Family

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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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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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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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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Family

The Prodigal Son’s Father has Love….and Food

Posted July 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

The story of the family with a Prodigal Son and Elder Brother (Luke 15:11-32 ) is a favorite parable. It continues to dazzle our understandings about God, ourselves and the human race. It teaches us a lot about moral living. … Continue reading

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Family

Judgment’s Cure for Judgmentalism

Posted August 27, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Somewhere in my teens I developed a deep judgmentalism. I can’t blame my family. My parents gave us lots of freedom, were very non-judgmental and their positions as a teacher and a nurse, gave them skills of nurturing. I can’t … 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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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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Social

Neither

Posted August 18, 2014 by Duane Covrig

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly … Continue reading

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Catholic Morality, Part 2

Posted January 2, 2014 by Duane Covrig

I started this series sharing stories about some Catholics I knew. They are some of the most moral people  around. They taught me a lot about sacrificial loving service. I trust them deeply and I believe they put my good even above … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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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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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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Family

7 Rests Worth Entering

Posted June 21, 2016 by Duane Covrig

I had one of those four and a half hour nights recently. I was running low on energy and high on bad attitude the next day. The next night was different. 7-8 hours of sleep does wonders for me. It … 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

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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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

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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Family

Speaking the Truth in Love—Body Anger

Posted November 20, 2014 by Duane Covrig

Our group at church has been going through the small group DVD series by Chip Ingram, Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feelings That Ruin Relationships. As with other Ingram DVD’s series, his ideas have been well-received … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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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

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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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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Family

Right vs Righteous

Posted January 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

He was the paragon of perfection. He was the epitome of the Jewish lifestyle well lived. He honored his parents, managed his money well, worked hard six days a week and rested the Seventh. He controlled his anger and was … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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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

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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Leadership

Diversity in Moral Leadership

Posted November 30, 2017 by Duane Covrig

Not all leaders look the same. Some are quiet. Some are loud. Some plug away at their tasks and draw interested and committed followers by their steadiness. Others use charisma to move crowds to action, using a splash of personality … 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

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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