Over her four-decade career, Patty became one of the most celebrated Christian musicians in the world and was almost ruined by a public scandal. At 59, she says she’s ready to hand in her microphone.
Author Archives: Jonathan Merritt
About Jonathan Merritt
Jonathan is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a contributing editor for The Week. He has published more than 1500 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, The Atlantic, National Journal, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and CNN.com. Jonathan is author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and 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, MSNBC, Fox News, "60 Minutes" 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 is a sought after speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches and was recently named one of "30 Influencers Reshaping Christian Leadership" by Outreach Magazine. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Sarah Martin uses a 100-year old animation technique to breathe new life into the Hebrew word for “spirit.”
The production company behind Pope Francis’ mass in Washington, D.C. next week says it is similar to producing a rock concert.
There are Christians, and there are Confucians. But according to Gregg Ten Elshof, there should also be “Confucian Christians.”
Barbie ditched Ken for adventures, lattes, and Jesus. At least that’s what you’d assume from flipping through this hilarious and popular Instagram feed.
In the fight over gay rights, conservative Christians have a new enemy. No, it isn’t a politician or activist or organization. It isn’t a noun at all, in fact, but rather a verb: normalize.
Tim Chaddick, founding pastor of Reality LA, thinks Christians can reclaim a biblical view of life’s forbidden fruits.
In her hilarious and raw memoir, “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome,” Reba Riley describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity. Here she talks about healing.
Popular Christian teacher and author Nancy Ortberg joins a cadre of Christians who’ve set out to explore darkness in recent years.