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

A History Worth Knowing

By: on February 3, 2022

In Bebbington’s book, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain, he attempts to sketch with a broad stroke, the considerable influence that the evangelical movement has had in Britain from the 1730’s to the 1980’s. It is a comprehensive history, explaining the early beginnings and then demonstrating how the movement has diverged into so many different expressions of…

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Evangelicalism: contending for the faith which was once given to the saints

By: on February 3, 2022

Focusing on major developments and key players of a significant religious movement within a leading world nation, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain is an excellent historical analysis of the growth of Evangelicalism in Britain from the early 18th century to the late 20th century. Bebbington wisely begins by discussing conversionism, activism, Biblicism, and crucicentrism as the…

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How History Helps Leaders

By: on February 3, 2022

“We need to become a New Testament church!” My predecessor recounted the numerous times he heard that statement during his tenure. I like the response he consistently gave, “Which New Testament church do you want to become? Corinth with all its issues? Philippi with its infighting? A church in Galatia with a quick turn away…

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I’ll Trade You My Keller Card for Your Whitfield Rookie Card

By: on February 2, 2022

I will trade you my Tim Keller, Andy Stanley, Tony Evans, John McArthur, and Franklin Graham cards for your John Wesley, George Whitfield, John Newton, and William Wilberforce’s rookie cards. Okay, you can have my Jonathan Edwards All American card too.  While the term Evangelical has become synonymous with Conservatism, Republicanism, Fundamentalism, and Hobby Lobby…

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Driven to Action

By: on February 2, 2022

The author of Evangelicalism in Modern Britain, David Beddington, provides an excellent historical account of the evangelical movement from the 1730s to the 1980s. The four marks of evangelicalism provide the framework for his summary, which are: “conversionism, the belief that lives need to be changed; activism, the expression of the gospel in effort; biblicism,…

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Has the Church Capitalized Too Much?

By: on February 1, 2022

The readings this week were centered around the birth and progression of Evangelicalism and its relationship to capitalism. D.W. Bebbington’s historical Evangelicalism in Modern Britain provided a broad context of the formation and expansion of Evangelicalism throughout Britain. A history professor by trade in both Scotland and in the U.S., Bebbington articulates what an Evangelical…

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Leadership Is More Than Just Learning New Techniques And Methods?

By: on January 30, 2022

Leadership is probably the discipline that has attracted the highest number of authors and it amazes me the rate at which new ideas and techniques for increased productivity, are identified and touted as the latest or ‘the must have’ for success in leadership. It’s also true that every leader is on the look out for…

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Nerve: a key ingredient for historical and contemporary leadership

By: on January 28, 2022

Perhaps few books on leadership compare with Edwin Friedman’s Failure of Nerve, a critical examination of contemporary American leadership against the background 15th and 16th century European leadership. Using Europe’s transition from a millennium of uneventful ordinariness to a glorious era of innovation, art, exploration, discovery and expansion[1], Friedman argues that, today like in the…

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Triangulation: A Case Study

By: on January 28, 2022

In the fall, I focused on Edwin H. Friedman’s arguments regarding empathy and the ways in which empathy disempowers personal responsibility, thus contributing to toxic, reactive, chronic anxiety. As I summarized then, in A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, Friedman develops his argument for why it is a leader’s…

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Leadership for Such a Time as This

By: on January 27, 2022

In re-reading Friedman’s book, A Failure of Nerve, my attention became directed on chapter two. The title is, A Society in Regression and it discusses at length how our American culture is unraveling. “A society cannot evolve, no matter how much freedom is guaranteed, when the citizenry is more focused on one another than on…

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Empathy: Tonic or Toxic?

By: on January 27, 2022

One of my favorite parts of a trying story from the Old Testament comes from Job and his friends. Job’s companions get so much wrong in the story. They offer shallow answers to bottomless pain. They espouse theological misunderstandings that only add to Job’s misery. They offer platitudes when there are no answers. What the…

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Individuality vs. Togetherness 

By: on January 26, 2022

Individuality vs. Togetherness  This blog post focuses on what Friedman calls fallacies of self by charting leadership philosophies on a spectrum between autocracy and individuality. Friedman begins with a fictitious dialog between the earliest known organisms known to creation: the eukaryotes and the prokaryotes. The eukaryotes are are multicellular, adaptive and likely dopaminergic; they value individuality and…

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Leadership Development Among the Vulnerable

By: on January 26, 2022

The late Edwin Friedman delivers powerful leadership principles in his book, A Failure of Nerve. Through his work as a rabbi, family therapist, and leadership consultant, Friedman identifies “that the climate of contemporary America has become so chronically anxious that our society has gone into an emotional regression that is toxic to well-defined leadership.”[1] Incorporating…

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Navigating a New Anxiety

By: on January 26, 2022

Through a second and deeper pass at Friedman’s A Failure of Nerve, I found myself focused on how self-differentiation manifests in the context of realistic issues that leaders face today. As a quick recap, Friedman’s work is classified within the social science field of psychology and is aimed at empowering leaders of today to embrace…

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Be Differentiated, Even If You Deal With Extremely Emotionally Toxic People

By: on January 26, 2022

The most significant works in literature transcend space, time, and context. Friedman’s A Failure of Nerve does just that as it nears its completion of four decades in circulation.  Continuing to shape organizational psychology today, Friedman gives foundation thought around leadership, differentiation, emotional triangles, and being a non-anxious presence.  His main idea is on the self-differentiated…

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The Quest For More, Spirit Led or Dopamine?

By: on January 23, 2022

Where and when is our next school and church plant? This is a question that has become common place for our leadership team, and they would be worried if the founder directors do not ask this question for an extended length of time. Our organization, Missions of Hope International[1] has grown very fast since 2007…

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No One Knows How Far I’ll Go

By: on January 14, 2022

Moana is the story of an intense, fiercely feminine, non-weaponized teenager who sees possibilities that lay outside of her reach.  She is ambitious and has a sense there is more to life on the island that would require venturing out into the unknown sea. She is not satisfied with the “here and now” or doing…

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Nature, Nurture, the Chicken or the Egg

By: on January 13, 2022

The fascinating collaboration of Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD and Michael E. Long in “The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity-and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race,”[1] bring to light the of impact and role of dopamine in human behavior, discussing such area as love,…

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