Category Archives: HOPE in the midst of conflict

Why is the rampant loss of hope a reality in most church conflicts?

One observation Tara and I make in Redeeming Church Conflicts concerns the loss of hope among believers who struggle with conflicts in the church. We spend a significant number of words on that sad dynamic and how to respond biblically. … Continue reading

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Are You Paralyzed by Endings? Mind Present Duties and then Leave Events to God

Q. How can I know what to do in my church conflict when I don’t know how other people are going to act or respond? A. Your question is a good one. It reveals a fear that many Christians have … Continue reading

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How to Find the Perfect Church

“The church is divided and broken. It is filled with sinners and hypocrites. It is not perfect and, in this life, it will never be perfect, but it is nevertheless instituted by God. God has always entrusted his gospel, the … Continue reading

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What do pastors in conflicted churches need the most?

Q. When pastors in conflicted churches call you, what do they need the most? Is there a certain piece of advice or Scripture passage that you always end up giving them? A. A pastor tensely (and loudly) said, “You just don’t … Continue reading

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Where does one even begin when there is so much hurt and fear in our church conflict?

Q. I am not in leadership but I can see how avoiding conflict is hurting the church as a whole and more specifically individuals. It is hard to pinpoint the cause and effect, but what I see happening is that rather than confronting … Continue reading

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Responding with Thanksgiving to Suffering and Persecution in Church Conflict

In the New Testament epistles to the church in Thessalonica, the apostle Paul answered many questions about Christ’s return. This topic was of particular concern to the Thessalonians because they were facing intense persecution and some of them thought the … Continue reading

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Humility and the Severity of Leader Responsibility in God’s Church

A few years ago I was engaged by a church to assist lay elders and church members work through the aftermath of a conflict which had led to the resignation of the church’s pastor. The elders admitted they had not … Continue reading

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Church Conflict Need Not be a Confusing Mystery

I had recent occasion to spend a long day alone driving across a couple of western states where the bugs hitting the windshield outnumbered the vehicles I saw by at least 10 to 1.  Fortunately, I was in range of … 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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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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