RedeemingLinks: Proactive Peacemaking in the Church

I could list book after book to help the church be the church through faithful preaching, administration of the sacraments, redemptive church discipline, and body life together. But let me just start with a few and a few links too:

  • The Peacemaking Pastor (by Alfred Poirier)—A ridiculously subtitled book, this brilliant, Christ-centered, practical tome is really about Body life and hope in Our True Peacemaker (not so much about “responding” to church conflict once it’s already there as the subtitle implies).
  • How People Change (by Lane & Tripp)—Sanctification by faith in Christ through grace administered in and through the Body of Christ. This is a “read every year” book.
  • Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel (by Ed Welch)—If you don’t think that addictions are tearing apart your church’s marriages, young people, old people, and everyone in between, it seems to me that you may either be naïve or very new to the ministry. This is the book that nails our worship disorders and brings us to actual, real-life change because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Church (by Mark Dever)—Brilliant. Helpful. Christ-centered. If I were a pastor, I’d be reading and re-reading this book.

OK. There are some books–but how about some online resources too?

  • Our pastor (Rev. Dr. Alfred Poirier) is just beginning a series on Romans that will be edifying to all its hearers. You can catch it here on iTunes or visit our church’s website to peruse a rich archive of older sermons (especially sermons on biblical peacemaking—just sort the list by “peacemaking”).
  • These crisp fall days, I am walking my Golden Retriever pretty much every morning to sermons by Timothy Keller. They are all excellent, but I am especially fond of (and convicted by) his sermon “The Community of Jesus”. I listen to it repeatedly and beg God to instill the truths of His Word deep into my life (and my relationships). 


About Tara Barthel

Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As such, she oversaw hundreds of conciliation cases (including conflicted church interventions) through the international network of trained conciliators. Tara also provided oversight and leadership for all advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while occasionally accepting cases as a mediator, arbitrator, and conflicted church intervention team member. Currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and pursuing her Master's Degree in Religion, Tara consults with businesses and ministries on the legal risk management issues attendant to conflict; designs and presents custom training on biblical conflict resolution for churches, missions agencies, and parachurch organizations; speaks frequently at women’s conferences and retreats; and is currently working on many new writing projects. Tara is the author of the Living the Gospel in Relationships video series and co-author of Peacemaking Women—Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict (Baker Books, 2005), and Redeeming Church Conflicts--Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care (Baker Books, 2012; second imprint Hendrickson Publishers 2016). Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to join the staff of Peacemaker Ministries, Tara worked as an attorney and business consultant in Chicago. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois).
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