Author Archives: robinbaker

Sacrifice and Service

The pandemic has given me a lot of opportunities to read. Most of my planned trips have turned into “Zooms,” as they are called, and I have stayed in Oregon for most of the last six months. I am still … Continue reading

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Crossing Boundaries

Race and ethnic differences have plagued human relationships for thousands of years, and it feels like no time has been more divisive than the past few months. Race divides our culture in housing, religious association, and community and social gatherings. … Continue reading

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The Power of Silence

It was 1974, my junior year of high school. My father, a long-time basketball coach, got one of the prized coaching jobs in the state at Flagstaff High School. We moved from Mayer, one of the smaller towns in Central … Continue reading

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A renewed call for justice and reconciliation

It has been a difficult spring for our culture. COVID-19 has reshaped our lives and disproportionately affected our communities of color. In the midst of this pandemic, African-Americans have died tragically and senselessly. Most recently, George Floyd had his life … Continue reading

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Hope in Extraordinary Times

Who knew 90 days ago that coronavirus emerging in central China would lead to a global pandemic? Our early awareness of COVID-19 led us to meet and discuss our study-abroad programs. That quickly led to discussions about athletics because we … Continue reading

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Change is the New Normal

I’m a regular reader of the Wall Street Journal, and earlier this week I noticed a brief announcement relating to recent changes in the Macy’s department store organization, entitled “Macy’s Slashing Jobs and Shuttering Stores.” The article went on to … Continue reading

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Words of Appreciation

Sometimes words of appreciation should be shared broadly. This is one of those times. Dear Jeremiah, Dan and Vicki,  As the Barclay House renovation nears completion, I wanted to email you to express how deeply grateful we are for this … Continue reading

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Levi Pennington: Mentor and Follower of Christ

Someone who earns a university degree should have accumulated more knowledge than when they began. Yet, knowledge is only one aspect of the experience. Most of the community at George Fox would regard spiritual formation and character development as essential … Continue reading

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Remembering a Good Friend

It was 2007 and I had just been named as the 12th president of George Fox University. It was a time of great angst for Ruth and me. I had been a university administrator for many years but had never … Continue reading

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Peace

It was an Easter morning in April, just a few weeks ago, and families were walking down the streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka, to attend Christian worship services celebrating the Resurrection. The children in Zion Church had just completed their … Continue reading

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