With violence raging from Gaza to Iraq, evangelical pastor Brian Zahnd preaches peace and non-violence.
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 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.
Jonathan occasionally utilizes a research assistant to facilitate interviews, but the final questions and content are his. He resides in Brooklyn.
“New York Times” bestselling author Preston Sprinkle says bad things are not God’s judgment on people and grace is “not just a New Testament thing.”
WWJD? According to a new poll, the iconic question is little more than a slogan on a bracelet for some Americans when it comes to abortion, gay marriage, the death penalty, and other social issues.
Former head of worldwide Anglican Communion shares what he believes are the four essentials for being a Christian. But he claims to have no agenda for sorting “who’s in” and “who’s out.”
Pope Francis’ intense and broad popularity counters the idea that American society intrinsically despises and opposes Christians.
RNS’ Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Jonathan Merritt join Ed Stetzer of LifeWay Research and author Trevin Wax to discuss the future of evangelicalism.
Time Magazine once called him “America’s Best Theologian.” Today, the nearly 74-year-old Christian is thinking a lot about “approaching the end.”
Many Americans believe America is more exceptional than other nations. Is this claim true, and if so, should Christians shout it from their star-spangled rooftops?