All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy and sons Wendell and Austin. Jake's writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play.

Setting Fire to Modern Civilization: On Abuse and Institutions

At this point, the fact of the GOP’s acceptance of the fact that Donald Trump assaults women is well established. So too is their acceptance of the fact that Roy Moore was a pedophile. That this fact should not keep either...

/ September 18, 2018

Book Review: Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble

To be a faithful evangelical in 2018 is to find yourself in a difficult, frustrating position. The two defining sub-groups in the American Protestant church since 1980 have been the religious right and the seeker-sensitive church growth movement. Their primary...

/ September 5, 2018
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Against the Sterile Style

By Ryan Hammill I am not sure what other fathers-to-be think about as they sit in hospital waiting rooms. With a pregnant wife still a few months out from delivery, already I have found myself sitting here on a number...

/ June 26, 2018
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The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way: Against the Culture War

One of the saddest consequences of the culture war is that it has managed to make people boring. The culture war has made us predictable, even if individual people are anything but. The libertarian online troll is in real life...

/ June 21, 2018

The Fall of the Village

There’s a movie scene I’ve been thinking about this week in which a pastor and a journalist sit down to talk about their home city. The pastor offers his help to the newly appointed editor and says, “I find that...

/ May 25, 2018

Can There Be Mercy in Trump’s America?

Early last week our president, when responding to a sheriff’s comment about a member of a violent immigrant gang, said that:

/ May 21, 2018

On the Pence Rule

In Hannah Coulter Wendell Berry tells the sad and predictable story of the divorce of Marcus and Margaret Settlemeyer. The two marry after finishing school at the University of Kentucky and quickly move to Louisville to get work as teachers, both...

/ May 3, 2018

Book Review: Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen

One of the smartest observations made about Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option came, unsurprisingly, from New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

/ April 25, 2018

The Crisis in Christian Discipline and the Opportunity Before Us

We are long overdue for a sustained argument about the purpose and means of church discipline as well as the broader role of Christian discipline in the life of individual Christians and Christian communities. By church discipline, I mean some...

/ April 19, 2018

3 Notes on the Kevin Willamson Firing

Yesterday Kevin Williamson’s extremely short time at The Atlantic came to an abrupt end. There’s been no shortage of angst about it amongst conservatives and, thus, no shortage of panicky responses from the right and “he deserved it,” pieces from the...

/ April 6, 2018