All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy and author of "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World." 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, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play.

Good Friday

Every year on Good Friday as a rule we go dark with regards to publishing new essays or reviews. Instead, we share a few songs to help people mark Good Friday. I pray that today will be a somber one...

/ April 15, 2022

Christians in the Gray Zone: The Strong Gods are Back

In his 1978 commencement address at Harvard University, the great Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn argued that what united the capitalist west and communist east mattered more than what divided them. Both, he said, had lost any feel for the transcendent,...

/ March 28, 2022

Black Patriotism and National Conservatism

I watched Glenn Loury’s address at the second National Conservatism conference around the time of the event with great interest. Since then, I’ve also seen the print version of it in First Things. You can view the video of the...

/ March 17, 2022

The Culture War Comes Home

The culture war arrived in my hometown a few weeks ago with the approval of a new fairness ordinance by the Lincoln City Council. The ordinance is designed to provide protections against harassment and discrimination for LGBT+ people in Lincoln....

/ March 3, 2022

Our Year in Reading (2021)

Here’s a short summary of the books that several of us amongst the regular Mere O editors and contributors enjoyed this year: Jake Meador One of my most enjoyable reads this year was Michael Chaplin’s Newcastle United Stole My Heart. It’s a...

/ January 5, 2022

The 2021 Eliot Awards

Since 2017, I’ve made a habit of going back at the end of the year to review and recognize some of my favorite pieces in magazine and web writing from the past 12 months. Inspired by David Brooks’s old Sydney...

/ December 31, 2021

Toward a Constructive Public Christianity

“Hello Joshua. I really appreciate the work you do through your podcast. I need a little help if possible.” That’s the start of a listener email that Josh Heavin, writer and co-producer of our podcast “Passages,” received a month ago....

/ December 21, 2021

Mere Orthodoxy Best of 2021

As is our custom, we’re going to be doing some year-end wrap ups over the next couple weeks. I’ll have this year’s Eliot Awards up later in the week, God-willing. For now, here’s a run down of the best of Mere...

/ December 20, 2021

Where We’ve Been; Where We’re Going

Mere Orthodoxy was founded in 2005 as a blog run by several recent graduates from the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in Los Angeles. It was a space where these friends, which included our founding editor Matthew Lee Anderson,...

/ November 30, 2021

The End of the Liberalism Debate

We now seem to be at the end of a debate that has roiled the American Right for the past several years, or so says Sohrab Ahmari, one of the chief figures in that debate. But before we get to...

/ November 16, 2021