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Cutting Ties with Darkness: 2 Corinthians (Transformative Word)


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Rebuilding Broken Relationships

The story behind 2 Corinthians is one of pain and heartache. The Apostle Paul is wrestling to maintain his relationship with the young church in Corinth that he established. Paul writes this deeply personal letter to pick up the pieces of a broken relationship. We all have painful stories and relationships that are on the rocks. In Cutting Ties with Darkness, John D. Barry explores how we deal with these scars in light of Jesus’ example. How do we discern when to reconcile and when to walk away? In these relationships, our own judgment can become clouded. Paul tells us that we must cut ties with the darkness—both within ourselves and in others—before we’re able to rebuild our lives on the redemption of Jesus.

Praise for Cutting Ties with Darkness

In beautiful prose, John Barry offers a plethora of practical insights for our lives, relationships and ministries from 2 Corinthians. He shows how the letter as a whole fits together, and his heart for the world shines through as he provides illustrations from a range of cultures as well as what he has witnessed personally.

—Craig S. Keener, professor at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, and Revelation

In his work, Cutting Ties with Darkness, John Barry walks us through Second Corinthians, opens our eyes to the heart of Paul, and connects his message to our world in language and illustrations anyone can understand. This is not like most commentaries. It is both stimulating and enjoyable to read. The clarity with which he communicates Paul's message demonstrates that he has delved deeply into each passage and thought through each one's implications. John Barry is masterful in bridging the cultural gap and making Paul’s message contemporary and practical.

—Gary W. Derickson, PhD, Professor of Biblical Exposition and Greek Department Chair, Bible and Theology Corban University School of Ministry

The Transformative Word Series

God’s Word is transformative. It is this conviction which gives the Transformative Word series its name and its unique character. Series Editor Craig G. Bartholomew has worked alongside authors from around the world to identify a key theme in each book of the Bible, and each volume provides careful Biblical exegesis centered on that gripping theme. The result is an engaging, accessible thematic exploration of a biblical book, poised to offer you new and refreshing insights.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.


  • Introduction
  • The Tough Decisions Christians Must Make
  • A God Who Comforts Us in All Affliction
  • Defending Ourselves like Paul Would
  • Zebras, Lions, and Theology
  • Who Do You Work for—Really?
  • Joy, Grief, and Making Peace
  • How to Love the Impoverished
  • Fighting the Spiritual War against Darkness
  • Super-Apostles and Boasting in Jesus
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Flesh and Law in Paul's Theology

Product Details

  • Title: Cutting Ties with Darkness: 2 Corinthians
  • Author: John D. Barry
  • Series: Transformative Word
  • Series Editor: Craig G. Bartholomew
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781577996064

About John D. Barry

John D. Barry is the CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy, a non-profit dedicated to creating jobs and churches in the developing world. He also serves as a missionary with Resurrect Church Movement, the domestic division of Jesus' Economy dedicated to equipping U.S. churches to alleviate poverty and plant churches. John is the general editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. He has authored or edited over 30 books, including The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, Cutting Ties with Darkness, and the daily devotional Connect the Testaments. John formerly served as founding publisher of Lexham Press and is the former editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. John speaks internationally on engaging the Bible, poverty, and spreading the gospel.

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