DLGP

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

How Do I Stand Out?

By: on May 15, 2013

The StandOut strengths assessment is one among many ways to assess one’s strengths. This one specifically focuses on leadership. These kinds of assessments have always been a struggle for me. One on my strengths is not quick decision making. However it was insightful. The results for me is that out of the 9 roles ,…

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Standout Assessment for David Toth

By: on May 15, 2013

The StandOut assessment returned the following results for David A Toth: Equalizer / Connector.  I agree with the assessment, it does seem like me; both functions reflect my lifestyle modus operandi.  I appreciated the assessment process.  It was clear and easy to accomplish.  I particularly liked the 35 second response time which causes one to…

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Reimagining Our Culture in Light of Jesus’ Agenda

By: on May 3, 2013

Look at where you live. What do you imagine that could change within your city and state? What could be made better? When Jesus came on the scene in human form, he had different ideas on what it meant to love God and to love his neighbor. His techniques were revolutionary at the time and…

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Untitled: Hope, Needs, and Deeds

By: on May 3, 2013

Untitled: Hope, Needs, and Deeds cedrickvalrie: During the spring of 1989 two missionaries came to my neighborhood with primarily one mission in mind – to extend a lifeline of hope to the children through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each week they would reach out to thousands of children living in the poverty sector of…

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From a Pre- Literate to Modern Society

By: on April 22, 2013

  The Boston Marathon was an event that was of great importance to Kenyans as it was to Americans. Kenyan runners have gained prominence through their participation in the marathon. When the bombing happened at the event on Monday, it drew interest in the Kenyan media especially the social media. The world watched as the…

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From a Pre- Literate to Modern Society

By: on April 22, 2013

The advance of modern technology is certainly ambiguous. It has promised less work and more leisure, but we actually work longer hours than premodern peasants and villagers. Present-day Western societies are facing a moral crisis, argues Murray Jardine, and our inability to make ethical sense of technology is at the root of this crisis. Jardine…

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Reflections from Jardine

By: on April 21, 2013

Murray Jardine’s Making and Unmaking of Technological Society: How Christianity Can Save Modernity from Itself, is an exhaustive narrative that traces the history from early pagan culture through the various stages to contemporary Western culture with its problems and issues.   He affirms human creativity and outlines how technological advances led to modern life styles and…

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THE COMMUNICATING COMMUNITY

By: on April 21, 2013

Christianity as it is in the present time cannot save modernity from itself. Does that leave the Church without hope?  No.  Biblical Christian Faith can.  There is certainly a difference between Christianity that has been shaped, projected and promoted by the West, aped by the rest of the world and the Biblical Christian Faith.  I am…

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Evaluating Our Connections

By: on April 20, 2013

Managing priorities wisely and weighing costs and benefits – these necessary actions take time and effort but help keep us on track and gain the most from life. I’d like to consider these concepts in light of our investments in human relationships and our embrace of technology in today’s world. Both of these offer ways…

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Taking Care of the Aged in a Technological Society

By: on April 20, 2013

My dad was 75 years old and was dying. Dad was living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) at the time. He had been a successful Presbyterian Minister his entire career. He was a believer in the CCRC concept where individuals can age in place but would have different levels of health care available…

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The Land Beyond

By: on April 20, 2013

Our plane had just begun to approach the Island known as Hispaniola.  This large island located in the Caribbean is home to two very unique and distinct nations.  On the eastern side of the island is the nation of the Dominican Republic.  On the the western side is the country of Haiti.  On this particular…

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Spaces for Creative Process

By: on April 18, 2013

The church can do meaningful ministries in and for the world and it can do them well!  My first pastorate took place in a rural Iowa town.  The population was about 26,000 and there were over 70 churches within 5 miles of the center of the town. The largest church was about 700 in attendance and the smaller ones…

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collective intelligence, collective ethic?

By: on April 18, 2013

The Boston Marathon explosions unleashed a flood of breaking news on twitter and other social media websites. We are used to this immediate coverage, but still it is striking, how much our technological and medial possibilities have changed within the last 10 years. When my timeline on twitter was already full with posts on the…

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For A Botched Civilization? Part 2

By: on April 18, 2013

The world is not right.  While philosophers, pundits, politicians and the like fret, worry, and propose solutions, this semester in my Doctor of Ministry program, my cohort and I have been on a journey of sorts.  We have been delving into the historical, social, philosophical, theological, and economic underpinnings of the late Western modern world.  As such, this…

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“In the beginning…the Word was God”

By: on April 18, 2013

Murray Jardine, in his book The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society: How Christianity Can Save Modernity from Itself (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life), argues that the values found within Christianity have not kept up with modern technological advances thereby creating a moral crisis within society.  This moral crisis includes consumerism, marital dissolutions, and a variety…

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Jardine and Paganism

By: on April 18, 2013

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Comeback Neighborhood

By: on April 18, 2013

When I moved to Little Rock seven years ago, Liz and I wanted to be incarnational. We decided that it didn’t make any sense for a Mission minister, whose job it was to minister and connect to the downtown area, to live in the suburbs. So, we bought a house less than one mile from…

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Life is Fragile

By: on April 18, 2013

Fragile Life is fragile. So again we are reminded about death and terror this week. As I react to the horror of what happened at the Boston Marathon, it seems my mind is flooded with thoughts: grief at the carnage, anger at the perpetrators and the easily broken sense of security. Mostly I was thinking…

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