• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • YouTube
Thinking Out Loud

A Case Study in Mutual Forbearance

by User Not Found | Aug 09, 2011
This blog post was written by Jonathan Yarboro.

The Rev. Jonathan Yarboro has served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Wetumpka, Alabama, since graduating from Louisville Seminary in 2006.

The Form of Government section of the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), old and new versions, features a powerful term: mutual forbearance. The actual citation reads:

“…we also believe that there are truths and forms with respect to which [people] of good characters and principles may differ. And in all these we think it the duty both of private Christians and societies to exercise mutual forbearance toward each other” (G-1.0305 or F-3.0105).

This historic principle of church order is rooted in the understanding that unity is best exercised in diversity. Scripture clearly supports this understanding, but Western culture often does not. Examples of mutual forbearance do not make good headlines. As a matter of fact, I would argue that anyone wishing to define mutual forbearance in contemporary media would be hard pressed to find resource material. Much of today’s media paints a very different picture of how we live in relationship with others.

Some scholars have highlighted the significance of mutual forbearance in living one’s faith. All of my seminary professors in some way embodied what I have come to appreciate as one of the key elements of a faithful Church. Still, even religious headlines, especially within the Presbyterian denomination, underscore the difficulty human beings have in fully embracing the concept. How can we as “the church” begin to live in to what Scripture clearly calls us to do: to treat one another with respect and dignity, especially in the face of theological difference?

Since 2006, I have served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka, Alabama. This congregation of 160 members is nestled in the beautiful Coosa River basin of Central Alabama, the buckle of the Bible belt! First Church is a middle class congregation and has been, for the most part, since its founding in 1836. For 175 years, believers willing to call themselves Presbyterians have gathered here to worship, work, and witness. The history of this congregation is fascinating and multi-faceted. Allow me to share one crucial piece of it with you.

Over the years, each time a potentially divisive decision has been placed before this congregation, someone in the church has stood, just before the vote, and proclaimed in some manner, “No matter how this vote turns out, we will not split. If we split, we die.” Consider, briefly, the implications of this statement.

Each time this statement has been shared, it has come from a different person. At times, it has come from an Elder, but not always. It has never come from the same person twice, and never from the pastor. What this says to me is that the main reason First Presbyterian Church of Wetumpka continues as a thriving community of believers is its commitment to mutual forbearance. This congregation has persevered through civil wars, world wars, racial wars, denominational splits and unions, and more.

In his book, God’s Tapestry: Reading the Bible in a World of Religious Diversity, Gene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Louisville Seminary, explains why this principle is so hard to embody. He says the stakes are higher the more common our ground becomes. [1] In other words, we may find it easier to practice mutual forbearance with those in other churches than we do within our own. Recent tensions over changes in Presbyterian church polity certainly support this notion, but they do not have to.

Perhaps we should look for guidance from the faith communities that have weathered the storms of living together as the people of God. What would we find? I am willing to bet we would find expressions of deep faith and piety, great joy and intense pain, and humility above all else. Sounds like mutual forbearance and a productive excursion of faith to me. How about you?

___________________

[1] W. Eugene March, God’s Tapestry: Reading the Bible in a World of Religious Diversity (Louisville, Westminster John Knox, 2009) 103.

17 comments

Leave a comment
  1. Shivani Bhatt | Aug 27, 2016


    Better explanation and i really need this amazing info. Thanks a lot for providing me this article. Thanks a lot for this. How to Book Escorts in Connaught Place

  2. Al | Aug 25, 2016
  3. Shivani Bhatt | Aug 24, 2016
    Delighted much than before and I wanna say thanks for providing me info about mutual forbearance. Thanks a lot for this much interesting article. Thanks a lot for this. Hot Escorts in Jaipur
  4. kelly | Aug 11, 2016
    Are you having problems dealing with short term financial urgency? If you are looking for a way out of the crisis and that too with considerable ease, then you can consider availing the option of short term loans
  5. rianda mimi | Aug 10, 2016
  6. rianda mimi | Aug 09, 2016
  7. lzm | Jul 20, 2016

