Christmastime “Melody of Messiah”

Recently, while going through some old papers in a desk drawer at home, I came across a poem I had written 30 years ago when I was an administrator at Spring Arbor College in Michigan. At that time, I was asked to bring a brief devotional thought to the faculty-staff family Christmas party on campus. Somehow, I […]

Listen Well; then Choose Your Adventure

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.’ As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.” (Luke 5:10–11 CEB) A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time observing and listening as a few of FPU’s […]

Affirming Our Vision

In his book The Dying of the Light, James Burtchaell traces the history of higher education’s relationship with the church. He documents the transition of disengagement over time, revealing the subtle acceptance of faith integration as anti-intellectual. In another discourse, George Marsden in The Soul of the American University examines the once pervasive guidance of […]

Serving, Engaging and Embracing our Region

Have you read the latest edition of Pacific magazine yet? I was struck by the difference-making work that our alumni are doing right here in the Central Valley. Carlanda Williams is energizing Fresno Unified with Whole Brain teaching. 75 alumni coaches are leading winning teams throughout our region. Aaron Panttaja is leveraging the liberal arts […]

Humility, Not Hubris

A few weeks back, at a lecture at Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Basecamp, I had the opportunity to hear renowned Plato scholar Paul Woodruff speaking about reverence, leadership and the hubris—what used to be defined as “overweening pride,” and is perhaps better described as the arrogance—that leads us to think that we are always […]

The Call to Care–Creating a Culture of Care

One sleepy Sunday afternoon I was going about my business in the back yard and saw through the chain link fence that someone had apparently taken a spill on his bike and was lying on the ground. I called campus safety and while I waited for an officer I noticed at least four cars and […]

Perched on the Shoulders of Giants

“Bernard of Chartres used to compare us to dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. He pointed out that we see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature.” —John of Salisbury, Metalogicon 1159 To […]

The Power in YES

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV): “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” There is untold power in the most lovely word, “Yes.” It affirms, deepens, encourages, rewards, inspires and just plain […]