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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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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

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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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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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. It has been long because the topic is vital for us understanding the difference between bad and good leadership, and between “beastly” … 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

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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