Many of you know how much I enjoy hiking with my family in the Montana high country. There are few things better than spending an afternoon in the midst of God’s splendor. The physical effort may be arduous, but it’s a small price to pay for experiencing the surpassing beauty of God’s glorious creation.
Our journey through the mountains and valleys of conflict is similar. The path may be steep and rocky at times, but when we stay on the path God has laid out for us, we will inevitably come to those marvelous vistas where he displays the glory of the gospel in reconciliations that take our breath away.
This new blog is designed to help Christians learn how to walk the path of conflict faithfully and safely. “My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped” (Ps. 17:5). As we share our experiences and the insights God gives us into his Word, we can learn together how to live out the gospel of peace more fully and experience reconciliation and renewal in our daily lives.
Although I’ll provide reflections from time to time, the primary voices representing Peacemaker Ministries on this blog will be Fred Barthel, Jerry Wall, Molly Routson and Jeromy Emerling. I commend to you these four godly and insightful people, who will bring daily observations from the world of reconciliation. I am confident that you’ll gain as much from their wisdom as I will.
The journey of peacemaking leads ultimately to reconciliation with God and with others. Our prayer for you, and for this new endeavor, is that God will be glorified in all our lives as we pursue a passionate call for biblical reconciliation in the lives of God’s people.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17: 20-23)