recently, some of our graduate students finished our “Creating on the Web” course.  This course is part of our Master’s in Educational Technology.  One of the goals for the course is for students to become a “Connected Educator.” A Connected Educator is an individual who uses 21st-century technologies to connect and collaborate with other […]

A Brief Farewell Message

This is my final Connecting Points. It is brief, like this presidency, which was a couple months short of three years. By the impressively dedicated, often sacrificial and consistently competent and faithful efforts of the vast majority of faculty, staff, trustees, prayer supporters and donors, a very great turnaround was accomplished. Despite significant external and […]

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 […]

A Culture of Generosity

Mark Isaac, vice president for advancement and university relations Fresno Pacific University has benefited from the generosity of individuals, churches and companies for decades, but just recently has the university focused on developing a culture of generosity. What is a culture of generosity? It is the common perspective or attitude an organization has about charitable […]

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 […]

Circling the Wagons: Helping Parents Protect Kids in Cyberspace

  How do parents protect their children in a networked world? How can parents encourage their children to make good decisions online? How can we live a balanced life while using technology? As I step into the role of Program Director for the Educational Technology Master’s Degree Program at FPU, I wrestle with these questions […]