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A Charitable Discourse

Talking About the Things That Divide Us

About This Product Homosexuality, social drinking, and politics . . .Why is it so hard to talk about these topics and others like them in the church? What keeps us from having open and honest conversations about complex and controversial issues? The silence in the pews about these matters can be deafening. Often members say little, fearing disagreement and rebuttal, others strongly assert half-truths and biases. Nothing gets truly discussed, and many, especially the youth, become discouraged and leave.

A Charitable Discourse insightfully explores why this happens, looking closely at the ways people avoid and prevent authentic dialog, from labeling and grandstanding to religious abuse. Seven controversial issues are discussed with understanding, sincerity, and compassion.

"This was an amazing book. I think every Pastor, spiritual leader, staff members, and lay people would do well to read this book. It is not long, but full of wisdom."
-Goodreads Review

"A must-read. One of the few books today that encourages much needed conversation in the Church."
-Goodreads Review

"This is a book for the times - well conceived, need focused, courageous, inspired, and prophetic. Few stones are left unturned. I hope it receives a Church-wide reading."Read full review.
-Jim L. Bond
General Superintendent Emeritus
Church of the Nazarene

"I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in exchanging the bitter rhetoric of the current environment for mutual trust and understanding in a spirit of Christian unity." Read full review.
-Ron Benefiel
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