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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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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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Leadership

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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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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Leadership

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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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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Leadership

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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Religious/Spiritual

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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The Moral Church: Eight P’s of Ministry

Posted June 24, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Probably the greatest moral call upon the church is the call to minister to the world’s needs—whatever they are. This is a call first to morally respond to those we call brothers and sisters within the borders of the church … Continue reading

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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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Leadership Mentoring and Pruning Time

Posted February 23, 2014 by Duane Covrig

Human being, animals and trees need pruning to bear good fruit. Winter is the best time for pruning trees. The weather is cold and the dormant condition is right for pruning without killing the fruit tree. I learnt about pruning … Continue reading

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Widow’s Peak—Morality of Trust, Money or Fame

Posted December 9, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Trust is the core virtue on display in the story of the widow’s mite. Money is just the vehicle and religious pretense a distraction. “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting … Continue reading

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DON’T JUDGE

Posted November 26, 2013 by Duane Covrig

This is one of those hard commands of Jesus. Stop Judging! Simple. Direct. It can stop you in mid-sentence if you let it…and it can save you a lot of pain if you heed it. It is sooooooooo easy to … Continue reading

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Spirit Outpouring: Hope for the Morally, Mentally, and Monetarily Weak

Posted August 20, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Those of us who are looking for a special and powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit have many Bible promises to justify and inform our hope. I have found the grouping of passages associated with or flowing from Isaiah 43 … 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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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

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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Adventists, Divine Judgment and Full-On Grace

Posted September 4, 2013 by Duane Covrig

My car radio has a treble and a bass. Turning up the treble allows me to hear higher frequency sounds. Turning up the bass allows me to her the deep low tones. I can turn down one and turn up … Continue reading

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