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The Scandal of Stumbling Blocks: Avoiding Spiritual Harm (Durham)

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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.  

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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