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

Is Marx Right About Our Society?

By: on September 20, 2012

Is Marx right in his critique of capitalism? When we examine the current situation that exists in the U.S. at first glance, it may appear the Marx’s point is well taken. For example, on the one hand, Marx argues that the obvious economic inequities that are visible in our capitalistic society are due to structural…

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“socialicious symbolism”

By: on September 20, 2012

I find the study of social theory fascinating, indeed delicious!  Treats of theories about why we are the way we are.  Anthony Elliott, in his book Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction gives us bites of the variety of social theorists’ dishes.  From Adorno and Horkheimer with their analysis of human barbarism and fascism to Freud…

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The Morning Commute

By: 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

By: 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?

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

By: 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

By: 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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Envisioning a Brighter Horizon

By: 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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Leaders Need Critical Thinking for All Areas in their Lives

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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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Critical Thinking……and my simple mind

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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Mind Spirituality

By: on September 12, 2012

I enjoyed reading, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools by Richard Paul and Linda Elder. As I read through their book, three main thoughts came to me. First, the authors pair ‘Universal Intellectual Standards’ with ‘Intellectual Traits or Virtues.’ I’m not sure which is more difficult to acquire, but the later is…

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Is God In Control?

By: on September 12, 2012

“God is in control.”  This is a phrase I often hear within the evangelical circles in which l live and work, and it has always bothered me.  It seems as if it is expressed not in times of great movements of the Spirit but rather in resignation, trying to make sense of a wrong decision…

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