Speaking God From Scratch with Jonathan Merritt

October 2, 2018
6:00 p.m. Crouch Chapel

Award-winning faith and culture writer Jonathan Merritt joins us for an evening presentation of his new book, Learning to Speak God from Scratch.

As America rapidly becomes a pluralistic, postmodern society, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer assume our friends understand words such as grace or gospel. Others, like lost and sin, have become so negative they are nearly conversation-enders.

Jonathan Merritt knows this frustration well. After Jonathan moved from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that whenever conversations turned to spirituality, the words he’d used for decades didn’t connect with listeners anymore. In a search for answers and understanding, Jonathan uncovered a spiritual crisis affecting tens of millions.

In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s premier religion writers revives ancient expressions through cultural commentary, vulnerable personal narratives, and surprising biblical insights. Both provocative and liberating, Learning to Speak God from Scratch will breathe new life into your spiritual conversations and lure you into the embrace of the God who inhabits them.

Jonathan will talk about his book, answer questions, and sign books while he is here. First Baptist Church is partnering with Malaprop’s Bookstore. You can purchase a book the evening of the event or in advance. Email April if you are interested in ordering one before October 2. This free event is sponsored by the Center for Faith and Life at First Baptist Church.

Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture and politics. He currently writes for The Atlantic, The Week, and is a senior columnist for Religion News Service. As a respected voice, he regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets.