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Mending a Fractured Church : How to Seek Unity with Integrity.

Author: Michael Bird; Brian Rosner
Publisher: Ashland : Lexham Press, 2015.
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Bird, Michael.
Mending a Fractured Church : How to Seek Unity with Integrity.
Ashland : Lexham Press, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Bird; Brian Rosner
ISBN: 9781577996866 1577996860 9781577996316 1577996313
OCLC Number: 1013834979
Description: 1 online resource (129 pages)
Contents: Intro --
Title Page --
Copyright --
Contents --
Foreword (Graham Cole) --
Preface (Brian Rosner) --
Introduction (Michael Bird and Brian Rosner) --
Chapter 1: Disputable Matters: Constraining the Topic (Andrew S. Malone) --
Introduction --
The Expectation: Unity Matters --
The Old Testament --
The Gospels --
Acts --
Paul --
Beyond Paul's Letters --
The Reality: Differences Exist --
First Steps Forward --
Weighty Matters --
A Simple Test --
A Slow Response --
A Repeated Solution --
Conclusion --
Chapter 2: Unity Matters: A Study of Joshua 22:1-34 (Lindsay Wilson) --
Introduction --
The Setting --
Joshua's Exhortation (Josh 22:1-8) --
Unity Quickly Destroyed (Josh 22:9-12) --
A Delegation Confronts the Eastern Tribes (Josh 22:13-19) --
A Concern for Unity and Belonging, Not Rebellion (Josh 22:20-29) --
The Explanation Accepted, and Fellowship Restored (Josh 22:30-34) --
Summary --
Assessing Both Parties --
Some Ways Forward --
Chapter 3: What to Do When Christians Differ: Disputable Matters in Romans 14:1-15:7 (Brian Rosner) --
Introduction --
Conflict in the Roman Churches --
What Not to Do When Christians Differ --
Paul's Instructions and His Reasons --
High Stakes --
Which Matters Are Disputable? --
Conclusion --
Chapter 4: When Do We Divide?: The Johannine Letters on Love and Separation (Michael F. Bird) --
Introduction --
Imperative of Love --
The Confession of Christ --
The Painful and Inevitable Process of Schism --
When Push Comes to Shove --
Chapter 5: Disputable Matters in Protestant History: How to Express Christian Freedom (Rhys Bezzant) --
Freedom to Be Flexible for the Sake of Mission --
Freedom of Conscience in Sixteenth-Century Theology --
Freedom of Conscience: An Anglican Case Study --
Coming Full Circle: Puritans Elevate the Church --
Freedom and Flexibility from Evangelical Perspective. Managing Disputable Matters in the Anglican Church --
Chapter 6: Remapping the Church: Migration, Transnationality, and the Future Church (Peter J. Leithart) --
Scripture Index --
Old Testament --
New Testament.

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What does it really mean for the church to have unity?When Jesus prayed for his followers to be one, he prayed that this unity would demonstrate the truth of his claims to an unbelieving world. Sadly, the world often sees a church that is divided. Some of our divisions are based on legitimate theological concerns, yet many others are simply matters of opinion. To the world, it's all another reason to doubt God. What are the differences worth dividing over? How should we handle diversity?Mending a Fractured Church, edited by Michael Bird and Brian Rosner, seeks to answer such questions, looking to the Bible for examples of how to behave when Christians differ. Speaking to pastors, churches, and seminary students, the contributors provide a guide to maintaining unity without compromise.

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