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Critical Thinking: A Spiritual Discipline

By: 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

By: 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?

By: 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”

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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“Thinking About Critical Thinking”

By: 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

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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By: 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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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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Experiencing South Korea

By: on September 10, 2012

In my 10-day immersion into South Korean culture, I learned that not only are the flavors of Kimchie varied, but, on a heavier note, I was exposed to the deep pain the country has experienced. Similar to the suffering of the children of Israel as Egyptian slaves, the South Koreans endured brutal treatment from the…

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The disintegration of mission: Krish Kandiah

By: on September 7, 2012

My friend Krish Kandia has started a great blog series that explores the disintegration of mission by the western church.  It’s based around a series of talks he gave to The Norwegian Missionary Alliance (NORMA), with slides, notes and resources.

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Reflection on Korea Advance

By: on September 6, 2012

I began my journey to Korea with stringent rules and expectations from the Korean Embassy in Nairobi for Kenyans traveling to Korea. As I was looking and praying for an affordable flight, the Korean airline launched a direct and affordable flight from Nairobi to Seoul. They advertised their flight to their citizen as an opportunity…

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Redefining the Paradigm of Ministry #dminlgp #seoul advance

By: on September 6, 2012

Pastor Charles Kim when making his presentation described the characteristics of this generation in three words: Sensual, Immediacy, and Permissive.    As I reflected on those three words they were more than just characteristics.   To me, it implies a value – system or a worldview by which this generation organizes life and decisions.   I realized that…

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