Mending a Fractured Church
Jesus prayed for unity among his followers, yet when outsiders look at the church they often see infighting and division. Are there differences that are worth dividing over? This book goes to the Bible for answers, finding examples of how...
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Jesus prayed for unity among his followers, yet when outsiders look at the church they often see infighting and division. Are there differences that are worth dividing over? This book goes to the Bible for answers, finding examples of how Christians should deal with their differences.
Jesus prayed for unity among his followers. He wants our unity to demonstrate the truth of his claims to an unbelieving world. Yet what does the world see when they look at the church?So often, they see a church divided. Our infightings range from petty matters of opinion to legitimate theological concerns. But to the world, it's all another reason not to believe.What does it really mean for the church to have unity? How should we deal with diversity? Which differences are worth dividing over?In Mending a Fractured Church, editors Michael Bird and Brian Rosner seek to answer such questions, looking to the Bible for examples of how to behave when Christians differ. Speaking to pastors, churches, and seminary students, they provide a guide to maintaining unity without compromise.
Michael F. Bird (Ph.D., University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College, Melbourne. Previously he has lectured at the Bible College of Queensland, and tutored at Highland Theological Institute in Dingwell, Scotland. He is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamentum Societas, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Tyndale Fellowship.
He has written The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective (Paternoster Biblical Monographs); A Bird's Eye View of Paul; Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (Library of New Testament Studies); Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question; Colossians (New Covenant Commentary); Crossing over Sea and Land: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period and Romans (Regula Fidei Zondervan Commentary series)
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Brian S. Rosner (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia. Previously he was senior lecturer in New Testament and ethics at Moore Theological College.
He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Paul, Scripture and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7. ( Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums 22. E.J. Brill, 1994.); How to get really Rich: A Sharp Look at the Religion of Greed. (Leicester: IVP, 1999.);Beyond Greed. (Matthias Press, 2004.); Greed is Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor (Eerdmans, 2006), and 1 Corinthians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) with Roy Ciampa.
Most recently he has edited The Consolations of Theology and Exploring Exodus: Literary, theological and contemporary approaches
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