Monthly Archives: November 2014

What Rules Govern Your Interactions with Others (Especially in Your Church Conflict)?

In the October 16, 2012, Wall Street Journal there was an article titled Big Explosions, Small Reasons.  The article reports recent research on “Why Social Rule Breakers Spark Angry Outbursts.”  I have written previously on this site about how secular … Continue reading

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Church Discipline: Also Pursuing the Sinned-Against

In Chapter 12 of Redeeming Church Conflicts (“Accountability We Should Cherish”), Dave and I  recommend a wonderful book on church discipline by Jonathan Leeman entitled The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline. As I … Continue reading

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Church change: A recipe for conflict or an opportunity for glory?

Q. I don’t like the changes being proposed for my church. For years we have been a great church with great programs for all ages. Now we are being told by our leaders that we have to make some changes … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of an Inwardly-Obsessed Church

Thom Rainer has some great insights in this post: The Ten Signs of an Inwardly-Obsessed Church Of course, one of them is the presence of consistent anger and hostility toward the church staff and other members. A warning sign to … Continue reading

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Is it too optimistic and idealistic to actually believe that Christians can redeem their church conflicts?

Q. Now that Redeeming Church Conflicts has been published and released what are you going to do with the rest of your life? A. This question is not one that was sent to us or actually asked…except by me! And … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Governments (Book Review)

The Gospel Coalition recently published one of my book reviews and I thought you might enjoy it too: A Tale of Two Governments

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Dressed in Overalls and Looks Like Work

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison As I sat for two long ten-hour days this week preparing my presentations for the Peacemaker Ministries’ conference in Denver next week … Continue reading

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Church Executive Interview

We are grateful for the hard work of Ron Keener and the entire staff at Church Executive. And we are grateful for their interview too: Is your church ripe for conflict?

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