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 read it for the first time, I remember thinking, “This is so biblically rich and yet so accessible–I know I will be recommending it and returning to it over and over again.” And I have.

So it was no surprise to be likewise encouraged and edified by a recent post by Jonathan Leeman on the Gospel Coalition blog. If you have a few minutes and you would like to read a beautiful, albeit painful, testimony of God’s grace at work through church leaders who were faithful and loving in carrying out church discipline, this is definitely worth your time:

Discipline: Grace for the Offended

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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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