    Burberry Outlet

    nike free run

    landinggear

    Chanel Outlet

    abercrombie and fitch

    michael kors tote

    burberry wallet

    Hermes Outlet

    coach outlet

    prada handbags sale

    prada messenger bag

    prada outlet

    longchamp bag

    asics shoes

    pandora charms

    Coach Outlet

    TRX Training

    Polo Ralph Lauren

    michael kors outlet

    yeezy boost 350

    ugg australia

    burberry outlet online

    nike norway

    Coach outlet online

    michael kors crossbody

    pandora rings

    Cheap Ray Ban

    longchamp outlet

    louis vuitton perfect

    led lights

    christian louboutin shoes

    prada loafers

    longchamp bags

    burberry purse

    cheap louis vuitton purses

    Salomon Shoes

    louis vuitton uk

    burberry outlet online

    yeezy boost 350

    tiffany co

    hermes purses

    tiffany outlet

    asics gel kayano

    jimmy choo australia

    michael kors outlet

    louis vuitton uk

    sheepskin boots

    Ralph Lauren Shirts

    michael kors purses outlet

    louis vuitton shoulder bag

    burberry

    mcm bags

    oakley sunglasses

    TRX Straps

    outlet michael kors

    louis vuitton artsy

    louis vuitton duffle bag

    burberry perfume

    louboutin shoes

    longchamp backpack

    true religion uk

    christian louboutin shoes

    trx straps

    mens sunglasses

    yeezy shoes

    burberry scarf outlet

    longchamp le pliage medium

    burberry outlet

    oakley sunglasses

    nike air

    michael kors canada

    louis vuitton outlet

    michael kors outlet

    nike shoes

    gucci handbags

    louis vuitton eva clutch

    gucci online

    tiffany co

    prada purses

    michael kors satchel

    trx

    burberry outlet

    ralph lauren uk

    burberry outlet

    hermes bag

    basketball shoes

    canada goose outlet

    christian louboutin shop

    Burberry Factory Outlet

    michael kors black handbags

    nike jordan shoes

    nike free danmark

    michael kors handbags on sale

    louis vuitton messenger bag

    Michael Kors Outlet

    louboutin shoes

    michael kors canada

    Michael Kors Outlet

    Michael Kors Outlet

    sunglasses hut

    louis vuitton neverfull

    gucci backpack

    gucci bags

    louis vuitton australia

    michael kors factory outlet

    longchamp sale

    coach australia

    louis vuitton belt

    burberry britain

    nike sweden

    pandora ring

    coach online

    air jordan retro

    burberry uk

    salomon shoes

    coach purses

    sac longchamp

    louis vuitotn speedy

    hugo boss uk

    nike all

    ray-ban sunglasses

    burberry scarf

    cheap gucci belts

    trx workouts

    coach handbags

    nike shopping

    hugo boss

    longchamp tote

    louis vuitton belts

    nike australia

    michael kors outlet

    prada-crossbody

    nike jordan

    timberland boots uk

    louis vuitton diaper bag

    michael kors purses

    louis vuitton australia

    louis vuitton handbags on sale

    prada shoes

    lebron james shoes

    oakley sunglasses

    TRX Exercises

    burberry outlet

    TRX Bands

    louis vuitton outlet

    Pandora Charm

    top sunglasses

    true religion jeans

    ray-ban sunglasses

    burberry online

    chanel australia

    michael kors outlet store

    jordan retro

    trx suspension

    mcm tote bag

    Ralph Lauren

    prada crossbody bags

    flash sunglasses

    louis vuitton tote bag

    nike air

    sunglasses outlet

    Sunglasses site

    trx workouts

    air jordan nike

    gucci sunglasses

    ugg boots

    Pandora bracelet

    nike air shoes

    louis vuitton shoes men

    coach usa

    trx exercise

    Nike Hyperdunk 2015

    michael kors purses

    michael kors hamilton tote

    michael kors outlet

