LGP Stories

Personal Stories from DMINLGP

My First Year in Review.

By: on May 15, 2019

As I reflect on the past year, the. Greatest thing that is happened is being part of the doctoral program which has so far enriched my leadership in very significant ways. It’s been a great addition to my circle of friends to have the cohort members and to know them. Our first face to face…

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The Elements of Worship

By: on April 25, 2019

Nothing moved me during our trip to Hong Kong as profoundly as our visit to the Wong Tai Sin Temple.  We boarded a large bus, drove through the vast urban, modern metropolis, a maze of triple decked highways and traffic, and then got off the bus in front of a series of stunning towers.  They…

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Mapmaking in China for ministry in Canada

By: on April 21, 2019

When I was just a boy, I came up with the unusual idea of writing letters to all the embassies in Ottawa requesting they mail me a copy of their country’s map. Who could refuse the request of a 10-year-old? Soon, my bedroom wall became a patchwork of oceans and mountains, roads and rail lines…

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The Least of These

By: on April 21, 2019

I start with this short clip because the fast-paced, city look and feel with its 8,000+ skyscrapers made the biggest impression on me more than anything else. There were plenty of times during my stay in Hong Kong when I felt the need to retreat and collect my thoughts and process the experiences of the days…

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Cultural Vertigo

By: on April 14, 2019

If South Africa was magical, then Hong Kong was insane. Literally insane. The city of Hong Kong should not exist. All of the elements that had to come together to make Hong Kong what it is, is truly bizarre. Witnessing the different parts of Hong Kong as a westerner was a demanding task. More than…

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Orient-ing Myself

By: on April 12, 2019

“Turn yourself upside-down and look in a different manner.”  The advice offered by Dr. Stephen Miller, Regional Director of East Asia Mission to Seafarers,  intrigued me. As a child, I loved standing on my hands and seeing the world from a different perspective. Grown-ups rarely turn themselves upside-down on purpose. We wobble and weaken when flipped…

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Hong Kong VE

By: on March 25, 2019

Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The Hong Kong advance, and the reading leading to it marked the beginning of my hours of axe-sharpening, otherwise known as the DMin process.

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Jake’s Year-in-Review

By: on March 21, 2019

As I reflect on this past year, probably the most surprising part of this journey has been the amazing friendships I have developed with the wonderful people in my LGP8 cohort. I didn’t realize I would gain this extra benefit from pursuing my Doctor of Ministry, but it has definitely been a pleasant surprise. I…

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Hong Kong VE: Courage & Wonder

By: on March 4, 2019

Personal Interest Since I first visited Asia when I was fifteen, I have been smitten. My time in Hong Kong only deepened it. What I mean is that I like the people, the places and the culture I experienced. There was a warmth that felt familiar but a pervasive drive, efficiency and sharpness of mind…

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From Whirlwind to a Quiet Whisper

By: on March 3, 2019

Eight days of intense immersion into the Hong Kong culture had left me exhausted and even frustrated. It had been nonstop with six speaking engagements, meetings, touring, and that was before the cohort arrived.  The environment of small spaces in the hotel room, elevators, buses and trains with so many people in extremely close proximity…

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Hong Kong: unexpected in so many ways

By: on February 24, 2019

Arrival in Hong Kong brought both a sense of relief and renewed expectation. Relief because I was finally able to begin the Doctor of Ministry programme, and renewed hope because I was supposed to be in Portland, Oregon doing Semiotics. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

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A proposal for beekeeping

By: on February 21, 2019

I’m sitting in my stark white condo tower in Toronto calling the electric company and internet provider to cancel service beginning Sunday. We have a U-Haul truck lined up for Friday to cart the remainder of our possessions 14 hours east to the Maritimes. It’s the end of a long, slow, and sometimes painful 18-month…

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Beyond the Lens: Hong Kong

By: on February 21, 2019

Not often does one get the privilege to enter into the inner sanctum of another culture. To be able to see inside the way the people go about their daily lives and embracing the world through their eyes. The East Meets West Advance 2018 with George Fox University provided just that experience. Before attending the…

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Hong Kong 2018 Advance- VE Experiences

By: on February 16, 2019

Visiting Hong Kong in 2018 with my wife, after Cape Town in 2017 and previously being missionaries in Botswana and Zambia 2009-2011, was something I always hoped we could accomplish.   I enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells of the Hongkonger culture.  This ethnographic post is my story from the 2018 Face-to-Face Advance with my Leadership…

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How Hong Kong Changed Me

By: on February 12, 2019

Glo and I had arrived for the Hong Kong advance a day early to get on local time and rest up. This picture was taken on Tuesday evening, September 25th, during our first advance activity (a meet-and-greet at a restaurant within the Panda Hotel complex). Not wanting to be late (as always) we were some…

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Year-in-Review

By: on February 9, 2019

When friends or family have asked about this new doctoral program that I started this year, I have explained it all to them again and again.  And as I describe it to other people, I realize again: if I were going to make up a DMin program that fits for me and my interests, this…

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