Through Sorrow to Joy

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, dee...
by Duane Covrig
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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 …
 
 

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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American Beastly Leadership (4 of 5)-#16 in Series

This series has contrasted servant and beastly leadership. The last 3 posts brought Adventism and America into this contrast. The prognosis of Revelation 13 is that America could abandon its role as servant leader. How? Here, I...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (3 of 5) #15 in the Series

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...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (2 of 5)-#14 in Series

In post #13 on “servant” or “beastly” leadership, I used Revelation 10-14 to show the emergence of Adventists and America in prophecy and as agents of servant leadership. The strongest match was made for...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (1 of 5)– #13 in Series

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 b...
by Duane Covrig
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Post 12-Review of Servant and Beastly Leadership Series

American and Adventist leadership will be our next focus in this long series contrasting servants and beasts. As a review, the last 11 posts covered: Resisting Beastly Leadership: Flowers in the Darkest Hours contrasted Jesusâ€...
by Duane Covrig
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Bethlehem’s Mourning: Herod the “Not-So” Great

Christmas celebrates God’s great love to the world. The gift of Bethlehem’s Morning was a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Jesus, Immanuel. God with Us. The King of the Universe stepped down to save his subjects. Jesus wo...
by Duane Covrig
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Brides–Shining from His Light

We should anticipate that the “spouse” of the Lamb and the “spouse” of the Beast to reflect the approach of each of their spouses. And for the most part, they do. The Bride of the Lamb reflects the light of …
 

 

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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John and Beastly Powers

The Apostle John knew something about the contrast between service and lordship, love and hate, divine leadership and beastly powers. He intimately experienced both styles of leadership. First, his family of origin had “beast...
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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Four Acts of Divine Leadership

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 …
by Duane Covrig

 

 

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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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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Crucified and Risen Leadership

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Trembling is an overwhelming, almost uncontrollable, “natural” respons...
by Duane Covrig
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Resisting Beastly Leadership: Flowers in the Darkest Hours

There is nothing more deceptive than leaders who appeals to our dark side. We rally to them to our own destruction. This is one of the points in Kuronen and Huhtinen’s (2016) fascinating study of our attraction to “...
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 …
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Called and Sprawled into Leadership: Lessons from DeVos Urban Leadership

I experienced the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative this week. This training experience serves 50 urban faith based youth leaders from across the country with leadership development events and coaching.  It helps them find san...
by Duane Covrig
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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 canâ...
by Duane Covrig
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Authority in Ethics 4: Satan’s Power, Jesus’ Incarnation

We are in the middle of a 7 part series on power and authority in Christian Adventist Ethics. I first introduced power as the ability to influence and move people or things and authority as legitimate power. I argued authority ...
by Duane Covrig
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Education and Redemption are One

Jesus and I are in the same line of work: redemption. At least that is the implication of Ellen White: “Education and redemption are one” (Education, 1903, p. 30). There are several ways people interpret that “oneness...
by Duane Covrig
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And All the Multitude was Silent

Our university department trains leaders. We mentor leaders who face difficult and contentious conflict and have to make tough decisions. We have to train them to confront but also to find safe places to duck into. A safe place...
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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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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Jeremiah Ethics 2: No More Ethical Cowards

There is a big difference between wise caution and cowardice. One will help you make better decisions. The other will thwart great innovations. One will lead you to heaven. The other will take you straight to hell. “But t...
by Duane Covrig
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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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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

 

 

They Follow Me

One of the great temptations in life is to think you are the ultimate leader, you are in control of the ultimate outcomes, and to forget there is a God, and you are not Him. The other great temptation is …
by Duane Covrig