Unity in the local church is the goal of every church (or it should be). It is not always easily or readily attained, as a newspaper account about a church in Wales a couple of generations ago testifies: Yesterday the two opposition groups both sent ministers to the pulpit. Both spoke simultaneously, each trying to […]Read More Fighting for Church Unity
A skeptic once commented, “in any marriage more than 10 minutes old there are grounds for divorce.” Now that isn’t literally true. Yet we understand the impetus behind a comment like that; when we comprehend the nature of indwelling sin and the pervasive temptation to sin most frequently against those to whom we are most […]Read More Seven reasons to be reconciled in your marriage
From Jon Bloom: Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find an example of what we would call a “healthy family” in the Bible? It’s a lot easier to find families with a lot of sin and a lot of pain than to find families with a lot of harmony. For example, here’s […]Read More Messed Up Family?
We don’t (generally) like conflict. Typically, conflict is painful. We’ve been hurt by conflict. And we’ve hurt others in conflict. So it’s hard to affirm a statement like, “there are benefits to conflict.” Yet, when conflict is handled well, there are benefits to it. And Acts 15 demonstrates some of those benefits. This chapter recounts […]Read More The benefits of conflict
More than 25 years ago, Raye Jeanne and I met. Our relationship was progressing fairly rapidly and I was trying to sort out my thoughts about her and us while at the same time feeling an emotional pull in a particular direction. There was a topic I wanted to address with her, but knew that […]Read More Do you love Jesus?
A few days ago, I came across a question, “when is an issue important enough to correct someone?” The issue in that post seemed to be centered on correcting incorrect information (e.g., if something is not true, how often and when should I attempt to correct it?), and in that regard was helpful. However, that […]Read More When should I confront a brother?
There is a reason that not all confessions result in real reconciliation: (HT: Challies)Read More When confession may not be confession
Howard Eyrich in The Journal of Modern Ministry: Seven key commitments for resolving marital conflict Committed to divorce being a non-option Speak the truth in love Take responsibility for thoughts and actions Seek and grant forgiveness Commit to repentance Practice the one anothers of Christian relationships Practice spiritual disciplinesRead More Today’s Quote – Resolving Conflict (Eyrich)
As we think about the early church, even though reading the epistles, it is still sometimes tempting to be idealistic about the world in which those believers lived and the manner in which those churches functioned. “If only our church could be like those early New Testament churches…,” we suggest. Yet in such longings we […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (9/20/09)
Lewis Sperry Chafer, Major Bible Themes: The concept in reconciliation is not that God changes, but that His relationship to man changes because of the redeeming work of Christ. Man himself is forgiven, justified, and raised spiritually to the level where he is reconciled to God. The thought is not that God is reconciled to […]Read More Today’s Quote – Reconciliation (Chafer)
John Piper, What Jesus Demands from the World: Our peace does not come from our removing the God of wrath from our thinking, but from his removing his wrath from us. He has done that by sending Jesus to die in our place so that, for everyone who believes in Jesus, God’s wrath is taken […]Read More Today’s Quote – Peace with God (Piper)
Sunday’s sermon continues to resonate in my mind as I ponder the effect of God’s reconciling work in believers. From the first weeks of my pastorate, many years ago now, until today, I am burdened by those in the church body who are not reconciled to one another. In sincerity (and sinful foolishness) I have […]Read More A final thought about reconciliation
Francis Schaeffer, The Mark of the Christian: …it is in the midst of a difference that we have our golden opportunity. When everything is going well and we are all standing around in a nice little circle, there is not much to be seen by the world. But when we come to the place where […]Read More Today’s Quote – Reconciliation (Schaeffer)
Leon Morris, The Atonement: We cannot get a glimmering of an understanding of what the New Testament understands by Christ’s atoning work unless we see that God is hostile to every evil thing and every evil person.…It is only when [this] root cause is identified and dealt with that there can be a genuine reconciliation. […]Read More Today’s Quote – Reconciliation (Morris)
Ray Stedman: The ministry of reconciliation — Originates with God, not man Is personally experienced Is universally inclusive Is without condemnation Is delivered by men Is owned and accredited by God Is voluntarily accepted Achieves what otherwise is impossible Is experienced moment by moment.Read More Today’s Quote – Reconciliation (Stedman)