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Who among us has not been part of some disagreement – large or small – in our
congregation or denomination?
As churches across North America
grapple with different understandings of theology, doctrine, lifestyle
– even different presumptions of
what issues are core to the gospel –
we’ve reached a strategic moment to
consider: How do we disagree well?
Each of us at Faith Today has experienced good disagreements –
and sometimes badly managed
disagreements – within our church
communities. Some of us have left
churches and gone to others.
We’ve all faced the frustration of
prolonged discussions that seem to
fail when we realize that what
seems to us essential to the gospel
seems nonessential to our discussion partner.
But all our staff were encouraged
and challenged by Gordon Smith’s
His reflections on disagreement
are biblically grounded in Acts 15
(the Council of Jerusalem) and
Romans 15: 7 (which advises mutual
acceptance and radical hospitality).
But he also provides notable
contemporary examples, such as the
case of two theologically opposed
Regent College professors who respectfully and graciously co-taught
a course on biblical theology.
We trust you too will find thought-
provoking reading in this timely
piece, and maybe even share it with
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November / December 2014
Volume 32 • Number 6
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
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