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

Building Sandcastles

By: on March 11, 2020

One of the biggest benefits about living in the state of Washington has to be the ability to enjoy the diverse outdoor experience. Whether it is the beauty of our majestic Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains or the many miles of sandy beaches, there is plenty to see and enjoy. Other than kiting, one…

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“Sweet Jesus, free me.”

By: on March 10, 2020

“Sweet Jesus, free me.” Five years ago, these words, birthed from Spirit, emerged from the depths of my being and were spoken into what seemed to be a dark empty void of space. But like the creation narrative, when Spirit combines with Word, new things happen. Over time, this open-handed, full-of-trust prayer has been answered…

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Metanoia: The Formational Undercurrent of an Innovative Leader

By: on March 10, 2020

To imagine “that which could be” requires a new way of thinking – new wineskins. The status quo is a direct result of the current modus operandi, or to quote the oft used leadership adage, “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” It’s helpful to employ a Greek concept here: that…

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Is the leadership value proposition a both… and?

By: on March 10, 2020

This book is part of Walker’s Undefended Leader trilogy. It includes concepts that on many levels help leaders become more self-aware so that they can become a more comprehensive leader. Walker is not only an author about leadership, but he is also a clergyman, who finds in Jesus Christ the most remarkable example that “power…

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Shocking and Confusing from an African Perspective

By: on March 10, 2020

Growing and Living in Africa is an interesting life experience, coupled with different cultural dynamics from one place to another. African cultures have put a lot of emphasis on a boy child. Many parents would opt to educate the boy child than the girl child because they believe the boy would inherit and continue the…

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Downward Mobility: The Ideal Trajectory

By: on March 9, 2020

Who are the leaders of the future?  How are they formed? What is their relationship with power? And how do they make decisions? These are the questions addressed by Simon Walker in his trilogy compilation on leadership, The Undefended Leader. As both an Anglican clergyman and Oxford academic, Walker is concerned with the formation of…

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The Undefended Leader of Jamaica  

By: on March 9, 2020

In Simon Walker’s The Undefended Leader trilogy, Walker seeks to lay out various challenges found within leadership.  In the study of leadership, the question is often trying to discern a definition of leadership that is both applicable and makes sense.  Walker writes, “Leadership is about who you are, not what you know or what skills…

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Getting Pass the Loud Noise

By: on March 9, 2020

One of my first encounters with the world of transgenderism was through the 1999 Oscar-winning performance of Hilary Swank portraying Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry. It was a heart wrenching true story of the 21-year old Nebraskan trans man brutally raped and murdered in 1993 by several male acquaintances after his transgender identity was…

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Being Different in a World of Comformity

By: on March 8, 2020

A number of years ago, I worked as a Director of Fund Development, Operations and Ministry at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. I was not the Executive Director, but I oversaw many of the functions of the Mission. I also became very close to many of the homeless individuals who lived there, and my heart wrapped…

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“Here’s Your Brain on Drugs!”

By: on March 6, 2020

In 1987 an advertising campaign was launched by the Partnership for a Drug Free America organization. A man, holding up an egg, says, “Here’s your brain.” He then cracks the egg in a hot frying pan and states, “And here’s your brain on drugs, any questions?” The emphasis was the long-term effects of recreational drug…

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Child Knows Best?

By: on March 6, 2020

Image of TV show Father Knows Best with the word Father crossed out Working as a Children and Youth minister for the last ten years has been a rewarding experience. I have gotten to know the children of our congregation in unique and meaningful ways. I have listened to the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our children as elementary students through high school, and now some in college.…

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Gender and Chores

By: on March 6, 2020

It’s helpful to start this blog with some identifiers. I am a cisgender, white, middle-aged, female. I identify as heterosexual and I am married to a cisgender, white, middle-aged man. We have two little boys who are aware of their whiteness, but not yet aware of the privilege it affords them. These two little boys…

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The Lies We Tell to Keep the Peace

By: on March 6, 2020

The whole issue of human sexuality has been a difficult one for my age group to comprehend fully. I straddle an era in which homosexuality and transgender, in all its forms, were hidden behind closed doors, whispered about or only seen publicly in the world of entertainment. In the 1980s New Zealand faced the task…

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Perspective Reassignment Exercise

By: on March 6, 2020

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”[1]   The rapid increase in people identifying as transgender has left the church scrambling for answers and groping for a faithful response. The integration of SOGI[2] curriculum in public schools has made some uncomfortable and upset, while…

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“Altered Carbon” Translates Transgenderism

By: on March 5, 2020

Altered Carbon is my new favorite sci-fi Netflix show. The main character is a freedom fighter who is trying to find his long lost love across both time and space while utilizing his prodigious martial arts skills against both bounty hunters and dark governmental forces. It takes place over 300 years in the future where…

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More Trans Conversations

By: on March 5, 2020

I will never forget reading the six-page letter to our senior leadership team from a mom of an 8-year-old boy that was identifying as a girl. She recounted with painstaking detail the years-long journey they had been on with their child and the crossroads they had reached. Having pushed gender conformity for years, they had…

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Making Space for Queerness

By: on March 5, 2020

One of my favorite books is A Muslim and A Christian In Dialogue by Badru Kateregga and David Shenk. This book attempts an important thing, to have a serious and respectful dialogue between two men of deep devotion to their faith. True dialogue is hard. It requires a generosity of spirit, an ability to hear…

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Navigating new dialogue

By: on March 5, 2020

Last year, I found myself in a conversation that was new to me. I was on the phone with a student inquiry who was born male and had always been attracted to females. However, he felt the lesbian lifestyle “told his story better,” so he fully transitioned (through medical and surgical procedures) to female. S(he)…

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Safety is a Seductive Idol

By: on March 5, 2020

Calan (fictitious name) is a very white, very conservative, evangelical-oriented university located in the Pacific Northwest. Historically, they’ve marketed themselves as a safe university that promotes a “Christian camp” environment and perpetuates a conservative evangelical theology and worldview for its students. Thus, the majority of its student and donor bases come from homeschool or private…

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