Personal Faith


The Checkbox Life and Cicadas

I remember each of my children’s university commencements, but one will not soon be forgotten. One of my kids was running late to graduation and sped into the stadium parking lot at the last minute, sprinting – gown flapping in hand – to make the processional line. After the ceremony, as lunch grew near, we inquired: […]

God Never Fails to Surprise

To my knowledge, I never had a Christian professor during my decade of undergraduate and graduate studies. When I became an assistant professor, I wanted to be the Christian professor I never knew. . While I had my own idea of how that would take shape, God fulfilled my desire in surprising ways. Soon after arriving […]

Overcoming Uncertainty

For several years before I retired as a professor and extension entomologist at Oklahoma State University, I was involved with the Faculty Commons ministry. As retirement approached, I believed God was calling me to become more active as a retiree and support the local faculty ministry in campus activities such as welcoming new OSU faculty, […]

My Mission Field

I joined the Animal Science Department at the University of Missouri on June 1, 1980, and by the mid-1980s, I began wondering if I had missed God’s will for my life. Even though I had prayed a lot about whether I should enter graduate school, I couldn’t see the eternal value in the work I […]

Decisions, Abiding, and Peace

Early in my professional career, I faced my first significant post-college decision – to leave a known career path in consulting with a Big 4 accounting firm or to choose a far-less-clear path with a relatively young, but fast-growing health insurance company. The choice was daunting for a mid-twenty-year-old, and I remember struggling with the […]


In Matthew 28, Jesus says to his followers: “make disciples of allnations…teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” What makes a disciple? And what commands do disciples observe In Luke 14 great crowds were following Jesus – what leader wouldn’t want that! –but Jesus tells them that no one can be his disciple […]

Showing UP

It is Friday morning, 0730, to be specific. Sitting alone in a cold conference room in the College of Nursing, I wonder how many would attend this week’s prayer time. Each week, the attendance fluctuates. Besides me and my co-leader, there are three to six professors that may walk in the door. There were days […]

Simply Follow

My first teaching experience came at Cal State Chico, an institution where I was surrounded by fellow Christians and many international students who presented consistent opportunities to invite students to our home and share our faith. When God brought my wife and me to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), I envisioned much the same, but bigger, […]

God Moves Quickly at Times

“Lord, how do I fit into Your plan with Faculty Commons at this campus? How might You use me now as well as when I retire?” This was my question as I was doing an impromptu prayer walk on August 21, 2021. It was a week before our fall semester was to begin. My term […]

Why the Hurry?

For academics, there always seem to be too few hours in the day. We wake up to phone alerts and incoming email chimes. We eat while working at our desks and rushing to activities. We frantically try to balance the demands of our professional and personal lives, and the line between them blurs. We must […]