We generally assume that those sitting around us in church share our beliefs. But when our personal convictions are contested by fellow Christians, everything changes. We feel attacked from behind. When other Christians doubt or deny our convictions, we don't...
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We generally assume that those sitting around us in church share our beliefs. But when our personal convictions are contested by fellow Christians, everything changes. We feel attacked from behind. When other Christians doubt or deny our convictions, we don't experience it as a mere difference of opinion, but as a violation of an unspoken agreement. Tim Muehlhoff and Rick Langer offer a guide to help Christians navigate disagreements with one another. In today's polarized context, Christians often have committed, biblical rationales for very different positions. How do we discern between core biblical convictions and secondary issues? How do we cultivate better understanding and compassion for those we disagree with? Muehlhoff and Langer provide lessons from conflict theory and church history on how to avoid the dangers of groupthink and how to negotiate differing biblical convictions to avoid church splits and repair interpersonal ruptures. Christian unity is possible. Discover how we can navigate differences by speaking in both truth and love.
Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1986. He is currently an associate professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he teaches classes in interpersonal communication, rhetoric and gender.
Tim has written about God, communication and faith in diverse publications such as the Journal of Religion and Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Mars Hill Review and Discipleship Journal.
He has co-authored The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith with J. P. Moreland -Tim Muehlhoff says that often the best way to win over others is with a good story. Stories have the ability to get behind our preconceptions and defences, and most recently he has co-authored Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture (Christian Worldview Integration Series) with Todd V. Lewis and Marriage Forecasting:Changing the Climate of Your Relationship One Conversation at a Time.
Richard Langer is the author of the bestselling "The Bread Machine Bakery Book". He is a former gardening columnist for "The New York Times", where his writings on food still appear frequently.
- We Generally Assume That Those Sitting Around Us In Church Share Our Beliefs. But When Our Personal Convictions Are Contested By Fellow Christians, Everything Changes. We Feel Attacked From Behind. When Other Christians Doubt Or Deny Our Convictions, We Don't Experience It As A Mere Difference Of Opinion, But As A Violation Of An Unspoken Agreement. Tim Muehlhoff And Rick Langer Offer A Guide To Help Christians Navigate Disagreements With One Another. In Today's Polarized Context, Christians Often Have Committed, Biblical Rationales For Very Different Positions. How Do We Discern Between Core Biblical Convictions And Secondary Issues? How Do We Cultivate Better Understanding And Compassion For Those We Disagree With? Muehlhoff And Langer Provide Lessons From Conflict Theory And Church History On How To Avoid The Dangers Of Groupthink And How To Negotiate Differing Biblical Convictions To Avoid Church Splits And Repair Interpersonal Ruptures. Christian Unity Is Possible. Discover How We Can Navigate Differences By Speaking In Both Truth And Love.
- <strong>section I: Biblical Foundations</strong>
- 1. Historical Prelude: Roger Williams
- 2. Disputable Matters: The Forgotten Middle Ground
- 3. The Conviction Spectrum
- 4. Does Division Have To Be Divisive?
- <strong>section Ii: Communicating Convictions</strong>
- 5. Crosscultural Interlude: Of Tattoos And Adultery
- 6. How Unity Is Threatened
- 7. Perception Is Reality
- 8. Fellowship Groups Or Echo Chambers
- <strong>section Iii: Putting It All Together</strong>
- 9. Power And Civility
- 10. Joint Pain In The Body Of Christ
- 11. Conviction Mapping
- 12. Guidelines For Hard Conversations
- 13. Historical Postlude: Convictions In Nazi Germany
- Author Index
- Subject Index