Archives for Jan 2013

Peacemaking without Borders: A Peacemaking Spectrum Part One

Most churches have specific ministries and formally-appointed people to work in the areas of evangelism, counseling, and spiritual direction. But few churches have specific ministries or formally-appointed people to do peacemaking in the church, with neighbors, or enemies. But these are things that EVERY believer needs to do and know how to do.

Dangerous Assumptions

On December 27th Erika Menendez, a woman who has had numerous encounters with the mental health community, pushed Sunando Sen onto the New York subway tracks where he was crushed by a train because she thought he looked like a Muslim or Hindu.

My Top Ten Books on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution

There are so many books I haven't read yet. But out of the ones I have read, I consider these to be the top ten books on peacemaking and conflict resolution.

Lessons Learned from a Muslim Evangelist

As I wrote about in my last post, there were some uncomfortable moments when the former Christian, now turned Muslim, tried to convert us. Overall, though, I appreciate the opportunity to have experienced what it's like to be on the receiving end of evangelism. I learned some things. Here are some lessons I learned from the Muslim evangelist.

Tables Turned - A Case Study

When he first came into the room, I initially thought he was a homeless person looking for food. The restaurant workers greeted the man as though they knew him. The restaurant owner said, "I've always been Muslim, but my friend here," he pointed to the bearded man, "he might have a different perspective. He was a Christian but converted to Islam." He then asked his friend to speak.

Review of Douglas E. Noll's Book, Elusive Peace

Douglas E. Noll's Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts provides a profound overview of the field of peacemaking. The heart of the book, though, is his rigorous critique of diplomatic peacemaking methods and robust apologetic for the importance of emotions in peacemaking. Noll's detailed illustrations and solid research make this one of the best books I've read this year!

Releasing the Chains by Lisa Gibson

Today we want to share with you the release of a new book by Lisa Gibson, award-winning and bestselling author and conflict coach, who spoke at our Evangelicals for Peace conference at Georgetown. Her book is called Releasing The Chains: Timeless Wisdom On How To Forgive Anyone For Anything, and in it she gives the step-by-step process of how to forgive and life-changing examples of others who have applied these principles to their lives.

Fighting For Truth and Keeping The Peace: James Show Us We Can Do Both

One of the things I love about the Bible is its brutal honesty. It doesn't sugarcoat the heroes of the faith nor the environment in which they lived. So it's not surprising to find detailed accounts about conflict in the Bible. One of the most prominent and significant conflicts in the Bible took place in Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 15. We know it as the Jerusalem Council, and at stake was the very essence of the gospel. We know the outcome of this council, but we will miss valuable relational lessons if we only see this as a battle for truth. It is also a brilliant example of peacemaking and conflict resolution facilitated by Jesus's little brother James.