Episode 9: Jonathan Merritt –

Nov 9, 2020

“My whole career has been to take the next step.” 

My conversation with Jonathan Merritt is one you do NOT want to miss.  Jonathan’s insight into calling and what that means is thought-provoking and inspiring.   When he talked about being called to be a writer — not a published writer, it was an Ah-ha moment for me.  We are all called to be obedient to God — we are not called to an end result (such as a published book, a specific platform, a successful business).  We are called.  End of statement.  No qualifier.  No additional words needed.  Called.  It’s who you are.

“Speaking is an act of compassion.  I’m showing up because I believe what I have to say will help you in some way.”  

How beautiful —  I wish I’d always been like Jonathan. I’m going to be honest, I’ve not shown up at every speaking event with that attitude.   But how true is it — if you are called to a specific audience then it’s your responsibility to show up and care for those people who are listening, to love the people who will hear your message.  

Love people. What a message for today and every day. Use your words wisely.
  Love people.  
By this, all people will know who you are.  

Enjoy my conversation with Jonathan Merritt. 

Jonathan Merritt – website
Speaking God from Scratch  (an incredible book!)
Jonathan on Instagram

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Meet My Guest

Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt

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 for The Week, a contributing editor for Religion News Service, and 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.

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