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Resisting Beastly Leadership: Jesus Flowering in Dark Places

Posted November 19, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Bad leaders have several ways to lead people astray but there may be only one good way to prevent that from happening. One way leaders lead us astray is when they appear “good” or “strong” but lack moral character and … Continue reading

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Daniel: Servants to Beastly Kingdoms

Posted December 4, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Daniel was sent as a servant-slave to Babylon. Daniel’s nation, Israel, had been destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar’s forces, but the real ruin started centuries earlier when they rejected God as a leader and asked Samuel to find them a king. … Continue reading

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Four Acts of Divine Leadership

Posted December 9, 2016 by Duane Covrig

God leads. That is my deep belief. He acts on his creation in love. That is my deep experience. God leads in more ways than we will ever fully be aware. Much of our ignorance of his ways to lead … Continue reading

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Education and Redemption are One

Posted February 7, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Jesus and I are in the same line of work: redemption. At least that is the implication of Ellen White: “Education and redemption are one” (Education, 1903, p. 30). There are several ways people interpret that “oneness.” SAME: Jesus was … Continue reading

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Angry Leaders

Posted November 27, 2014 by Duane Covrig

As we noted in the last several blogs, anger can be good as it initiates reaction to injustice’s two forms: apathy and abuse. Anger can rally our emotions and juice up our soul to make us aware that something is … Continue reading

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Post 12-Review of Servant and Beastly Leadership Series

Posted January 10, 2017 by Duane Covrig

American and Adventist leadership will be our next focus in this long series contrasting servants and beasts. As a review, the last 11 posts covered: Resisting Beastly Leadership: Flowers in the Darkest Hours contrasted Jesus’ representation of God’s leadership on … Continue reading

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Crucified and Risen Leadership

Posted November 30, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Trembling is an overwhelming, almost uncontrollable, “natural” response to deep cold, fear, emotional exhaustion, or … Continue reading

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Servant Leadership in Beastly Places

Posted December 3, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Greenleaf’s 1977 classic Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness reminds us that the most important characteristic about anything—a cell phone, a boss, even a God– is service. Without good service none of them are … Continue reading

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American Beastly Leadership (1 of 5)– #13 in Series

Posted February 3, 2017 by Duane Covrig

The last 12 posts contrasted beastly and servant leadership, using scripture illustrations to show a great war wages for our allegiance. One side pulls individuals and nations toward evil and beastly leadership, characterized by lots of speaking, limited or poor … Continue reading

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Individuality and Mutuality in Christian Leadership

Posted November 6, 2018 by Duane Covrig

Within our Adventist educational community, one Ellen White often quoted passage is Education p. 17: Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator– individuality, power to think and … Continue reading

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The Trinity, The University and Christian Professors

Posted September 11, 2014 by Duane Covrig

I teach at a faith-based university, Andrews University. We get persecuted in the blogs from left and right, from outside and inside our church. Most of the animosity gets directed at our Seminary. There is something about religious and theological … Continue reading

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Authority & Ethics 3: Jesus’ Baptism

Posted February 1, 2016 by Duane Covrig

This 7 part series is looking at authority in Christian ethics. My first post reviewed power, authority, and the disdain for both and the how ethics needs authority to makes its claims. Second, I used select passages in Matthew to … Continue reading

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Ambition—Recipe For Moral Leadership or Failure

Posted November 23, 2013 by Duane Covrig

I have been confused for most of my life about what to do with my ambition—the dreams to do great things and accomplish amazing feats. Was that drive from God or Satan? Was it promoting the spirit of Christ or … Continue reading

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Authority and Power: Exercised and Ascribed

Posted October 9, 2014 by Duane Covrig

It was a key theme throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, especially in the final weeks leading up to His crucifixion and death. It has been a key theme in Jesus’ heavenly ministry, as High Priest, especially in the closing work of … Continue reading

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American Beastly Leadership (4 of 5)-#16 in Series

Posted March 21, 2017 by Duane Covrig

This series has contrasted servant and beastly leadership. The last 3 posts brought Adventism and America into this contrast. The prognosis of Revelation 13 is that America could abandon its role as servant leader. How? Here, I explore four ways … Continue reading

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Beastly Powers, Delusions and Ethics

