Imagine inviting Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) along with Dan Allender and Tremper Longman (Intimate Allies, Breaking the Idols of Your Heart) to your group and having the opportunity to listen in as they discuss a difficult or confusing spiritual issue. Imagine the discussion this could prompt with your group as you study what the Bible says about these issues.
A new study series called Convergence does just that. In this series, Donald Miller hosts a discussion with other well-known speakers and authors about the challenges we face trying to integrate faith with real life.
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Frustration and False Gods from All Things Converge on Vimeo.
I had the opportunity to preview one of the sessions from this series (from the lesson on “Frustration and False Gods: Living in a Fallen World”), and was really drawn into it. This was way more than just a talking head teaching a lesson. Rather it was a real conversation among three Christians honestly dealing with an issue we all face–one that I’ve heard many groups try to deal with. In this case, Miller, Allender, and Longman didn’t just give some pat answers. Instead, they wrestle with the issue together, discussing applicable Scriptures and providing thoughtful application. This discussion provides a diving board into a dynamic discussion around God’s Word as it applies to the issue at hand.
Several things I really like about Convergence:
- The videos are just the right length. The one I previewed was 18:25. Others range from about 15-18 minutes … just right to be engaging and to give enough content to discuss afterwards without being too long (like some others DVD studies).
- They’ve made the videos easy to get and use. You can either buy the DVDs or download them from the website (www.allthingsconverge.com) at a very reasonable price.
- The easy-to-use Participants Guides and Leaders Guides are downloadable for free on the website. The questions in these guides are well-written, and the guides are very simple and easy to use.
- If you want to test drive a study before either buying a DVD or downloading a whole lesson series, you can download one session for $3.99 from the web site.
- Other videos include authors and speakers such as Henry Cloud, John Townsend, Randy Alcorn, Phyllis Tickle, and Lauren Winner on topics ranging from spiritual practices and personal growth to marriage and parenting. You can get a lot of mileage out of the Convergence studies!