When Relationships Collide, Session 6: Live It Out Option for Men

The Hatfield clan poses in April 1897 at a logging camp in southern West Virginia.  (AP Photo)

Conclude this session (and the entire unit) by asking the men in your group to share anything they know about the famous 19th century feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. Ask if anyone watched the History Channel’s 2012 miniseries on the feud, which set records as the most watched miniseries on basic cable (until The Bible came along in 2013). Ask, “Does anyone know what ended the feud?” Allow for responses, then share that many people believe the feud ended with the baptism of William Anderson (“Devil Anse”) Hatfield (Kevin Costner’s character in the miniseries). Wendy Griffith, a Christian Broadcasting Network reporter and great-great-great niece of Devil Anse, siad this in a CBN article :

…the baptism of Devil Anse not only helped officially end the feud, but has impacted generations of Hatfields and other families throughout the region. “I know many Hatfields that are in church that are committed to Christ and I think that something happened in 1910-1911, that is still going on today,” Davis said. According to friends and neighbors, Devil Anse spent the last ten years of his life in peace, knowing that he was forgiven, his sins washed away in the cool mountain stream.

Lead the men in your group to talk about the importance forgiveness plays in resolving conflict. Continue the session by reviewing the three Live it Out steps on page 130.

We want to hear from you! What are your thoughts for helping the men in your group explore the truths of this lesson? 


  1. Nothing in the application of this study with regard to current issues of economic injustice? What about human trafficking, fair trade concerns, many struggling for a living wage, the widening gap between rich and poor, the oppression of immigrant laborers, and laws designed to get the homeless out of public view? Seems to me that missing the main point of James’ text to focus on a non-issue is an injustice to the very passage being studied.

    • James Jackson says:

      All of those are very valid points, Christopher. Thanks for posting, because it will invite others to consider some of the wider ramifications of the passage. Blessings!

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