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

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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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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Leadership

Democratic Republics need Educated Citizens and Wise Leadership

Posted July 24, 2016 by Duane Covrig

The Influence of Democratic Republics on Morality Democracy has shaped the moral landscape of the west for centuries. It has led many to throw off monarchies and lose their interest in dictators. It has made the WEST suspicious when power … Continue reading

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Leadership

Prophets and Politics

Posted July 20, 2016 by Duane Covrig

If you live in the United States it is hard to avoid the vitriolic moral wars that characterize this year’s U.S. Presidential race. The police shootings of black men and the shooting of police has fueled an added moral fear … 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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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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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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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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Leadership

Jeremiah 4: Grace in Judgment

Posted May 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

My first three posts on Jeremiah’s “Adventist” ethic reviewed the role of prophets as moral irritations (post 1) against the status quo. Prophets are holy and morally sober in the presence of widespread moral confusion and intoxication. Such a stand … 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

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

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

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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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

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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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

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

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

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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Family

Three Stories that Frame the Moral Life: God’s, Satan’s, and Yours

Posted September 9, 2014 by Duane Covrig

The following is longer than usual and Adapted from a talk given at Andrews Academy, Sept 9, 2014….   Seniors, Thank you for letting me talk with you on your special day. Your motto “Bene in Christo” is in Latin. … 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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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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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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Catholic Morality Part Three

Posted February 1, 2014 by Duane Covrig

In the last two posts, I shared aspects of Catholic morality I admire and believe represent Christ’s moral teachings and life. Part 1 shared stories of personal encounters with godly and ethical Catholics who helped me grow more like Christ. … 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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