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DMin, Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

An agile leader

on October 24, 2014

images Manfred Kets De Vries’s book The Leadership Mystique; leading behavior in the human enterprise was a refreshing read. Leadership is such a board subject and it is sometimes difficult to find practical material that delivers on everyday strategies on leadership. I am particularly drawn to leadership strategies that seek to encourage the development of leadership skills...

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All Too Human

on October 24, 2014

A long time ago, I picked up a mantra that has guided much of my work: If you understand how a person thinks, their behavior makes sense. I’ve fine-tuned this thought over the years to include feelings (if you understand why a person feels the way that they do, their behaviors also make sense) and...

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It may not be rocket science, but it is Leadership Mystique

on October 24, 2014

The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries is very simply a wonderfully insightful and useful book. Read it. Then, read it again. The text offers a multiplicity of insights into the personal and organizational dynamics of leadership. It includes questionnaires that allow one to relatively quickly...

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The fear of failure

on October 24, 2014

In modernity there is a prevailing quest for the taste of free and successful societies. People are eager to find purposeful careers and meaningful ways to express their rights or lack thereof. The use of freedom of speech can allow for the voicing of certain issues through contestations. Religious freedom at its core aims to...

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Theology, Allow Me To RE-Introduce Myself

on October 24, 2014

Theology, allow me to RE-introduce myself. It feels like I’m being introduced to theology all over again.  I knew her once really well but life happened and we grew apart.  I am reflecting on the timeline leading up to and immediately following my completion of the MA in theology (remember, it’s practical!).  My program concluded...

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Emotional Intelligence: My On the Job Training

on October 23, 2014

One of the hardest lessons I learned in ministry was a truth echoed throughout the book The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise by Manfred Kets De Vries: “All human behavior, no matter how irrational it appears, has a rationale.”[i]  As a campus minister for 23 years, I had privilege of working with...

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Never Assume

on October 23, 2014

In my last post I mentioned that “My American evangelical bubble is deflating; maybe that’s good.” Jason Clark asked me to comment further on what I meant and why I thought it was ‘good.’ I’d like to answer that in this post. My reality has been deflating generally since I started this GFES graduate study,...

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The Languages of Emotional Intelligence

on October 23, 2014

Emotional Intelligence On our very first date with my husband, Willy brought with him an emotional intelligence test (yes, it’s true. He tested my EQ on our first date). Within the first hour of our first-ever meeting, he explained to me the Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman, and then promptly asked me to guess his...

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Bible Belt Theology

on October 23, 2014

I have lived my entire life in the Bible belt. Not just the Bible belt, but white Christian suburbia. No doubt this plays deeply into my theology of God, even in ways I don’t understand. I can remember when I first realized God is bigger then the box I have put him in. When I...

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Our lack of theology makes church obsolete…

on October 23, 2014

Each religion has core theological beliefs, which have come about as theologians and scholars have debated the great questions of life throughout centuries. Today, we have many different flavors of religion or theological views. Ford, in his book, Theology: a Very Short Introduction, asserts that there are “between four and five billion of the world’s...

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Self-Reflection…And Self-Evaluation

on October 23, 2014

This week I am on vacation with my family. Work calls and emails have been minimal, and my family has surrounded me with rest and comfort. Manfred Kets De Vries’ The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Experience has been exceptional beach reading. In fact, I am thankful to have had time (more than...

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Small Ball?

on October 23, 2014

It’s World Series time. A time when leadership discussions take place inning to inning let alone game to game. Kansas City Royals. San Francisco Giants. Baseball is much harder than it looks. Getting to the World Series is even tougher. “Leadership” has never been something that came easily to me, so I decided to become...

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Beware!!! Theology Without Wisdom is not Theology

on October 23, 2014

Understanding God Theology and Wisdom Humble Transforming Trying my hand at Haiku (5-7-5 syllables) today as I attempt to assimilate the “whole shape of living” by David Ford at a deeper level. I’m struck by his words at the end of his book, Theology: A Very Short Introduction: “Who will do theology?….God will..by taking the initiative...

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Hitler was a Theologian.

on October 23, 2014

When picking up a book that includes “a very short introduction” in the title, one may expect to find a pamphlet of about a dozen pages or fewer. This is not the case with David Ford’s Theology: a Very Short Introduction, which is nearly 200 pages long. The ironic thing is that, given the immense...

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My Christ, My Theology, the Third Millennium?

on October 22, 2014

I like your Christ, I just don’t think you understand your theology? While being a loose spin-off of a famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi, after reading David F. Ford’s book, Theology: A Very Short Introduction, I am concerned about the church I know and it’s capacity to theologically engage the emerging culture and increasingly complex...

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“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might get what you need.” Hirschman’s “Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.”

on October 20, 2014

So… This. This is good. This is worth your time. This just might change some of the way you engage with the world. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States by Albert O. Hirschman is acknowledged by a number of those people who generally go around acknowledging things as being...

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Apparently more people are Pentecostal than realize it (and other shocking revelations [no pun intended])

on October 20, 2014

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement by Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori is certainly an interesting text with a lot of first-person research underscoring its perspectives. The text is particularly interesting in that a president of a major Christian related development organization – Food for the Hungry – who happens to...

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Barking Up Wrong Trees

on October 17, 2014

Within each individual there lies the ability to speak up against atrocities, against injustice, against discomfort, frankly, against anything that one so desires to speak against. This is the case in the western world where speech, as of this writing, is still currently free and protected. Though we must recognize that even in our modern/postmodern...

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