Category Ed Stetzer

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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