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Jonathan Merritt

The Injustice of Silence: Why Our Culture Pulled Mark Driscoll Over For a Broken Headlight

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

I believe in Pastor Mark's God. And I wish only well-being for him and his. But despite the potential problems with saying it aloud, I have to tell you, I am one moderate evangelical who is growing increasingly tired of the silence.

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Differing theological views on important issues of sexuality will need time, patience, deep biblical reflection, respectful discourse, and religious liberty to be worked out in the churches. But the perception of Christian faith is in grave danger when Christians try to use the law to publicly discriminate against those who don't adhere to their point of view.

Hospitality Beyond the Holidays: 10 Influencers Who Make Room for Others Year Round

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

Though some may find it trite when their Facebook feeds fill up with posts about gratefulness, I enjoy the gentle reprieve. To hear people intentionally looking for the good when so many days it is the bad that is easier to find.

Mark Driscoll's Plagiarism Witch Hunt

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Stealing intellectual property is no small transgression, but neither is aggressively attempting to humiliate another person in the public eye in a desperate attempt to grab ratings to be the first to break a juicy new story. Mark Driscoll deserves better.

Only 19 Percent Are Women

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The church writ large in the United States and the Western Church more broadly continues to struggle with a history of underrepresenting women and people of color in leadership. These kinds of things don't change overnight.

Lessons (Not) Learned from the Most Negative Election in U.S. History

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Last week's election is still fresh on our minds, and wounds take time to heal. The question we must now answer is whether our scarred society will demand better once we're mended. One can only hope.

Religious Right Turns 33: What Have We Learned?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Dr. Falwell said it was time to stand for what is right. I wanted to stand for what is right. But even then, my teenage mind wasn't sure that he had effectively navigated how faith should mingle with politics. I'm even less sure today.

Family Research Council and a Denial of Partisan Christianity

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Let's be honest here. Does anyone believe an effort like this one isn't an attempt to register those who will almost certainly vote Republican?

Why I Am a Christian Independent

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Christians cannot join the ranks of the politically apathetic. Whatever following Jesus means, it cannot be merely a private matter. But we aren't forced to choose a human-formed party with a systemized divide-and-conquer agenda either.

Christians Lament "Debt Crisis," Call For "Intergenerational Justice"

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Biblical Justice is more than a private virtue or moral platitude. Justice is a commitment to care for those who are powerless, to speak for those who lack a voice.

Will "Radical" Christianity Have Any Effect on the American Church?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Over-sized mansions, super-sized French fries, and sport utility vehicles. These are the marks of contemporary America, and we're proud of them. After...

Living Together as Brothers in a World With Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

We live in partisan times heightened by this election season. But it is precisely times like these in which Christian statesmen are called to rise above the fray and do what is right.

Is the Prop 8 Battle the Last Stand for Christian Culture Warriors?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Same-sex marriage is indisputably one of the hottest "culture war issues" of the last two decades. "Culture Wars Go Nuclear," proclaimed Gary Bauer's ...

Faith and Factory Farming

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Merritt

The divine plan doesn't require vegetarianism or the abolition of meat, but factory farming isn't a good practice and our addiction to meat only complicates things.

Some Call for Complete Congressional Turnover

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Several political groups carrying the banner of self-governance are now shouting, "Enough." They believe that Americans are better off ruling themselves instead of relegating our affairs to "professional politicians."

Evangelicals On Disarmament: A Good START To A Safer World

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

I think the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which reduces American and Russian nuclear arsenals, makes us safer and is consistent with the divine call upon Christians to be peacemakers.

Sociologist Says The Right Leader Is Handling the Oil Spill

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Merritt

Maybe what we really need isn't a funnel or a cap or a plan to clean-up all the beaches that will doubtlessly turn black in the days ahead. Perhaps we need a few more leaders with the guts to look us in the eyes and tell us the truth.

Social Experiment: Living ALL Oprah's Advice for 12 Months?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Merritt

What happens when a 35-year-old average American woman decides to spend 12 months following every piece of advice Oprah gives? Robyn Okrant can tell y...

Grading Obama One Year Later

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Our Founders knew what they were doing when they gave presidents four-year terms. If Obama came to Washington to change America for the better, he's got three more years to prove it.

Common Ground on Abortion, Finally

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Pro-life Christians and pro-choice political progressives have struck a partnership. Their goal is to reduce the need for and occurrences of abortions in America.

Are Christians Key to Anti-Nuke Movement?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

The Christian God abhors the shedding of innocent blood and nuclear weapons are only capable of widespread, indiscriminate killing and destruction of life.

Reuse or Recycle? Try Freecycling

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Merritt

Unfortunately, there is more to sustainable living than just recycling. Recycling is good, but it is even better not to use disposable goods if possible.