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ANNOUNCEMENT: You’re Invited to Make Room–a new Livestream series hosted by Convergent Books!

You’re invited to Make Room!

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Convergent Books is excited to announce the launch of a new Livestream series called Make Room. In Make Room, we will have various authors, speakers, and bloggers come together as an online panel to discuss challenging topics within the church. For our first event, we’ll be hosting Nadia Bolz-Weber, Kathy Escobar, Doug Pagitt, and Jerry Herships on the topic of “Rethinking Church”.

 

 

Discipline

The Spanking Debate and Post-Discipline Parenting

Six-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson was suspended from the Minnesota Vikings due to charges of domestic violence. It’s not surprising that yet another NFL player is in trouble. What is surprising is that Peterson was charged with felony child abuse. The allegation is that he disciplined his son using a thin tree branch—what parents used to call a “switch.”

Petersen… Read More

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When Our Faith Unravels We Lose a Lot

I was talking with a friend the other day. She is a brave and awesome woman struggling with her faith shift. Feeling tired and overwhelmed, she explained what it felt like to lose passion for ministry, to be so misunderstood, to become an outsider. She gave her life to furthering the gospel and now, after many years, she is experiencing an identity crisis. Who is she apart from church? What does her future hold when she has lost not only… Read More

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Why Do Christians Wage War Against Nonviolence?

In September 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked. Two were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center. One was flown into the Pentagon. The fourth crash-landed in a field in Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board but avoiding injuries on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.

In September 2014, in two separate incidents, armed men got past Secret Service security measures designed to protect President Obama. Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence, ran across the… Read More

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Linked Post: The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse

Today on the blog we are linking to a post from the Religion News Service by Autumn Miles as she discusses domestic violence and the culture of silence surrounding abuse that we’ve seen recently in the NFL and, all too often, in our churches, too. 

(RNS) Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom… Read More