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Adventist Pastoral Ordination and Dangers of Being Right without Others

Posted November 4, 2013 by Duane Covrig

It was one of those life-saving thoughts that creep into a person’ mind and saves them from thinking or doing or saying something stupid. I still remember it. It was as if a switch went off, channeling my mind from … Continue reading

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Does God Yell? Listening

Posted September 3, 2015 by Duane Covrig

Yesterday, I heard a prompt from the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t on a major issue but it was wise advice that if received and heeded my day would have gone better. By the end of the day, I wished the … Continue reading

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The Sabbath as Moral Healing and Training

Posted October 31, 2013 by Duane Covrig

In his controversial book, The Righteous Mind, and on several YouTube videos Jonathan Haidt talks about the six main moral values that help frame people’s sense of right and wrong. He notes that liberals tend to focus on the first … Continue reading

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Soft and Stern Virtues

Posted November 28, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Two important moral words to carry around in your moral toolbox are “yes” and “no.” They are the voice of softer and sterner virtues. “Yes” is a much nicer word to say and hear. It is softer, welcoming, and optimistic. … Continue reading

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What’s In a Calling? Depends on Whose Voice You Hear

Posted November 23, 2013 by Duane Covrig

For years I have struggled with understanding my calling as well as generally what a calling is–passion, job, career or hobby, and how to live your calling or even change a calling. In some ways, I learned it depends on … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Progress and Reform–be careful when you are right

Posted October 20, 2013 by Duane Covrig

We all work from metaphors or operating “paradigms” about what we think is happening around us. We take the data we see and try to clump things together. Like making a mud ball or snow ball (pick the climate that … Continue reading

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Good Trees and Good People

Posted November 6, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Good Trees and Good People “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good”—Jesus (Matthew 12:33, NIV) I have started to work on my latest book–okay, my only book. It will be on Adventist Ethics. This blog is helping … Continue reading

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Four Acts of Divine Leadership

Posted December 9, 2016 by Duane Covrig

God leads. That is my deep belief. He acts on his creation in love. That is my deep experience. God leads in more ways than we will ever fully be aware. Much of our ignorance of his ways to lead … Continue reading

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Listening to Prophets: Return to God or Die in Deserts

Posted September 5, 2013 by Duane Covrig

I have been working my way through Isaiah and Jeremiah, trying to learn the moral lesson and ethical truth these spokesmen for God presented to their nations and how I might benefit from it in my life. They each have … 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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Moral Manhood- Eldredge Six Stages & Ethical Learning

Posted May 17, 2013 by Duane Covrig

John Eldredge has written many books (Wild at Heart, Epic, Utter Relief of Holiness, etc.) designed to help men understand the different stages of life and the moral growth each will give them opportunity to develop. A man can be … 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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Moral Leadership: Lessons from Naaman and the Little Maid

Posted April 7, 2014 by Duane Covrig

My favorite Biblical passage on general and moral leadership is 2 Kings 5: the story of Naaman’s healing.I would urge you to read  more about  leadership. Although the major theme of the story is on Naaman and Elisha,  it includes an amazing … Continue reading

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Judges, Kings and A Better Leadership Plan

Posted November 11, 2017 by Duane Covrig

1 Samuel 8 tells us when the Israelite’s asked for a good king it displeased Samuel and God. God’s advised Samuel how to respond: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have … Continue reading

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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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The Sociologically Savvy Jesus

Posted May 31, 2014 by Duane Covrig

Matthew 16 shows us the heart of the sociological Jesus. By this, I mean Jesus demonstrates in this passage his deep knowledge of his sociological context and ability to reconstruct that context. He is simultaneously embedded in community–and acknowledges that–but … Continue reading

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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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Isaiah, God’s Voice to My Soul, and A Voice Against Evolution Ethics

Posted May 19, 2013 by Duane Covrig

The Bible is the living voice of God to my soul and I hope to yours as well. No other tool has shaped my worldview, my moral development, my wholeness as it has. The Psalms, the Gospels, the words of … Continue reading

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Ben Carson, The Health of Nations

Posted November 20, 2013 by Duane Covrig

This original Post in November 2013 is getting updated for 2016  

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You Must Increase: The Call of Mutual Submission

Posted June 5, 2014 by Duane Covrig

John the Baptist was a figure of a powerhouse. He had a miraculous call to prepare the way of the Lord. He did that mission well. Then the Lord came, his job was done. It was time to wind down … Continue reading

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Self-Control, Legalism, or Moral Schizophrenia

Posted December 4, 2013 by Duane Covrig

“Dad, you’re talking to yourself again,” My daughter chided. I do that to coach myself. I like to use my last name. It was disconcerting to my daughter who shares the same last name. “Covrig, pick up your feet. Keep … Continue reading

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American Beastly Leadership (5 of 5)-The Last in Long Series

Posted March 23, 2017 by Duane Covrig

This post summarizes the main ideas of a long series of 17 posts on Servant vs Beastly Leadership. It has been long because the topic is vital for us understanding the difference between bad and good leadership, and between “beastly” … Continue reading

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Judgment Call: Safe at Home! Game 3 of the World Series and God’s Judgment

Posted October 27, 2013 by Duane Covrig

I don’t watch baseball but I was aware the world series was going on last night. I saw in the news this morning that a pivotal judgment call was made in Game 3 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the … Continue reading

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Miracles, Management and Morals

Posted December 3, 2013 by Duane Covrig

I was hoping for a miracle, but what I really needed was better management. I had two months to go to the end of the year and my budget ran out for buying gifts for my own children. Yes, there … Continue reading

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You Can Not Serve God and Mammon

Posted February 22, 2014 by Duane Covrig

Jesus is the greatest physician. He knows our weaknesses. Jesus is the great Truth that can’t lie. “You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Matt 6:24. You can’t. If you try, you will die gasping for money.  Jesus is the … Continue reading

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Moral Leadership: One Path, Many Ditches

Posted October 29, 2013 by Duane Covrig

I used to think that good moral leadership was like a straight road, with two ditches that we have to avoid: Fear and Egoism. There is some truth to that and it is expressed well by Matthew Kelly in his … Continue reading

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Watchman Watch and Warn…And Make Lots of Noise

Posted October 8, 2013 by Duane Covrig

My first job out of college was to be a night watchman and to do lawn maintenance at an independent elderly care facility. It was a well-designed place with studio and one bedroom apartments n an enclosed complex where all … 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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Catholic Morality: Part Four

Posted February 2, 2014 by Duane Covrig

This is the last in a four part series on Catholic morality. In Post One I praised Catholics I knew who taught me about Christ and helped me get back in a right path with God. In Post Two, I … Continue reading

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Easter and Judgment

Posted April 18, 2014 by Duane Covrig

One day, while driving, I was admiring a long stretch of a mid-West highway. As I cruise down the road,  (near the speed limit) a deep thankfulness came over me realizing how nice it was to have such large and long roads, … Continue reading

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