This summer concludes my first year as President of Indiana Wesleyan University. The opportunity to serve my alma mater and longtime home in this capacity ranks among the greatest honors and privileges of my life.Read the full post
Today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, and other profit-seeking businesses, is a heartening affirmation that it is still permissible for Americans to honor the dictates of conscience based on deeply-held religious principles in the conduct of their businesses.Read the full post
The third employee in Jesus’ Parable of the Talents is fascinating. I must admit, all too often I resemble the third employee more than the first two.
This employee puts his master’s goodness in a secret place “to keep it safe.” There it languishes.Read the full post
God has created a world in which goodness abounds. God is the source of this goodness. Goodness belongs to God.
It is not hard to imagine a world in which there is evil. This is unremarkable.
It is far harder to imagine a world full of goodness. But this is the kind of world that God has made and that God owns.Read the full post
This week I’d like to share with you a speech I delivered at the May 3 graduation event at Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia. IWU recently struck an agreement to acquire WI and work with them to create the first evangelical Christian university in Australia.
Read part one after the jump.Read the full post
It is my pleasure to announce that Elizabeth Hanford Dole, former United States Senator, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, President of the American Red Cross and founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has accepted our invitation to enter the IWU Society of World Changers as our 2014 inductee.Read the full post
Last week I had the privilege of serving as Honorary Coach for the IWU Men’s Basketball Team during the last home game of the season. It was Senior Night, when we recognized three outstanding young men who will graduate this spring.
It was great fun to interact with the team, and intriguing to watch Coach Tonagel and his staff work.
Like many people who enjoy team sports, I’ve always been intrigued with great coaches.Read the full post
Perhaps it is just the way of the human family to look around us and lament what we neither understand nor believe we can change.Read the full post
Last year the IWU Executive Council adopted an email protocol in which, among other things, we committed not to send each other work-related emails from 6:00 pm on Friday to 6:00 pm on Sunday. We weren’t sure how this would work, or if it would really make much difference in our work culture. After six months, it’s clear that this protocol has made a positive impact. We have had to be flexible when weekend duties have required communication between us, but none of us would want to go back to our old ways. During the recent Executive Council planning retreat, I asked Keith Newman (CEO for Residential Education) to help us develop a broader set of commitments we could make to each other as IWU’s senior administrative team. We used an excellent document created by the Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth, Ohio) as our point of departure. Our document borrowsRead the full post
Several years ago I had the privilege of helping to prepare the university I served then to host a visit from a group of young gay rights activists. We immersed ourselves in Biblical studies, read the relevant psychological and sociological literature, discussed the issue at length with colleagues, and listened to the many convictions and opinions offered by the members of our community.
The visit was not easy for us or for our visitors. They were visiting us, after all, expressly for the purpose of asking us to change our views and our policies.
But it was worth the effort.Read the full post