All believers have experienced this truth: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Ps. 133:1). Sadly, we have also experienced its corollary: “How bad and miserable it is when brothers are divided.” Is it possible for brothers and sisters to disagree and yet maintain unity? By God’s grace, we can know this blessedness even in the midst of disagreement. To do so, we must keep firmly in mind and heart three considerations: the presuppositions of disagreement, the provocations of disagreement, and the practice of disagreement. The Presuppositions of Disagreement Behind Christian disagreement lies a …
Dr. David F. Coffin Jr. is senior pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Fairfax, Va.