Jerry Earl Johnston
Jerry Earl Johnston is a former Deseret News staffer who currently freelances columns for Mormon Times and the Faith page. He’s from Brigham City, Utah, where he and wife Carol still live. They have a blended family of five kids and 14 grandchildren. While at the News, Jerry worked in sports, features, on city desk and was editor of the Religion section. He has been a columnist for the paper for more than 30 years. He has a Masters Degree in Spanish from the University of New Mexico and is the author of five books. He served an LDS mission to Bolivia.
Apr 19, 2019 7:19 am MDTJerry Earl Johnston: The 'sweet spot' where Christian minds meet N.T. Wright is considered the go-to guy in New Testament studies these days. He has been compared to C.S. Lewis. And his book, “Simply Christian,” is seen as the gold standard for a concise explanation of what it means to be Chri
Mar 22, 2019 7:22 am MDTJerry Earl Johnston: Father Charlie's slot-machine ministry Father Charles B. Urnick is an orthodox Catholic. He’s just not an orthodox person. After celebrating an 8 a.m. mass at the “official” church, he hustles across town and conducts two masses for the masses in the showroom of a casino.
Dec 19, 2018 7:52 am MSTJerry Earl Johnston: When the manger becomes music to our ears A couple of weeks ago I played emcee for a Christmas carol singalong at the old Box Elder Tabernacle in Brigham City ... for Christmas carols, no points are given for “degree of difficulty,” only for “degree of devotion.”
Dec 14, 2018 7:02 am MSTJerry Earl Johnston: A fresh play about C.S. Lewis holds its own with the best Martin Luther once asked, “Why should the devil get all the good tunes?” Max McLean looked at the current batch of Broadway plays and asked a similar question: Why should the devil get all the good theater reviews?