Does God Yell? Listening

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 …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Resisting Beastly Leadership: Jesus Flowering in Dark Places

Bad leaders have several ways to lead people astray but there may be only one good way to prevent that from happening. One way leaders lead us astray is when they appear “good” or “strong” but lack moral...
by Duane Covrig
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Acts 15

In part one, Stir, Stew, Chill and Serve, I detailed how the Desmond Ford crises of the 1980s rocked and split my small SDA church. This experience made me a champion for unity. I am more eager to search for …
by Duane Covrig

 

 

Servant Leadership in Beastly Places

Greenleaf’s 1977 classic Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness reminds us that the most important characteristic about anything—a cell phone, a boss, even a God– is service. W...
by Duane Covrig
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Daniel: Servants to Beastly Kingdoms

Daniel was sent as a servant-slave to Babylon. Daniel’s nation, Israel, had been destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar’s forces, but the real ruin started centuries earlier when they rejected God as a leader and asked Samuel...
by Duane Covrig
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Judgment or Hiding

A lot of people fear divine judgment. It is because they have a distorted view of God and what He can do on the way to and through judgment by his work of redemption. There is no option to avoiding …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Fast Moving Fires: Lessons on Sparks and Flames

This last week I watched from a distance over the horizon of media as my beloved California burned. It was sickening. My wife and I made our first home in Napa. We lived in a little cottage near a grape …
by Duane Covrig

 

 

Stir, Stew, Chill & Serve

Adventist Problems in the 1980s: Part 1 It was the simplest directions for cooking a meal. I figured even I, as a pre-teen, could prepare it. “Why wait for my mom when I had a kitchen and a recipe and …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Power, Authority, Morality

The power play unfolded as most do. The clerk questioned the leader’s ethic in using company resources for personal use. The leader, ruffled by the challenge,  appealed to her superior position over the clerk and spoke of he...
by Duane Covrig
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More Moral Leadership in Our World

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 …
by Duane Covrig

 

 

Jeremiah Ethics 1: Moral Irritation

Living moral truth often means going against the status quo. It means “standing up for the right though the heavens fall” (White, 1903, Education, p. 57). It is evident when a person seeks sexual purity or promotes heterose...
by Duane Covrig
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Jeremiah Ethics 3: Can Adventists Run with Horses?

I run 5k races and once I ran a 10k with my daughters (only because there was no 5k event). I don’t run long races. I can’t handle it. As such, God’s question to Jeremiah hits a sensitive spot: “So, &hel...
by Duane Covrig
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Beastly Powers, Delusions and Ethics

For the last several posts on I have used Kuronen, T. and Huhtinen, A. (2016). Un-willing is un-leading: Leadership as beastly desire. Leadership and the Humanities, 4(2), 92-107  to illustrate how servant leaders like Daniel ...
by Duane Covrig
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Jeremiah 4: Grace in Judgment

My first three posts on Jeremiah’s “Adventist” ethic reviewed the role of prophets as moral irritations (post 1) against the status quo. Prophets are holy and morally sober in the presence of widespread moral confusion an...
by Duane Covrig
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The Etiology of Beastly Power

This is post 9 in a 12-part series contrasting servant and beastly leadership. This post reviews two symptoms common in beastly powers–lying and murdering. These symptoms are outward manifestations of a deeper disease pro...
by Duane Covrig
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Moral Gyroscope–Using Haidt’s 6 Moral Foundation Model

In 2014, a doctoral student of ours did a wonderful dissertation describing the dynamics of innovation and how leadership works with tensions to create better outcomes, new products, and new ways of doing things. Dr. Eddy Witze...
by Duane Covrig
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Judges, Kings and A Better Leadership Plan

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 &hell...
by Duane Covrig
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Church Leadership: In Season or Out

When Presidents come and go, the church needs to be the church. When Parties come and go, the church needs to be the church. When Nations rise or fall, the church needs to be the church. When Good Times lull …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Diversity in Moral Leadership

Not all leaders look the same. Some are quiet. Some are loud. Some plug away at their tasks and draw interested and committed followers by their steadiness. Others use charisma to move crowds to action, using a splash of person...
by Duane Covrig
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Is God Morally Engaged?

Some people think about being moral. Some people hope to be more moral. Some people plan to be engaged. Some actually are morally engaged and committed.What does it mean to be morally engaged, involved, and committed? Is God mo...
by Duane Covrig
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Following Well or Eventually

There is one social competency more difficult than leadership. That is the ability to follow well. It takes deep intellectual and emotional preparation and skills to follow well. A friend told me one time that if a person think...
by Duane Covrig
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Adventists, Divine Judgment and Full-On Grace

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 …
by Duane Covrig

 
 
 

Following Jesus: What to do with the 10 Commandments?

Andy Stanley is one of my favorite authors, youtube preachers and DVD study creators. He is an amazing communicator. He has lead me to a better experience of God, to love my family and others in a deeper way, and …
 

 

Jude, Judgment and Tough Words

I like to read and memorize catchy sayings, especially well-woven punchy advice. “Words, like sunbeams, when condensed, burn deeper” continues to help me control my often long-winded responses. “A stitch in time saves nin...
by Duane Covrig
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Judgment Call: Safe at Home! Game 3 of the World Series and God’s Judgment

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 …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Judgment or Intoxication: Part 1—Sobering Grace

 Legalism and licentiousness are the most common ditches that Christians face in their walk with Jesus. These two concepts test the ability to stay steadfast in the faith. I have experienced both ditches with a fair share of l...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (5 of 5)-The Last in Long Series

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 ...
by Duane Covrig
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DON’T JUDGE

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 …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Him who Justifies the Ungodly

Would you work for a boss who rewarded lazy employees? Would you follow a leader who paid people more after they stole from the company? Would you admire a leader who let people talk bad about him, abuse him, walk …
 

 

Neither

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly …
by Duane Covrig