January 8, 2013
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.
January 2, 2013
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.
December 26, 2012
Two weeks ago, an article by Rick Love was published in the Washington Post. This week, we want to share with you a short piece of his published by the National Association of Evangelicals.
December 18, 2012
What happens when a Southern Baptist Pastor takes the Great Commandments as seriously as he does the Great Commission? We don't have to guess. It is happening at Northwood Church in Dallas, Texas. Bob Roberts Jr. and his church are breaking out of the evangelical box and modeling bold love.
December 12, 2012
We are social beings built for peace. Every human being inherently longs for harmonious relationship...
December 5, 2012
Asking for forgiveness is humbling. Who likes to admit they're wrong? But if we want to make things right, we need to do this right. This blog is part four of a series on the five core competencies of conflict resolution: 1) Take Responsibility 2) Lovingly Reprove 3) Accept Reproof 4) Ask for Forgiveness and 5) Forgive others. In this blog we will look at what it means to ask for forgiveness.
December 4, 2012
Today we thought we'd share this TED video from TEDxGeorgetown. TIME magazine editor Bobby Ghosh talks about 'jihad', and says that the global jihad of terror is in its final days. "Bin Laden probably thought 9/11 was his greatest achievement," he says. "In reality, it was the beginning of the end for him. He killed 3,000 innocent people, and that filled the Muslim world with horror revulsion, and what that meant was that his idea of jihad would never become mainstream."
November 29, 2012
Whenever I teach on peacemaking I ask those at the seminar, “Which aspect of conflict resoluti...
November 27, 2012
This is part two in a series about the five core competencies of conflict resolution. In my last blog I focused on taking responsibility. We are accountable for our part in the conflict, and we take initiative by going to the person privately. But what do we say? This is the second core competency.
November 20, 2012
We all know the pain of conflict. We have been wounded by words and wounded others with our words. In our hearts we realize that unresolved conflict poisons relationships and multiplies alienation. So we need help. Many people have the will to make peace but not the skill. So in my next number of blogs I want to strengthen readers' will and help with the skills of peacemaking. To do that, we will look at five core competencies of conflict resolution.