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 ...
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Lead Change and Judge Rightly

One of my favorite teaching and learning sites is at Iowa State University. The site explains Bloom’s revised learning taxonomy which provides rich advice to both students and teachers on how to improve learning.The sit...
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 …
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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...
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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...
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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 …
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Easter and Judgment

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, &h...
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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...
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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...
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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 …
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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 …
 

 

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 …
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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...
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Judgment: Event, Experience & Person

Our pastor, Dwight Nelson, gave a wonderful sermon yesterday, January 30, 2016. It was on the Judge of the Judgment. For those who have heard him before, it should be no surprise that it was uplifting, biblical and well-deliver...
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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...
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Judgment’s Cure for Judgmentalism

Somewhere in my teens I developed a deep judgmentalism. I can’t blame my family. My parents gave us lots of freedom, were very non-judgmental and their positions as a teacher and a nurse, gave them skills of nurturing. I can...
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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 …
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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...
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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 …
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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 …
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Individuality in Community: The Lesson of Mutuality

“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 to do. The men in whom this power is developed are the men who bear responsibilities...
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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...
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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...
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Anger, Protests, and Riots

It is November 25, 2014 (I updated this November 26, 2014. Updates in parentheses) In the middle of a three part series on anger, it seems appropriate to take a moment to discuss the recent demonstrations and riots in Ferguson,...
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