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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.

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

When fundamentalism and evangelism intersect, their purpose and calling are to convert every person they meet to their right beliefs, which can play out in dangerous ways. […] Read More

It’s hard to comprehend why a mother would put her child in harm’s way by trying to cross the border. However, those of us who are white women must stop judging and confront our privilege. […] Read More

EthicsDaily.com’s staff and writers confront tough and sensitive issues head on with integrity and fairness, including multiple perspectives and voices. That’s why I support EthicsDaily.com. […] Read More

Our churches have become politicized to the point that people on opposite sides of issues can’t figure out how to be community together. Can we rediscover God’s still, small voice? […] Read More

My 2½-year-old and I went to dinner with a friend recently. On the way home, I turned the wrong way. His perceptive ears heard me say, “Oops! That was the wrong way,” and then I heard his copycat voice from the back seat saying, “Wrong way, Mama. Wrong way.” I laughed to myself knowing this […] Read More

Paige Patterson, former head of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), is receiving criticism and being challenged on multiple situations. His comments counseling a woman who was being abused by her husband to stay in the marriage in 2004 have resurfaced. It has also been revealed that while president of a previous seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological […] Read More

I have been thinking a lot about the women in 1 Timothy, specifically the ones referenced in 1 Timothy 2:11-14. “Let a woman learn in silence with full submission,” the author writes. “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, […] Read More

No matter how many seminary classes you had discussing and debating ethical dilemmas that pastors have encountered in their parishes, there is no way to prepare completely for what you will face as you minister in our current context. My hope is that this monthly column, “From the Pews,” will provide insights and challenges for […] Read More

The question of how prominent evangelical leaders can continue to support a president whose morality and ethics are questionable is perplexing. How can the same people who questioned President Obama’s religious beliefs and berated President Clinton’s infidelity defend and justify our current president again and again? Loyalty to Trump has involved progressively more difficult, self-abasing […] Read More