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Convergent Books For readers who seek books with a progressive, open, and culturally engaged approach to faith.

The Convergent Books blog and website is a gathering place for people who are drawn to ideas and issues that touch on life and faith. This is a place to raise questions and possibilities, and to join an open discussion of spirituality, ethics, faith, social justice, theology, and everyday experience. Convergent Books is a new religion imprint from the Crown Publishing Group.

Pre-order your copy of Accidental Saints, and receive a special bonus offer including: a signed bookplate, a "special" s...
08/06/2015
Welcome - Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pre-order your copy of Accidental Saints, and receive a special bonus offer including: a signed bookplate, a "special" saints icon bracelet, a digital sneak peak of a chapter before it's put online in a few weeks!

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the upcoming book Accidental Saints (Convergent, 2015), in bookstores on September 8, 2015. She’s also the...

Support for Travis Mills and family's new book TOUGH AS THEY COME is available in bookstores October 27, 2015. Pre-order...
07/06/2015

Support for Travis Mills and family's new book TOUGH AS THEY COME is available in bookstores October 27, 2015. Pre-order your copy: http://www.travismills.org/book/

Join Nadia Bolz-Weber on her book tour this fall for her new book ACCIDENTAL SAINTS.
07/06/2015

Join Nadia Bolz-Weber on her book tour this fall for her new book ACCIDENTAL SAINTS.

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07/06/2015

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03/30/2015

Anna of An Inch of Gray shares a memory of Jack, the subject of her memoir RARE BIRD.

"Liturgical Christians, especially we zealous converts, sometimes forget that Jesus does not need our rituals, our tradi...
03/12/2015
A Liturgical Hat-Tip to the Altar Call - Convergent Books

"Liturgical Christians, especially we zealous converts, sometimes forget that Jesus does not need our rituals, our traditions, or our rhetorical theologies to do the saving and sanctifying work that God desires to be worked in all people."

Preston Yancey is on the blog today talking about altar calls, liturgy, and evangelicalism.

I started life as an Evangelical. My family attended a Southern Baptist church, and though I left that tradition, I left knowing it had laid hold of one central tenet that my current liturgical home still fumbles. I started to question aspects of my Baptist faith in college and eventually found a ho…

Earlier this week, we shared a blog post from Addie Ziermanwho is blogging with World Vision USA from Armenia. Continue ...
03/03/2015

Earlier this week, we shared a blog post from Addie Ziermanwho is blogging with World Vision USA from Armenia.

Continue the story with insights from Anna Whiston Donaldson / An Inch of Gray

#WVBloggers #Armenia

This sweet family held up our Blue Ribbon for Jack yesterday!

We've been loving the updates some of our authors (including Addie Zierman and Anna from An Inch of Gray) have been writ...
03/02/2015
On Letting Go of Our Poverty Myths | Addie Zierman | How To Talk Evangelical

We've been loving the updates some of our authors (including Addie Zierman and Anna from An Inch of Gray) have been writing about their World Vision USA trip to Armenia. Here's a beautiful post from Addie...

On Letting Go of Our Poverty Myths Posted on 03.01.15 by Addie Zierman Most of what I know about poverty are myths. What I know about poverty is wide-angles and broad strokes. It’s filtered and fictionalized. I know the story of the good, hard-working, honorable poor, against whom the deck has been…

Michelle M. DeRusha writes on the blog today about how spiritual journeys are often much more complicated than we think ...
02/27/2015
When Your Spiritual Path Looks More Like a Maze - Convergent Books

Michelle M. DeRusha writes on the blog today about how spiritual journeys are often much more complicated than we think they should be.

The truth is, we often define what a proper spiritual path should look like. We expect that a “real” Christian’s path will be straight, more or less. We might allow the occasional misstep or wrong turn, but we recoil from the person who trips over a significant stumbling stone or wanders a circuitou…

02/27/2015

Why did Anna start writing on An Inch of Gray? Watch her answer here in this Q&A series.

Who agrees??
02/26/2015

Who agrees??

Via Sterling Smith. He's onto something...

Are you an Evangelical Reject? Or do you still call yourself an Evangelical? We'd love to hear your thoughts about how o...
02/25/2015
8 Signs That You Might Be An Evangelical Reject

Are you an Evangelical Reject? Or do you still call yourself an Evangelical? We'd love to hear your thoughts about how our readers define themselves.

It's been 3.5 years since I originally coined the phrase "Evangelical Reject." And a lot has happened in those years, in my life and in the culture of the church in America. For one, when I origina...

Do you agree?
02/24/2015

Do you agree?

Repost from Momastery's instagram....

