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Have you ever considered the seriousness of causing someone else to stumble? That is, to hinder someone’s spiritual wellbeing.
Does it surprise you that the apostle Paul describes it as evil (Rom. 14:20)?
In The Scandal of Stumbling Blocks, James Durham helps us to consider the matter deeply by defining the nature of stumbling as well as showing its serious consequences. He looks in considerable detail at different kinds of stumbling and identifies the ways that people can stumble and be stumbled. Durham provides practical advice for avoiding and preventing offense.
Now edited in modern English, Durham’s classic treatment on considerate Christianity can be used to edify a new generation.
Table of Contents:
1. Why Is Stumbling Important?
2. What Is Stumbling?
3. What Are the Different Kinds of Stumbling?
4. What Ways Do We Stumble Others?
5. To What Extent Should We Avoid Stumbling Others?
6. How Can Believers Prevent Stumbling?
7. How Can Ministers Prevent Stumbling?
8. What Are the Key Truths about Stumbling?
James Durham (1622–1658) served as minister at Black Friars church in Glasgow, a chaplain to King Charles II, and a minister at the Inner Kirk of the cathedral in Glasgow. Known for his piety, wisdom, and scholarship, Durham stands as one of the great Scottish Presbyterians of the seventeenth century.
“Christians are runners in the race to glory. The last thing a believer wants to do is cause another runner to trip and fall. Yet, as James Durham powerfully proves, Christians can become stumbling blocks—often without considering how their words or actions impact others. Carefully edited for modern consumption, this much-needed classic work helps us to be encouragers rather than obstacles. Every Christian should read this book!” — Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Mention church discipline, and people often react in discomfort. But Jesus made discipline a test of whether a church meets His approval. In The Scandal of Undisciplined Disciples, Scottish Presbyterian James Durham helps us see how God uses discipline to purify the Church and restore His children, answering common questions about its nature and practice. Updated into modern English, Durham’s classic treatment on the importance of church discipline can now help a new generation embrace this God-ordained practice.
Table of Contents:
1. Why Does Church Discipline Matter?
2. When Is Church Discipline Necessary?
3. How Should Church Courts Handle Disciplinary Cases?
4. When Has a Discipline Case Been Satisfactorily Resolved?
5. What Practical Issues Arise in Administering Church Discipline?
6. Why Does Separation from a Church Fail to Address the Issue?
7. What Should Church Members Do when Discipline Is Defective?
In 1659, James Durham published The Dying Man’s Testament to the Church of Scotland, or A Treatise concerning Scandal. The large book was divided into four parts, looking at scandal in general, public scandals in the church, doctrinal scandals, and the scandal of division. Now presented in modern English, Durham’s classic treatment on scandal has been separated into four convenient volumes that can be used to edify a new generation:
James Durham (1622–1658) served as minister at Black Friars Church in Glasgow as a chaplain to King Charles II and as a minister at the Inner Kirk of the cathedral in Glasgow. Known for his piety, wisdom, and scholarship, Durham stands as one of the great Scottish Presbyterians of the seventeenth century.