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(RNS) Allowing Southern Baptist missionaries to speak in tongues, or have what some SBC leaders call a “private prayer language,” speaks to the growing strength of Pentecostal churches in Africa, Asia and South America, where Southern Baptists are competing for converts.
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Evangelicals once claimed that liberalism is what caused mainliners' decline. But now they're declining too.
A popular evangelical trope is not as true as some assumed. Regardless, evangelicals would do well to focus on reaching people who are apathetic or antagonistic to the claims of Christianity.
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You'll notice that "trope, potshots, peddling & overstated" came from your article. Not that I read it.
It's great that you are an evangelical, but that doesn't mean you like them. I drive a hybrid, but that doesn't mean I like hybrid drivers.

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We need faith and body cameras...
The police captain who directed security operations for the city of Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death says faith may be the secret to solving racially charged conflicts involving law enforcement
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"Jesus did not teach that God’s wrath burns against us but that God loves us," says theologian Tony Jones.
"Jesus did not teach that God’s wrath burns against us but that God loves us," says theologian Tony Jones. He argues that the traditional Christian view of atonement was largely a medieval invention.
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"The Antidote to Spiritual Emptiness"

My latest article for Relevant Magazine:
What do you do when your spiritual life just doesn't seem as full as it once was?
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My latest...
Bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman says Christians need to take an honest look in the mirror.
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The Importance of doing your homework. My latest:
An ancient rabbi once said that if you prove you can’t be trusted in small things, it will be difficult for others to trust you when it matters most.
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She's gay, celibate and Catholic. She's also increasingly influential.
Eve Tushnet is a popular blogger and author of "Gay and Christian." But is she missing something about the uniqueness and importance of erotic intimacy?
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David Brooks of +The New York Times talks to me about spiritual matters. My latest...
On sensitive moral and theological matters, the "New York Times" columnist is ready to share his thinking. But not completely.
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The conversations at the Q conference did not mirror the raging debates common on cable news networks, but they may more closely resemble the national conversation as it occurs in many homes, workplaces, and churches.
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My latest column...
My personal story has gone viral. Here's why I decided to share it now.
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My sexuality story at Christianity Today // The full story is in my new book, "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined"

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/april/jonathan-merritt-thread-called-grace.html 
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Brooklyn, NY
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Atlanta, GA - Lynchburg, VA - Wake Forest, NC - Buford, GA
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Award-winning faith and culture writer; Author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined
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  • Emory University
    2009 - 2010
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    2006 - 2008
  • Liberty University
    2000 - 2004
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