Religious/Spiritual

God’s Telling His Story through Yours and Mine

Posted April 14, 2017 by Duane Covrig

Dan Allender, in his books and youtube videos and traveling/retreat ministry, helps people discover, write and tell their full stories. His work is fascinating and healing. He encourages people to tap into their life stories to see God’s powerful gospel … 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

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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Leadership

Grace & Truth: What Does God do with Bad Goat Leaders

Posted February 4, 2018 by Duane Covrig

There are millions of leaders in the world. Not all of them do us good. Last week, one of these leaders was sentenced to up to 175 years for sexually abusing girls. This sentence was based on 7 counts but … 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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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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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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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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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

How can you shepherd if you are one of the sheep?

Posted January 27, 2018 by Duane Covrig

The Lord is My Shepherd, sang David. He sang it well. He knew its truth. All sheep know the truth. We know our fragility (at least we should). We can’t see very far. We get tired easily. We suffer raging … 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

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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Leadership

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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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

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

Following Jesus: What to do with the 10 Commandments?

Posted January 12, 2019 by Duane Covrig

Andy Stanley is one of my favorite authors, youtube preachers and DVD study creators. He is an amazing communicator. He has lead me to a better experience of God, to love my family and others in a deeper way, and … Continue reading

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Family

Conversation, Community and the Creativity that Cares

Posted October 23, 2016 by Duane Covrig

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures … 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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Education & Human Development

Risk: Nothing Ventured-Nothing Gained

Posted May 25, 2019 by Duane Covrig

A recent post on my favorite blog–Institute for Faith, Work and Economics,– corresponded with my morning devotion. I thought I would share ideas from both. Tim Hoerr’s post on Why Worship Involves Risk shows how it takes initiative and risk … Continue reading

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Leadership

Church Leadership: In Season or Out

Posted November 9, 2016 by Duane Covrig

When Presidents come and go, the church needs to be the church. When Parties come and go, the church needs to be the church. When Nations rise or fall, the church needs to be the church. When Good Times lull … 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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Religious/Spiritual

Duane’s Top Ten Books

Posted February 1, 2020 by Duane Covrig

I have been reading books for about 50 years. The next few posts review the most influential books in my life. This list has shifted over time as I have added new readings. I will spend more time on my … 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

American Beastly Leadership (2 of 5)-#14 in Series

Posted February 15, 2017 by Duane Covrig

In post #13 on “servant” or “beastly” leadership, I used Revelation 10-14 to show the emergence of Adventists and America in prophecy and as agents of servant leadership. The strongest match was made for Adventists. The identifiers were:  use of … Continue reading

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Religious/Spiritual

Series: Doing a Christian Ethic of Love from a Bible full of Bloodshed.

Posted November 3, 2019 by Duane Covrig

When I present my services as a Christian ethicist, I immediately feel several insufficiencies. My lack of love meter twitches in my mind as lower than desired: Why even talk about a love ethic, when I am so far from … 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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Family

Individuality in Community: The Lesson of Mutuality

Posted September 25, 2017 by Duane Covrig

“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 to do. The men in whom this power is developed are the men who bear responsibilities, … 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

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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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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