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Jonathan Woodward

Jonathan Woodward is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jonathan Woodward

Wanna Get a Read on Somebody? Check Out Their Bookshelf

By Jonathan Woodward — October 13, 2021
You are what you read. Voracious reader Danté Stewart explains how reading widely — and far outside his own perspective and experience — has shaped him as a writer and human.

Meet the ‘King of Weird Christian Twitter’

By Jonathan Woodward — October 6, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy do a deep dive into #WCT and the online community that’s formed via a collective, albeit mostly good natured, side-eyeing of evangelicalism. And they are joined by ‘The King of Weird Christian Twitter’ himself, Matthew Pierce.

Amy Grant and What We Demand of Famous Women

By Jonathan Woodward — September 29, 2021
It's been 30 years since Amy Grant put our hearts in motion. Katelyn and Roxy speak to the Queen of Christian pop about living life in the public eye — through all its ups and downs.

Summer Travel Series: Nashville with Kat Armas

By Jonathan Woodward — September 1, 2021
In a bonus summer series, Roxy goes on a journey to see what’s what for seekers in other great cities, exploring the spiritual side of four favorite metropolises. Our final city is Nashville and our master of ceremonies is Kat Armas.

Summer Travel Series: Melbourne with Devi Abraham

By Jonathan Woodward — August 25, 2021
This week we're off to Melbourne with Devi Abraham, who gives us the lowdown on the Land Down Under.

Summer Travel Series: Los Angeles with Laura Tremaine

By Jonathan Woodward — August 18, 2021
In a bonus summer series, Roxy goes on a journey to see what's what for seekers in other great cities, exploring the spiritual side of four favorite metropolises. This week we hit up Hollywood and the star of our show is Laura Tremaine.

Summer Travel Series: London with Chine McDonald

By Jonathan Woodward — August 11, 2021
In a bonus summer series, Roxy goes on a journey to see what's what for seekers in other great cities, exploring the spiritual side of four favorite metropolises. First up is London, hosted by our top-notch tour guide, Chine McDonald.

Brad Raffensperger in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talks with Maina Mwaura about the difficulties of being caught in the middle during the fraught 2021 presidential election ballot counting.

Michael W. Smith in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura — June 20, 2021
(RNS) — Michael W. Smith joins us in conversation with Maina Mwaura to reflect on fatherhood and faith.

Deconstructed. Deconverted. Not Defriended.

By Jonathan Woodward — June 9, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy reflect on friends who have left the faith. Audrey Assad joins the episode to share her own spiritual journey away from Christianity.

Dear Purity Culture: It’s Not Me, It’s You

By Jonathan Woodward — June 2, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy wrestle with what a 'Christian' sexual ethic really looks like — long after the teenage hormones have abated. Christine Emba joins to unflinchingly look at the impacts of purity culture.

Don’t Let Robots Choose Your Soulmate

By Jonathan Woodward — May 26, 2021
In this episode, Katelyn and Roxy ask: is it even possible to meet someone in real life anymore? Enter: Heather Thompson Day, the 'queen of matchmaking.'

How We Survived the Great Evangelical Betrayal

By Jonathan Woodward — May 19, 2021
We're still not sure whether we left the movement that shaped our earliest faith, or whether the movement left us.

Shattering Glass Ceilings … and Glass Steeples

By Jonathan Woodward — May 12, 2021
Can ambition and devotion mix? Katelyn and Roxy talk to two powerhouse women — Shannon Bream and The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond — about following God's call, be it to the stage or the sanctuary.

Fiercely Feminist. Faithfully Christian.

By Jonathan Woodward — May 5, 2021
Feminism and Christianity are often pitted against each other. But the Bible isn’t the reason why. Katelyn and Roxy are joined by historian Beth Allison Barr, who traces ‘biblical womanhood’ to a less divine origin.
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