DLGP

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

“Excarnation”

By: on January 16, 2014

Charles Taylor’s book “A Secular Age” is a large volume that is somewhat of a historical narrative which examines the variety of processes involved in the realization of Western secularism.  He explains, “So what I want to do is examine our society as secular…the change I want to define and trace is one which takes…

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Secularization

By: on January 16, 2014

Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age is not for the faint of heart. It is long, turgid and akin to eating chalk. But, if one can get past that, it’s understandable why so many think it is one of the most important books of a generation. After all, the Templeton Prize is not given out to…

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My London Experience

By: on December 20, 2013

Introduction I left for London, England, in September of 2013 to meet up with friends and colleagues as we continued on our journey to attain more insight about leadership and global perspectives. This was my second trip to London, allowing me to get reacquainted with the great city.We studied, learned, visited iconic sites, ate great…

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My Leadership Journey in the New Global World

By: on December 18, 2013

My wife, Cindy, and I flew into London on September 24th, 2013 for my second Dmin Advance week. I had never been to London before and I was looking forward to exploring the famous city and country I had read about in history books. I was also looking forward to the learning experience I would…

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Leadership Through A London Experience Lens

By: on December 17, 2013

Lens One: Personal Interests London has always had a mystique about it for me. To come and learn about the culture and how Christian influence is working here has a great appeal. The architecture alone was magnificent. My impression was that the convergence of British history of religion, government and scientific progress is reflected in…

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Advancing Through London

By: on December 15, 2013

OVERVIEW London was a great venue for the 2013 Advance!  I enjoyed the cultural diversity; it was everywhere all the time!  It was busy but there were lots of lenclaves in which one could find some solace: coffee shops, pubs, and wine shops.  I enjoyed watching people; London offered a huge window into the fabric…

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Next Station… Piccadilly Circus

By: on December 15, 2013

For many years I have dreamt about someday visiting Europe, especially the city of London.  This past September my dream came true, and it certainly did not disappoint. In late September, my wife and I boarded a plane for London to participate in my second travel advance through George Fox Evangelical Seminary.  Throughout my time…

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A Prodigal Visual Ethnography of London

By: on December 12, 2013

Introduction Pink argues that Visual Ethnography should entail a personal, subjective and reflexive orientation.[1]  As such, I have chosen to present a personal visual ethnography of London that intersects with my research and ministry interests and the concepts that I have recently learned in DMIN 737 elucidated by photos I personally took while participating in…

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Fox or CNN

By: on December 11, 2013

Fox or CNN – The Matrix of Christian Ethics – Nullens & Michener In this fascinating book, ethics are reexamined in light of worldview and a methodological Christian interpretation. I’m convinced more and more of the leverage or influence worldview has on all of our mental inputs and outputs.  Rationality often seems to be cast…

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Looking Forward and Past in London

By: on December 10, 2013

Looking Forward and Past in London dminlgp: Looking Forward and Past in London Visual Ethnography Project – Looking Forward and Past in London – Phil Smart There is tension in corporate religious life. Although some would like to live their Christianity in solitude or apart from a traditional community of believers, the reality is that…

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Looking Forward and Past in London

By: on December 10, 2013

Looking Forward and Past in London Visual Ethnography Project – Looking Forward and Past in London – Phil Smart There is tension in corporate religious life.  Although some would like to live their Christianity in solitude or apart from a traditional community of believers, the reality is that most will, and need, to be associated…

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Capture the moment

By: on December 10, 2013

1. No pictures, please! “Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted.” Susan Sontag We live in a very visual world. There is almost no mystery left; everything is made visible. By bringing it to light (developing the negatives), the positives reveal, what…

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Evangelicalism and a Life Time of Studying the Bible

By: on December 7, 2013

I vividly remember preparing for my very first sermon after I had graduated from Seminary. I parsed the Greek verbs from the passage; I applied all the hermeneutic principles learned from the Bible classes I had taken. I listed all the interpretations of words on one side of a sheet of paper and listed all…

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Exclusivity of Evangelicalism and Exclusion of Culture

By: on December 6, 2013

I have just returned from a ten day visit to mission field in eastern India.  The purpose was ministry as well as field research to study and understand the socio cultural practices of a particular tribe in the region and the reason for their growing interest in Christianity.  have been very receptive to evangelism efforts…

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The Bible as a Weapon?

By: on December 5, 2013

When I was young, Sunday school teachers described the Bible in many ways to make it practical for us. It was like a map for life. When a person applied its principles it would lead to a good life. I was like a toolbox, ready to be used for whatever was needed in life. It…

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Emerging conversations

By: on December 5, 2013

Respectful conversations In may 2013 Harold Heie, Senior Fellow of the Colossian Forum (TCF) and Rob Barrett, TCF Director of Fellows and Forums launched an online project called “respectful conversations.” They felt the urge to initiate conversations. It was their goal to take immediate steps to encourage and help facilitate forums for respectful conversation regarding important…

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