Dr. John E. Johnson

Dr. John E. Johnson

Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting

There will be fights. It’s okay. Communities, like marriages, need tensions if they are to grow and deepen. But there is a way to fight. Richard Halverson, former chaplain to the US Senate, once wrote:

If you’re going to fight…

  • fight for the relationship—not against it
  • fight for reconciliation—not alienation
  • fight to preserve friendship—not to destroy it
  • fight to win your family—not to lose them
  • fight to save your marriage—not to cash it in
  • fight to solve the problem—not to salve your ego

In Philippians 4:1-3, two women are in a fight. They are leaders in the church, and as Leonard Sweet once put it, leaders create a “high seas culture”. They come with passion and conviction, and often this can lead to internal rivalries and competition—and fights. This weekend at Village, we will look at this passage for clues as to how to move through them.

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