Rev Edmund Chan
Leadership Mentor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church, SingaporeFounder, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
Forgiveness is easy – until you meet real people! John Tran has given us the gift of a theologically articulate and practical resource for helping people in a local congregation to forgive each other and engage more deeply in community ... Whenever people gather together, hurt, offense, and violence are often realities that must be dealt with. As Christ followers, we cannot avoid these realities but must work through these challenges and practice authentic forgiveness in our faith communities. Tran guides us on that path – biblically and practically.
Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
Associate Dean, Doctor of Ministry Program,Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry,Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA
Authentic forgiveness requires not only a thoroughly biblical and theological understanding as its foundation but also a practical strategy addressing the milieu of local church ministries with realistic cultural constraint. This book combines the best of both worlds, offering an inspiring paradigm for action among pastoral colleagues in urban Asian contexts and beyond.
Rev Stephen Lee, PhD
President and Lam Ko Kit Tak Professor of Biblical Studies,China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong
Authentic Forgiveness is a life-transforming book ... Tran invites readers to step out of their comfort zones to deal with past hurts so as to experience the wonderful joy of mended relationships when forgiveness is practiced in an authentic and biblical way. This is a must-read for pastors and Christians who truly want to follow Christ in this world of broken relationships.
Maureen Yeung Marshall, PhD
Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies,Former President, Evangel Seminary, Hong Kong
In proposing a strategy to implement the biblical vision of forgiveness in a local context, this book situates itself at the intersection of theological, cultural, and ecclesial concerns and practices. Through the lens of a wider redemptive historical framework embedded in the biblical text, it provides a strong and effective critique of both the “eastern” prioritization of social harmony and the “western” preoccupation with self-healing. The particularity of its context allows for a wider application in a time when Christian communities are increasingly finding themselves blessed by culturally diverse groups of believers. As such, this book deserves a place on the shelves of conscientious pastors and Christian leaders.
David W. Pao, PhD
Professor of New Testament,Chair, New Testament Department,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Table of Contents
- Location, Location, Location: Forgiving in a Chinese Context
- Influences That Shape and Distort Perceptions and the Practice of Forgiveness
- Broken Relationships: Seven Voices Speak about Forgiveness
- Foundations of Authentic Forgiveness
- Practice: A Plan of Action for Your Church
- Practice: Implementing the Plan in Your Church
- Final Words: As We Have Been Forgiven, so Forgive
- Appendix A: Sermon Series Topics and Scriptures
- Appendix B: Authentic Forgiveness Questionnaire: Sample Questions