Religious/Spiritual

Does God Yell? Listening

Posted September 3, 2015 by Duane Covrig

Yesterday, I heard a prompt from the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t on a major issue but it was wise advice that if received and heeded my day would have gone better. By the end of the day, I wished the … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Family

Authority in Ethics–Introduction (1)

Posted January 17, 2016 by Duane Covrig

The word “authority” does not usually breed warm feelings. People picture a prickly boss or government official rigidly applying a law or abusing power. Most fear freedoms will be taken away and rights violated when the “trump” card of authority … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

Authority in Ethics (2): Matthew’s Better King

Posted January 26, 2016 by Duane Covrig

This second post in our 7 part series on Authority in Ethics uses Matthew’s gospel to discuss Jesus’ authority, the main authority in Christian ethics. The last post discussed power (ability to influence something or someone) and authority (legitimate power) … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Leadership

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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Philosophy

Judgment or Hiding

Posted September 25, 2015 by Duane Covrig

A lot of people fear divine judgment. It is because they have a distorted view of God and what He can do on the way to and through judgment by his work of redemption. There is no option to avoiding … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

Stir, Stew, Chill & Serve

Posted February 12, 2015 by Duane Covrig

Adventist Problems in the 1980s: Part 1 It was the simplest directions for cooking a meal. I figured even I, as a pre-teen, could prepare it. “Why wait for my mom when I had a kitchen and a recipe and … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

Acts 15

Posted February 16, 2015 by Duane Covrig

In part one, Stir, Stew, Chill and Serve, I detailed how the Desmond Ford crises of the 1980s rocked and split my small SDA church. This experience made me a champion for unity. I am more eager to search for … Continue reading

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Religious/Spiritual

Fast Moving Fires: Lessons on Sparks and Flames

Posted October 21, 2017 by Duane Covrig

This last week I watched from a distance over the horizon of media as my beloved California burned. It was sickening. My wife and I made our first home in Napa. We lived in a little cottage near a grape … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

And All the Multitude was Silent

Posted September 7, 2015 by Duane Covrig

Our university department trains leaders. We mentor leaders who face difficult and contentious conflict and have to make tough decisions. We have to train them to confront but also to find safe places to duck into. A safe place gives … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Leadership

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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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

God out of Time

Posted January 30, 2015 by Duane Covrig

One of the most systematic challenges to the very nature of God is the view of evolution without God. In Genesis 1, we read the claim that God (the three in one) created the earth and all that is in … Continue reading

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Religious/Spiritual

Prophets and Prayer: Believing God Interacts with His World

Posted March 26, 2017 by Duane Covrig

Our contemporary mindset has a hard time conceptualizing and relating to “prophets” or to the”prophetic” gift. Recently I was reading two individuals who studied Ellen White’s prophetic gift for their dissertations. One used psychological research, specifically psychotherapy, and saw many … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Family

Plan B — God’s Glorious Reinstatement of Humans as Co-Leaders

Posted December 10, 2016 by Duane Covrig

“They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.” Revelation 14: God created humans with his divine image imprinted and implanted in us. And that was just … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

Adventist Ethics in God’s Judgment Micah 7:9

Posted October 26, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Adventists share a lot with other Christian groups but are often viewed for the uniqueness: SDAs worship on Saturday (not Sunday), believe in soul sleep (not an immortal soul that leaves a person at death), and practice healthful living by … Continue reading

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Leadership

Cultivating A Good Protest!!!

Posted November 2, 2017 by Duane Covrig

1517-2017 The 500 Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Have you got excited about the celebrations sweeping through our campuses, nations and world? I have!!! Our local community in Berrien Springs has been alive with amazing conferences. The Seminary took … Continue reading

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Religious/Spiritual

Jude, Judgment and Tough Words

Posted July 18, 2015 by Duane Covrig

I like to read and memorize catchy sayings, especially well-woven punchy advice. “Words, like sunbeams, when condensed, burn deeper” continues to help me control my often long-winded responses. “A stitch in time saves nine” reminds me to take care of … Continue reading

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Religious/Spiritual

Moral Development: Plan A and Plan B

Posted November 6, 2017 by Duane Covrig

God is the source of all good. He creates moral reality because morality emanates from his character. He is love and justice, he is regal and humble, and as such he defines the ideal. But interestingly, that which he is … Continue reading

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