Anticipation and enthusiasm surrounding a mini-renovation to the church building quickly descends into acrimony. People are taking sides about design choices and proposals. Discussions are heated with a lot of personal pot shots being exchanged and relationships very strained. Is there any way of repairing the ever increasing damage?
It’s not just angry confrontations, people are genuinely hurt and have trouble in their consciences about principles they feel are involved. There are stumbling blocks everywhere. It’s tempting to try to bury it and try to move on without addressing it but the damage won’t be repaired. Sadly, churches often experience deep differences about comparatively minor things. If we can learn how to handle this situation, it will guide us when similar things happen in our own experience.
The Concerning Scandal podcast applies the biblical principles of avoiding spiritual harm by looking at the real-life scenarios in which stumbling blocks arise. We can use the spiritual wisdom of James Durham’s classic book in situations we are all too familiar with.
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In the Bible offence not the same as making someone displeased. Rather it is something that causes them to stumble in their spiritual progress or offend against God’s Word. We can do this without meaning to do it. It also happens when we do and say the right things in the wrong way or at the wrong time and so turn people against what is right. To explore this issue further, you may find it helpful to read the article The Worst Kind of Offence in an “I’m Offended” Culture. George Gillespie describes as briefly as possible the various dimensions of the biblical principle of not causing others to offend against God’s Word.
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In The Scandal of Stumbling Blocks, James Durham helps us to consider this vital issue deeply by defining the nature of stumbling as well as showing its serious consequences. He looks in considerable detail at different kinds of stumbling and identifies the ways that people can stumble and be stumbled. Durham provides practical advice for avoiding and preventing offence.
Now edited in modern English, Durham’s classic treatment on considerate Christianity can be used to edify a new generation.