    longchamp le pliage large tote

    gucci online

    Prada Outlet

    birkin bag hermes

    coach outlet store

    gucci clutch

    abercrombie and fitch

    abercrombie and fitch outlet

    nike shop us

    chanel bags prices

    coach outlet

    prada handbags

    kate spade uk

    gucci belt

    Billat

    nike show

    kate spade uk

    Aviator Sunglasses

    michael kors australia

    prada tote

    trx suspension

    michael kors outlet

    Lebron 13

    shoes online

    burberry australia

    Canada Goose Outlet

    Ralph Lauren Polo

    pandora bracelets

    burberry handbags

    TRX Workouts

    mlb.com

    chanel flap bag

    change points uk

    Longchamp Outlet

    coach bags on sale

    hermes birkin price

    moncler outlet

    primark online uk

    hermes belt

    michael kors outlet

    burberry outlet online

    Ralph Lauren Polo

    nike danmark

    Burberry bags

    burberry watches

    adidas super star

    abercrombie milano

    hermes birkin uk

    michael kors handbags

    nike air jordan

    burberry outlets

    asics shoes

    moncler outlet

    KD 8 shoes

    TRX Workout

    coach outlet

    Ralph Lauren UK

    burberry outlet uk

    michael kors bags on sale

    cheap michael kors handbags

    louis vuitton wallet for women

    popular sunglasses

    mizuno wave

    nike free run sko2

    abercrombie fitch france

    pirate system

    ralph lauren polo

    moncler jacke

    michael kors outlet

    louis vuitton monogram

    gucci handbags

    mizuno shop

    abssice 360

    louis vuitton purses

    beats by dre

    Ray Ban Outlet

    nike air jordan

    air jordan shoes

    michael kors outlet

    louis vuitton

    louis vuitton bags

    MCM Bags

    Polo Ralph Lauren

    coach australia

    moncler outlet

    michael kors outlet

    hermes uk

    michael kors clutch

    michael kors hobo bag

    MCM Outlet

    louis vuitton neverfull mm

    abercrombie outlet online

    coach bags

    burberry scarfs

    michael kors tote

    burberry outlet

    trx for sale

    jordan retro shoes

    sunglasses on sale

    sunglasses sm

    michael kors outlet

    louis vuitton bags

    oakley australia

    ugg boots

    hugo boss uk

    burberry outlet

    louis vuitton artsy

    name brand sunglasses

    Burberry outlet online

    louis vuitotn speedy

    gucci bags

    louis vuitton uk

    michael kors black purse

    free nike

    nike run

    louis vuitotn speedy

    pandora jewelry

    louis vuitton uk

    Burberry online

    louis vuitton damier

    coach purses on sale

    mizuno shoes

    louis vuitton online

    coach shoes

    Kate Spade Australia

    hermes outlet

    cheap michael kors purses

    sunglasses hut

    prada handbags

    balenciag bag

    ray-ban sunglasses

    prada bags

    louis vuitton watllets

    mlb jerseys

    burberry

    kate spade

    burberry shirt

    coach carter

    clk benz

    burberry australia

    gucci shoes

    nike shoes

    burberry london

    michael kors tote bags

    nike year

    nike online

    Nike Kobe 9

    abercrombie fitch nederland

    pandora bracelet

    yeezy boost 350

    nike air max

    moncler jacke

    michael kors outlet

    market 365

    louis vuitton bags

    Oakley Outlet

    fendi outlet

    Mens Sunglasses

    michael kors australia

    pandora necklack

    louis vuitton zippy wallet

    Michael Kors Watches

    chanel tote

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren UK

    louboutin heels

    prada bags

    coach sunglasses

    free shoes

    ugg boots ireland

    LZM7.20
  8. Alex | Jul 08, 2016
    Appreciate your efforts in writing this write-up. It contains good information and is well-written as well. Online Assignment Help
  9. hxmy018 | Jul 03, 2016

