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Ed Stetzer & Ronnie Floyd on the National Day of Prayer

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Ed Stetzer: Tomorrow, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer—a day anticipated by many across this country. Each year we talk about it on The Exchange because I believe it’s important that all Christians take part in it on some level. Below I talk with Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Ed: A quick glance at the news tells us America is still struggling with division and polarization. From your perspective, what is the spiritual state of America?
Ronnie: I was recently reading a Gallup poll on the emotional state of America. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised the pollsters found that Americans are among the most stressed people in the world or that nearly half of the U.S. population — 45 percent — feel burdened by worry...

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Jonathan Merritt on His New Book ‘Learning to Speak God From Scratch’

Ed Stetzer: I am glad to welcome Jonathan Merritt to The Exchange. Jonathan is one of America’s most prolific religion and culture writers. Yesterday we started our conversation. You can view that exchange here. Today, we dive deeper into his new book, Learning to Speak God from Scratch.

Ed: You talked a lot about the importance of learning to speak of God, particularly as you went from the South to NYC. How did that change impact your relationships in NYC?
Jonathan: When I moved to New York City, I encountered an unexpected language barrier. I could still speak English, but I could no longer speak God. I couldn’t have free-flowing conversations on spirituality and faith because I was encountering people who practiced different faiths or none at all.
And even many of my Christian friend...

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Ed Stetzer Interviews Keith Getty on the Sing! Conference and the Importance of Song, Part 2

I recently talked with Keith Getty about the Getty’s five-year event Getty Music Worship Conference—Sing!—which engages theology, the arts, and song, and also about his own reflections on song in our churches today. You can find Part 1 here.

Ed: In addition to the family hymnal, you also dropped the North Coast Sessions at the last Sing! Conference. Is that focused on the Psalms? And if so, why is that?
Keith: Yes, that’s true. Really, a lot of the Sing! Conference is about creating a new song and a new hymnal for churches—that’s a big part of where we’re going with everything we’re doing. One of the things we’re doing is this first collection of hymns and songs that were inspired, in part, by the Psalms...

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