All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy as well as the Vice President of the Davenant Institute. He 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, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play.

Evangelicalism, Christian Identity, and Church Membership

By Jonathan Leeman A little while back one of my favorite preachers offered a long list of Christian books he recommends. It included excellent books about God and salvation and missions and the Christian life. But, strangely, it did not...

/ December 17, 2018
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Mere Orthodoxy Best of 2018

We ran our list of the best feature writing in 2018 yesterday. Today I wanted to recap the written work we have done at Mere O this year. Due almost entirely to changes with Facebook’s algorithm, our traffic numbers are...

/ December 11, 2018

The 2018 Eliot Awards

We started this last year and I’m going to continue it this year because of how much fun I have putting it together. Here’s my list of the year’s best magazine writing. If you have other nominations, mention them in...

/ December 10, 2018

7 Theses on Christians and Politics for Election Day

When it comes to discussing questions of politics, Christians can take several different approaches. A safe and sometimes reasonable strategy is to put a moratorium on such conversations in Bible studies, small groups, and other church functions for the simple...

/ November 6, 2018

Book Review: C. S. Lewis on the Christian Life by Joe Rigney

In his book on Thomas Aquinas, the great German philosopher Josef Pieper notes that what sets Thomas apart is not his originality. It is his perfection. He then goes on to develop the distinction between the two in a striking...

/ October 29, 2018
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Book Review: Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

Ever since Richard Weaver told us that “ideas have consequence,” a certain sort of conservative has relied heavily on a worldview-based analysis of culture, locating the problems that plague us in the sphere of ideas, beginning in the Ivory Tower...

/ October 16, 2018

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.┬áThat 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