Ellen Painter Dollar - Writer  writes about Ragan Sutterfield's book THIS IS MY BODY. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ellen...
02/23/2015
Believing with Our Bodies

Ellen Painter Dollar - Writer writes about Ragan Sutterfield's book THIS IS MY BODY.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ellenpainterdollar/2015/02/believing-with-our-bodies/

In the little coffee house church in D.C. where Daniel and I met, I once gave a sermon focused on my experience as a person with a disability, in which I said that I sometimes feel “betrayed” by my body because its limitations can keep me from doing things I desperately want, even need, to do. After…

"I couldn’t believe it was on TV. I couldn’t believe I was sitting there, watching it."  Keep reading, follow link b...
02/19/2015
3 Things We Need to Stop Saying to Youth Group Kids | Addie Zierman | How To Talk Evangelical

"I couldn’t believe it was on TV. I couldn’t believe I was sitting there, watching it."

Keep reading, follow link below (via Addie Zierman)

3 Things We Need to Stop Saying to Youth Group Kids Posted on 02.17.15 by Addie Zierman photo credit: MercyMe via photopin (license) A month or two ago, I stumbled upon a televised version of the Acquire the Fire conference on some obscure Christian channel on cable. This was the conference that I a…

How do you acknowledge Ash Wednesday and Lent?
02/18/2015
Why I love Ash Wednesday and Lent Part 1: Sin

How do you acknowledge Ash Wednesday and Lent?

Ash Wednesday is my favorite day of the church year and Lent is my favorite season. Our culture has quite ruined Christmas and Easter with Santa and the Easter bunny and all the grotesque consumerism and made for TV specials behind all of it. But oddly nobody waits every year to watch the Ash Wedne…

Flipped by Doug Pagitt available everywhere books are sold!
02/17/2015
Flip | Doug Pagitt | Red Letter Christians

Flipped by Doug Pagitt available everywhere books are sold!

FEB 17, 2015 | By: Doug Pagitt--The Flip that turned me around as a pastor and a Christian writer, as well as in my personal life and faith, was a notion that caused me to realize God isn’t who I thought God was.

"On Tuesday we celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday. It is a day to feast, but it only makes sense if we foll...
02/12/2015
Mardi Gras Is Meaningless Without Ash Wednesday

"On Tuesday we celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday. It is a day to feast, but it only makes sense if we follow it by the fast of Ash Wednesday. Without Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras is just a party signifying nothing. It becomes a feast because it is answered by a fast. And both feasting and fasting are measured by the ferial."

New on the blog: Ragan Sutterfield offers an interesting perspective on Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday.

On Tuesday we celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday. Without Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras is just a party signifying nothing.

02/10/2015

"It’s time to ask a different question: When are moderate American Christians going to stand up and condemn this kind of un-Christian, vengeful rhetoric?"

New on the blog today: Ryan Gear is talking about a disturbing trend among American Christians.

http://www.convergentbooks.com/imam-knows-fox-news-doesnt/

"I don’t mind saying that the movie Selma shook me to the core. To realize that only fifty years ago, African-American...
02/05/2015
Go See The Movie Selma - Convergent Books

"I don’t mind saying that the movie Selma shook me to the core. To realize that only fifty years ago, African-Americans faced such brutal discrimination and violence is sobering. Fifty years is a short time in the vast scheme of a country’s history. Fifty years ago, my own parents were children. It’s really not that long ago."

New on the blog today: Teryn O'Brien, Writer recently saw Selma Movie, and she writes an honest response to watching it as a white American. Have you seen the movie? What were your thoughts? How can our country move forward in the quest for racial equality?

http://www.convergentbooks.com/themovieselma/

I don’t mind saying that the movie Selma shook me to the core. To realize that only fifty years ago, African-Americans faced such brutal discrimination and violence is sobering. Fifty years is a short time in the vast scheme of a country’s history. Fifty years ago, my own parents were children.

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02/03/2015

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Too true, too true.
02/02/2015

Too true, too true.

:: No man's life is a waste. It can always be used as a bad example.
~ Mark Twain (Enjoy a bit of humor on Groundhog's Day)

02/02/2015

We're at 2,500 likes!!! Just thought we'd point out that nice, even number. :) Thanks so much for all of your support!

Is patriotism an important part of following Jesus? With American Sniper receiving so much attention lately, Pastor Mich...
01/29/2015
Is Patriotism Part of Following Jesus? - Convergent Books

Is patriotism an important part of following Jesus? With American Sniper receiving so much attention lately, Pastor Michael Slaughter wrestles with this question on our blog.

Share your own thoughts on the subject!

