The movie industry has a long history of casting white actors to play African and Middle Eastern Bible characters. But religious audiences can witness a stark departure from this trend when Sony’s “War Room” hits theaters on August 28.
Articles tagged “Jonathan Merritt”
Southern Baptists are platforming Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio at their forthcoming mission conference, but in April they disinvited Ben Carson from their pastors’ conference. When it comes to partisanship, it looks like America’s largest Protestant denomination has taken one step forward and two steps back.
Pastor of America’s most influential mainline Protestant church wants Christians to give the Apostle Paul a second look. “Paul gives us an exemplar for the way in which God calls all believers to live,” he says.
One of Jesus most famous teachings is, “Do not judge or you too will be judged.” But in the very same chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus also teaches that we should judge people by the “fruit” of their lives. Is judging others an absolute no-no or not?
“I refuse to answer questions about God or the Bible with neat constructs or nicely buttoned up answers,” Barnabas Piper says. “My aim is to cause a certain amount of discomfort for Christians who’ve never questioned.”
Family members of Emmanuel AME Church shooting victims forgive the suspected killer. How does one serve a feast of forgiveness to a person who hasn’t even ordered a single serving?
The nation’s largest Protestant denomination passed an official resolution this week calling on the Supreme Court to “uphold the right of the people to define marriage as exclusively the union of a man and a woman.” Here’s what you need to know.
We all have stories about God in our head, and some of them are flat out misleading. One of the most common, according to pastor and author Doug Pagitt, goes like this: “If I’m faithful in doing this, then God promises to do that.”
Bestselling author Anne Lamott incited public outrage by making offensive comments about Caitlyn Jenner. Jonathan Merritt asks, “Can we not offer each other a little grace in such a moment?”