Category Archives: Postmodern Relativism and Church Conflict

In Church Conflict (as in War), The Malice of the Wicked is Reinforced by the Weakness of the Virtuous

Over the holidays, I began reading Winston Churchill’s Memoirs of the Second World War (the abridged version not knowing if I would live long enough to read his entire six volume set!).  In one of the opening paragraphs Churchill writes … Continue reading

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Even People Who Need Help Can Appear Righteous and Mature

Just as 1 Corinthians 2:14 warns us not to expect a person who has not placed their faith in Christ for eternal life to respond biblically to life’s situations, so too, Ezekiel 14:4 warns those who would seek wisdom from … 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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Truth Distinguishes Real Issues from False Ones (Part 3 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 and part 2), today I consider how the second exchange between Pilate and Jesus recorded in the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel of John … Continue reading

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Truth Confronts Presuppositions (Part 2 of Church Conflicts Often Overlook Some Basic Truths About Truth)

The nature of truth, from a biblical perspective, is highly relevant to the topic of redeeming church conflicts because most church conflicts are about a clash of opposing beliefs, opinions, preferences, and worldviews. One person or group believes they are … Continue reading

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Church Conflicts Often Overlook Some Basic Truths About Truth (Part 1)

In Chapter 7 of Redeeming Church Conflicts, Tara and I identify a number of ways that small groups of people in churches can become trapped in conflict associated with their “group agendas.” These situations can become even more fraught with … Continue reading

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