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

Respect and Inclusivism

By: on December 5, 2013

What it means to be an Evangelical is under debate. Some want to draw narrow boundaries, others want to draw broader boundaries. Consensus is a pipe dream. Unfortunately, when conversations do occur many speak past each other, as opposed to each other. When folks with differing views do engage each other, it can seem more…

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American Evangelicalism and Nuclear Energy

By: on December 5, 2013

When I was a young boy, my dad loved taking me fishing.  In fact, I loved the time with him as well.  Often we would travel approximately 20 miles and launch our boat on the Susquehanna River.  One of our favorite fishing holes was located about two miles from the launch, it was known as…

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How I Got Over

By: on December 3, 2013

I will be honest with you.  I often get frustrated with exercises such as “Respectful Conversations.”   That is not to say that the ideas and conversations aren’t valuable or worthy, it is just that attempting to cobble together an evangelical consensus is pretty impossible.  Evangelicalism really is a movement, wild and uncontrollable.  It consists of…

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Respectful Conversations

By: on December 2, 2013

As I read the variety of articles in Robert Heie’s blog project “Respectful Conversation” a theme threaded its way throughout the writings.  The theme was “How?”  How do we approach these topics from an Evangelical Christian perspective?  It seems there is the knowledge within Evangelicalism that topics such as science, politics, education, and morality need…

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Boundaries

By: on December 2, 2013

I absolutely love to drive and especially when I can drive a sports car down windy hilly roads in the country!  There is something about shifting down into a curve and throwing the balance of the car at just the right time and powering up and through the curve and finding the next gear even…

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Respectful Conversations on Diversity

By: on December 1, 2013

I found these short readings to be very insightful and relevant. I was drawn to sections in which worldview and contextualization – in which part of my semester’s thesis is based upon – were highlighted. Worldview should play such a strong part in our decisions, beliefs and actions, but yet doesn’t.  Richardson assumes that believers…

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Open Leadership in my Company?

By: on November 23, 2013

Charlene Li in her book Open Leadership: how social technology can transform the way you lead explains how social media has changed the way organizations must lead in the future. With Facebook, twitter and blogs, the customer is king and can reward or punish a company by pushing a button. I know my wife will…

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Fail fast, fail smart

By: on November 22, 2013

Barcamps are highly participatory user-generated formats, where people meet to network, share and learn. Attendants of barcamps provide the content themselves. This participant-driven concept seeks to enable exchange on an eye-level. My organization Kirche2 planned two barcamps for November. We thought of it as a further step for our project. After a big conference, we…

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Open Leadership And Transformation

By: on November 22, 2013

Over the last twelve months, I have read several books on leadership as part of the requirement for my D.Min program and outside of it.  Each one has made some unique contribution to the understanding of my personal leadership traits and aided me significantly in my present leadership responsibilities.  Open Leadership: How Social Technology can…

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Open Leadership

By: on November 21, 2013

A word on openness and social media from Ron Swanson: Perhaps you feel a bit like Ron Swanson when it comes to social media and organizational openness.   Either you are overwhelmed and a bit frightened by the brave new world we live in, or maybe you work with someone who has a more closed view…

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Open Leadership

By: on November 21, 2013

Open Leadership by Charlene Li is about how organizations can harness the power of ‘Giving up Control’ and using social networks to further their mission. Her book is chalked full of stories about how organizations have successfully moved forward with social media. While she does occasionally reference churches, she doesn’t center on them. About 5…

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Whose Move? Leadership Beyond the Stalemate

By: on November 21, 2013

When I was young my Dad always won chess with me. Why? Well, my neophyte experience limited my imagination about what could happen on the board. I knew how to make a move, one at time, but that was it. I moved and reacted to my Dad’s moves with no strategy in mind. It was…

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If You Hide It, It Will Pull You Down!

By: on November 20, 2013

I really liked the author’s opening statement about the purpose of her book, “Open Leadership is about how leaders must let go to succeed.”  (Kindle Loc 179).  I particularly liked her stress on being strategic about how a leader, in conjunction with others, will put together a plan that identifies the objectives and boundaries of…

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The Captain with the Card

By: on November 20, 2013

I was feeling pretty good about myself.  There were 16 of us on our way to Los Angeles for a conference on diversity.  16 pastors and leaders from our church traveling to learn more about how to minister in changing social environments – and I was the only one flying first-class! The leg of the…

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Failure is an Option

By: on November 20, 2013

Failure is not only an option it is imperative.  Growing up as a young boy in central Pennsylvania I quickly fell in love with the sport of baseball.  More specifically the Philadelphia Phillies.  Every second I had the chance, my brother and I would be out in the yard throwing and hitting ball.  Over the…

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Set the Tone

By: on November 18, 2013

Charlene Li, in her book “Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead,” discusses the necessity for companies and leaders to begin being more open and transparent by using social technology.  In addition she also gives specific guidelines regarding how to do this while also maintaining control of what is shared.  Basically,…

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The Ethics of Getting Fired

By: on November 9, 2013

Earlier in my career I faced an ethical decision. I had been selected as the Executive Director of a new Retirement Community to be built. At the time, we were in the sales mode and had collected 70 per cent presales of over 110 apartments. We were finalizing the designs so we could build. I…

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Walking In The Light

By: on November 9, 2013

One of the major issues that needs to be dealt with in India is corruption.  Studies reveal that it affects the country’s economy substantially.  Last year India ranked 94th of 174 countries according to Transparency International’s  corruption Perceptions Index.  A vast majority of the Indian population have had firsthand experience in paying bribes.  It is…

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Fox or CNN

By: on November 9, 2013

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 aside in favor of falling under the spell of whatever worldview we subscribe…

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You are Only Young Once, Then Look Out

By: on November 8, 2013

This is a repost. The week began with my children’s ministry leader telling she heard that one of the children’s leaders was sleeping with her boyfriend. In a very conservative church sexual matters matter! In the same week, three young adults said they wanted to rent a house that the church owns and had just…

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