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Remembering Willie Stoffer

Recently I attended the memorial service of former George Fox student and loyal Bruin football fan Willie Stoffer. Following are the thoughts I shared about Willie’s life and impact on the George Fox community. It was the fall of 2008. … Continue reading

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Willie’s Last Game

Last Saturday was a typical fall day in Oregon – sunless, cool and damp with a constant hint of rain. It was our last home football game of 2017 and from a public view most preparations for the day appeared … Continue reading

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Meeting an Angel on Serve Day

Eighteen years ago, President Dave Brandt began a George Fox tradition known as Serve Day. Recently, we continued the tradition by sending out more than 2,000 students, staff and faculty to serve our community and neighbors in the northwest corner … Continue reading

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An Impressive Display of Character

On Saturday, Sept. 2, I stood on the sidelines during our first football game of the 2017 season. It was a cool day with a breeze and just a little rain. We had traveled to play the No. 15-ranked Division … Continue reading

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Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Others

It was 1974, and we had moved from a small rural town in Arizona (Mayer) to the “large” city of Flagstaff. I had spent most of my growing-up years in small agricultural towns and was confronted for the first time … Continue reading

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‘Just Sand on a Beach’

About 12 years ago, Professor Jim Foster and I took a group of George Fox students on a trip to Europe that centered on the American experience in World War II. We started in London and visited one of the … Continue reading

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Oh So Close

About 10 years ago, MaryJo McCloskey came to me and asked if I might be interested in developing a women’s golf program at George Fox. She had previously coached at Lewis & Clark and was looking for a university that … Continue reading

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The Practice of Being Alone Together

Most of my family lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and when Christmas comes around we almost always travel home. During this particular holiday, my brother Keith was given tickets to the Fiesta Bowl, and I was privileged to attend with him. … Continue reading

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The Spirit of the Age

One of my favorite musical writers is a man named Michael Card. A number of years ago he wrote a song called the Spirit of the Age that expressed his frustration with the tragic events that seemed to dominate his … Continue reading

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Sacred: A Reflection

On our recent Juniors Abroad trips one our primary focal points was centered on “experiencing the sacred.” I have to admit, I have specific images, patterns and even forms in mind when I think of the “sacred.” For me, sacred … Continue reading

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