"The church where I currently pastor has risen from the smoldering embers of a 'firestorm,' which engulfed its ministries, its congregation, and my family several years ago. Unfounded accusations, gossip, manipulation, disobedience to church leadership, and a demonic influence consumed the church during those days. People were hurt, several families left the church, and I was forced to take a leave of absence wherein I relinquished all ministry responsibilities. The church leadership prohibited me from officiating scheduled weddings, funerals, or having any pastoral involvement with anyone from the congregation. My family and I became isolated. But through great difficulties, God brings great blessings, which He uses for His greater glory." "This book is a work that God has done through this servant. His slave! All believers will encounter trials and especially those called to be leaders. It is through those conflicts that God develops leaders to become better leaders for the kingdom and for His glory. I pray that this book will help all who read it to understand that." It is often said that in this world there is nothing certain except death and taxes. What about conflict? Individuals at home, work, school, and in their neighborhoods frequently encounter the difficulties of conflict. Even cities, states, and countries encounter and engage in conflict occasionally, if not continually. In At Odds, author Dr. Thomas R. Clothier biblically explains that conflict is God's way of developing a Christian leader's abilities and skills, whatever their area of influence. Exploring through the Scriptures, along with submitting examples taken from history and personal experience, he examines the indispensability of conflict for anyone to become the leader God uses for His glory.
At Odds by Thomas Clothier was published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises in August 2013. The ISBN for At Odds is 9781625102119.