A live discussion with the author

Tension: Empowering Christian Thought and Life with Gerald Borchert

Saturday, March12, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. EST (GMT -5)


IWS Interactive Webinars

Our webinars are LIVE Microsoft Teams sessions that include a short presentation by the author of a recently published book followed by a discussion based on your questions. They are designed to provide ongoing education, worship resources, and inspiration for worship planners and leaders.

IWS webinars are offered free of charge, but each registrant must purchase the author’s book in advance of the event in order to facilitate focused discussion.


Gerald Borchert wrestles with the many ways in which Christians experience tension both in the church and in real life. The very nature of choice is a source of tension, and all of us are confronted daily with choices that can have significant impact on our lives and those around us.

Jerry’s goal is to encourage the reader to think about tension as an instructive force that makes us look at both sides of an issue and learn to deal with the uncomfortable feeling that our current perspective might need to change.


“Do tensions always need to be resolved, or can we at times live creatively with them and recognize that there may be strength within tensions?”

— Gerald Borchert


Dr. Gerald Borchert

Gerald Borchert (Ph.D. in New Testament) is Professor Emeritus, a former Trustee and Thesis Director at IWS. Formerly a Canadian lawyer, his extensive studies include post-doctoral work in Jerusalem, Cambridge, Hamburg, Duke, Boston and San Francisco. He has served several churches, taught at a number of schools in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has been the dean of two American theological seminaries, and has led over 50 teaching tours to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean world.

A translator for the New Living Translation, he has penned over 200 articles and numerous books including commentaries on John, Galatians, Revelation, Thessalonians, 2 volumes as guides to visiting The Lands of the Bible, two works on Jesus, Worship in the New Testament: Divine Mystery and Human Response (2008), and Christ and Chaos: Biblical Keys to Ethical Questions (2019).


Tension LIVE Microsoft Teams meeting
on Saturday, March 12, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. EST

Use this free webinar as a tool for discipling and team building in your ministry. Plan a group participation event. Consider registering and providing books for all the members of your ministry team.

After you have registered you will be sent the login link for the webinar.


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