DACA and FPU: an ongoing conversation

The following is a recap of posts related to a request I helped co-auther asking Fresno Pacific University to become a sanctuary campus for our undocumented students.   Published December 11 on Facebook There’s been a lot of talk about undocumented students, immigration and a request to become a sanctuary campus at FPU. Though the request was denied by administration …

Reflections on Charleston: the example of Armenian reconciliation

“We have come here to apologize for what our ancestors did, to ask for your forgiveness.” “We plead with you, if you can, to forgive us and the crimes of our forefathers.” These are just two of the acknowledgments made by Turk representatives last April at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia, marking the 100th anniversary of the genocide …

Christian love amidst hate and neglect

The news today is sobering, especially after hearing and reflecting on Pastor James Bergen’s sermon from yesterday at North Fresno Church. Our congregation is in a series on 1 John and it’s hard to miss the point. It’s the Gospel in tweets: Truths so simply put, they’re nearly impossible to fulfill. That’s the irony of the upside down kingdom. Dear …

A Contradiction: “Bible-minded” cities and states of “well-being”

About this time every year, a seemly contradictory set of statistics collides: the Barna Group publishes a list of the most “Bible-minded” cities and Gallup releases results of their ongoing study regarding the “well-being” of states. The findings are somewhat similar each spring. On the one hand, according to Gallup, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado and the upper-northwest mountain states tend to …

A new opportunity for church growth: will we miss it?

There’s more proof out this week that North American culture continues to shift, transforming both church and society. Specifically, several recent studies reveal how multiculturalism is shaping Christian community, and also being ignored by it. Take Britain for example. Christianity has been in decline there for decades, as is evidenced in dwindling church attendance. The phenomena is well documented and …

What’s more shocking? Torture or love?

In an interview this weekend regarding the CIA torture report released on December 9, when queried about the report and the treatment of an alleged terrorist, former vice president Dick Cheney facetiously asked, “What are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks?” That kind of response doesn’t surprise me, but it does give me cause as a Christian to …