Taking a moment

A number of groups have worked together through the process of reviewing the year now ending, and starting to plan for the next. Many voices and perspectives bring out the elements of our mission and issues that we each might not see alone. This last week the executive cabinet and the deans met, separately and […]

A true Champion is beautiful two ways

For the second year in a row the Fresno Pacific University baseball team was the national champion in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series in Ohio. At midseason it looked to me like the team was unlikely to even qualify for post-season play. But the players never quit working hard. They kept […]


It seems as if the academic year is hardly over, and here we are already planning for a new one. It seems that way, I suppose, because that is exactly how it is. In fact the planning started many weeks ago. What are we anticipating and planning for? Several things—let me list some of them: […]

Answered Prayers

Some prayers are spoken words, some are silent thoughts and some are actions. God answers all kinds of prayers. The 2014-15 fiscal and academic year is finished at Fresno Pacific University. The May commencement ceremony with over 7,000 people participating in Selland Arena is done. The financial books are being closed. The 40,000 grades are […]


Yes the title is in the plural—celebrations. This week and next we will celebrate a number of times. On Friday commencement will celebrate a new class of alumni and the completion of the graduate and traditional undergraduate academic year. Degree completion students and faculty study and teach year round, and a new graduate semester starts […]

Faithfulness Requires Wisdom

On Tuesday April 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the U.S. Constitution mandates or allows a re-definition of the historic meaning of marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman, and, if marriage is not so defined, whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages from those states that […]