No, I Don’t Agree with You, But …
The part that sticks out to me is: “…Do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.” If, in my spirit and attitude or words, I fight back hoping to dominate as though I have an argument to win, then I lose. I need first to have gentleness, respect, and a clear conscience. The verse says I am to be ready to give a reason, but it is not my duty to convince an opponent. My opponents are ultimately accountable to God themselves. If my words convince them of my position, I will indeed be pleased. But if my words are void of gentleness, respect and a clear conscience, then something is truly wrong. Dare I forget the challenge to “love your enemies”? The internal attitudes reflecting the fruit of the Spirit in the inevitable challenges of opponents speaks volumes for the Kingdom.
Another challenge in these verses is to be sure our behaviour does not give others the privilege of slander against us or against the Lord Himself. The moments we feel challenged are the very times we need to breathe, pray, request the Spirit’s filling, then respond with godly attitude, and then think of what words God might give. The truth sets us free, but it does not set us free to release attitudes that reflect badly on His name or His work within us.
May God help us all to be known for shining forth “love, joy, peace, patience …”
Your co-worker, Dennis
It’s All Your Fault!: 12 Tips For Managing People Who Blame Others For Everything by Bill Eddy
This book comes recommended by Paul Spate and a friend of mine, Alan Simpson. It speaks about ‘high-conflict people.’ The book gives some practical guidelines on how to understand and approach this difficult type of personality. Everyone comes in contact with these personalities from time to time, but those in ministry can find them especially awkward to handle within a church context. You can read an excerpt here.
We’ve Got a New Name!
As promised, in our April newsletter, our region has agreed on a new name. Thank you to many who submitted suggestions. As of now, we are no longer the Alberta and Northwest Territories Region. The CBWC Board approved our new name in April 2018: Mountain Standard Region. This name is now inclusive of our AB, BC, and NT churches. Our corresponding new email address for our Edmonton office is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of the Edmonton office, we’ve also moved! As of July 1st you’ll find us on the Taylor Seminary campus. Our phone number remains the same: (780) 462-2176.
11525 – 23 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3
We are planning to host an open house sometime in September so you can drop by and see the new space. Stay tuned for the date.
New Ministers Orientation
It’s a 2-day orientation, with lots of interaction between staff and participants. CBWC covers the cost of transportation, accommodation and meals at Carey.
Brenda and Everett Budd (pastor, First Baptist Church, Peace River) celebrate the birth of their son David James Budd. Congratulations to the new parents!
- Joseph Steeves, Senior Pastor, Faith Community Baptist Church, Claresholm, AB
- Dick Schonewille, Interim Pastor, Virden Baptist Church, MB
- Bill Christieson, Senior Pastor, Awaken, Calgary, AB
- Barry Breker, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Pincher Creek, AB
- Paris Perry, Interim Pastor, Sonrise Community Baptist Church, Calgary, AB
- Al McPhedran, Senior Pastor, Fort Saskatchewan Community Baptist Church, AB