Posted December 16, 2016 by Duane Covrig

For the last several posts on I have used Kuronen, T. and Huhtinen, A. (2016). Un-willing is un-leading: Leadership as beastly desire. Leadership and the Humanities, 4(2), 92-107  to illustrate how servant leaders like Daniel operated in the midst of … Continue reading

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John and Beastly Powers

Posted December 17, 2016 by Duane Covrig

The Apostle John knew something about the contrast between service and lordship, love and hate, divine leadership and beastly powers. He intimately experienced both styles of leadership. First, his family of origin had “beastly” ways of relating. He and his … Continue reading

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Power, Authority, Morality

Posted December 21, 2013 by Duane Covrig

The power play unfolded as most do. The clerk questioned the leader’s ethic in using company resources for personal use. The leader, ruffled by the challenge,  appealed to her superior position over the clerk and spoke of her  sacrificial work … Continue reading

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The Etiology of Beastly Power

Posted December 21, 2016 by Duane Covrig

This is post 9 in a 12-part series contrasting servant and beastly leadership. This post reviews two symptoms common in beastly powers–lying and murdering. These symptoms are outward manifestations of a deeper disease process. We discuss those symptoms and the … Continue reading

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More Moral Leadership in Our World

Posted March 31, 2015 by Duane Covrig

Most of us need more exercise. Most of us want more money. We all could use a little more love. But the greatest need and want is for moral leadership. I have been on a twenty year journey of using … Continue reading

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Democratic Republics need Educated Citizens and Wise Leadership

Posted July 24, 2016 by Duane Covrig

The Influence of Democratic Republics on Morality Democracy has shaped the moral landscape of the west for centuries. It has led many to throw off monarchies and lose their interest in dictators. It has made the WEST suspicious when power … Continue reading

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Ethical Leadership: What is it? How to develop it?

Posted February 7, 2014 by Duane Covrig

I teach LEAD645 – Ethical Leadership at Andrews University.  In LEAD 645, we explore what ethics is and what leadership is and how  both-concepts can be developed together.There is a dual relationship to the concept. First, I see the call … Continue reading

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Jeremiah Ethics 1: Moral Irritation

Posted April 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

Living moral truth often means going against the status quo. It means “standing up for the right though the heavens fall” (White, 1903, Education, p. 57). It is evident when a person seeks sexual purity or promotes heterosexual marriage when … Continue reading

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Called and Sprawled into Leadership: Lessons from DeVos Urban Leadership

Posted October 29, 2016 by Duane Covrig

I experienced the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative this week. This training experience serves 50 urban faith based youth leaders from across the country with leadership development events and coaching.  It helps them find sanity, refocus on trusting God, and create … Continue reading

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Drunk Leaders, Sober Advice and God’s Judgment

Posted November 15, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack recently and new videos of his rants show he struggles to remain a sober leader. Many feel he needs to resign or find a way to control his erratic behavior and stop … Continue reading

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Bethlehem’s Mourning: Herod the “Not-So” Great

Posted December 29, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Christmas celebrates God’s great love to the world. The gift of Bethlehem’s Morning was a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Jesus, Immanuel. God with Us. The King of the Universe stepped down to save his subjects. Jesus would win his … Continue reading

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Jeremiah Ethics 2: No More Ethical Cowards

Posted April 23, 2015 by Duane Covrig

There is a big difference between wise caution and cowardice. One will help you make better decisions. The other will thwart great innovations. One will lead you to heaven. The other will take you straight to hell. “But the cowardly, … Continue reading

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Judges, Kings and A Better Leadership Plan

Posted November 11, 2017 by Duane Covrig

1 Samuel 8 tells us when the Israelite’s asked for a good king it displeased Samuel and God. God’s advised Samuel how to respond: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have … Continue reading

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Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, part 2

Posted May 21, 2013 by Alexander Voigt

In Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, part 1, we examined the importance of the ordinary, mundane experiences that shape the life of the leader as found in Reggie McNeal’s, A Work of Heart: Understanding how God shapes spiritual leaders.  Continuing in chapter … Continue reading

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Jeremiah Ethics 3: Can Adventists Run with Horses?

Posted April 23, 2015 by Duane Covrig

I run 5k races and once I ran a 10k with my daughters (only because there was no 5k event). I don’t run long races. I can’t handle it. As such, God’s question to Jeremiah hits a sensitive spot: “So, … Continue reading

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