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DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

The Morning Commute

on September 20, 2012

A few years ago my family and I lived at a home which was located in the middle of no where.  Great for silence and solitude, but horrible for the daily work commute. It was a killer on our cars as well as the gas budget!  Just commuting one direction was 46 miles and took…

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Social Theory . . . and some guesstimates

on September 19, 2012

Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction by Anthony Elliot is a challenging read for me.  I have not studied sociology in any formal way beyond taking basic undergrad courses.  However, I am thankful for the assignment as it has provided me with an opportunity to read about some of the social theories and how they might…

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Who are we inspired by?

on September 19, 2012

Who do we give the chance to speak into our lifes? What is the society we are surrounded by and that we ally with (lat. societas/socii – eng. allies)?   The literature in our DMin program led us this week to a introduction in social theory. Anthony Elliott presents in his book “Contemporary Social Theory”…

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Social Theory and Discipleship

on September 19, 2012

Social theory isn’t something that is readily studied in Christian circles, at least the circles I’m familiar with, and therefore something that I’m a neophyte in. After a rather in-depth overview of several aspects of social theory in Anthony Elliot’s Contemporary Social Theory, I think ministers should give social theory more attention and thought. I…

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Technology Can Free Rather Than Enslave

on September 18, 2012

As I began the quest of reading, and trying to understand, Contemporary Social Theory by Elliot, I was surprised how interested I became.  This is new ground as I’ve had precious little study personally or academically in this area.  Some of the names and theories are familiar but precious few.  Therefore I am grateful how…

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64 percent of all the world’s statistics…

on September 17, 2012

garrickroegner: … are made up right there on the spot 82.4 percent of people believe ‘em whether they’re accurate statistics or not -Todd Snider, “Statistician’s Blues” Interesting blurb here from Christianity Today on how people underestimate the percentage of Protestants in the USA, while overestimating the number of other religious minorities. http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2012/09/americans-underestimate-protestants.html I wonder why this…

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Envisioning a Brighter Horizon

on September 17, 2012

Challenge Critical thinking does not come naturally to everyone. How then do community leaders start the process of teaching this skill to groups such as children and adolescents who are victims of poverty and illiteracy? Two Evolving Solutions 1.      Relationships are vital to any functional community. At one point in the USA’s history, the local…

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Cultivating Excellence in Thought

on September 14, 2012

These first words as I began the book captivated my imagination. On reading the book, I have been questioning everything that I have been thinking about. This week I have been asking myself very often if my thoughts are B.D.P.U.P (biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, and prejudiced). The question is how should I improve my thinking?…

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Leaders Need Critical Thinking for All Areas in their Lives

on September 13, 2012

Critical thinking is needed in all areas of our lives, especially in the leader’s life. My first memory of formally learning about critical thinking was when I took a class on Argumentation and Debate for my Speech Communication Degree at the University. I learned how to take an issue or a problem and argue both…

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Critical Thinking: A Spiritual Discipline

on September 13, 2012

An interesting and insightful read, the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder led me down several paths.  I ruminated on the influence of media on thinking; the biases and the stereotypes it imposes that go unnoticed for lack of logical reasoning and analysis, the role…

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Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking: Suggestions for Global Christian Leaders

on September 13, 2012

Richard Paul and Linda Elder in their synopsis of critical thinking, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking-Concepts and Tools, provide a concise explanation to the field of critical thinking.  Succinctly put, critical thinking is a skill we all can develop to evaluate and improve our abilities in thinking.  For the global Christian leader, this form of thinking…

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Why bother with theology, how can it help us?

on September 13, 2012

My denomination Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland, asked me to write an article about the benefits of theology for our church movement. In other words to try to explain why engaging in theology could help us as church movement. I hope it also works more broadly, in helping any Christian to understand why theolgoy is important…

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“intellectual empathy, a goat herder, and an atheist”

on September 13, 2012

The concept of “intellectual empathy,” when critically thinking about critical thinking, intrigues me.  Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, in The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools under “Essential Intellectual Traits,” state “Having a consciousness of the need to imaginatively put oneself in the place of others in order to genuinely understand…

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Thinking Deeply

on September 13, 2012

Thinking deeply is one of the reasons I am taking a doctorate in ministry. It is in questioning much of what it means to lead in a church that energizes me for leadership. Paul and Elder state, “Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improvement”. Improving the very process…

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The Ferris Wheel

on September 13, 2012

The Ferris Wheel It was the last full week of summer vacation and my family was looking for one more big adventure.  So I packed the car, and off we went for a day of fun an thrills at a central Pennsylvania amusement park. Now, none of us had ever been to this park, so…

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“Thinking About Critical Thinking”

on September 13, 2012

In the final comments on critical thinking, Paul and Elder make a powerful assessment. In the final paragraph on page 4, they postulate that, “Critical thinking is, in short, self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It requires rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use.” Although what they have put forth in this…

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Critical Thinking……and my simple mind

on September 13, 2012

“….critical thinkers are clear as to the purpose at hand and the question at issue. They question information, conclusions and points of view. The strive to be clear, accurate, precise, and relevant. They seek to think beneath the surface, to be logical and fair.”                                             Richard Paul and Linda Elder…

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Critical thinking in Indian Culture

on September 12, 2012

The western world has a high regard for Indian students on account of their ability to excel in certain areas of education.  India has always been known for strong culture of learning.    However, the  Indian method of learning is truly a mixed bag.   It is quite interesting to trace the historical process to this present…

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Critical Thinking

on September 12, 2012

I have not read other books which purpose to present the reader with information used to build a good critical thinking process.  Therefore, I cannot honestly evaluate the book’s quality with reference to other works on the same subject.  However, the book does seem to cover quite a breath of aspects that do impact the…

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on September 12, 2012

Remembering the dminlgp Seoul Advance in pictures. For more of my photos, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenkerns/sets/72157631152404018/

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