Our Wonderfully Complex Mission

Last week I attended three sessions with Bill George, a business leader and professor at Harvard Business School (along with 300 students, alumni, faculty and community members hosted by the School of Business, which deserves a big thank you!), a meeting of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, a dinner celebrating 50 years of the […]

Loving Our Neighbor

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling that redefined marriage in America to allow for any committed relationship between any consenting persons, I posted a Connecting Points calling myself and others to “Being Christ-like in an Anti-Christian Culture.” I have received a flood of responses to that article, both supporting and attacking. I had […]

Appreciating Quality and Mission

One of the really enjoyable parts of my work is visiting classrooms. I do this to keep in touch with students and faculty, and to maintain a sense of what is happening, from changes in teaching to student needs to the mood around FPU campuses. Two weeks ago I visited three classes in the Merced […]

5 Years Later

In early 2010 the mission and assets of the MB Biblical Seminary in Fresno were transferred to Fresno Pacific University. What is commonly called “the merger” was legally and functionally complete by that summer, and the seminary faculty and staff started the 2010 academic year as employees of the university. It was a time of […]

Distinguishing in the Midst of Change

In times of change in any area of our lives, some of us see opportunity all around. The old restrictions seem to melt away, and opportunities for new activities and new relationships seem abundant. In those same times, others of us feel anxiety and uncertainty. The familiar and comforting patterns melt away, and forces we […]

Trusting the Process

Trust the process. It’s a common refrain in the theory and practice of organizational and personal change or decision-making. Often there appears to be inadequate progress toward the desired conditions. Things seem to be moving too slowly to get where we need to be by the time we need to be there. It may even […]