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Authority in Ethics 4: Satan’s Power, Jesus’ Incarnation

Posted March 23, 2016 by Duane Covrig

We are in the middle of a 7 part series on power and authority in Christian Adventist Ethics. I first introduced power as the ability to influence and move people or things and authority as legitimate power. I argued authority … 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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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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Judgment: Event, Experience & Person

Posted January 31, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Our pastor, Dwight Nelson, gave a wonderful sermon yesterday, January 30, 2016. It was on the Judge of the Judgment. For those who have heard him before, it should be no surprise that it was uplifting, biblical and well-delivered.  All … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 4: Grace in Judgment

Posted May 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

My first three posts on Jeremiah’s “Adventist” ethic reviewed the role of prophets as moral irritations (post 1) against the status quo. Prophets are holy and morally sober in the presence of widespread moral confusion and intoxication. Such a stand … 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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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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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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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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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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Anger, Protests, and Riots

Posted November 25, 2014 by Duane Covrig

It is November 25, 2014 (I updated this November 26, 2014. Updates in parentheses) In the middle of a three part series on anger, it seems appropriate to take a moment to discuss the recent demonstrations and riots in Ferguson, … 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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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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Labor Day and an Adventist Work Ethic

Posted August 31, 2014 by Duane Covrig

In the US, we celebrate work by taking a day off. (Except of course if you work the holiday shift like my wife does). We call it Labor Day. It is the first Monday of September but stretches out the … Continue reading

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They Follow Me

Posted June 19, 2014 by Duane Covrig

One of the great temptations in life is to think you are the ultimate leader, you are in control of the ultimate outcomes, and to forget there is a God, and you are not Him. The other great temptation is … Continue reading

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Lead Change and Judge Rightly

Posted February 15, 2014 by Duane Covrig

One of my favorite teaching and learning sites is at Iowa State University. The site explains Bloom’s revised learning taxonomy which provides rich advice to both students and teachers on how to improve learning.The site provides several examples of learning experiences.Some experiences … 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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Is God Morally Engaged?

Posted January 4, 2014 by Duane Covrig

Some people think about being moral. Some people hope to be more moral. Some people plan to be engaged. Some actually are morally engaged and committed.What does it mean to be morally engaged, involved, and committed? Is God morally engaged … 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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Following, Leading, and Managing: Roles of Administration

Posted December 13, 2013 by Duane Covrig

The chair of my department and soon to be Dean of our School of Education, Robson Marinho, reminded me that American higher education has more faculty governance than higher education in most other countries. As an international expert on higher … 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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Ben Carson, The Health of Nations

Posted November 20, 2013 by Duane Covrig

This original Post in November 2013 is getting updated for 2016  

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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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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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Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, part 1

Posted May 21, 2013 by Alexander Voigt

I have been reading Reggie McNeal’s A Work of Heart: Understanding how God shapes spiritual leaders recently.  One particular chapter that has challenged my everyday thinking is Chapter 10- “Commonplace: Discovering that the ordinary is extraordinary.” McNeal’s main point is this–the spiritual … Continue reading

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