70 X 7: A Theology of Reconciliation

With Elaine Enns. In: Mediation and Facilitation Training Manual, 4th ed.(Mennonite Conciliation Services, Akron, PA). 3 pp.

Matthew 18:15-17 is well known in some Christian settings as a text that summarizes a process for handling conflict within the church or between church members. These verses, however, are too often interpreted in isolation. When understood in the context of the entire chapter, we see an unfolding reflection upon power, offense and forgiveness. This narrative exhorts individuals to be reconcilers and the church as a whole to be a reconciling community as an alternative to the spiral of retribution found in the dominant society.

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