One in Christ

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Paul had good news for the church in Galatia: “There is no longer Jew or Greek … slave or free … male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). Their Christian unity prevailed over the issues that previously created roadblocks in their relationships. Distinctions of race, culture, socioeconomic status, and gender faded in the bright reality of their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Just as Paul urged the early Christians to reveal their faith through their actions, so God calls the church to live out the good news for the sake of the world in the twenty-first century: reconciliation—to settle differences; justice—to treat fairly; mutuality—to share equally.

As the church embodies these qualities, God brings healing to strained relationships, equality to biased relationships, and parity to imbalanced relationships. This is good news for everyone in any era.

One in Christ: Reconciliation, Justice, and Mutuality is available in paperback and Kindle formats. Click here for a one-page description of the book (PDF).



Foreword ~ Ron Benefiel
Preface ~ Keith Schwanz


1. Humankind is Our Business, Galatians 3:28 ~ J. Thomas Johnson


2. Making Room for Reconciliation, Acts 10:1–11:18 ~ Julene Tegerstrand
3. Imperfect Friends, Acts 15:36–41 ~ Deanna Hayden
4. One Family at One Table, Galatians 2:11–20 ~ Keith Schwanz
5. Love’s Reconciling Character, 2 Corinthians 5:14–21 ~ Kevin G. Smith


6. God’s Justice in Motion, Leviticus 25:11–55 ~ Libby Tedder Hugus
7. When Wisdom Tips the Scales, 1 Kings 3:16–28 ~ Wilson Ryland
8. Share and Share Alike, 1 Samuel 30:9–25 ~ Ryan Scott
9. Developing Character in an Unjust World, Luke 16:10–13 ~ Molly Latchaw


10. Living Out the Gospel Together, Philippians 1:3–6, 27 ~ Margaret Bryce
11. Playing Inbounds, Numbers 12:1–15 ~ Stephen Stanley
12. The Pastor’s Husband and the Missionary’s Wife, Acts 18:18–28 ~ Sarah Voigt & Ted Voigt
13. Living Under the Same Roof, Ephesians 5:21–6:9 ~ Jason Veach