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

Philosophi-zen!

By: on November 8, 2013

This is the kind of book I like to devour with a hot cup of herbal coffee sitting next to a fireplace in a busy coffee house. It delves into the variety of philosophical approaches regarding ethics. Nullens and Michener, in their book, The Matrix of Christian Ethics share tasty bits of knowledge from Aristotle,…

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The Patriarchs and a Balloon

By: on November 8, 2013

  It was late in the Spring of 2010.  I had just finished up my last class and was about to leave for a well needed rest over Spring vacation.  Just before closing my office door, my dear mentor, friend, colleague and co-leader for our Israeli travel-learn tours casted a vision for a new site…

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Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is

By: on November 8, 2013

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” This quote is by Neo, the main character of the matrix trilogy. Neo says it in the third part, called matrix- the revolution. The matrix trilogy is by the Wachowski brothers, who worked over 30 years to film…

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What is The Right Thing to Do?

By: on November 7, 2013

How does one determine what is good?  Is it discovered, dictated, or determined?  Will it still be good tomorrow?  In another culture?  These and many more ethical questions and possible decision paths are the topic of Nullens and Michener’s book The Matrix of Christian Ethics.  The purpose for the book is to promote “an embrace of…

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The Ethics of Evangelism

By: on November 7, 2013

Patrick Nullens and Ronald T. Michener unpack the intersection of ethics and Christianity in their work The Matrix of Christian Ethics: Integrating Philosophy and Moral Theology in a Postmodern Context.  They begin with a definition of ethics as “emphasizing the methodical thinking of morality rather than morality itself (9).”  As pertains to Christian ethics they…

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VROOOOOOM

By: on November 7, 2013

How we as Christians make ethical decisions isn’t a straightforward process. It’s not nearly as simple as ‘The Bible Says.’ After all, what does the Bible say about nuclear power or in vitro fertilization or heavily fertilized land? In The Matrix of Christian Ethics by Patrick Nullens and Ronald Michener create a matrix of ideas and…

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Family Ethics

By: on November 7, 2013

Humans leave a mark for good or ill on others. As Christ followers, we are called to be examples of peace, charity, justice and mercy. Our words and deeds are to resemble the master teacher, Christ, to others. In Christ, there is not a list of rules to be checked off but a heart and…

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Modern Management in The Church

By: on November 6, 2013

Gilbert W. Fairholm writes, “The transition from headship based on personality and talent to one based on control is the history of the rise of management to preeminence in our social institutions” (Kindle 835-836).  He makes the case that managerial leadership is a contemporary phenomena and that it came into being “as the answer to…

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Remapping Business Expectations for Global Opportunity and Innovation

By: on November 2, 2013

Friedman in his book Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix; A Failure of Nerve, describes leadership as an emotional process rather than a cognitive phenomenon (Friedman 1999). He says leaders can be hindered by an obsession with data and technique instead of making decisions from their own integrity and presence. Freidman believes Christopher…

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Leadership and Chronic Anxiety

By: on November 2, 2013

Of all the reading I have done on leadership during the recent past, Edwin Friedman’s book A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix has been the most challenging and yet quite stimulating. Friedman’s approach to addressing the leadership crisis is from quite a different angle than that which most of…

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We Can’t All be like Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory

By: on November 1, 2013

Am I doing anything right?  This is the question that confronted me while reading Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman. My church recently hired a new Executive Director /Pastor.  She has been very methodical in transforming our 40 employees into a very organized and accountable group of pastors and assistants – or so I thought.…

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“Mapmakers and Answer Givers”

By: on November 1, 2013

According to Edwin H. Friedman in his book “A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix,” three interlocking characteristics of an imaginatively gridlocked system are: “an unending treadmill of trying harder, looking for answers rather than reframing questions; and either/or thinking that creates false dichotomies.”(Kindle, 684) Regarding the “treadmill of trying…

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One Size Fits All?

By: on October 31, 2013

Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat was a defining look at the dynamic of globalization that enabled the reader to embrace the largest global dynamics and understand how they worked together.  In Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, Edwin Friedman accomplishes much the same feat inregard to leadership as he puts forth a…

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Unfinished symphony

By: on October 31, 2013

We live in a leadership-toxic climate. The system is toxic itself, because we live in a chronically anxious society, almost like a seatbelt-society, that is more oriented towards security than adventure. In this circumstance of anxiety most of the time a resistance to leadership doesn’t occur out of problematic issues, but merely out of the…

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A Failure of Nerve

By: on October 31, 2013

Sam Houston and Edwin Friedman There is a sense that the world faces a crisis of leadership.  Europe is embroiled in a seemingly intractable economic crisis, much of their own doing.  The US struggles with the continual threat of government shutdown.  The millennial generation’s response seems just as dysfunctional in this liquid world as popularly…

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Lessons form Friedman

By: on October 31, 2013

A Failure of Nerve by Thomas Friedman is unlike any leadership book I’ve ever read, and that’s mostly a good thing. To be honest, my brain is almost in overload mode because his notion of how to be a leader and to bring about change in family, organization and society comes from a different vantage…

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The Deluge

By: on October 31, 2013

I have always been intrigued  by the stories in Greek mythology.  One of my favorites is the story of Sisyphus.  Sisyphus was the King of Ephyra (same city as Corinth)and was the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly.  As the tale goes, Sisyphus who struggled with chronic deceitfulness was banished to a life of rolling…

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Why Don’t You Just Self-Differentiate?

By: on October 30, 2013

Many people are concerned about the faith of the young people in our churches and especially the emerging young adults as they transition into the adult world. I have heard parents say in frustration to youth, “Why don’t you just grow up.” Which is curious, because that is just what they want to do, but…

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Emotions Matter

By: on October 27, 2013

In much astonishment to some people, as humans, we are meant for relationships. Be it a spouse, brother, sister, mother, father, coworker, or a stranger we have yet to get to know, we hold the influence to make the relationship healthier or weaker. One characteristic in human interaction to maintain balance is emotions. Emotions are…

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Leadership and “The Teddy Bear Factor”

By: on October 25, 2013

The present post modern age presents many new challenges for leaders and leadership.  Old paradigms and definitions that were generally accepted are not as readily and willingly embraced as they used to be. In a world that is increasingly interrelated and rapidly moving forward, there is the pressure on leadership to adapt and change more…

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