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

Category: Biography, Drama, History

Instincts, and a few Boulders

By: on April 24, 2023

This week’s book was Factfulness written by Hans Rosling. It was an unusual read and I enjoyed it. The author puts forth ten instincts that we as human beings tend to hold as true problems in the world. Each instinct is dramatic and negative. Then he offers factual solutions for these problems. Thus the title…

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Mama’s Parting Gift to Me

By: on April 19, 2023

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk teaches the reader how to get through a traumatic past and the difficulties that result from that past. In reading this book, I noted four lessons that I would like to briefly discuss, and then…

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The Agreeable Ruth

By: on April 16, 2023

Daniel Nettle’s book Personality: What Makes You The Way You Are describes personality as something internal, stable, inherent to the person. [1] It is something which stands in a casual relationship to their specific choices, motivations, reactions and obstacles when faced with the stream of events. [2] Nettle explains that there is a five-factor model…

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Pressing On…

By: on March 19, 2023

Introduction This week’s book, Leadership: Theory and Practice by Peter Northouse presents different models of leadership. It is, as Dr. Jason Clark said in our zoom meeting last week, the foundational book on leadership for any student. Northouse’s definition of leadership is the “process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a…

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Living in Harmony

By: on March 12, 2023

Sway is a book about biases, conscious and unconscious, but mostly unconscious biases. [1] The author, Pragya Agarwal, is a woman raised in India that later immigrated to the United Kingdom. [2] Being a woman intelligent in mathematics and sciences which is often considered a man’s realm, and also a woman of color, and a…

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I Can Do All Things

By: on March 6, 2023

In Reading Karl Polanyi’s book The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Times, this past week I noted that the author wrote this book in the 1940s. He wrote of the free market system with no government intervention called laissez-faire that was first used in France in the 1800s. [1] He also talked…

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All Systems Overloaded!

By: on March 2, 2023

I discovered that my approach to completing the assignments this semester needed to change. The volume of reading, even done inspectionally, can easily become overwhelming. I realized in the first few weeks that I needed to make a shift. Making a shift from getting it done by the deadline to creating a meaningful experience that…

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I Will Not Let You Down

By: on February 26, 2023

In The Map that Changed the World we read about an engineer named William Smith that lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s. [1] He built canals and discovered many fossils along the way. In doing so, he found that the layers of rock beneath the surface of the earth rose and fell, and…

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Oh, the Nerves…the Nerves!

By: on February 23, 2023

WARNING! This post may not be for you! I share: 1. My Heart 2. My Authentic Space 3. My Introspective Thoughts (I met with my Coach an hour before writing it) So, govern yourself accordingly, there is no love lost between us if you skip over it without reading. For everyone else, I invite you…

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Christian Roots of Capitalism

By: on February 16, 2023

The book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, by Max Weber was a challenging read for me this week. It was necessary more than ever to go to videos and websites for help dissecting the material. I watched a professor give a talk on the topic from this title after reading most of…

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Weekly Love Letters

By: on February 9, 2023

In Stephen King’s book On Writing, he pointed out that most people are able to write or tell a story to some degree. [1] He noted that their ability can be improved upon as well with practice. [2] As a teacher, I would say that this is certainly true of my students. Nearly all students…

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Pray Without Ceasing

By: on February 2, 2023

I was intrigued this week with the readings of Evangelicalism in Modern Britain [1] and Evangelicalism and Capitalism [2]. The readings cover a broad span of material that could potentially be written about in this post including the Bebbington Quadrilateral which is mentioned in both writings. The first book, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain had a…

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Make Me Thy Fuel O Flame Of God

By: on January 26, 2023

This book, Failure of Nerve, by Edwin Friedman, was compiled from writings ten years after the author had passed away. It was Friedman’s opinion in these writings that under pressure, most leaders will give in to the weakest member of the organization because of fear of retaliation. [1] Their giving in to these people causes…

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Mining for Gold in the Classroom

By: on January 19, 2023

After reading Tom Camacho’s book, Mining for Gold, my mind is full of thoughts of coaching. While I ran track and cross country in school, and so know something of coaching from that standpoint, I know very little of coaching from the author’s point of view. Basically, God as a refiner, and transforms us until…

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Choosing Corn Flakes in a Fruity Pebble World

By: on January 12, 2023

Introduction In the book, The Molecule of More, the authors wrote about dopamine and its effect on different areas of our lives and on society as a whole. [1] According to WebMD, dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter made by our bodies. [2] Our nervous system uses dopamine to send messages between our nerve cells.…

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The Teacher as a Resilient Leader

By: on December 8, 2022

A resilient leader is “grounded, teachable, attuned, adaptable, and tenacious.” [1] This is according to Tempered Resilience written by Tod Bolsinger. In the book, the author uses the image of blacksmithing to represent the process of becoming a resilient leader. [2] He outlines the process in six steps. I will take a look at these…

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Racism, the Secret Sin

By: on December 1, 2022

Shame Shelby Steele’s book, Shame, was a thought-provoking read this week. The story of the author’s personal journey during America’s tumultuous fight for Civil Rights in the 1960s and following was captivating. While I certainly agree with his father, who was the son of a man born into slavery, that we shouldn’t “underestimate America ……

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Glass Blowing and the Art of Leadership

By: on November 13, 2022

All Things Dolly Since childhood, I have loved all things Dolly Parton, and that includes her premiere vacation destination for tourists in East Tennessee – Dollywood. For those who have not been, it is a theme park set in the late 1800’s. There are rides (of course), delicious food to be tasted, and Dolly memorabilia…

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“Catching” Alzheimer’s

By: on November 10, 2022

You Can Catch Alzheimer’s “You Can Catch Alzheimer’s” the headline reads. It goes on to explain it spreads during surgeries and blood transfusions, however, the headline is obviously misleading and disturbing. A questionable study was performed that led to this conclusion. One can only wonder if this is an anecdotal study [1], or about the…

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A Matter of Trust

By: on November 3, 2022

This week’s reading of Leading Out of Who You Are by Simon Walker underlines how vital trust is in leadership. If followers don’t trust their leaders, they simply will not continue to follow. [1] In thinking of this trust relationship, I am naturally put in mind of Native Americans. Recent research says that 66% of…

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