That's some background. Now to the point of discussion that was drawn from our reading of his essay "Reconciliation in the Church." Yamada says in this chapter:
"Therefore we come to know that the living Christ is working as the creative Spirit who causes creative tensions in the fellowship, and stimulates the church to grow together. However, the living Christ is also the reconciling and healing Spirit working in the fellowship."
"Here and there in the New Testament we find amazing diversity, critical tensions caused by sharp contrasts and differences, and even some personal crushes in the Christian fellowship. But right there we see the living Christ of the church stimulating, reconciling and healing, sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, in his church."
I am considering this idea that Yamada presents, that "the living Christ is working as the creative Spirit who causes creative tensions in the fellowship..." I'm not sure if I see the presence of tension and or/diverse perspectives in the fellowship as caused by the Spirit or by human elements/dynamics. I will have to think about this some more.
I raised the question if it is not rather, that the Spirit invites the members of the fellowship into honest, open conversation about differences and tensions. Is the role of the Spirit to shine the light on relational issues in light of the Gospel? Is not the role of the Spirit to bring about the unity in Christ that Jesus prayed for in John 17? I need to take a more careful look at Scripture to see how the Biblical text would support Yamada's idea.