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Redeeming Church Conflicts
Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care
by Tara Klena Barthel & David V.Edling
Publisher:Baker Books imprint of Baker Pub. from Lion
Published:22 June 2012
God's agenda for his eternal children is not merely a life of comfort, ease, or pleasure. He is fully willing to compromise all of these for the sake of our spiritual growth.
Those who spend time in a church populated by imperfect humans know that church conflict resulting in pain and brokenness can happen.
Tara Barthel and David Edling draw on their extensive experience of healing with compassion and care, all suffering a crisis. Redeeming Church Conflicts thoroughly explores this subject and digs powerfully and deeply into the experience of the New Testament church to discover a model of forgiveness and redemption that can help the witness of the church to shine once again. It deserves to be a go-to manual on the use of Acts 15 as pathway for healing: as ‘a paradigmatic and normative model for the church today’
The gripping way that Tara and David unfold the scripture, saturated with relational principles, with perspective, wisdom, discernment and leadership nouse is really unique. The strengths of the primacy of God’s Word, the centrality of the Gospel, the necessity for humility, the context of eternity and the preciousness of God’s glory are the core elements unpacked in this text.
As the authors pen:- ‘The best question shuts the mouth of opponents graciously because it leads to changed thinking and believing.’
It also leads to meaningful solutions because it goes to the heart of the matter. This is a masterful work of genius for the benefit of many!
Reviewer: Johnny Douglas (22/10/12)