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

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Lucy…Stepping over the Threshold

By: on January 27, 2023

When I think of a threshold, my mind envisions Lucy in The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, as she hides from her siblings and finds herself stealing away in an armoire. As she nestles amongst the old clothing, she crosses the threshold into the wintery land of Narnia. Lucy enters a new world of wonder,…

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Stories in Pictures

By: on January 27, 2023

Somewhere in the midst of storms, voluntary evacuation, and quick trips back to our property to grab what we needed, I grabbed the wrong book. I did my reading and wrote my blog post on our flight home. I went to post last night and realized that the book I grabbed was Thinking, Fast and Slow…

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Unraveling the Gender Paradigm Ball of Yarn

By: on January 27, 2023

One of the theology students recently visiting Lebanon shared this concept from one of her professors: “read and listen with critical generosity.” What I took from her explanation is the invitation to listen and read with a critical posture rooted in scholarship and a generous application of the famous prayer of St. Francis—one line of…

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Discombobulation….Recombobulation!

By: on January 26, 2023

Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, WI is known as one of the “happier” airports in the USA.  Why you ask?  Well Barry Bateman  the former airport director who retired in 2020, Bateman made up the word and suggested the signage in order to add some comic relief to what can be a tense aspect of air…

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Best Practices in Seeking a Therapist

By: on January 26, 2023

Stephen King has provided a personal reflection on the art of writing in his book: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. King’s book is 316 pages long and the content is jam packed with great advice for beginning writers. His advice spanned the depths of creating plot and character to simple suggestions of having…

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God is a Big God Who Fits into Orthodoxy?

By: on January 26, 2023

The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory written by Dr. Abigail Favale engages the subject of gender theory and its impact on one’s identity from a historical, biological, and philosophical perspective while applying a narrow theological construction. Her agenda is, “analyzing the genealogy of gender, providing an account of how the gender paradigm emerged and…

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Favale’s Journey and What She’s Learned

By: on January 26, 2023

Dr. Abigail Favale is an outstanding writer and she focuses her sparkling prose intensely on the issues of feminism and the gender paradigm. Dr. Favale is also a fellow Bruin: she earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Geoge Fox University only to return many years later to teach in the Humanities Department. A conversion from…

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Who Ultimately Tells Me Who I Am?

By: on January 26, 2023

Abigail Favale’s book, The Genesis of Gender, is personal, philosophical, historical, and theological. Positioned as a book on theology and sociology, Favale begins by recounting her journey from a traditional childhood, to different forms of feminism, to her current position, not easily categorized into the extreme ends of the gender debate spectrum. Even the subtitle,…

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Speaking the truth in love

By: on January 26, 2023

Based on a Catholic perspective to scripture including the theology of Aquinas, The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory highlights the extreme views of secular feminism on gender and, on the other end of the continuum, sadly, evangelicalism. It then proposes what may be considered a balanced, Biblical perspective on the subject. Written by Catholic…

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A Near Myth

By: on January 25, 2023

Abigail Favale’s book, The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory, is somewhat appropriately named. On one had the subtitle indicate that this book explores the origins of gender from a uniquely Christian perspective. On the other hand, it is clear that this book was written for an evangelical, rightwing, conservative etc. audience. Favale sets the…

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?

By: on January 25, 2023

One week ago I started my inspectional reading of Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge by Jan H. F. Meyer and Ray Land. After 46 pages I was negatively asking, “What in the world is this book about?” In discouragement I placed the book down and was not looking forward to this post. I even thought,…

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The Cellular Blueprint

By: on January 25, 2023

Edwin Friedman’s A Failure of Nerve continues to pique my interest in how it presents good leadership as a journey of discovering one’s own identity as an exercise of self-differentiation. As I examined the book for a second time, the chapter on “the fallacies of self”[1] helped to clarify the balance that must be struck…

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Take Two Steps Back and Look Again

By: on January 25, 2023

One of the apparently pressing issues within the privilege of Western culture today is that of gender identity. I have now been living in the US for more than a year and this topic and all the focus on it leaves me in unfamiliar territory grappling for handholds within an emotional hotbed of discussions. My…

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Did God really say?

By: on January 25, 2023

The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory by Dr. Abigail Favale dives into the topics of gender theory including feminism and gender dysphoria, offering a perspective on a biblical framework that has developed out of her personal experiences. She writes of her conversion to Catholicism and how profound an impact it had on her worldview…

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Podcast, Cormac, Mars, and Threshold Concepts

By: on January 25, 2023

I am often amazed at how creative designers can take abstract ideas from multiple domains and produce digital/non-digital products that nail a concept. It’s as if tacit “interdisciplinary” knowledge and creative designers go hand-in-hand. My friend, Tony, who owns a creative design agency, illustrates this ability to a T. Two years ago, I partnered with…

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Why Reteaching Concepts Helps Me Communicate Competently

By: on January 25, 2023

The key to learning new concepts in any discipline is the realization that communication consists of confident competency.  It is the orientation of all effort of what we give our lives to that builds not only our knowledge, but our competency. As I listened to the TED Talk by Robert Devon as he asked the…

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No, ChatGPT isn’t going to change everything.

By: on January 25, 2023

On the morning of December 5th, 2022, I received a text from a friend of mine introducing me to ChatGPT. His wife was preparing a sermon that week. She asked for my help in collecting research material for her message. She promised me a $5 Starbucks gift card. I would have done it for free.…

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To Feel is Not to Be

By: on January 25, 2023

Dr. Abigail Favale’s spiritual journey has undoubtedly been intriguing. Raised in an evangelical home and having attended George Fox University to study Philosophy, Favale began to question Scripture and the role of women. In time, she was lured away from the faith entirely by feminism, to which she would testify that she lost herself for…

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“To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!”

By: on January 25, 2023

I’m not a trekkie! I’ve never been a Star Trek fan. I don’t particularly like science fiction. Back to the Future is as far as I go. To the trekkies out there, please don’t take offense. My family is full of Star Trek lovers. Believe me, I have viewed all iterations of  Star Trek dating…

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