Category Archives: RedeemingLINKS

From time to time, we will post links to resources that helping for redeeming church conflicts.

Battered Pastors with Weary Souls

Rev. Dr. Alfred Poirier’s doctoral dissertation at Westminster Seminary was overseen by Rev. Dr. David Powlison and published by Baker as The Peacemaking Pastor. In it, Pastor Poirier speaks candidly about his exhaustion and frustration related to ongoing struggles with conflict … Continue reading

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It is naive to deny that professing Christians are quite capable of gossip, innuendo, spin and outright lies when engaged in conflict …

Many thanks to our friend, Dr. Tim Lane (formerly of Westminster/CCEF, currently serving as President of the Institute for Pastoral Care) for his insights and endorsements of Redeeming Church Conflicts: Redeeming Group Conflicts I particularly appreciated this note: “It goes without saying … Continue reading

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3 Things Pastors (and Their Wives) Should Say Publicly More Often

An excellent list to consider: 3 Things Pastors (and Their Wives) Should Say Publicly More Often

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Why Rookie Pastors Get Fired

An excellent read from David Murray: Why Rookie Pastors Get Fired I’m sure our dear friend, Ken Sande (over at RelationalWisdom360) would agree!

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How to Destroy a Church in Four Simple Steps

Well said, Challies.com! Destroy a Church in Four Simple Steps

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Before You Criticize the Leaders, Besmirch the Fellowship, and Stomp Out of A Church …

As a Christian mediator who works in conflicted churches, it is a normal thing for me to spend hours with people who are disgruntled with their church leadership and members. I’ve listened to furious people and heart-broken people. I’ve taken … 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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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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We enjoyed this post from Kevin DeYoung: The Starting Point for Christian Unity And were reminded of this classic article from Roger Nicole: Polemic Theology: What do I Owe the Person Who Differs from Me? Both of which reminded us … Continue reading

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RedeemingLinks: What Spiritual Abuse IS and Is NOT

Tim Challies and Bob Kellemen do an excellent job discussing what spiritual abuse IS and is NOT in this two-part series: Spiritual Abuse More on Spiritual Abuse

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