STORIES OF EASTER: Because Jesus Doesn’t Treat His Friends Like They’re Numbskulls (Margot Starbuck & Mary Magdalene)

The whole business at the tomb on Easter morning, in John’s telling, unfolds like a weird mash-up of “Romeo and Juliet” with the 1970s hit sitcom “Three’s Company”—replete with one misunderstanding after the next.

Mary finds the empty tomb and runs off to tell the other disciples. Two of these disciples race back to the tomb. One of them—probably the guy who relayed the encounter to his friend John-the-gospel-writer—comes out looking like a real hero: he wins the… Read More


STORIES OF EASTER: Shattered Expectations of Jesus the Messiah (Teryn O’Brien & Judas Iscariot)

For several years, Caiaphas the High Priest and other Jewish religious leaders had looked on in loathing.

The Messiah was the Davidic King coming to claim the throne of Judah. The Messiah was the one who would crush the Roman oppressors and bring freedom to the Jewish people. The Messiah would elevate Israel’s kingdom to greater heights than King David himself could’ve ever imagined.

Yet whispers abounded in the streets that Jesus son of nobody-Joseph was the Messiah.

Jesus, the… Read More

God and the Gay Christian - Why?

Why Publish God and the Gay Christian?

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew VinesWhy Publish God and the Gay Christian?

The April 22 publication by the Convergent Books imprint of God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines has raised some questions and concerns within our community.  As the chief publishing executive for the WaterBrook Press, Multnomah Books, Convergent Books, and Image Books portfolio of publishing imprints, I would like you to… Read More

Live Q&A w/Matthew Vines

Live Q&A Webcast with Matthew Vines, Author of GOD AND THE GAY CHRISTIAN

Matthew VInes, author of the book God and the Gay Christian: A Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Marriage, will be taking YOUR questions and discussing his new book. WHEN: Tuesday, April 22md, 2014 at 1:00pm ET…right here!

Tune in and ask Matthew your questions in the chat room (located just below the video player). Matthew will be answering YOUR questions but please follow the Convergent civility policy outlined at the bottom of this page. You can use the “RSVP”… Read More


STORIES OF EASTER: The View from Below the Cross (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove & The Roman Soldiers)

On my way into the maximum-security prison that houses North Carolina’s death row, I pass a guard station by the street entrance and look for a parking spot. A middle-aged African-American man in blue uniform pulls out of his spot, and I give him a thankful nod. I’m always surprised how full the parking lot is outside this place where no one wants to be.

When I check in at the guard station, I greet the young African-American woman who’s… Read More


STORIES OF EASTER: How Loving Mary Helps Me Love Jesus (Elizabeth Esther & Mother Mary)

I’ll never forget the first time I heard one of my twins laugh.

It was a frantic, busy afternoon with my five young children. Carpools, homework and tending to my four month old twins had taken its toll on me that day. I was exhausted and snappish. I could feel The Clouds of Overwhelm building inside me.

Just then, one of my sons began doing cartwheels—through the house. I had Jorai in my arms and as her older brother tumbled… Read More