    timberland shoes for men

    toms sale

    max air 2013

    scarpe hogan outlet

    cheap pandora charms

    Cheap Coach

    Air Jordan Retro 11

    oakley outlet

    authentic retro jordans for sale

    nike soccer cleats cheap

    nike tiempo

    black toms

    Ray Ban Outlet

    Air Max 90

    ray ban sale

    cheap timberland boots for men

    toms shoes outlet

    pandora rings silver

    newest lebron shoes

    Toms Wedges

    roshe run nike

    chaussures de foot pas cher

    discount ray bans

    ray ban sunglasses cheap

    Ray Ban Sunglasses

    nfl store

    where to buy toms

    toms store

    retro jordans for cheap

    shop nfl

    oakley eyeglasses

    Air Jordan 11

    pandora glass beads

    nike free

    Nike Roshe Run

    official NHL jerseys

    nike mercurial superfly

    hogan outlet

    moncler girls

    oakley goggles

    cheap oakley goggles

    nike free run 5.0 femme

    cheap jordan shoes for women

    toms on sale

    pandora charm bracelet sale

    pandora beads

    Cheap Canada Goose

    toms outlet

    Discount toms

    botas de futbol

    michael kors wallets on sale

    Nike Air Jordan 11

    nike air max 2013

    Cheap oakley sunglasses sale

    NHL shop

    Canada Goose Jackets

    Boutique nike paris

    moncler outlet usa

    toms retailers

    Nike Air Jordan 13

    ray bans for cheap

    christian louboutin sale

    chaussure nike homme pas cher

    abercrombie and fitch store

    toms outlet store

    women toms shoes

    fitflop slippers

    ray ban store

    nike mercurial

    Soccer Boots Outlet nike

    nfl jerseys cheap

    botas futbol baratas

    scarpe hogan

    christian louboutin shoes

    NHL store

    retro 11 jordans for sale

    michael kors handbags on sale

    pandora jewelry store

    nike schuhe damen

    cheap christian louboutin

    Jordan Sneakers For Sale

    pink toms

    new jordans 2016

    botas de futbol baratas

    yeezy adidas

    Nike Air Jordan Store

    nike schuhe

    abercombie and fitch

    pandora rings

    Cheap Adidas Soccer Shoes

    Canada Goose Outlet

    scarpe hogan uomo

    ray ban sunglasses for men

    Toms Glitter

    a&f usa

    new yeezy shoes

    Toms Outlet Online

    womens toms

    sito ufficiale di Hogan

    Ray ban sale online

    Toms shoes sale

    nike sb stefan janoski

    yeezy shoes

    pandora necklace charms

    adidas yeezy boost 350

    Cheap Ray Bans

    toms cheap

    toms clearance

    cheap michael kors purses

    soccer shoes nike

    hogan scontate

    Michael Kors Outlet

    timberland outlet

    lebron james shoes for sale

    fitflop sandals sale

    michael kors black bag

    nike air max

    cheap air max outlet

    Cheap Soccer Shoes

    Toms Shoes For Women

    Canada Goose Women

    nike mercurial soccer cleats

    christian louboutin outlet

    Toms Shoes On Sale

    Michael Kors

    air max 90 pas cher

    Nike Free 4.0

    Michael Kors Sale

    botas de futbol nike baratas

    nike sportschuhe

    Coach Purses Outlet

    Ray Ban Aviators

    moncler coats for women

    mens lebron james shoes

    cheap oakley sunglasses outlet

    Uomo Hogan

    fitflops sale uk

    ray ban 3025

    pandora rings jewelry

    zapatos de futbol nike

    raybans glasses

    NHL jerseys cheap

    Coach Bags On Sale

    womens timberland boots

    oakley sunglasses clearance

    pandora store

    oakley sunglass outlet

    Cheap Michael Kors

    lebrons 11

    cheap ray ban aviators

    oakley prescription glasses

    Cheap Nike Soccer Shoes

    Cheap Toms Shoes

    chaussure basket homme

    cheap fitflops

    pandora charms sale

    official nfl jerseys

    nike futbol

    hogan scarpe donna

    pandora bracelets

    oakley cheap sunglasses

    Cheap Jordans

    toms women shoes

    abercrombie outlet store

    7.4
  10. WER | Jun 17, 2016
    Celebrate the gridiron action with an official NFL Jersey from Wholesale Jerseys 2016 . There is no better way to cheer on your team than to replicate the look of your favorite players! At FansEdge.com we have a vast collection of officially licensed NFL Jerseys to help you show off your team spirit
  11. 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII
  12. . From Nike Game jerseys, to Limited and Elite Nike NFL jerseys, our NFL Fan Shop has everything you need to show your true devotion as a fan.Authentic Elite NFL Jerseys: You might not have the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass but you can have the next best thing with one of our Authentic Elite
  13. 2014 Pro Bowl
  14. . Just like what the players wear, our NFL Nike Elite jerseys are a great way to show your dedication. Made from water-resistant fabric
  15. 2013 Super Bowl XLVII
  16. , these Nike NFL Jerseys are built to withstand the same punishment your favorite NFL players endure on the gridiron. Take the opportunity to join the game with one of our Authentic NFL jerseys.NFL Limited Jerseys: The perfect combination of durable construction and team spirit
  17. CFL Jersey
  18. , our selection of NFL Limited jerseys is an absolute must-have for any diehard fan. Our NFL Shop is stockpiled with Nike Limited jerseys. Made from 100% polyester, these NFL Nike jerseys are covered in team colors and are tailored to provide ultimate comfort and durability
  19. Draft Darren Sproles
  20. . Limited jerseys also feature raised appliqué numbers on the front and back to resemble a traditional stitched NFL jersey look. These are great jerseys at an affordable price!NFL Game Jerseys: With a great look and durable construction, our Nike Game jerseys are the real deal
