A prominent religious journal has launched a movement encouraging pastors to refuse to perform marriages as representatives of the state. The concept is not entirely novel and isn’t just being proposed by conservatives. Americans should seriously consider it.
Author Archives: Jonathan Merritt
About Jonathan Merritt
Jonathan is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a regular contributor to The Week. He 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. 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, 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.
He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
The magazine attacks a pro-evolution Christian group for presenting a pro-evolution Christian perspective at their gathering. No, seriously.
After a strong of scandals, some speculate that the NFL has become a haven for violent men. But one Christian NFL sports agent says that the problem isn’t limited to sports and is bigger than domestic violence.
The Syrian civil war has produced more than 3 million refugees, and U.N. officials are calling it “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” But a collection of Christian relief organizations committed to ministering in the midst of catastrophe.
The bestselling “Heaven” author explains why he is so passionate about Calvinist vs. Arminian debates. Along the way, he makes a provocative comment about God’s role in natural disasters.
She was a bestselling author and powerful advocate for education of the poor who transformed Britain’s upper class and helped end the slave trade. Thanks to a new biography, you no longer have an excuse for not knowing who she is.
Saint are reminders that if you follow Jesus, in the words of Flannery O’Connor, “you will know the truth and the truth will make you strange.” We Protestants could use a few more of those if you ask me.
The New York Times bestselling author and influential pastor gets practical on prayer. He calls it “the key to everything we need to do and be in life.”