DLGP

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

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…

no responses

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…

no responses

#dminlgp: Looking at Ecclesiology

By: on October 27, 2013

#dminlgp: Looking at Ecclesiology dminlgp: In the book, Christian Theology: An Introduction, Alister McGrath does a great job in presenting the material in a simple and rewarding manner. At first glance I was a bit overwhelmed by all the material in the book. However, McGrath extends a gracious “do not be afraid”- he assures the…

no responses

How We Got Here

By: on October 27, 2013

Comments On Theology: by David Ford. To best describe what I was able to read in David Ford’s work on theology is, answers to how we got where we are today in our world of complex and diverse theological beliefs. Ford gives an amazing historical overview of the development of the christian faith and its…

no responses

Theology and life – Who do you say I am?

By: on October 27, 2013

Writing an introduction to a vast area of study, such as theology, is a significant undertaking. Alister McGrath in Christian Theology: An Introduction has written just such a course of study. I say “course of study” because McGrath in the introductory material indicates his intentional use of the writing as a text book and addresses…

no responses

By: on October 27, 2013

How We Got Here Comments On Theology: by David Ford. To best describe what I was able to read in David Ford’s work on theology is, answers to how we got where we are today in our world of complex and diverse theological beliefs. Ford gives an amazing historical overview of the development of the…

no responses

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…

no responses

Looking at Ecclesiology

By: on October 27, 2013

In the book, Christian Theology:  An Introduction, Alister McGrath does a great job in presenting the material in a simple and rewarding manner.   At first glance I was a bit overwhelmed by all the material in the book.  However, McGrath extends a gracious “do not be afraid”- he assures the reader that we must not…

no responses

Learning from the past; hopeful for the future

By: on October 26, 2013

(Apologies…I posted this on the wrong blog last Thursday) Perhaps one of biggest takeaways I received through reading McGrath’s formidable work, Christian Theology: An Introduction, is an appreciation of the value and importance of excellent theological and spiritual education. From his fascinating historical presentation to how theology developed over the centuries to his excellent introduction of…

no responses

The message is greater than the messenger

By: on October 26, 2013

As I picked up Alister McGrath’s Christian Theology: An Introduction, I found myself overwhelmed by the amount of information that flooded my mind. What stood out to me the most in the midst of the 500 pages is people and tradition. I don’t know if it’s my lack of confidence in my abilities to minister,…

no responses

Theology for all

By: on October 26, 2013

Reading Christian Theology by Alister McGrath’s it reminded me of my theology classes I took at Wesley Biblical seminary. I appreciate McGrath going through the history of Christianity starting from the first century and moving forward. I believe this is very important and every Christian should have some kind of training or education and early…

no responses

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…

no responses

Theology in the Present Tense

By: on October 25, 2013

In explaining to the student on “How to Use This Book,” Alister McGrath asserts, “Christian theology is one of the most fascinating subjects it is possible to study.”[1]  After three weeks of reading about theology from different entry points each presenting compelling perspectives, I agree.  The last of the three[2], Christian Theology: An Introduction is…

no responses

Eierlegende Wollmilchsau

By: on October 25, 2013

In the last books I read for my DMin program, I came across concepts of leadership and parameters to measure and interpret responses of members to certain leadership actions or problematical situations. It is interesting, that in Jim Collins book „Good to great. Why some companies make the leap and others don’t“ aswell as in…

no responses

Never Ending Story: Theology

By: on October 25, 2013

While reading Alister E. McGrath’s Christian Theology: An Introduction, I was reminded of a conversation I had with Bible college student named Chad. After a good discussion about the seismic and painful changes over the last forty years in how we do church in the USA (including worship styles, women’s roles, attire, social concerns, etc.),…

no responses

Christian Theology is academic and devotional!

By: on October 25, 2013

It seems to me that all the readings about theology I have studied in the past and present have turned out to be academic and devotional. The attempt to learn about the doctrine of God and how it is relevant for life has required the application of both the left and right brain activity and…

no responses

Christian Theology

By: on October 25, 2013

When reading Christian Theology: An Introduction. Fourth Edition, by Alister E. McGrath, I appreciated how McGrath presents succinctly all the basics of Christian theology that one needs to know to understand the stages of development that Christianity has gone through.Despite the fact that most of the history of Christian theology in this book and others…

no responses

Mussel Stagnation and Global Stretch in CCRC Business

By: on October 25, 2013

Businesses must change to thrive in this global world we live in. Kets de Vries in his book The Leadership Mystique talks about global leadership from a Psychoanalytical viewpoint. He talks about the “Mussel Syndrome”. The mussel is mollusk that makes one existential decision in its life, where to settle down (Kets de Vries 2001).…

no responses

A Journey of Mystery

By: on October 25, 2013

Where does one begin an honest journey of exploration? McGrath, in his work Christian Theology: An Introduction, [i] starts at the beginning. Sort of. He starts at the beginning of Christianity as a forming religion. McGrath provides a crash course through the history of Christianity (post Christ) and its formative ideas, then quickly moves through…

no responses