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Author Merianna Harrelson

Merianna Harrelson is pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in West Columbia, South Carolina, editor-in-chief of Harrelson Press Publishing, and an EthicsDaily.com / Baptist Center for Ethics board member.

The staggering level of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention reminds us of this truth: Not until we realize the powerful way religion can hurt people can we understand the powerful way it can heal people. […] Read More

For many churches, January is full of discussions and negotiations about budgets. Instead of a time of renewal, it’s a time of uncertainty and tense conversations, affecting clergy’s ability to plan and lead. […] Read More

The end of one year and start of another provide the perfect opportunity to take time to remember. If you find such reflection challenging, consider a new spiritual discipline: the act of sustained remembering. […] Read More

When I was ordained five years ago, I couldn’t imagine what the journey would entail. I won’t pretend to know what the next five years hold, but I pray I will have the strength and courage to continue to live a called life. […] Read More

Instead of filling your schedules with one commitment and celebration after another, listen to that still, small voice inviting you to hold on to the joy of the moment during this season of hope and expectation. […] Read More

When you concentrate your focus on giving the gift of joy, fully allowing yourself to participate in the celebration of what God is doing in other people’s lives, you find joy yourself. […] Read More

Alluring store displays pop up this holiday season to tempt us with things we think we need to give us joy. The Divine mystery, however, offers a joy that’s present even amid suffering and grief. […] Read More

In busy seasons of life like Advent, it’s all too easy to allow worry and anxiety to creep into your heart and mind, but kingdom-vision living removes the barrier that fear creates. […] Read More

While our minds and hearts traditionally turn toward gratitude in November, the overwhelming bad news on so many fronts leaves us paralyzed. It’s time to turn things around. […] Read More

After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, stories of those who remained silent about their abuse are flooding social media. When will we finally listen? […] Read More