Concordia Theological Monthly

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church tension, faith, teaching truth

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


When we talk about the church in tension, it is likely that each of us has in mind a particular concept based on his own experience of the church's life. We may conceive of tension as basically a matter of conflict causing strain and weakness, or we may see it more as the interplay of isometric forces developing strength and balance. We may regard tension as good or as bad. We may think of it as being inherent in the nature of things, even as a gift of God; or we may think of it as a product entirely of sin and as a symptom of evil and of the breakdown of faith in our midst.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Romans 4:19; Joshua 24:19; Jeremiah 31:34; Psalm 13:1; Psalm 42:6; 1 Corinthians 11:6; Psalm 24:1-3; Psalm 148:7;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars