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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moral Leadership: Seeing and Meeting Needs for Deeper Healing

Posted April 7, 2014 by Duane Covrig

As a faculty member in the department of leadership, I can say all of us agree  that leadership is an important skill that can be learned. Our responsibilities include helping people become better leaders. However, we don’t have a general … 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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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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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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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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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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Moral Talk: When should I use “but” in a conversation

Posted October 2, 2013 by Duane Covrig

One time I was listening to some communication experts talking about the need to avoid using the word “but” in communications. They said it tended to negate conversations and unnecessarily create defensive attitudes and often cut short dialogue. It would … Continue reading

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God’s Ethical Wisdom: Pure, Peaceable, Submissive, and Easy to Please

Posted August 17, 2013 by Duane Covrig

James, according to Philip Jenkins , the noted historian and sociologist, is one of the most popular books of the Bible for many Christians in Africa. It is practical and direct in its advice, and gives easy to follow advice … Continue reading

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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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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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What is Ethical Leadership?

Posted July 7, 2014 by Duane Covrig

I teach a class at Andrews University called LEAD645 Ethical Leadership. In this class, we talk about ethics, leadership and then what ethical leadership means together. Students pay good tuition for that course and I try my best to help … Continue reading

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Color, Identity and Hope

Posted August 10, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Soledad O’Brien spoke at Andrews University last month (July 2013) about her journey as a woman of color, Harvard graduate, journalist, and mother. As a twin, I especially loved her story about dealing with the growing deafness of her youngest … 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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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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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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Listening and Sabbath: The Important Moral Acts

Posted August 17, 2013 by Duane Covrig

This morning I heard a bird as I was waking up. His song caught both the mathematical and artistic sides of my mind. His tones and tunes where mathematically a full 1 sound then followed by the same sound in … 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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