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Jonathan Merritt

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Season 7 Episode 4: Jonathan Merritt

The Vicars' Crossing

Today we welcome Jonathan Merritt - one of America’s most popular writers on issues of faith and culture. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed books, including Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing – and How We Can Revive Them, named “Book of the Year” by the Englewood Review of Books. Jonathan is an award-winning contributor for The Atlantic, a contributing editor for The Week, and a regular columnist for Religion News Service. He has published more than 3000 articles in respected outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast and Christianity Today.In addition to the written word, Jonathan regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets. He has been interviewed by ABC World News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, PBS, and CBS’ “60 Minutes.”this podcast was recorded on November 3rd, 2022.

1hr 3mins

7 Nov 2022

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052 - Peter Choi + Jonathan Merritt [Post Evangelical Collective 2022]

space for faith with mike goldsworthy

Peter Choi's talk from the Post Evangelical Collective 2022 in Denver, CO. Jonathan Merritt closes out our time together with Eucharist

33mins

28 Oct 2022

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October 9, 2022: The World Is Always Ending - Jonathan Merritt

Denver Community Church

Jesus tells his disciples that the Temple system, the center of Jewish Religious life, will come to an end. Like all things made by human hands it will not last forever; there will be an ending. This is a truth woven into the fabric of life. But as we will learn together, endings are what gives birth to new life, to new beginnings. 

33mins

9 Oct 2022

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Jonathan Merritt: "The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Speech"

TheoEd Podcast

Acclaimed journalist Jonathan Merritt explores what it takes to talk about faith in ways that are honest, authentic, and understandable in an increasingly pluralistic society. First delivered at TheoEd Atlanta in September 2019. Download the discussion guide. Music: Wake by LynneMusic, licensed through NeoSounds

22mins

23 Jun 2022

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The SBC, Animal Farm & Disneyland + Jonathan Merritt

Saved by the City

We are one week away from the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting and it promises to be an interesting time.Aside from another contentious presidential election, the nation's largest Protestant denomination must also reckon with the explosive findings from a sweeping sex abuse investigation. On this week's episode, Roxy is joined by her good friend and a son of the Southern Baptists, Jonathan Merritt. The two discuss their own SBC upbringings and how it feels to watch your childhood denomination go so off the rails. They are also joined by SBC insider Ben Cole, who gives a preview of what to expect next week in Anaheim.GUESTS:Jonathan Merritt is one of America's most trusted and popular writers on religion, culture, and politics. He is an award-winning contributor for The Atlantic, a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Religion News Service. He is author of several critically-acclaimed books including "Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing - and How We Can Revive Them."Benjamin Cole is the founder of Longview Strategies consulting firm. On Twitter, he’s @BaptistBlogger, where he has a lively feed. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

52mins

8 Jun 2022

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Ep 41 - How to Write a Book ft. PreachersNSneakers & Jonathan Merritt

No Worries If Not!

Viral sensation, PreachersNSneakers aka Ben Kirby, wrote a book! He has one of the best literary agents in the biz: Jonathan Merritt. They both joined the guys for this episode to talk about the process of birthing the book that’s inside you. Special thanks to Detestation Station for sponsoring this episode. Follow Ben: @preachersnsneakers Follow Jonathan: @jonathanmerritt Follow Andrew: @andrewwstanley Follow Aaron: @aaronchewning

1hr 12mins

6 Apr 2022

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March 6, 2022: The Comfort of Solidarity - Jonathan Merritt

Denver Community Church

As we continue our Lent series in the beatitudes, special guest and friend of DCC Jonathan Merritt reads with us, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". Is there a difference between grief and mourning, and what does mourning require of us?

43mins

6 Mar 2022

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Growing Up Evangelical and Gay with Jonathan Merritt

For The Love With Jen Hatmaker Podcast

It’s an origin story we’ve heard time and time again; a young person trying to figure out who they are as they grow up—in the context of their families, their religious beliefs, and their sexuality. And when all of those areas conflate, there can be fallout and damage—especially when they discover how and who they choose to love isn’t embraced by their faith or family structures. Award winning journalist and writer Jonathan Merritt navigated this particular firestorm in his own life by pursuing a Masters in Divinity and Theology and becoming a journalist who asked hard hitting questions at the intersections of faith and culture. But it would take years for him to sort out who he himself was in the midst of it. Growing up in the family of an evangelical mega-pastor, Jonathan was taught that in regards to gay people, Christians were called to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.” Jonathan didn’t see a lot of love with this practice, just a lot of hate. And it kept him from being open to who he himself might be—a gay man. It took an event that shattered his life into pieces and caused his private process to become very public; which ultimately sent him down the road to really pursue his identity and recalibrate his relationship to his family, his faith, and his purpose. For the first time, he talks about this process, and shares a moment where he and Jen’s paths crossed in a significant way that would also blow up a few sacred cows in Jen’s life and introduced her to an early version of cancel culture, circa 2016. Welcome all, to this first, powerful episode in our Faith Shakers series.  * * * Thank you to our sponsors! Betterhelp | Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/forthelove.  Catalina Crunch | Head to catalinacrunch.com/forthelove for 15% off your first order plus free shipping.  Jen Hatmaker Book Club | Join the sisterhood in nerdiness today at jenhatmakerbookclub.com!

1hr 7mins

1 Mar 2022

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Unleashing the power of words with Jonathan Merritt

Compass Podcast: Finding the spirituality in the day-to-day

The words we use matter. Words are both a reflection of what we feel inside and a means for influencing our own states of mind. Jonathan Merritt helps us understand how an inability to “speak God” might lead us to feel far from God. He also reveals how utilizing the language of faith influences our mindsets and motivations in powerful ways. Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning contributor for The Atlantic, a contributing editor for The Week, a regular columnist for Religion News Service, and an author. His books include A Faith of Our Own, Green Like God, and Learning to Speak God From Scratch, which was released in 2018. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Some of the questions covered in this discussion with Jonathan: Can you make a case to the rest of us as to why words about God and religious language might be important? What are your favorite words for God? Do you have least favorite words for God? Why is it important that we reclaim—or begin to utilize—language concerning God? What prompted your journey of relearning religious language? We asked some of our listeners what their uncomfortable religious words were. If we may, how might someone lean into a new definition of repentance? Of Justice?

46mins

16 Feb 2022

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Jonathan Merritt

The Deckle Edge

A conversation with Jonathan Merritt. Jonathan is one of America’s most popular writers on issues of faith and culture. He is author of several critically-acclaimed books, including Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing - and How We Can Revive Them, named “Book of the Year” by the Englewood Review of Books.

13 Sep 2021

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