Learning the Ministry of Presence

One day in 2001 I got a phone call from my sister. “Our mom died this morning,” she said. It was shocking to me and I didn’t know what to do. I was taking a break from my college after two years. I ran to the hospital and I saw the body of my mom. […]

Betwixt and Between

My favorite part of the day is from the first light of dawn until the sun breaks into its fullness. It is God’s daily invitation to join in his redeeming work. It is in this liminal space, “betwixt and between” darkness and light, that hope rises. Every single day. And it is to this hope-filled […]

Music Lessons with a Socially Conscious Beat

A cursory glance at the business section of The New York Times would tell you that our economy is doing quite well, and Americans are enjoying a level of economic prosperity we have not seen in a long time. Yet this economic growth has not benefited everyone. For me, this reality is no more apparent […]

Thriving Without Striving

 “You’re like a knife when you enter the room,” said my acting professor after my first grad school audition. “The way you dress, the way you present your audition material—it’s a perfectly wrapped package. There’s a completeness and slickness to your work that makes you untouchable. Where is the human part of you?” “What’s he […]

Serving the Central Valley in Bakersfield, Visalia, Merced and Fresno

Engaging the cultures and serving the cities is the very essence of the Fresno Pacific Idea and the purpose of the regional campuses. Let me share how all the regional campuses are accomplishing this goal and preparing our graduates to lead and serve in the church and society. With a combined enrollment of 2,500-plus students […]

Roadmaps or Detours?

The corpus of our hope at Fresno Pacific University is found in the Fresno Pacific Idea, which “reflects the university’s interpretation of what it means to be a community of learners committed to a distinctive vision of Christian higher education.” In several weeks this community will convene conversations concerning the strategic direction of the university […]

The Role of a Business School

I have been asked a few times, “What is the role of a business school at a traditionally liberal arts university?” To those in the School of Business at Fresno Pacific University, the answer is clear, yet consists of several connected parts. In the School of Business, we educate leaders, building on such foundational skills […]

Who Do You Serve?

I am serving Jesus of course, you might answer! But if we are honest with ourselves as we reflect on our lifestyles and choices, we must confess that perhaps we might be serving something or someone other than Jesus. It has been suggested an examination of your calendar (how you spend your time) and your […]