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Cross-Cultural Conflict


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Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding Conflict and Culture
1. The Amazing Contours of Conflict
2. Cultural Diversity Was God's Idea (and So Was Unity)
3. Handling Conflict the American Way
4. Conflict and Cultural Values

Part 2: Cultural Diversity and Conflict Resolution
5. Mediation and Mediator
6. The One-Down Position and Vulnerability
7. Storytelling and Proverbs
8. Inaction, Misdirection, Silence and Indefinate Persons

Part 3: Implications for the Gospel Message
9. Communicating the Gospel Across Culture
10. Power and Winning: The Twin Diseases
11. Communication Principles for Conflict Resolution: A Case Study from Joshua
12. Principles for Managing Conflict



About the Author

Duane H. Elmer (Ph.D., Michigan State U.) is director of the Ph.D. program in educational studies and is the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition to traveling and teaching in over 75 countries, he has provided cross-cultural training to Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organizations, churches and educational institutions. He has also conducted peace and reconciliation efforts in several countries. Recently, he led faculty development workshops at over 25 European and Middle Eastern schools on the theme of Teaching for Transformation. He has taught at Durban Bible College (Durban, South Africa), Michigan State University and Wheaton College and Graduate School. His articles have been published in journals such as Moody Monthly, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Christian Education Journal, Discernment, and Christianity Today. His books include An Analysis of Hebrews: A Programmed Instruction, Building Relationships, With an Eye on the Future: Church and Development in the Twenty-First Century, Cross-Cultural Conflict and Cross-Cultural Connections.


"This book should be required reading for any person involved in or entering into cross-cultural ministry. It also has enormous value for anyone interested in building healthy relationships to serve God more effectively, wherever they may be."--Luis Bush, formerly international director, AD 2000 & Beyond Movement
"Elmer has addressed the basic problem behind 90% of all my frustrations as a mission executive. I highly recommend the book as required reading. . . . Thank you for this most important contribution to world mission."--James E. Plueddemann, SIM International
"Every cross-cultural worker and those who live in cross-cultural communities will find this book informative and helpful in adjusting to another culture."--Bong Rin Ro, Overseas Missionary Fellowship
"From his wealth of experience at home and abroad, Duane Elmer has created a wondrous tribute to the human capability of learning to relate to people who are different."--Ted Ward, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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