Monthly Archives: March 2017

Why do many Christians fuel church conflicts rather than turn and pursue peace?

Q. Why do many Christians fuel church conflicts rather than turn and pursue peace? A. In the heart of Psalm 85 we find a verse that, in my experience, begins to address an answer to this difficult “why” question. I … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical peacemaking in the church, Causes of Church Conflict, Secondary matters vs. relationships

Church conflict often robs us of an accurate, hopeful, God-centered perspective.

(One of my favorite parts of Redeeming Church Conflicts is our introduction to Section 1: Perspective. I have heard and seen Dave minister this message to so many people over the years–especially pastors who were tempted to despair over conflicts in … Continue reading

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How do I decide when it is necessary to leave my church?

Q: “I am not happy with a number of things at my church where I have been a member for several years. Some things are relatively small but others aren’t; like the pastor making comments in his sermons that seem … Continue reading

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Redeem Church Conflicts by Listening to LAWYERS? Really?

Q. Redeeming church conflicts doesn’t apply to us because our church is being sued by non-Christians. So we have to listen to our lawyers, right? A. If you are being sued by anybody it is always wise to listen to … Continue reading

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Q. OK. We’re “reconciled.” I guess. But how could we ever trust one another again?

Q. OK. We’re “reconciled.” I guess. But how could we ever trust one another again? A. Trust God. Love People. So how do Christians rebuild trust with one another in the aftermath of church conflict, even if problems have been … Continue reading

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