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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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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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

Male and Female, In His likeness

Posted May 28, 2017 by Duane Covrig

The creation story, God creating Mankind in His own image and likeness, is retold often in the Bible. We need to hear it even more often these days as our identity is hid deeply within that story. In Genesis one … Continue reading

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Leadership

Investing as a Moral & Social Responsibility

Posted May 11, 2017 by Duane Covrig

Solomon was one of the most materially successful leaders of all time. Granted, he had a great jump start–very privileged–in that both his earthly father and his heavenly father gave him lots of resources to get him going…stock piles of … Continue reading

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Social

Through Sorrow to Joy

Posted May 10, 2017 by Duane Covrig

There is a lot of learning needed to lead successfully and maybe even more to follow whole-heartily. Doing both well involves moving through sorrow to joy. Both leading and following operate in a social space where courage, deep commitment and … Continue reading

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Family

The Gift of Voice and Self-Distrust

Posted May 2, 2017 by Duane Covrig

“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Is 5:21 One of the signs of moral maturity is self-distrust. We have learned we can be wrong, especially when we thing we are … Continue reading

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Family

Burying or Bearing Institutions

Posted April 22, 2017 by Duane Covrig

I have gone to or worked in schools, colleges and universities for over 45 years. I have attended church for over 50 years. I have been in a family for all my life. These three great social institutions have sustained … Continue reading

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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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Leadership

The Love in Ethics

Posted April 1, 2017 by Duane Covrig

God loves us. One way He showed that love to us is He gave us His Son Jesus (John 3:16) as a propitiation for sins, a mediator of grace and power and a soon coming ruler. What a relief and … Continue reading

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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

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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American Beastly Leadership (3 of 5) #15 in the Series

Posted March 13, 2017 by Duane Covrig

In the last 14 posts, I nuanced differences between servant (godly) leadership and beastly (satanic) leadership. The last 2 posts extended that contrast to America and Adventists. I used Revelation 10-14 and Ellen White’s Great Controversy to show how Adventists … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Brides–Shining from His Light

Posted December 22, 2016 by Duane Covrig

We should anticipate that the “spouse” of the Lamb and the “spouse” of the Beast to reflect the approach of each of their spouses. And for the most part, they do. The Bride of the Lamb reflects the light of … 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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Resisting Beastly Leadership: Flowers in the Darkest Hours

Posted November 19, 2016 by Duane Covrig

There is nothing more deceptive than leaders who appeals to our dark side. We rally to them to our own destruction. This is one of the points in Kuronen and Huhtinen’s (2016) fascinating study of our attraction to “beastly” leadership … Continue reading

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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

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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Family

8 Areas or Ways to Improve Your Teaching and Learning

Posted October 24, 2016 by Duane Covrig

We can improve learning, ours and others. We can!!!! As an Adventist university teacher I feel deeply my inadequacy to teach and to learn. I get overwhelmed with how little I have learned and how limited the development of those … 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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