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Family, Government, and Church by Bret M. Laird

Family, Government, and Church by Bret M. Laird

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Western governments are growing increasingly hostile to both the family and the church. This creates an urgent need to equip parents, church leaders, and individual believers with biblical answers to three vital questions:

  • What should a believer’s attitude and perspective be toward human government?
  • How can we know when we are supposed to submit to government (Romans 13:1) and when we must “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29)?
  • How can we know when governments have exceeded the limits of their divinely ordained jurisdiction and intruded on authority which God has given exclusively to the church or to the family?

In his careful exposition of Romans 13 and other key passages, Pastor Bret Laird provides readers with biblical principles and a decision-making paradigm which they can use to navigate our increasingly complex socio-political landscape.


“Do not let the concise nature of this work deceive you. Each part of it is filled with thought-provoking insights. As you grapple with them, they will help you be better equipped to know how to respond in a fully biblical way to our ever-changing times.”
—Abner Chou, Ph.D: Interim President and John F. MacArthur Endowed Fellow, The Master’s University

“I am not aware of a modern-day resource that speaks to this issue as robustly and carefully as this one. Bret Laird has served us well.”
—Dr. James Coates: Pastor-Teacher, GraceLife Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Bret Matthew Laird is the senior pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After completing an MDiv at The Master’s Seminary, he served a a missionary in the former Soviet Union, where he encountered contexts of government corruption, personal property confiscation, hostile world religions, political revolutions, war, and a refugee crisis. During fifteen years of missionary service, he helped indigenous church leaders train and send their own missionaries to least-reached and restricted-access countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and Southeast Asia. Bret and his wife, Katey, have four children.

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