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.

After Evangelicalism

Recently I was talking with a dear friend about how the gift that our particular collegiate experience gave us could be summarized this way: It made it possible for us to disentangle “Christianity” from “stupid American evangelical crap.”

/ January 11, 2021

Best of Mere Orthodoxy 2020

As in previous years, here is a compilation of the best writing we’ve published in 2020. God has been kind to us this year as we are now wrapping up what has been our best year for traffic since the...

/ December 29, 2020

2020 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 28, 2020

Christian Hospitality in an Age of Fear: An Interview with Rod Dreher

This is a lightly edited and condensed transcript of a conversation I had with Rod Dreher about his new book Live Not by Lies. Jake Meador: Thanks so much for joining me. I’m excited to talk to you more about...

/ November 9, 2020

An Interview with Andrew Peterson About “The Wingfeather Saga”

One of the few highlights of 2020 for me has been getting to read the Wingfeather Saga to my kids. It gave us a bedtime routine and something to look forward to every night for several months as we made...

/ October 12, 2020

Narnia Essay Contest

We announced this on Twitter earlier in the week, but here’s the official announcement on our website: We’re running our first ever essay contest. We are going to publish seven essays, each of which arguing for why one of the...

/ October 2, 2020

Steelmanning the “Fill the Seat” Debate

The best argument for holding Justice Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat until after the presidential inauguration comes from Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard speech in which he assailed America’s tendency toward “legalism.” By “legalism” Solzhenitsyn meant a characteristically American tendency to think that as...

/ September 21, 2020

Announcing the Mere Orthodoxy KickStarter

We have officially launched our KickStarter campaign! What follows is cross-posted from KickStarter: A Christian Magazine for Rootless Times Ours is a society of orphans, of people who don’t belong to anyone. Americans report skyrocketing rates of loneliness and mental...

/ September 15, 2020

A Thousand Liveried Angels Lackey Her: In Memoriam Nancy Snyder

Fame in this country and fame on Earth are two quite different things. ~ C. S. Lewis High tea is a long-established Sunday evening tradition at L’Abri. The thinking is that after a large Sunday lunch following church, dinner is not...

/ August 21, 2020

Conservatism, Out of Decadence

In a review of Ross Douthat’s book The Decadent Society, Tara Isabella Burton argued that the way out of decadence is to have actual public conversation and debate about how our politics can be reconnected to something transcendent or, at...

/ August 13, 2020