Our commitment to Jesus means commitment to a revolutionary lifestyle, in which we do not subjugate our allegiance to Christ to any other priority.

01/27/2015

"A chubby evangelical Christian kid grows up, becomes a farmer, endures obesity and a failed marriage, and then trains to be an Ironman competitor... and comes to believe God wants to save not only his soul but also his body."

Publishers Weekly reviews Ragan Sutterfield's new book This is My Body, on sale February 17.

http://bit.ly/1D4hlcM

Is it really such a bad thing to change one's mind? Doug Pagitt, author of the upcoming book FLIPPED, writes about chang...
01/22/2015
In Praise of Changing Your Mind - Convergent Books

Is it really such a bad thing to change one's mind?

Doug Pagitt, author of the upcoming book FLIPPED, writes about changing one's mind...

http://www.convergentbooks.com/praise-changing-mind/

A “flip-flopper.” A “backslider.” A person “without conviction.” These labels are used to identify people who change their mind. They all are labels that have been used to describe me. In fact, they are used by people who actually like me.

Kathy Escobar talks about soul care on the blog: "No matter where we are coming from, shifting faith can be hard not onl...
01/15/2015
Soul Care for Unravelers - Convergent Books

Kathy Escobar talks about soul care on the blog: "No matter where we are coming from, shifting faith can be hard not only on our souls but also on our relationships. During the unpredictable, difficult season of Unraveling, tender loving care of our hearts, bodies, and minds is imperative. There are ways to take care of our souls and things to consider, and also avoid, as we do this deeper spiritual work of transformation and healing."

There are ways to take care of our souls and things to consider, and also avoid, as we do this deeper spiritual work of transformation and healing.

FROM Doug Pagitt:  NEW EVENT WITH BRIAN AND GRACE MCLARENI am helping to organize a fantastic, one-of-a-kind gathering f...
01/15/2015
Gathering by the Sea

FROM Doug Pagitt: NEW EVENT WITH BRIAN AND GRACE MCLAREN

I am helping to organize a fantastic, one-of-a-kind gathering for those who desire to conspire for goodness with a generous and just Christianity is happening in Marco Island, Florida March 16-20.
Organized by Convergence US and the Cana Initiative and hosted by Brian and Grace McLaren.

Details here, spaces are limited and the price is just right $50.
Take a look and see if it fits what you are up to in the world and if so, join us.

http://www.canainitiative.org/gathering-by-the-sea.html

A Gathering by the Sea: (Click Here To Register) Jesus and the disciples did a lot of important work on or near water. In that spirit, March 16-20, 2015, there will be a gathering of those who...

From Doug Pagitt - coming in February!
01/14/2015

From Doug Pagitt - coming in February!

Can using just one paper towel make a difference? Ragan Sutterfield writes about the sacredness of the mundane on our bl...
01/14/2015
Epiphany and Paper Towels - Convergent Books

Can using just one paper towel make a difference? Ragan Sutterfield writes about the sacredness of the mundane on our blog.

Several years ago I saw a TED talk by Oregon lawyer Joe Smith about how to dry your hands using just one paper towel. The problem, as Smith saw it, is that we use a lot of paper towels. Limiting ourselves to one towel would save a lot of paper. When I saw the video I didn’t think much of the idea. I…

We are so excited about this conference, featuring the amazing Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans! Check out www.nad...
01/12/2015
Why Christian: September 18-19

We are so excited about this conference, featuring the amazing Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans! Check out www.nadiaandrachel.com for more details.

A Gathering Curated and Hosted by Rachel Held Evans and Nadia Bolz-Weber

PODCAST:  Doug Pagitt, author of FLIPPED (out February 17) shares about his theological explorations with Social Media C...
01/09/2015
Doug Pagitt: Episode 104 ⋆ Social Media Church podcast

PODCAST: Doug Pagitt, author of FLIPPED (out February 17) shares about his theological explorations with Social Media Church

Listen below.

Doug Pagitt has had quite a faith journey, from no faith to megachurch, from emergent church to missional community (though he might say being emergent is being missional, though others may not). Currently, Doug Pagitt is the national director of the Cana Initiative and Doug is the founding pastor o…

Start the new year with a daily dose of wisdom.Start reading: http://bit.ly/1vSdJ84
01/01/2015
To You, Love God by Will Bowen

Start the new year with a daily dose of wisdom.

Start reading: http://bit.ly/1vSdJ84

A collection of life-changing messages. Simple yet deeply moving, a 365-day devotional speaks to you directly with the wisdom, love, and compassion of God.

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Happy new year!

Well, we know what we'll be doing now. How about you?
12/26/2014

Well, we know what we'll be doing now. How about you?

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