Dealing with Disagreement and Conflict

Dealing with disagreement

Aug 2013 Connections. Being Christian doesn’t require always being “nice” or “sweet.” It often brings conflict, on the way to greater insight. Read/download 8-2013 Connections >

Feb 2013 Connections. Many public-school Bible courses are biased, inaccurate, and in violation of the religious freedom the U.S. Constitution guarantees. Read/download 2-2013 Connections >

Jan 2013 Connections. What’s required for being a Christian? Beliefs, behaviors, good intentions, or something else? Read/download 1-2013 Connections >

Sept 2011 Connections. Many Christians retreat into gated communities, and many churches exclude people, while claiming to follow Jesus, who ate with tax collectors and sinners. Read/download 9-2011 Connections >

Nov 2010 Connections. An unbridgeable gulf seems to exists between theologically conservative and fundamentalist Christians, and those who are more liberal or progressive. Read/download 11-2010 Connections >

Aug 2006 Connections. Since writing last month’s Connections about conflict, I’ve learned how reluctant many churches are to work at resolving their conflict, despite the availability of competent help. I’ve learned more, too, about how common serious church conflict… Continue reading

July 2006 Connections. What might we Christians be for this world, asks Thomas W. Porter, Jr. in Conflict and Communion, if we let ourselves become agents of healing? What if we led our communities in forgiveness? The great issue… Continue reading

June 2004 Connections. “We were like a pebble in the path of a steamroller,” said a delegate to last month’s United Methodist General Conference who was dismayed, as I was, when it strengthened rather than softened the UMC’s official… Continue reading