Making Sure We Get to the Right Future at Fresno Pacific University

As we enter the long, hot days of summer in earnest, the “boys of summer” are well into the 2018 baseball season. I have fond memories of hot summer Saturdays as a kid, riding my bike three miles to my grandpa’s place to mow his lawn and then spend Saturday afternoon watching Major League Baseball […]

Engaging the Cultures and Serving the Cities Through Music

An amazing thing happened in Acts 15. Scholars call it the “Jerusalem Compromise.” In what is most likely the first all-church council, the young church wrestled with the likely prospect of merely becoming another sect of Judaism. But the apostles, with much encouragement from Paul and his followers, no doubt, spurned that option and the […]

Living Under the Bond of Peace

“Me” or “We” With God When asked about the time of his coming and the end of the age, Jesus described a future of utter chaos. Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation; hearts would grow cold, despite an increase in knowledge (Matthew 25). As humans we have always talked about peace, but seldom […]

Serving the Veteran Community

Servant-leadership is at the core of Fresno Pacific University. Part of the reason veterans belong here is that they understand this concept. One of my favorite quotes, from President Kennedy, defines one form of servant-leadership: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your […]

Learning—and Living—in Community

Jesus said, “For with mortals it is impossible, but with God all things are POSSIBLE!” (Matt. 19:26) Since arriving at Fresno Pacific, I have become more convinced that reflective Christian faith must unify our intellectual and communal life as a university. Most Christians on Christian campuses are familiar with the phrase “integration of faith and […]

Envisioning the Future: Academic Excellence

“Teach the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning (Proverbs 9:9).” “The wise will hear and increase in learning; and a person of understanding will acquire wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5).” Over the past few weeks we have conducted several forums entitled: “Envisioning the Future.” We […]

It Takes a Village to Make a Brand

A Great Brand Meeting a new institution is like meeting a new person—you want to get to know who, or what, they are and what they stand for before you clutch either to your chest as your best friend. You want to understand values, mission, vision and purpose. That’s the big idea behind branding. It […]

Academic Innovation and the Mission of God

In 2008, I left my full-time job at a manufacturing company to pursue “by faith” an evangelistic ministry and the completion of my college degree. I was unsure how I would pay my bills, and less confident about my pursuits in higher education. All I knew was that the Lord placed a fire within me […]

Prayer with Consistent Purpose

Yvette and I knew that our journey to Pakistan would change our lives. We also anticipated a change in our relationship to God. We were entering an environment not conducive to Christianity, and in some places very dangerous to live. Prayer was always a principal in our relationship, but there it became critical to our […]