For summer 2016, Angela Shannon, a pastor at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas, shared “The heart of the matter,” a three-session Bible study on learning to deal with conflict through the ministry of reconciliation.
“Repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation are healing words,” Angela Shannon writes. “We hear these words spoken from our pulpits, in our hymns and various places throughout our churches. Yet we see conflict in our society and the ways in which we harm each other. We are about to enter an election year where the politics are as shrill and mean as ever.”
Although we look to the church for a safe haven from conflict, Shannon says, “life follows us through the doors, and there too we find conflict.”
“Conflicts are nothing new to the church,” Shannon says. “What’s miraculous is that God continues to create us anew. God insists on entrusting us with the ministry of reconciliation.”
She continues: “In working with congregations, I have found that although people are familiar with the healing words of Christ’s church, we must continue to learn the practical application of these words.”
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The session links are not working. Is this Bible Study still available?
Hi, Elizabeth. Apologies for the error. The links should be working now.
Thank you for attempting to take care of this! The problem is that all three sessions are now coming up as “Treasure in clay jars”.
Yes, I see how that can be confusing. All three sessions have the title “Treasure in clay jars.” If you look at the top right corner of each study, however, you’ll see the session numbers. Let me know if you’re not seeing different session numbers in the top right corner. You can email me directly at [email protected] if you continue to experience problems.
Thank you for putting up session one. Is it possible to get Session 2 “Seeking God” and Session 3 “The ministry of reconciliation”? (Currently they are all going to “Treasure in clay jars”.) Thank you!
Thank you. Sorry for the repeat comment below. I am having an issue with my computer and it sent it again. Thank you again for your help!