Category: Blog

28 Feb 2024

The Silent Division: Mixing Politics and Faith

By Michelle Macedo & Werner Solorzano   In the tapestry of a religious environment, unity and fellowship should be the guiding principles that weave individuals together. However, in recent times our church community has been experiencing a shift. An often-overlooked aspect lurks beneath the surface, causing subtle ruptures among people who should ideally find solace […]

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22 Feb 2023

Solving Our Conflict with God

It is a false concept to believe that God accepts us just the way we are and that we can then stay just the way we are. This belief doesn’t deal with the reality that we are by nature the children of wrath and the enemies of our Creator. To deal with the dysfunctional conflict […]

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07 Dec 2022

A Change of Nature

There was a time in my life when I thought that dealing with conflict was simply a matter of applying some conflict management techniques and magically problems between human beings are solved. The real issues are much more complex. One of the principles I’ve learned (but sometimes fail to do) seems counter-intuitive, but before we […]

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05 Jul 2022

Demystifying Porn Addiction

Pornography has become the enemy Christian leaders love to hate. Its pervasiveness is viewed with concern, and the fight against it is presented as a war for the soul of Christian men who endeavor to maintain purity in a world that is ever more sexual. The battle is on. A purity culture has grown out […]

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19 May 2022

Causes of Dysfunctional Conflict: The Problem of Pride

Ben was a Connecticut merchant in the American colonial period. As his business fortunes rose, so did his resentment of British taxation. At the outset of the American Revolution, Ben was elected captain of the local militia. He organized them into an effective fighting force and presented a bold plan for seizing the British forts […]

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14 Mar 2022

The Bible as Story: A Better Way to Truth

Why truth as story is a better way to reach today’s world. And what this has to do with the Church of God. Movie scenes can often get to the heart of a point that would otherwise take a blog or sermon to explain. This was the case when I watched the emotional, award-winning movie […]

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15 Feb 2022

Causes of Dysfunctional Conflict: The Need for Control

The natural human reaction to conflict is fight-or-flight. These are normal reactions when we face physical threats, but we also respond with fight-or-flight behavior when confronted with non-physical conflict. We either fight to protect our perceived rights, our self-image, or our emotional security; or we run away so that we can avoid the uncomfortable work […]

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05 Jan 2022

Thinking Well, Part 3: What Truth Are You Afraid Of?

The truth is a stubborn thing. It is true whether we believe it or not. It resists consensus; it is not impressed or intimidated by office, rank, or power; it is impervious to feelings. Agreement with others may comfort us, but it has no impact on what is true. It doesn’t matter how strongly we […]

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03 Nov 2021

Disagreement in Love: Navigating Disagreements with Brethren

One day a few months back, I got a call from a friend while I was out running errands. This particular friend doesn’t call often and normally texts, so I knew something was up. As we spoke for a few moments, things seem okay – light chit-chat – but I could tell in their voice […]

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07 Oct 2021

The Campaign Against Truth – Part 5: Staying Close to God

Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, And wondered that […]

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