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

Category: Biography, Drama, History

What is the Rest of the Story?

By: on September 13, 2018

  I was visiting with my mother on the phone the other day and trying to describe the LGP track of our DMin program. Typically, most people are interested and amazed at our international advance locations. When I told my mother that Gloria (my wife) and I would be leaving for Hong Kong on September…


“The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!”

By: on September 13, 2018

The announcement came over Facebook, “Are you excited for the Hong Kong Advance? We are!” That declaration came from one our administrators at the seminary encouraging our cohort to get ready for our upcoming trip. Don’t get me wrong, of course I’m excited but right now I can’t get past the thought of having to…


History is Key to The Spiritual Mapping of The Walled City.

By: on September 12, 2018

I could not Help but unravel the spiritual mapping of Hong Kong and specifically ‘The walled City’ that Pullinger refers to in her book, Chasing the Dragon as I read the book, Modern History of Hong Kong by Tsang, Steve. All the challenges that were faced by the families living in the squalid conditions of…


Worlds Apart, Closer Than We Think.

By: on September 12, 2018

Growing up in a small country town called Anderson in South Carolina the history I taught was our family history of struggle and poverty. Growing up in America within the public school system the only “world history” we were primarily focused on was that of our own country. Even in this narrow upbringing and understanding…


More than a Monologue: Understanding the Power of Cultural Context

By: on September 6, 2018

Diversity within leadership is not simply a vivid portrait of varied colors, but a variety of perspectives, customs, experiences and backgrounds. Therefore, leadership as a whole, is the presence of all souls beating in different tempos to inspire the masses. Theology of Leadership Journal invites readers to delve into the theories, perspectives and personal reflections…


The Proof of the Pudding is in the Transformed Lives

By: on September 4, 2018

Jackie Pullinger quickly discovered that she needed the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit for her work among addicts in the Walled City. “Jesus did not promise running shoes in the hereafter to the lame man. He made him walk. He not only preached but also demonstrated that he was God. He made blind…


Chained To Your Past? Or Not…

By: on June 22, 2017

“One of the apartheid’s chief aims was the elimination of competition between black and white, invariably to the benefit of whites.”[1] Therefore the government designated land for both groups but the whites reaped the benefits because they received the lands with natural wealth. The blacks had to settle for the poorer lands, which was also…


Built To Be Excluded

By: on June 9, 2017

My research topic in the doctoral program at Portland Seminary centers on the idea of cultural intelligent and its influence on corporate worship. In my research, I learned through Genesis 10:6-20 that the kingdoms were founded by families of the founders of Ethiopia, which I alluded in one of my previous blog posts. If these…


The Fall of Apartheid

By: on May 25, 2017

This week our doctoral cohort was challenged to read a book that has a shifting backdrop of global politics. There shouldn’t be any surprise since our program centers on global leadership. The author wanted us to see a struggle between those maintaining and defending one system, while the other concedes to threats or violence through…


What Is Your Occupation?

By: on May 17, 2017

First Encounter In September 2015, our doctoral program heard Dr. Percy gave an incredible speech that continues to reflect his character and consistency in his writing. Percy, in his presentation, challenged us as ministry leaders with this question: What’s your occupation? While the question was rhetorical in nature, his argument was clear. He stated two…


We Are Jews, Gentiles and Africans

By: on May 12, 2017

We are Jews, Gentiles, and Africans. “This is what the book is about: to state the African seedbed hypothesis in a measured way and begin to sort out the facts that support it” (p. 31). Oden’s intent is to challenge each reader to appreciate Africa’s role in shaping Christianity. He believes Africa’s role was significant…


Sometimes I Listen With My Eyes

By: on March 9, 2017

Reading this book brought a smile to my face because I realize the journey in this doctoral program has afforded me the opportunity to appreciate a well-written book, regardless of the denominational influences (or biases). Luhrmann introduces each reader to the world of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, a denomination the author believes represents a shift…


Two Cultures on Display

By: on February 23, 2017

Last week, I found complexity in trying to divide my thoughts of two great books, which was a great injustice to the authors. Separating the takeaways of these books coincide with the very nature of this book as we discuss the idea of secularism. Smith and Taylor both show how secularism is associated with the…


We Stand on these FOUR

By: on January 20, 2017

“This book’s main purpose is then to trace the recent history of evangelical churches and evangelical movements while providing a general introduction to the beliefs, practices and characteristic emphases of evangelical Christianity. A second important purpose is to offer a worldwide survey of where evangelical movements have come to exist and of the greatly varying…


The Half-Brother

By: on January 18, 2017

We often teach religion in public, but we teach doctrine privately. In Oxford, we learn that the culture is always 5 minutes later than advertised. Brooks believes that the American government lacks an understanding of human nature, which contributes to why strategies often fail.  As the American culture continues to teach how to crave success,…


A New Face on the Old Guy

By: on December 1, 2016

Within the Southern Hemisphere, researchers (including myself) are witnessing a rise of Pentecostalism, which leaves us to consider whether there’s a social impact that’s influencing this movement in our urban and social context. With more than 600 million people in membership, there’s no doubt the Pentecostal Movement is experiencing extraordinary growth in its worldwide impact.…


Culture Is Not Always Risky

By: on November 10, 2016

Introduction One of the outcomes of our program is to “gain an advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to the dynamics of globalization and leadership.” Culture helps to define situations, attitudes, values and sometimes our careers. When we look at culture, it helps us to identify how we fit in based on our…


Fairy Tale History

By: on October 6, 2016

Long ago, there was a boy by the name of Zeus, son of Cronus and Rhea. He later became the god of sky and thunder in ancient Greek religion and also ruled over the gods of Mount Olympus. He would overthrow his father and drew lots with his brother Poseidon and Hades to decide who…


The Story Through The Eyes

By: on September 16, 2016

C.S. Lewis writes that “My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others.” We often declare that faith is about seeing something before “seeing it” so the visual arts allows us to see the world in its entirety, even if it’s an “Imagined World.” In reading this book, we’ll…


Sustain That Great Thing

By: on September 8, 2016

The premise of “Good to Great and the Social Sectors” is easy to interpret and accept. Jim Collins’ thought behind this book is how to build a framework (or formula) of greatness while exposing principles that has the potential to lead to greatness. “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, as it turns out,…