Monthly Archives: October 2014

495+ Years and a Lot of Conflict

This week marks the 495th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517, that an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany … Continue reading

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What fuels church conflicts?

The news is filled these days with accounts of those protesting against greed. We in the church should be saying “Yes, greed is bad!” Whatever your political views or current perspectives on economic issues we know that God’s Word condemns … Continue reading

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Keeping First Things First … Peacefully

Question from a Redeeming Church Conflicts Reader: We are a solid, Bible-believing church in a large, multi-racial, multi-ethnic community. I love the church but recently it seems like non-essential and tangential issues are being focused on and elevated over the church’s … Continue reading

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Fighting Over the Sabbath

Throughout the ages, Christian churches have fought over pretty much everything. Name a topic, and chances are, Christians have quarreled and fought over it. One recurring conflict particularly grieves us because it goes to the very heart of how we … Continue reading

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Church Conflict: Inconsistent Hovering between Two Irreconcilable Worldviews

 Question: My church is in the middle of a very serious conflict. I have seen people say and do things I thought only unbelievers would say or do. What role does unbelief play in church conflict, if any? Thank you! … Continue reading

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The Power of Paradox

One question I have received on a number of occasions has been stated this way: “We are trying so hard to apply biblical peacemaking principles but nothing seems to work. Those people who were angry and unreasonable are still angry … Continue reading

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RedeemingLINKS

We enjoyed this post from Kevin DeYoung: The Starting Point for Christian Unity And were reminded of this classic article from Roger Nicole: Polemic Theology: What do I Owe the Person Who Differs from Me? Both of which reminded us … Continue reading

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Brick and Mortar or Hearts and Souls

Church building programs can be either a wonderful time of building unity or a time of planting an environment rich with conflict and division. Question: I am an elder in my church. How can I respond to the growing division … Continue reading

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Truth Cannot Fail (Part 5 of Churches in Conflict Often Overlook Some Basic Truths About Truth)

The fourth and final statement that Jesus makes to Pilate in the narrative we find at John 18 and 19 confirms another aspect of the nature of truth: that truth is not dependent on anything outside of itself, and, therefore, … Continue reading

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Truth is Not Relative (Part 4 of Church Conflicts Often Overlook Some Basic Truths About Truth)

Continuing my series on Church Conflicts Often Overlook Some Basic Truths About Truth (click here for part 1, part 2 and part 3), today I consider how the third exchange between Pilate and Jesus recorded in the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel of John reveals another … Continue reading

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