A former atheist in San Francisco decides to step out of her church and take Ash Wednesday to the streets.
Author Archives: Jonathan Merritt
About Jonathan Merritt
Jonathan is senior columnist for Religion News Service and has published more than 1000 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, The Atlantic, National Journal, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and CNN.com. He is author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. His first book, Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet, was called "a must-read for churchgoers" by Publisher's Weekly.
As a respected Christian voice, Jonathan regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets. Jonathan has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, Fox News, Slate, Politico, and The New York Times. He serves on the advisory board for Religion News Service, America's largest provider of news about religion and spirituality.
Jonathan first entered the public eye when a classroom epiphany prompted him to organize a national coalition of Christian leaders who care about the creation. Since then, he's been on the front lines of pressing cultural conversations from poverty to orphan care. He is a member of the national board of directors for Bethany Christian Services, America's largest adoption agency. Outreach magazine recently named Jonathan one of 30 influencers reshaping Christian leadership.
Jonathan has become a sought after speaker by colleges, seminaries, churches and conferences on cultural and religious issues. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
Jonathan occasionally utilizes a research assistant to facilitate interviews, but the final questions and content are his. He resides in Brooklyn.
Author and priest Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is more than a myth and the greatest story ever told.
In his new book, RNS’ Jonathan Merritt tells Christians that “the God who created us is better than the God we’ve created.”
Born with a defect that renders her arms almost useless, Sarah Kovac uses her feet to drive a car, type on a computer, prepare meals, apply makeup, and change diapers. And she’s maintained a deep faith through it all.
A prominent pastor admits his mental health problems and battle with suicidal thoughts while encouraging struggling Christians to consider antidepressants.
Top Christian theologians offer their perspectives on recent debates about whether Christians should serve same-sex couples getting married. Their opinions surprisingly differ from many mainstream voices dominating the conversation.
RNS’ Jonathan Merritt uncovers a lesser known lecture by Martin Luther King, Jr. with implications for America’s current religious liberty debate.
A new study shows iTunes Radio users want a “lean back” listening experience. But can overusing this app be spiritually damaging?