DLGP

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

My Evangelical Anxiety

By: on October 2, 2023

In Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A history from the 1730s to the 1980s D.W. Bebbington examined the four qualities of Evangelicalism: conversionism, activism, biblicism, and crucicentrism.[1] The book placed my experience of coming to faith in perspective and illuminated my understanding of the Christian and theological world into which I was born. Raised in the…

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Bought the T-Shirt

By: on October 2, 2023

I distinctly remember when Ted Haggard had his very public “fall” from the evangelical heights, especially having served as president of the National Association of Evangelicals(NAE) from 2003 until November 2006. Haggard resigned from that role as well as his senior pastorate after making headlines for engaging in sex with a male prostitute and buying…

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A Fish In Her Water

By: on October 2, 2023

In Oxford, I heard the phrase “a fish doesn’t know it’s in water” referenced at least twice, and it came to mind again as I was reading our assignment for this week. Attributed to Chinese philosophy, this idea of a creature being unaware of their surroundings and somewhat oblivious to its idiosyncrasies strikes a chord…

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Prophetic vs Pathetic Imagination

By: on October 2, 2023

In reading Jason Clark’s Evangelicalism and Capitalism: A Reparative Account and Diagnosis of Pathogeneses in the Relationship, I was immediately taken back to September 11, 2001 when after the shock of the terrorist attacks I found myself sitting in a seminary class taught by Dr. Walter Brueggemann. While he frequently ranted about the woes of a…

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Evangelicalism’s Activism, Influence, and Means

By: on October 2, 2023

It can be hard to critique one’s own (Evangelical) religion from the inside – out. So…approaching a subject like Evangelicalism, as much as I’d like to say I can approach it with the observant, dispassionate style of an enneagram 5, I’d say I’m closer to a fish trying to analyze the subject of water. I’m…

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With a nod to our Anglican friends

By: on October 2, 2023

I first heard of Bebbington at a ministry conference just a few months ago. Usha Reifsnider, who serves the Lausanne Movement as Co-Regional Director for Europe, gave the plenary address about the changing face of Evangelicalism. She shared Bebbington’s quadrilateral to define Evangelicalism and I thought, “I need to know about this guy.” Fast forward…

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Leading with Style

By: on October 2, 2023

Type A Personality. Enneagram 7. Myers-Briggs ESFJ. The temptation when reading a book like Simon Walker’s Leading with Nothing to Lose is to understand it almost like a personality test. Where do I see myself in his descriptions? What’s my natural style? Is there an online quiz I can take to determine my leadership type?…

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Was C.S. Lewis an Evangelical?

By: on October 2, 2023

As I write this blog, I am sitting in a little room in Oxford, England. This has been a monumental week as 60 of us have come to spend a week together for our annual Portland Seminary Oxford Advance. As I walked the historical streets, entered bookshop after book shop, and toured the Bodleian Library,…

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Foolish Things

By: on October 1, 2023

Introduction Simon Walker’s book, “Leading with Nothing to Lose,” challenges conventional notions of leadership by advocating for the power of weakness. In a world that often celebrates strength, dominance, and unwavering confidence, Walker’s perspective offers a refreshing and thought-provoking alternative. This essay explores the power of weakness as elucidated by Walker, delving into its relevance…

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Frenemies

By: on September 30, 2023

In college my grades were directly dependent on how I performed relative to my peers. There were classes where I would routinely score in the 50s out of 100 and end up with the same “B” letter grade as a class where I scored 96 out of 100. And in some ways, it made sense.…

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In Search of Thymos

By: on September 30, 2023

“Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in the world of politics today”[1]. This is the thesis of Francis Fukuyama’s book, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment. Fukuyama brings his Hegelian perspective of history[2] to offer an explanation for the…

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Orange Lives Matter

By: on September 29, 2023

  Introduction   The weekend before Oxford, I facilitated a music concert inside the prison for a volunteer organization. The team wore t-shirts with “Orange Lives Matter,” Referring to the Inmates’ orange uniforms. Inmates were so excited by the gesture that they also matter and deserve dignity. In “The Demand for Dignity and the Politics…

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Why Be Normal?

By: on September 28, 2023

This is a very difficult subject to navigate. Lately, I have been reflecting if there is more class discrimination rather than ethnicity discrimination. Whether it be a class struggle or struggle with different ethnicities there is a real problem in our society. There is a problem inside our hearts with loving others. 1st John 2:11,…

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Leaders Don’t Cry, They Weep!

By: on September 27, 2023

Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder in Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits of Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead reminded me of many books we have read and what many leaders have endured through this time of Covid.[1] Often leadership comes down on how we choose to see and handle things. From…

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Does It Really Matter?

By: on September 24, 2023

Identity Fukuyama shares with us the problem with identifying only with those like us or in Christian vocabulary like minded. Fukuyama reminds us of the importance of sharing national beliefs, and a need to find a way to have an identity that supports our democracy instead of undermining it.[1] Francis Fukuyama is an internationally recognized…

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Blessed Are the Meek

By: on September 16, 2023

Simon P. Walker takes his readers on a journey of “undefendeness” and is a great sequel to his first book of this trilogy, Leading Out of Who You Are. Walker draws copiously from psychology and other ego patterns mentioned previously in his writings such as “shaping, defining, adapting, and defending.”[1] He interweaves secular and sacred…

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OXFORD…Ready OR NOT!

By: on September 15, 2023

Oxford I will honestly admit that I did not hold the fascination with Oxford that so many people have. I always perceived it as a place that I had little to no connection with. As my departure date grew closer, it seems as though my interaction with people that are completely enamored with Oxford strangely…

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One with the Land, how nature can lead us!

By: on September 15, 2023

I’m not sure I am drawn to Nelson Mandela’s model of leadership because I am about to embark on Advance number 2 which brings up memories of South Africa, or if it’s because I really appreciate his style.  I am drawn to consensual leadership as mentioned in Simon Walker’s book Leading with Nothing to Lose,…

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Power in Spaces

By: on September 15, 2023

“So, who sets the vision for this church? You or the congregation?” I was sitting with a prospective member when this question came up. It was the question that he really wanted to ask me. Just moments before, I had heard a story about how this person held a leadership position at their previous church…

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Leading from Your Scars

By: on September 15, 2023

In this sequel to “Leading Out of Who You Are” by Simon Walker, the author summarizes his second of three books, “Leading with Nothing to Lose,” by writing, “We will look at the key elements of power, the particular forces involved in any transaction. Then, having established the basic elements, we will go on to…

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