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Focusing on the Spiritual Side of Leadership

posted by Tom Davis

What is the most important trait of a strong leader? Vision? Decisiveness? A Good Manager? Gilbert Fairholm believes it’s spirituality and I agree with him. “Spirituality is the essence of who we are. It is about our inner self, separate […]

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How to Make the Social Sector Great

posted by Tom Davis

Since 2008 the economy has put a serious beat down on many governments, businesses, and non-profit (social sector) organizations in the United States and abroad. Leave it to the primal forces of greed and corruption to give a good trimming […]

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The Leadershp Mystique – You Are What You Do

posted by Tom Davis

How do we become better leaders? Real leaders? There is much to be said about you as a leader. Most books describe leadership as a ‘skill building‘ process. Read more books, practice different techniques, gain more knowledge. But that type […]

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Good Aid vs. Bad Aid

posted by Tom Davis

Is something missing in how we help the poor? I believe there is. Despite an estimated $2.3 trillion in foreign aid dispensed from Western nations during the post-World War II Era, more than 2.5 billion people, approximately 40 percent of […]

The Ethiopian Church, His Holiness Abune Paulos, and Kind Hearts Orphanage

posted by Tom Davis

What a fascinating time we’ve experience here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s not every day you get the chance to meet with The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Abune Paulos. My Doctoral group from George Fox University […]

Young World Rising – Our Hope for Ending Poverty?

posted by Tom Davis

When you look at eradicating extreme poverty, there are many influences that combine to reduce issues such as preventable diseases, ie Malaria or Diarrhea, providing clean water, and caring for orphans, etc. But what is the hope for these issues […]

How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve just read a fascinating book by Thomas Oden on how Africa became the seedbed for western Christianity entitled, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind. Having just returned from Africa and going again this September, my interest was peaked about […]

Life with Orphans and the Poor in Pictures

posted by Tom Davis

Many people ask what kind of specific projects we do as a ministry on the ground. I thought the best way to talk about HopeChest projects would be to put together a picture vignette. Please click on this Flikr link to see the pictures […]

The Spirit of Capitalism – Is it Virtuous?

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve just finished a book by Max Weber –  The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. This book follows the idea that most Christians are capitalists and explores the question, “Is there something wrong with it?” A short summary […]

How Can We Really Help the Poor?

posted by Tom Davis

Bryant Myers, professor of Transformational Development at Fuller Theological Seminary has written an insightful book called, Walking with the Poor – Principles and Practices of Transformational Develpment. I would describe this book not as a ‘how to’ but more as a holistic, long-term […]

The Great Emergence – Is there such a Thing?

posted by Tom Davis

Phyllis Tickle wrote a book called, The Great Emergence – How Christianity is Changing and Why that we read for my doctoral course. I think Phyllis is an incredible brilliant and talented woman. All that to say, I don’t agree with her on […]

The Holy Spirit and the Worldwide Church of God

posted by Tom Davis

No, I’m not talking about a cult. When I lived in east Texas, one of my neighbors was Garner Ted Armtrong whose father founded a cult, The Worldwide Church of God. He use to cuss like a sailor at us on the golf course […]

What is the Church?

posted by Tom Davis

The book our cohort has just read for my Doctorate at George Fox University is entitled, Introduction to Ecclesiology by Veli-Matti Karkkainnen. Ecclesiology is a fancy word for ‘the study of the church.’ This is not a subject that’s typically at the top of my […]

The Dawn of the Golden Age of Evangelicalism

posted by Tom Davis

“Evangelical.” This name has been the triumphant success of Christianity for some and the bastion of hate and hypocrisy for others. Evangelical names include Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, and George Whitfield in its beginning during the eighteenth century, and modern […]

A Gift that Brings True Meaning to Your Life

posted by Tom Davis

As we all discuss and share ideas about life, theology, consumerism, hope, poverty, Christianity, Stephen Hawking’s new book, and other similar matters on this blog, I felt like this Ted Talk cut through topics and dove deeply into the heart of the […]

Lausanne Congress Cape Town, South Africa 2010 – Poverty and Wealth

posted by Tom Davis

One of the biggest events for World Evangelization is just kicking off in Cape Town. I’m hoping to shed some light on the conference, let you know of some resources and how to participate, and ask some tough questions like, […]

Are Americans and Western Christians Consumeristic Swine?

posted by Tom Davis

Western Christianity has had its fair share of criticism. We’re too this and not enough of that. There’s always room for constructive criticism, but no matter how hard Christians try, they will always be criticized on this earth. But one […]

It May Not Change the World but it Will Change Me

posted by Tom Davis

Final post here on To Change the World by James Hunter. One good thing about doing a Doctorate is that it forces you to read challenging books. Remember, you can follow my cohort at www.dmingml.com. The last essay in this book is the […]

ReThinking Power in Light of Jesus and the Poor

posted by Tom Davis

I dare you to read this post on how we use the power we’ve been given and compare it to how Jesus taught us to use power. This brings us back to the question addressed in my last post, How We […]

Can You Change the World?

posted by Tom Davis

Most of you know that I’m pursuing my Doctorate at George Fox University. Love the school, the profs, the peeps. For my dissertation I will be writing a few books from my research on caring for the poor, ministering to orphans, and […]

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 3
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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 2
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