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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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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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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. This concludes a subseries of 5 on American beastly leadership. Servant leadership I equate with the “Lamb” leadership of Christ. This has … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Moral Progress or Decline? Beyond Knockout!

Posted November 25, 2013 by Duane Covrig

Some say we are morally getting better, some say we are getting worse. What is your moral assessment of your family, your neighborhood, your nation, your world? I am torn by this question because I see evidence in both directions. … 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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