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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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