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I read this in Alexander Strauch’s book, “If you Bite and Devour One Another” that is a book on Biblical principles in handling conflict, and there is a quote that I thought was relevant for those engaging in defending the Christian faith:

If we put on the new clothes of Christlike character, it not only makes a difference in our church conduct, but can touch the hearts of those who are hostile toward the gospel.  When a well-known Christian apologist met with a group of college students to answer questions about the Christian faith, one student was particularly antagonistic toward the gospel message.  In past meetings he had often provoked Christians into angry debate.  Throughout the discussion, this young skeptic did everything in his power to bait the apologist and disrupt the meeting, but the apologist remained calm and responded kindly, patiently, and gently (1 Cor. 13:4, 2 Tim. 2:24-26).

At the end of the evening, impressed by the apologist’s gracious demeanor, the young man asked to meet one-on-one to talk more about the faith.  If the apologist had lost control of his anger, he likely would have lost the opportunity to speak with this young man and would have negatively impacted the rest of the audience.  Here is a wonderful example of handling conflict–not with anger–but with love, humility, and by the power of the Spirit.

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John S. Feinberg is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology and Chairman of that department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the son of the famous Old Testament scholar Charles Feinberg.  According to Amazon Sales, his most popular book is Ethics for a Brave New World that he co-authored with his brother the late Paul Feinberg (another great scholar).  Seeing that his contribution towards Christian ethics has been important, the following series delivered by John Feinberg during the winter of 2012 at The Master’s Seminary might be great resources for Christians!  May the Lord use these lectures to bring Christians towards a more consistently thought out biblical worldview and Christian ethics in a time such as ours.

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