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

What’s Asian theology?

on May 5, 2015

A church member asked me, “What’s Asian theology?” when she saw the book I was reading. For point of reference, she’s a bright teacher, has served a number of years as a missionary, and she’s more aware than most of cultural differences. She simply didn’t know, and neither did I—that the Eastern civilization needs theology…

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Unquiet Frontiers of Modernity (Taylor #2)

on May 1, 2015

I really enjoyed reading chapter 19 out of Charles Taylor’s book A Secular Age. Earlier this week I had to update my parent’s insurance policy. Because I’m the oldest, the responsibilities of taking care of my family falls on me. I sat down my parents and started talking about end of life decisions. We talked…

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The Age of Authenticity (Taylor #1)

on April 30, 2015

Where to begin? Charles Taylor’s book A Secular Age is a “collection of interlocking essays, which shed light on each other, and offer a context of relevance for each other.”[1] In this post, I’m going to focus on Chapter 13, The Age of Authenticity. I’m choosing to focus on this chapter because this ethic of…

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Practice Centered Learning

on April 30, 2015

When these articles were assigned, I was in Haiti. I tried reading them over and over again, but being in that context, reading these articles was over my head. I picked them up again this week and though they are still over my head, I was able to find some things that are important. This…

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Wanted: Sustainable Community Flourishing Models/Methods

on April 29, 2015

Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone offer a window into wonderfully holistic engagement with ourselves and the world around us in their text Active Hope. I appreciate that early on in their work the authors note that this is a text about practicing and doing more than it is a text about arriving or having per…

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We must really learn to share & we must share to really learn

on April 29, 2015

Hope to do well yourself at your work? Hope to assist others in doing well at their work as you are able? Hope that your organization does well overall? Caroline Ramsey has offered two excellent articles on thoughtful managerial interaction. In both “Provocative Theory and a Scholarship of Practice” and in “Management Learning: A Scholarship…

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Global Evangelicalism – Dreams and Dilemmas

on April 29, 2015

Donald Lewis and Richard Pierard edit a volume – called Global Evangelicalism: Theology, History & Culture in Regional Perspective[1] – where people work hard to suggest that the idea of Evangelical thought influencing the world is a good thing. I think they do a reasonable job of succeeding for the most part. However, for some…

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“I talk to God and God talks to me” and other things Evangelicals say & do that fascinate and/or concern.

on April 29, 2015

In When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God,[1] T.M. Luhrmann – psychological anthropologist at Stanford University — offers thoughtful reflections on what faith means to some people in the Evangelical Movement from the perspective of an open-minded observer. I found Luhrmann’s book important. I don’t agree with all of her stances,…

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Talking With God

on April 25, 2015

The book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God, focuses on communication between between people and God. The author, Luhrmann, gives varies accounts of how God speaks to His people. The author explains God speaks to a person through the personal relationship that they have with God. Luhrmann explains, “you develop…

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Leadership art in the church

on April 25, 2015

Leadership is an Art,[1] by Max Depree, pulls together leadership theories, while weaving in insights surrounding the more abstract idea that leadership is an art form. Depree, himself, has demonstrated his own ability to be a strong and effective leader within both national and global settings. Throughout my career as a consultant, I’ve worked with many…

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Oh my! What’s not to like?

on April 24, 2015

This book is intriguing even before you open it. Right there on the cover hands are raised, which might make some people think back to a time in Sunday School when a Bible quiz was being battled. “I know the answer! I know it!” This is most certainly because the cover photo only reveals one…

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When God Talks Back

on April 24, 2015

Reading When God Talks Back: Understanding The American Evangelical Relationship With God, by T, M, Luhrmann is very inspiring. The author writes about The Vineyard Christian Fellowship, a new denomination, a few decades old, and which the author believes it represents the shift in the American imagination of God (Loc. 219). According to the author,…

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IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?

on April 24, 2015

I was intrigued with the distinctive definition for faith by T.M. Luhrmann in the opening preface to When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. “Faith,” she states, “asks people to consider that the evidence of their senses is wrong.”[1] Faith in a transcendent God asks people to believe some really unbelievable…

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How Will I Know?

on April 23, 2015

“How will I know if he really loves me? I say a prayer with every heart beat. I fall in love whenever we meet, I’m asking you ’cause you know about these things.” I kept hearing this song in my head as I read this week’s book, When God Talks Back. [1] 1985. Whitney Houston.…

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Simplicity

on April 23, 2015

To understand that your role as a leader is to advance other people in life is the highest possible level of leadership maturity.  For DePree, the corporate mission is a secondary gain, it just happens naturally when  care for people is expressed in measurable ways.  I am going to keep this blog simple, I just…

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