Southern Baptists rid themselves of women pastors, their latest self-inflicted wound
By Jonathan Merritt — June 15, 2023
(RNS) — The fundamentalists have won yet again, but theirs is a Pyrrhic victory.
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John MacArthur and the dangers of biblical literalism
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(RNS) — Christians must accept that the only way to take the Bible seriously is to stop taking every word literally.
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(RNS) — When Peterson died in 2018, many wondered what he actually thought about same-sex relationships.
Biden’s first 100 days: What’s not for evangelicals to like?
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(RNS) — Biden’s agenda for his first 100 days shares many concerns championed by white evangelicals.
Liberty University football team realizes Falwell’s winning vision, but at what cost?
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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.
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Jonathan Merritt is a senior columnist and contributing editor for Religion News Service and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He has published more than 2500 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Week, Buzzfeed and National Journal. Jonathan is the author of "Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing - and How We Can Revive Them," "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined," and "A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars." He resides in Brooklyn, NY.