  21. Hall of Fame 50th Patch
  22. . Each jersey features silicone printed graphics of your favorite player's name and number and is tailored to provide you ultimate comfort while showing off your team pride. We offer a range of sizes in our Big & Tall jersey selection with up to 4XL sizing.NFL Throwback Jerseys: Add a little old school flair to your wardrobe collection with one of our
  23. NFL QB Jerseys
  24. . You can turn back the clock by putting on one of these 100% polyester NFL jerseys. We have all the classics from a 1963 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey to a 1983 Walter Payton Chicago Bears jersey. Turn back the clock with one of these Throwback NFL jerseys.
  25. Jerseys Big Size
  26. : If you are an MVP then head over to our Customized Jersey section. Here you can customize your favorite team's jersey with your own name and number. Constructed from 100% polyester
  27. NHL
  28. , these NFL Jerseys are just as tough and durable as what the players wear on the field.Also, don't forget about our Women's
  29. MLB
  30. , Youth Jerseys, and Toddler NFL Jerseys! Whatever type of Jersey you choose for yourself or a gift, we know you will be happy with your football jersey. FansEdge has all the NFL for the true fan in you!
  • chat rooms | May 15, 2016
    keep it up :Dand join free chat rooms
  • daryl | Apr 29, 2016
    In case you're so disposed, you can utilize the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One printer to download and run HP ePrint applications readmore http://driverresetter.blogspot.com . It requires a specific commitment to frequently stroll up to your printer, pick some fun sudoku outlines and shading in pictures and print them readmore 2downloaddriver.com , however the additional elements and differing qualities of accessible applications might be a drawcard for families or educated clients. readmore gadgetsdrunk.blogspot.com Not at all like a HP business printer like the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw shading laser, the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One is a printer that has needed to bargain a few components along the way readmore yourautocar.blogspot.com
  • daryl | Apr 29, 2016
    In case you're so disposed, you can utilize the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One printer to download and run HP ePrint applications readmore [url=http://driverresetter.blogspot.com/]http://driverresetter.blogspot.com[/url] . It requires a specific commitment to frequently stroll up to your printer, pick some fun sudoku outlines and shading in pictures and print them readmore [url=http://2downloaddriver.com/]2downloaddriver.com [/url] , however the additional elements and differing qualities of accessible applications might be a drawcard for families or educated clients. readmore [url=http://gadgetsdrunk.blogspot.com/]gadgetsdrunk.blogspot.com [/url] Not at all like a HP business printer like the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw shading laser, the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One is a printer that has needed to bargain a few components along the way readmore [url=http://yourautocar.blogspot.com/]yourautocar.blogspot.com [/url]
  • daryl | Apr 29, 2016
    In case you're so disposed, you can utilize the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One printer to download and run HP ePrint applications readmore http://driverresetter.blogspot.com . It requires a specific commitment to frequently stroll up to your printer, pick some fun sudoku outlines and shading in pictures and print them readmore 2downloaddriver.com , however the additional elements and differing qualities of accessible applications might be a drawcard for families or educated clients. readmore gadgetsdrunk.blogspot.com Not at all like a HP business printer like the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw shading laser, the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One is a printer that has needed to bargain a few components along the way readmore yourautocar.blogspot.com
  • ere | Apr 11, 2016
    You can go from day to night, Ralph Lauren Dresses or casual to desirably dressed, with the Ralph Lauren Collection. Ladies, start your day off with gladiator sandals and end with the exciting elegance of gold studded heels Ralph Lauren Short Sleeved Polos . Redefine your style with classic equestrian boots and uniquely coveted sneakers.Let's not forget the men. Whether you're styled in smooth suede loafers Ralph Lauren Shirts , or want to kick back in terrifically tasseled boat shoes, the Ralph Lauren Collection has the versatility you desire.Ralph Lauren has always stood for providing quality products Ralph Lauren Sweaters , and the Ralph Lauren Collection invites you to take part in their wonderful world of glamorous excitement, classic designs, and pieces you'll covet forever!
  • Carlton | Mar 17, 2016

    You must also try dividing the list into different parts which help out you should revise/study agreement an understand the list improved as the moment they are a small jumbled.assignment writing service

  • assignment writing service | Mar 17, 2016
    Studying law is all concerning reading. Acquire yourself a good text book and sign up for one or more of the authorized data. Then you can look at case law along with the text book. You could just look up their meanings in a law dictionary but in order to accurately understand how they are applied you need to read the case law.
    1. Leave a comment

      • 1044 Alta Vista Road |
      • Louisville, KY 40205 |
      • 800.264.1839 |
      • Fax: 502.895.1096 |
      • Site Map
      © Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary