News Archive (2018)


  • July 9, 2018 by Nathan Foster
    A new study shows that churches are experiencing growth among multiethnic congregations. Two APU experts, as well as Pastor Mark Chase from Fellowship Monrovia, discuss the significance of this trend.
  • June 26, 2018 by Micaela Ricaforte '20
    A recent study finds that people with religious affiliation live approximately four years longer than average. What factors contribute to this longevity? APU experts take a deeper look at the research.
  • May 23, 2018

    You've tried every possible option. More time, more training, more energy, more money, more expertise and you can't seem to succeed. Every way you turn you find your plans frustrated and at a dead end. At that moment, it's awfully easy to be completely discouraged, even to the point of...

  • May 14, 2018

     The Technology offices at your workplace or university have been working overtime. The network has slowed down dramatically as a growing number of constituents download movies, videos, music, research docs, and surf the web. The solution? Increase bandwidth to allow for more work to be accomplished by more people. There...

  • May 7, 2018

    There are two ways to approach communicating with your best friend. You can either treat it as a contract where you each are getting something from the other, or you can treat it as a partnership of dynamic communication. In the latter, you allow your friend to influence you, to...

  • April 23, 2018

    Many folks may assume that if they are sold out to God, decisions are easy. All they have to do is wait around for God to show up and make decisions for them. I call that "blind passivity." They feel like they are so spiritual that certainly God will work...

  • April 16, 2018

    Every day you make life or death choices! Probably he first thing that comes to your mind when I say that is a huge decision where someone's life hangs in the balance and you must choose rightly to save them or lose them. Well, not every "life or death" choice...

  • April 9, 2018

    There are people in need all around the world. Can you imagine if we simply said “God’s grace will be enough for them” and left it at that? In cases like this we are compelled to become the expression of God’s grace – a touch, presence, a word, food, generosity....

  • April 2, 2018

    It can become so routine and so focused on non-essential things that Easter means nothing but a fun time with candy. Yet it is the most important day of the year when it comes to eternal things. Not only does it represent the hope of every person for eternal life...

  • March 26, 2018

    Today we begin Holy Week. Palm Sunday is the day we commemorate the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem while people welcomed him crying “Save Us! Save Us!” Of course Jesus did just that – but not before he walked through Holy Week. During the next few days, take time each...

  • March 19, 2018

    "I’m the boss! I’m in charge. You have to obey me or get fired. I have the power. I am over you.” Words that many utter when they assume that dominance is what it takes to be successful. Human nature always wants to dominate others. And we have misconstrued success...

  • March 12, 2018

    “You owe me. I deserve it. You should provide it for me without cost or question. I paid for it, so you’re obligated!” Can you believe it? A series of comments that reflect a selfish demand to be at the center of the world. Everything circles around the heart of...

  • March 5, 2018

    “I don’t need anyone! I can do it alone. No one will tell me what I should do or how. I will stand on my own two feet. I don’t depend on anyone but me.”

    Wow! A litany of phrases that sound really harsh…but very familiar in daily life. Independence is...

  • February 26, 2018

    When my children were young, I built them a sandbox in the backyard. Railroad ties, sand, and some great sandbox toys. They were excited to use it and invite all their neighborhood friends. Soon I started seeing their human nature become evident: “That’s my shovel, you can’t play with it!”...

  • February 19, 2018

     Have you ever noticed how easy it is to walk by someone who's hurting and sort of ignore them? "It's not my hurt. I'm not affected." But when someone we know or love gets hurt, we are much more attentive. We notice it and we respond to it with care....

  • February 12, 2018

     The batteries get weak and tired. Too much drain. Too many activities at once. Thankfully, they are rechargeable! All they need is a boost. A shot of new energy. So you plug them in. Soon they are ready to go again. Funny how we think our own lives work on...

  • February 5, 2018

     Have you ever noticed how your communication changes depending on who you’re with?  When you hang out with young children, words get simpler, your tone becomes more childlike, and the ideas you communicate become more tangible.  Spend time with educated folks and the big words show up in your speech,...

  • January 30, 2018

    Have you ever noticed how athletes who are in team sports always play better when they have known each other a long time and have spent casual time together? There’s a reason for that. When you have a relationship with someone, you get to know them. You trust them. You...

  • January 23, 2018

    Recently I sat at a dinner table watching a large group of adults in conversation. Usually there was more than one going on at once. Food being passed, comments made, questions asked, laughter – all attempts at communication. Words were flying from one person to another with conversation lines crisscrossing...

  • January 16, 2018

     Corporate logos seem to be a pretty big deal, especially lately. As the economic environment creates increased stress on companies and schools, reaffirming corporate identity and values is part of survival. Along with that comes highlighting the company seal, logo, mark. People show it, praise it, and sometimes hide behind...

  • January 8, 2018

     Welcome to the new year! It’s so easy to assume that there will be a better time ahead to make a choice to trust in God. “There’s always tomorrow. I have time. I’ll just get through the current press of busyness.” After you get through this knothole in schedule, you...