Gospel-Centered Conflict Resolution; Reflections on The Peacemaker

“You can take or extract payments on a debt from others’ sin in many ways: by withholding forgiveness, by dwelling on the wrong, by being cold and aloof, by giving up on the relationship, by inflicting emotional pain, by gossiping, by lashing back or by seeking revenge against the one who hurt you . . . . Your other choice is to make payments on the debt and thereby release others from penalties they deserve to pay. . . . This may involve fighting against painful memories, speaking gracious words when you really want to say something hurtful, working to tear down walls and be vulnerable when you still feel little trust, or even enduring the consequences of a material or physical injury that the other person is unable or unwilling to repair.”(1)

(1)Sande, Ken, The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004), 207-208.


Driscoll, D. A. Carson, and more Driscoll

Today Justin Tapp e-mailed me a New York Times article on Mark Driscoll that no one seemed to be blogging about. The article, “Who Would Jesus Smack Down?,” was very interesting, although I do not think the author understands Calvinism, church discipline, or John Calvin I appreciated the article and was surprised to find it published in the NY Times.

Also Mark Driscoll posted a video interview with D. A. Carson at The Resurgence, concerning Carson’s book Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson. The video is available here. I really enjoyed the interview and hope to have the book read before school starts back up. Carson’s dad was a church planter and pastor in Quebec where we are hoping to plant churches as well and so the interview was very encouraging.

Concerning Direction

I have been relatively slow with the posts lately, due primarily to my studies at school and work. I am planning to finish up the year with my annual post on books, a Christmas type post, and will hopefully have a thorough review of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis sometime in the New Year. After these posts I will direct my attention to completing my doctrinal affirmations, here, which will be individually posted for feedback prior to officially going up on the blog. I hope to resume a fairly consistent schedule after these things are completed; however, if I fail to focus solely on them they would likely never see completion. Thanks for your continuing support and I look forward to your feedback as I work on these things.

2008-12-06 The Brief



  • Here is an interesting little map which looks a adoption as a global phenomenon.


  • This chart speaks for itself.
  • Reuters details the current employment situation, as this November American employers cut the most jobs since 1974, here.

SBC Life

The John 3:16 Conference

The Darkness and the Glory

Today I received an e-mail from Dr. Greg Harris, Professor of Bible Exposition at TMS, concerning his upcoming book The Darkness and the Glory: His Cup and the Glory From Gethsemane to the Ascension. His previous book The Cup and the Glory: Lessons on Suffering and the Glory of God was phenomenal as his in depth exposition and application challenged me deeply. He has made a sample of the first three chapters available in PDF for download here; I would highly recommend reading this sample and then buying both of these books. I will post to let you know when the newest work is available to purchase

I also recommend listening to the following teaching series at Grace Community Church where Dr. Harris walks through The Cup and the Glory.