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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Professional

Labor Day

Posted August 30, 2014 by Duane Covrig

In the US, we celebrate work with a holiday, a day off for many workers. We call it Labor Day. According to wiki and the U.S. government page on this, labor unions spearheaded the creation of Labor  Day as a … 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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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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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

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

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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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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Leadership

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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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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Leadership

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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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Education & Human Development

He Saw My Potential

Posted May 24, 2019 by Duane Covrig

He knew I had a heart for him. He saw my potential. He knew that I would listen to his crazy ideas about “blessed are the poor” and “turn the other check.” He saw my potential. He knew I would … Continue reading

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Leadership

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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Leadership

Following Well or Eventually

Posted December 1, 2018 by Duane Covrig

There is one social competency more difficult than leadership. That is the ability to follow well. It takes deep intellectual and emotional preparation and skills to follow well. A friend told me one time that if a person thinks they … 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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