Possible Happens Here through Faith, Hope and Love

“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 1:3). As we embark on another year in our journey of possibilities, this prayer in I Thessalonians is very appropriate in our intercessions for […]

Work as Unto the Lord

“Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance for you […]

Presidential Priorities Report

In mid-August the FPU President’s Cabinet and President’s Council will convene in retreat to review our progress on the strategic priorities of the 2017-18 academic year. We use this time for coordination and planning and to establish priorities for the 2018-19 academic year. Priorities do not discount all the work we do institutionally but allow […]

To Whom Much Is Given

As Fresno Pacific University graduates succeed in graduate school, in business careers, in local non-profits, in the arts and in many other venues, it is gratifying to see how many were members of the University Scholars Program (USP). These particularly high-achieving alumni live out both the university’s purpose as a community of learners, and Luke’s […]

We Are the Beloved

Lilah walked toward Sophia and said: “Let’s go Sophia, so we can be best friends again!” Sophia tried to catch up as both young girls ran toward the spring toys. Lilah stopped and waited for Sophia and said: “Hold my hand, Sophia!” Lilah extended her hands to Sophia as they walked through the woodchips swinging […]

Better Teaching Through Painting

Aaaaah, summer! Spring semester is over, we’ve celebrated graduation, grades are in and the last few faculty meetings are taken care of. Summer vacation begins! What now? Many of us on faculty have nine-month contracts. So, officially, the summer is ours. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever be called in for meetings, or interviews or […]

The Challenge of Leadership

I heard or read somewhere years ago a statement that has remained with me: “everyone who wants to be a leader doesn’t want to lead.” So many of us want to be in the position, but do not want the responsibilities. We covet the perceived prestige, title and benefits because of how the position might […]

To Serve or Be Served?

Each day most of us unconsciously question ourselves whether we should serve or be served. We are seldom aware of this dialogue, but our thought patterns and actions reveal what lingers in our hearts. We regularly affirm our commitment to service. Here at FPU our mission includes the language of preparing students for “leadership and […]

Libraries and the Connection to Information: A Necessary Human Experience

Contrary to the depictions of shadowy stacks, dusty books and ancient librarians shushing patrons, modern libraries are places of light and life. Big or small, libraries concentrate on serving their users as best they can and disseminating information across the communities they serve. New ideals call librarians to be interdisciplinary, technologically savvy and focused on […]

Just Look Up

Every summer, my wife and I and at least one of our children have the privilege of building homes in Mexico for families who are in need. The Ensenada Outreach Center works with churches in Canada and the United States to bring teams of people to build the homes and provide funds for the building […]