The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict


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by Ken Sande. Baker Books, 2004.

This is the third edition of the work of Ken Sande, a lawyer, Christian conciliator and president of Peacemaker Ministries. His four-part biblical peacemaking method forms the outline of the book: 1) Glorify God, 2) Get the log out of your eye, 3) Gently restore, 4) Go and be reconciled. The first part discusses the importance of an orientation toward glorifying God and away from self-centeredness. Next, Sande counsels persons to face first their own responsibility in a conflict before addressing the faults of the other. Third, a method rooted in Matthew 18 calls for graciously showing another their fault and including other respected individuals when they do not respond appropriately. Finally, reconciliation and a commitment to forgiving and restoring the damaged relationship complete the peacemaking process. Appendices include a Peacemaker’s Checklist (following the four-part outline); a description of different methods of dispute resolution; principles guiding when it is appropriate for Christians to go to court; and guidelines for cultivating a culture of peacemaking in a congregation. The book includes an extensive list of resources in related categories. This book will be helpful to Christian congregations seeking a process of resolution and reconciliation closely following the New Testament.

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