Faithful Disagreement

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-19
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr

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Conflict is all too common in the church today. But as Frances Taylor Gench reminds us in this book, conflict over scriptural interpretation has been with the church since its earliest days. Gench reflects on those early experiences of conflict, presenting substantive studies of biblical texts showing that discord (such as Romans 14-15; Matthew 14; Jeremiah 28; 1 Corinthians 12-14; John 13-17) and drawing lessons from each about how it informs current conflicts in the church. In the process, she provides a constructive resource to help Christians wrestle with Scripture in the midst of their disagreements. This innovative book can be used by individuals and in groups. Numerous study questions conclude each chapter.

Author Biography

Frances Taylor Gench is Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the author of Back to the Well: Women's Encounters with Jesus in the Gospels; Encounters with Jesus: Studies in the Gospel of John; and Hebrews and James, all from Westminster John Knox Press.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Arguing about Scripture: Johannine Epistles and Dirty Laundry (1 John 2:18-25; 1 John 4; 2 John)p. 1
Stepping Out of the Boat in the Midst of a Storm (Matthew 14:22-33)p. 23
Living with Disagreements (Romans 14:1-15:13)p. 33
Testing the Spirits I (Jeremiah 28)p. 53
Testing the Spirits II (1 Corinthians 12-14)p. 67
Conflict over Qualifications for Church Leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-16 and 5:17-25)p. 81
Farewell Conversations (John 13-17)p. 101
Notesp. 115
Scripture and Ancient Source Indexp. 127
Subject Indexp. 131
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