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

“The 4th Branch of Government”

By: on November 9, 2012

Within the last 24 hours, several dozen teenagers have expressed to me their feelings about the recent presidential election. While some came across angry and disappointed, others were excited and hopeful, and still others could care less either way. Maybe one of the most striking similarities in each group was that the majority of the…

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“What is Mary Reading?”

By: on November 9, 2012

“Kissing a painting or a statue was a common way of expressing devotion…” states Briggs and Burke in A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet. (p. 7) Visual and tactile are the icons and statues of Christianity.  There are no words needed when an illiterate individual experiences the emotions of beloved…

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#dminlgp: “A Thread Between A Social History of The Media”

By: on November 8, 2012

#dminlgp: “A Thread Between A Social History of The Media” dminlgp: A Social History of the Media by Briggs and Burk is a detailed historical account of the many changes in communication media. It provides an account of modern forms of communication covering its massive sweeps and every significant wave of change from the print…

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“A Thread Between A Social History of The Media”

By: on November 8, 2012

 A Social History of the Media by Briggs and Burk is a detailed historical account of the many changes in communication media. It provides an account of modern forms of communication covering its massive sweeps and every significant wave of change from the print revolution to the Internet. The chapter on Media history may be…

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The church is a mouth house, not a pen house

By: on November 8, 2012

When studying the scriptures, one learns as an important step to evaluate the development of the bible, the different traditions, that collected the numerous parts of the bible to the extent and canon that we oversee today. Before entering the analysis of the written text, scholars always research old oral traditions, the underlying spoken histories…

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The More Things Change

By: on November 8, 2012

“Flogg: Flogg the Cryer here with a cave update.  Recently Dak from the fifth cave to the left of the wooly mammoth skull, made a discovery that some are saying will revolutionize the world.  Let’s go down to Mard, who has the story. Mard: Yes, Flogg, some are saying Dak’s innovation could change the very…

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Who is John Galt?

By: on November 8, 2012

Who is John Galt? This saying permeates Ayn Rand’s novel called Atlas Shrugged. I became aware of this book recently at a pastors luncheon. One pastor said it was prophetic about the U.S. He bemoaned that the “prophecy” in the book was coming true in America. The book was written in 1957 and is seeing something of…

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I want to see this Jesus

By: on November 8, 2012

“Who communicated what to whom — and how” in Harold Lasswell’s words, “and to what effect?” (A. B. Burke n.d.) is the seminal question that must be asked in order to fully understand any major event or shift in history. To that I would add, “when?.  Timing is also critical in most instances.   In other…

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Media: Rescue or Ruin of Relational Discipleship?

By: on November 8, 2012

I woke up this morning at 3:45 a.m. and knew that I would not fall back to sleep.  This is not uncommon for me.  Many have the same experience after passing age 60, I am 63.  The upside is that I am awake when the house is very quiet and I can read and write…

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Control and Influence

By: on November 8, 2012

This weeks reading assignment was A Social History of The Media by Asa Briggs and Peter Burk. A major theme woven through the book connects media, control and influence. I think media’s purpose is to convey a message, therefore whoever controls the media controls the message. Briggs and Burke write that Queen Elizabeth “Spoke of…

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To Print or not To Print

By: on November 8, 2012

To Print or Not to Print As printing presses began churning out books and material during the Reformation, the Catholic Church was in a quandary, according to Briggs and Burke in A Social History of the Media.  The conversation might have gone something like the following.   “That pest Luther is turning the heads of our…

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Flying Squirrels and The Wright Brothers

By: on November 8, 2012

This past January the family and I took in a day at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C..  It was a dream come true for me as a father.  For years now I have been telling Grace and Eli about all the amazing aircraft that are stored and preserved at the Smithsonian. …

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The Pastor as the CEO

By: on November 1, 2012

The church has begun to adapt to the model created by business school. They hold strategy meetings; they have branding and rebranding sessions and are always looking at the bottom line. A pastor is therefore under pressure to produce results and also balance their private and public life. The example of a good pastor is…

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Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

By: on October 27, 2012

“Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Most of us agree that there is a dearth of good leadership.  And in an ever-changing global world, peoples’ social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional needs and responses are becoming increasingly complex,…

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Do Leaders Win the Right to Lead?

By: on October 27, 2012

In my leadership career, I have seen three new Executive Directors of Continuing Care Retirement Communities fail to win the right to lead and after six months to a year, they resigned, were terminated or decided to retired. I have seen two new Executive Directors almost lose their right to lead but they decided to…

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“Identity-Based Leader Development: A Cry for Spiritual Forming”

By: on October 26, 2012

Nohria’s chapter on Identity-Based Leaders Development was to say the least, a thought provoking read. For one thing, it continually forced me to slow down and digest bits of poignant thought all along the way. However, another reason this chapter gripped me is because up to this point, we have discussed such topics as Society…

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“New Social Movement”

By: on October 26, 2012

While finishing dinner yesterday evening, our teenager began dialoguing with my wife and me about some new changes taking place at his high school. Test creators and state representatives have devised a plan that will change the school’s class schedule, tell teachers how to teach, shorten school days, and amp up state driven tests, all…

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“leader of a ship”

By: on October 26, 2012

As I listened to a variety of leaders speak at a conference this week I was inspired by a few ideas that will hopefully prove productive in your own leadership contexts. First I want to look at a couple of quotes from our text, Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice by Nitin Nohria and Rakesh…

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