What does it mean to be not only a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker? How can peace be achieved when conflict is inevitable? How do we find peace without ignoring our problems? How do we pursue unity without compromising on our principles? Bible Gateway interviewed P. Brian Noble (@PMMinistries) about his book, The Path of a Peacemaker: Your Biblical Guide to Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, and a Life of Peace (Baker Books, 2019). Please explain the Peacemaker Ministries’ approach to conflict and how that is applied in this book. P. Brian Noble: Peacemaker Ministries’ believes that God’s Word is full of…

Cornerstones is a discipleship tool for parents to use with their children and an approachable systematic theology book for parents. Ed: What is the basic premise of Cornerstones? Brian:Cornerstones is a pair of books—one for children and the other for parents—that covers the basic doctrines of the faith in a question-and-answer format, like a catechism. Years ago, when I was in seminary, I learned how the early church had used catechisms to train believers in the faith and I decided that I wanted to use this approach with my children. So I searched for one to use, but the ones…

The gospel springs into life and people are transformed. Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu? Brian: North America media promotes the perception that the church is slowly dying. But in my travels, I see amazing communities of faith. In Latin America in 1900, there were 50,000 evangelicals. Today, there are over 100 million. In China, when Communism took over in 1949, there were about 700,000 Christians. Today, estimates range from 80 to 140 million. So, I asked, “Why? What brought about this enormous leap?” My curious nature led me down paths of surprises. Ed: What surprised…

Being known by God brings significance, humility, comfort, and direction. Ed: How did you get interested in the topic of personal identity? Brian: It was for very personal reasons. Back in the 1990s I had my own crisis of identity of sorts. Some big changes happened in my life and I found myself asking some uncomfortable questions. I talk about it in the opening pages of the book. Being a Christian, I turned to God and the Bible for answers. What I found made an enormous difference to me personally. It also dawned on me that I was far from…