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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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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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Christian Influence

Posted October 9, 2019 by Duane Covrig

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:16 This is probably the best single call to… leadership, self-development, vocation, Christian living, Christian influence and the abundant … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Leadership

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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Leadership

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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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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Religious/Spiritual

Series: Doing a Christian Ethic of Love from a Bible full of Bloodshed.

Posted November 3, 2019 by Duane Covrig

When I present my services as a Christian ethicist, I immediately feel several insufficiencies. My lack of love meter twitches in my mind as lower than desired: Why even talk about a love ethic, when I am so far from … 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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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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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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