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On Faith and Culture

Eugene Peterson authorized biography backs up that ‘yes’ on LGBTQ inclusion

By Jonathan Merritt — March 15, 2021

(RNS) — When Peterson died in 2018, many wondered what he actually thought about same-sex relationships.

More from On Faith and Culture

It’s time to rescue the ‘pro-life’ label from anti-abortion activists

By Jonathan Merritt — November 2, 2020

(RNS) — The ‘pro-life’ term was once a moral call to arms, but it has become a mere political checkbox.

How will the post-pandemic church pay the bills?

By Jonathan Merritt — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — The pandemic may accelerate a long-term decline in congregational giving and force churches to develop new sources of revenue to survive.

Evangelicals perfected cancel culture. Now it’s coming for them.

By Jonathan Merritt — June 17, 2020

(RNS) — One Alabama megachurch preacher is experiencing a cautionary tale about a central spiritual idea: What goes around comes around.

Al Mohler, Southern Baptist leader, says he was ‘stupid’ to defend slavery in 1998 CNN interview

By Jonathan Merritt — May 15, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Al Mohler, longtime Southern Baptist leader, repudiated past comments defending slavery, calling them ‘stupid,’ says he is ashamed of seminary title with a link to slaveholder.

Mohler’s turn to Trump is the crowning flip-flop of his career

By Jonathan Merritt — April 17, 2020

(RNS) — Many, including Mohler’s friends and colleagues, have pointed out that his decision to favor Trump is consistent with a career marked as much by ambition as conviction.

From dating to the workplace, the ancient Enneagram can transform relationships

By Jonathan Merritt — June 21, 2018

(RNS) — The Enneagram has recently developed a cult following and is now being used to help people form healthy relationships.

5 reasons the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision is a victory for all Americans

By Skye Jethani — June 8, 2018

The following is a guest post by Skye Jethani The case of the Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding has been a topic of heated debate since 2015. My writings about the case have received criticism from both conservative Christians and marriage equality advocates because I sided with the […]

Why weren’t Christians the ones to ‘ruin’ Miss America?

By Mandy McMichael — June 8, 2018

(RNS) — The little known history of how America’s Christians got entangled with America’s beauty pageant.

Paige Patterson has resigned. Imagine if he were Tim Cook.

By Jonathan Merritt — May 23, 2018

(RNS) — Many of the secular communities in America that Southern Baptists have painted as evil possess more moral courage than they do.

What Alcoholics Anonymous could teach Paige Patterson

By Jonathan Merritt — May 15, 2018

The beleaguered baptist leader should join a 12-step program. It might teach him how to make amends.

On Mother’s Day, let’s listen to our moms’ cries for justice

By Jonathan Merritt — May 12, 2018

(RNS) — “We cannot honor our mothers in this #MeToo moment without listening to the cries of generations of women who have suffered sexual violence and domestic abuse because of an unrighteous order that we imagined to be from God,” writes Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

Why Paige Patterson’s apology may not be enough

By Jonathan Merritt — May 10, 2018

(RNS) — Southern Baptists cannot move on because they’ve been thrust into a larger cultural conversation.

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