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

A Letter Written on the Walls of Higher Education

By: on February 5, 2024

 For my post, I wrote a hypothetical letter to leaders in Christian higher education believing that things can and will improve–based on the solutions our readings suggest.   A Letter Written on the Walls of Higher Education Dear Christian Higher Education Administration, Whenever I read books like The Canceling of the American Mind: Cancel Culture Undermines…

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Is Cancel Culture All Bad? I’m Not So Sure

By: on February 5, 2024

In The Canceling of the American Mind: How Cancel Culture Undermines Trust, Destroys Institutions, and Threatens Us All, Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott focus on what has become known as “cancel culture,”: how it began, its destructive effects, and how to push back against it.   How did Cancel Culture come about and what is…

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All We Want is Life Beyond the Thunderdome

By: on February 3, 2024

In her 1985 hit song, We Don’t Need Another Hero, musician Tina Turner sang, “All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome.”[1] This anti-love song is about a woman who desperately yearned for “freedom beyond the ragged dystopia”[2] of her oppressed and loveless marriage. She finally sought and found independence and encouraged others to stand…

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Kryptonite, Agendas and Exploration

By: on February 2, 2024

“What does the Lord Require of Me? But to do Justice, and to Love Mercy and to Walk Humbly with our God.” Micah 6:8 Kryptonite I have a weakness…an Achilles heel, and I’m willing to admit it today: I suck at arguing! I found myself on edge as I read Evangelization and Ideology: How to…

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Amorukonat, Life’s Journey.

By: on February 2, 2024

This book, “The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work,” has a very long ‘working-out’, or way of showing, or detailing of the stated point. I tried here and there within the chapters to pick up the points, but it takes me longer time therefore, I went to look for the summary and…

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My Introduction to Biblical Sign-Acts and the Hero’s Journey

By: on February 2, 2024

This week I had the privilege of visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand for a company retreat. Personally, I feel like I took my own Hero’s Journey just to get here from Mauritania. While in Thailand, I have participated in many sessions meant to encourage those of us working overseas. The teaching that most sparked my interest…

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Christianity Amidst the Challenges of Corruption

By: on February 1, 2024

Avoiding living in a false world may sound academic and detached from everyday concerns. But that assessment rapidly changes the moment someone or some group comes along and tries to conscript you into their ideological fantasy … You can run, you can submit, you can bloody your knuckles. Or you can craft a better argument…

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Treky Yourself

By: on February 1, 2024

Are you a “Treky?” In the 1960s, the U.S. was deep into the space race, which created the perfect environment for the television series Star Trek to gain popularity and capture the imagination of a nation. I visited the Museum of Pop Culture several years ago in Seattle, WA.  Most memorable for me was the Star…

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“Truth” is Tricky

By: on February 1, 2024

If vertical learning requires reading widely and hearing ideas that conflict with my own then Matthew Petrusek’s book, Evangelization and Ideology, helped me grow like a weed this week. Maybe that’s an over-exaggeration. There were times I thought, “Great point, I could see that”, then other times I thought: “Hmm, that seems condescending and a…

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A white officer and a black woman…

By: on February 1, 2024

January 30, 2024, began the trial of a West Caln Police Officer. It’s a trial many of us who live in West Caln have been nervously waiting for. November 10, 2021, a black lady, Takeisha Landry made a left turn while stopped at a red light. Sergeant Tony Sparano approached her car after she stopped,…

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Hope for the Hero

By: on February 1, 2024

Facing the struggles of my doctoral journey thus far has led me to question why I even started and I felt shamed by my initial response.  Had I really convinced my husband to accompany me on a three-year investment of time and money out of a twisted ego need to earn the title of ‘Doctor?’…

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Not mythology!

By: on February 1, 2024

The last thing I wanted to read for our assignments this week was concerning the imaginative world of mythology. I have always been one to choose more realistic literature. My childhood imagination would take me into made-up worlds, but my reading choices did not. I preferred Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie over…

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Superman, Separation, and Destiny

By: on February 1, 2024

  He was my hero, and I was always unashamed in celebrating his victories, letting anyone who would hear me talk about an ordinary guy who could do extraordinary things. I remember my heart beating and blood pressure rising as Clark Kent would leave his job at the Daily Planet to fend off Lex Luthor…

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Navigating the Heroines Journey

By: on February 1, 2024

As I delved into this week’s readings, I couldn’t help but think about the patterns I’d seen among leaders that brought me to this doctoral program. No matter what initial goal or challenge they wanted to work on, at its core was a need to be seen, heard, and accepted. Despite the diversity of individuals…

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See the Line Where the Sky Meets The Sea?

By: on February 1, 2024

As I read the Campbell’s book this week (even though it was a reread from my English Literature days in my undergraduate studies) it was hard not to see connections in my everyday life as a husband, father and pastor. Last night in particular our older kids and my wife and I gathered around the…

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What Stories Are You Telling Yourself?

By: on February 1, 2024

I don’t consider myself a hero, but this book reminds me of some people who have been heroes in my life. I think about my eldest aunt on my mother’s side (이모 – imo – pronounced “eemo”). For the longest time, Korean women were not allowed to get an education beyond 8th grade, but my…

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Obstacle or Opportunity: Is it Really Just about Politics?

By: on February 1, 2024

Most political conflicts have little to do with politics. They are rooted in more fundamental disputes about moral values, moral knowledge, the definition of the human being, and even metaphysics.[1] Matthew Petrusek Evangelization and Ideology: How to Understand and Respond to the Political Culture, by Matthew R. Petrusek, is not a quick how to guide…

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Jasné body na obzore, Bright Spots on the Horizon

By: on February 1, 2024

Jasné body na obzore, Bright Spots on the Horizon (Slovakian) Introduction Part 1:  What my peers are saying Part 2:  Impact on my NPO Epilogue   Introduction – Ukrainian War, Israeli War, and war with Iran? Syria? Yemen?   The world’s crisis’s have been impinging on my mind.  The Bosnian war, Iraq 1 and Iraq 2 …

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The Affairs of the City: Politics and The Church

By: on January 31, 2024

“Most socio-political disagreements are not about different laws or policies; rather, they are about competing theories of justice (morality and applied morality), knowledge, human nature, and the nature of existence”.[1] Last week, while working in Phoenix, Arizona, I attended a large mega church in Scottsdale for their Sunday morning worship.  The woman sitting next to…

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