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

A Boat, Night and the Sea

By: on September 12, 2013

I had just finished eating while taking in a stunning sunset located on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. And now, the time had come, what I had waited for and long anticipating for almost 35 years, a ride across the Sea of Galilee at night.  I could hardly contain myself as I…

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A Picture is Worth More than a Thousand Words…

By: on September 11, 2013

Warning: before we go any further, you must know I love pictures. I am nearly addicted to Instagram and documenting my life through pictures. My kids and my youth groups accuse me often of being the paparazzi, embarrassing them to no end, and documenting every life event from plates of food to birthday parties to baseball…

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Can we take pictures?

By: on September 11, 2013

In the post  of last “Scared of art” I already reflected on art and theology, inspired by William A. Dyrness’ “Visual faith – art, theology and worship in dialogue”. This week I want to take a deeper look into David Morgans “Sacred gaze. Religious visual culture in theory and practice.” A lot of what Morgan…

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Christian Art – A Spiritual Journey

By: on September 8, 2013

Dyrness in his book Visual Faith examines the past history of Christian art and the need to rejuvenate the practice for many reasons. Among his reasons are to worship, share the gospel and to communicate God’s truths with a media driven generation (Dyrness, 2001). While reflecting about these concepts, I was drawn to look back…

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Critically engaging “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking”

By: on September 7, 2013

Paul and Elder’s The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools is a concise work that packs a considerable amount of material between its covers. The insights are solid and accompanied by an engaging and helpful set of diagrams that further elucidate the authors’ perspectives. Overall, the authors’ goal in this text is rather straightforward…

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Engaging the Wilderness

By: on September 7, 2013

In the natural and to the naked eye, there is not much special about water, food, and a community of people that are wandering in the desert. From an ancient perspective, such resources are a sign of strength, provision, and wealth. From a modern perspective, water and food are commonly viewed as necessities, while building…

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Short & Sweet: A Primer on Research

By: on September 6, 2013

Richard Paul and Linda Elder’s The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking, 6th ed. is a tremendously helpful and brief tool for reasoning and research.  While filled with much helpful advice, what these authors do so well is provide a laundry list of potential pit-falls that researchers often unknowingly fall into.  These include recognizing that one’s…

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Cultivating Critical Thinking

By: on September 6, 2013

Reading Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking concepts and Tools, 6th ed. has been an eye opening for me. I am not a critical thinker and I really need to learn how to cultivate critical thinking. Reading this book took me back to my middle school and high school experience…

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Christianity and Creativity

By: on September 6, 2013

In all my years of ministry, even though I have enjoyed art, I have never given it serious thought and consideration as one that adds value to ministry.  My protestant puritanical upbringing has not allowed me to reflect upon its value and worth in worship and discipleship.  Reading Visual Faith – Art, Theology and Worship…

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Where a classroom led to so many years ago …

By: on September 6, 2013

I remember sitting at my desk in fourth grade dutifully coping my geography text.  Perhaps my teacher was a kinestic learner that transferred her learning approach into her classroom teaching or perhaps we were just doing busy work to keep a room full of active ten year olds quiet.  Whatever the pedagogy behind her assignment…

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Critical Thinking

By: on September 6, 2013

Everyone’s thoughts can be biased based on their experiences, cultural exposure, and education. Because of this, our world outlook can be skewed unless we train and exercise ourselves to think in a critical manner.   I always thought that critical thinking was a natural, ingrained trait, as it seems that some people “just get it”.  They…

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What’s in a Meme?

By: on September 6, 2013

A student of mine posted a meme on Facebook last week. A three sentence statement that compared two vastly different political and economic events to American immigration. She asked, “Is this for real?” I responded by stating that as the post was worded it was misleading and perhaps inaccurate. I did not say that it…

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Beauty in the Building

By: on September 6, 2013

Art and the Christian Faith have had close historical ties. It has been shunned and embraced. But defining what Christian art is and how it is to be used in church has been controversial. Emerging younger congregations have both embraced and avoided it also. In our city there are many churches started in schools. Their…

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Sociocentric Thinking

By: on September 6, 2013

Overall this tiny booklet was refreshing. If I had a highlighter handy I would have highlighted most of the book. The way we think can either move us forward or hold us back. Our way of thinking determines how we solve our problems, how we relate to people and how we live our lives. We…

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“Idol vs. Icon”

By: on September 6, 2013

“Idol vs. Icon” William Dyrness, in his book “Visual Faith” explores the concept of spiritual and religious art. He discusses the historical transitions of art within Christianity due to theology and iconoclasm, especially after the Protestant Reformation; as well as the contemporary resurgence of religious art in its variety of forms. I decided to take…

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A Visual Faith

By: on September 5, 2013

I am often in the Atlanta airport.  Never it seems, is my departing plane in the same area as where I land, so I find myself traveling from concourse to concourse. There are two options of navigation in this, the world’s largest airport.  One is to take advantage of the tram that whisks between the…

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Leadership, church life and unity in diversity

By: on September 5, 2013

I found this week’s reading rather refreshing and timely, because the material was relevant to the nature of conversations and discussions that came to bear. One might wonder as to how a petite pamphlet titled; “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools”would yield the above appraisal. During the past couple of weeks, a…

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Levels of Thought

By: on September 5, 2013

Can you count how many times you have encountered a person who, for one reason or another, has the belief, or thinks a certain way, that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.  As you listen to them spout off what they think to be truth you realize that there is no logical reasoning to what they…

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Is there more to thinking than … well, just thinking?

By: on September 5, 2013

I am not a critical thinker, at least, according to the definition given by Paul and Elder in their book “The Miniature Guide to Critical thinking: Concepts and Tools (loc.32, Kindle ed).  The authors state, “Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it.” The book is chock-full…

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What Do You Think?

By: on September 5, 2013

     As I read “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools,” I was reminded of a statement made by a young woman in my faith community, “Pastor, I never knew there were other versions.”  She was talking about other versions of the Bible.  How could this young woman, who has been in the…

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