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

Excellence In All Things

By: on February 16, 2022

The Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism and Other Writings is a compilation of essays written by the late Max Weber. As a historian and sociologist, many have argued that his essay, The Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism, is one of the most influential social science works of our time.[1] Weber notes…

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The tragedy that is self-sabotage.

By: on February 15, 2022

Myles Munroe captures the tragedy of many great things that were never implemented as, The graveyard is the richest place on the surface of the earth because there you will see the books that were not published, ideas that were not harnessed, songs that were not sung, and drama pieces that were never acted.[1] I…

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Pressing On~

By: on February 11, 2022

Steven Pressfield is an American author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays. He has authored many fictions such as Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, and many non-fiction such as The War of Art, Do the Work, and Turning Pro. In his book, The War of Art, Pressfield writes to investigate…

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Momentum

By: on February 11, 2022

We read two fascinating books on the creative process this week. In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield tackles the opposing psychological and spiritual dimensions of resistance and creativity.[1] His book is classified by the Library of Congress under their large Religion, Psychology, and Philosophy…

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Spaghetti Vomit and the Fear of Red Ink

By: on February 11, 2022

Spaghetti vomit and the fear of red ink sums up my anxiety surrounding writing. One might ask what spaghetti and red ink have in common. For me, spaghetti is the best image I can produce to describe my since of what I generate on a page and red ink is the teacher’s dreaded criticism of…

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Winning in Writing

By: on February 10, 2022

As the title suggests, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is the remarkable memoir of multiple-award-winning novelist, Stephen King. The bestselling author, who sold 2.7 million books in the USA in 2018[1], may be described as the Shakespeare of contemporary American fiction, with decades of experience writing novels within several genres, including but not…

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Life Is Happening, or, The Greatest Showwoman on Earth

By: on February 10, 2022

My head is spinning by the speed of life happening.  Which seems ironic considering how the pandemic seems to have stalled the forward motion in the church in general, and the church I serve specific.  The church I currently serve called me to lead them to radical change.  And we were on the precipice to…

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A Writing (and Leading) Kick in the Seat of the Pants

By: on February 10, 2022

“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”[1] So ends Stephen King’s memoir on the craft of writing. Sounds great. Meanwhile, whether someone wants to write the next great novel or a weekly blog post for a doctoral…

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Inspiring Lessons on Transcendence from the King of Horror

By: on February 10, 2022

When the King of Horror, author credited with over 60 novels, 200 short stories, and countless films/TV series, the creative mind behind diverging stories like The Shining and The Shawshank Redemption, writes a book on writing, it is most likely going to be a master’s class.    In On Writing, King argued, “If you want to be a…

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Writing it Out

By: on February 9, 2022

How does one write well? How does an author find their voice? How does one write? These were some of the questions we set out to explore this week in the readings of Stephen King’s On Writing and Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. Both classified under the general literature genre and incorporating elements of…

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On Writing and the Creative Process

By: on February 9, 2022

Stephen King’s, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a two-in-one book that combines personnel memoir plus a practical guide for writers to improve their craft. The first section of the book, “On Writing” is more personal history than writing tips—although even here he manages to dispense writing advice as he recounts his youth…

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Write! Write! Write!

By: on February 8, 2022

On Writing is a memoir written by Stephen King. In his words, it is neither an autobiography nor an instruction manual, but more of a curriculum vitae to form a writer. In describing the art of writing, King compares the fundamentals to a toolbox. There are a few essential items, but the other tools are…

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“Rest in [Seeds], Mf*kr.”

By: on February 8, 2022

Oregon state law requires that that new residence obtain an Oregon driver’s license within thirty days of residency. My partner Liz and I moved to Newberg, Oregon from Indiana on June 30th 2015. I obtained my Oregon driver’s license on January 8th, 2022. My trip to the DMV took less than an hour, cost no…

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Mutual Influence: Evangelicalism and Middle East Culture

By: on February 4, 2022

British historian David W. Bebbington, specializing in the history of modern Britain, provides a thorough analysis of evangelicalism’s development in Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s.[1] Uniquely, he examines both the influence of evangelicalism on society and the influence of society on evangelicalism.[2] Classified as a history book, Bebbington…

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A Journey to Become an Evangelical and Beyond

By: on February 3, 2022

This week’s readings were intriguing and intimidating. Intriguing because I have a very cursory understanding of The Evangelical Movement and even less of an awareness of its historical effect on my personal faith. I am generally not much of a people pleaser except when it comes to people that I have respect for, so to…

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Swim or Suffocate

By: on February 3, 2022

  There is a widespread myth that sharks must continually swim or they will suffocate to death.  In truth there are only about two dozen species[1]—including the Great White, the Whale Shark, and the Hammerhead shark—that have a need to be on the move.  They have what is known as “obligate ram ventilators,” meaning they…

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Emergence of Evangelicalism in every culture

By: on February 3, 2022

The author of Evangelicalism in Modern Britain, David Bebbington, delivers a comprehensive historical account of the evangelical movement in British cultural settings from the 1730s to the 1980s. This historical research book highlights the impact of the Evangelical movements on the developments of many evangelical denominations. Bebbington’s research focuses on the impact of evangelicalism on society…

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Go beyond emphathy, Be a responsible leader~

By: on February 3, 2022

Edwin H. Friedman, in his book A Failure of Nerve, examines the connections between rapid solutions in an age of anxiety to well-differentiated leadership. According to his lifetime research and experience in social psychology, he concluded that a well-differentiated leadership would bring progress and healing to any broken relationships, families, company, and society. According to…

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Capitalizing Evangelicalism

By: on February 3, 2022

According to author, researcher, and historian David Bebbington, an Evangelical is marked by four distinct characteristics, which form a quadrilateral: conversion, activism, biblicism and crucicentrism (Focus on the cross and atonement).[1]  Conversionism, that is conversion of souls unto Christ, could be the single value from which evangelicalism was derived. Bebbington writes, “Conversions were the goal…

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