Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

A product of the North Georgia Appalachians, Ronnie claims he barely survived the fire-and-brimstone instruction of his hard shell Baptist-reared childhood. Yet, recognizing God’s sense of humor, Ronnie has spent his adulthood in Christian ministry, preaching in and protesting against, loving and leaving, running away from and returning to the church. The faith he is trying to keep isn't in organized religion, however. It is in Jesus.


In addition to the pastorate, Ronnie has been a hospital chaplain, a leader in social justice ministries, and a nationally syndicated columnist. His weekly column “Keeping the Faith” is in 70 North American outlets with a circulation of more than six million readers.


He is the author of multiple books including Leaving Religion, Following Jesus and The Jesus Tribe. Visit Ronnie’s website at

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Fallen Towers

By Ronnie McBrayer
My father-in-law turned six on the morning that the Japanese Air Force destroyed the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor. As a child, it was a day of expectation. For the rest of his… read more

Let Your Soul Catch Up

By Ronnie McBrayer
The first Labor Day celebration was observed in New York City in 1882. It was not intended to be the official end of summer. It was a movement to honor “the contributions… read more

I Wonder about Your Wonder Bread

By Ronnie McBrayer
“If there was one last loaf of bread in this town it would be mine.” I swear that’s what he said. “He” being a rather pretentious member of the… read more

What the Bible is All About

By Ronnie McBrayer
A seminary graduate was seeking to become pastor of his very first church, and he finally landed an interview with a pastor search committee. In a small room in the back of the… read more

Practical Repentance

By Ronnie McBrayer
In 1938 three German scientists working in a laboratory in Berlin made a discovery that altered the course of history: They split the uranium atom. The fear among scientists was… read more

One Night Revival

By Ronnie McBrayer
I was welcomed into a Southern congregation not long ago by the strangest message on the little placard in front of their church. It read: “Ronnie McBrayer: One Night… read more
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