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.

House of Cards: Kevin Spacey, Tolkien, and the Bible

It’s an easy, common observation to note that you can learn about a culture by observing the heroes it creates. The culture that creates a hero like John Keating of Dead Poet’s Society is different than the one that creates...

/ February 26, 2013

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: A(nother) Review

Editor’s note:  My friend Jake Meador wrote this right around the same time I wrote my thoughts.  We don’t often post multiple entries on books, but Jake’s thoughts are worth considering and well stated. –MLA  There are two common literary...

/ November 30, 2012

Why C.S. Lewis is Wrong on Marriage

You won’t find a more apt example of an excerpt that is contradictory to an author’s broader writings than this bit from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity: Before leaving the question of divorce, I should like to distinguish two things which...

/ October 9, 2012

A Failure of Storytelling: Kony 2012 and the Social Imagination

In a private security meeting in 1960 with President Dwight Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles explained that the soon-to-be-independent Congo was a diplomatic quagmire for the United States. The nation possessed enormous mineral wealth and if the United...

/ March 12, 2012

The Title Waiting for Mr. Meador’s Book

Cross posted at Notes from a Small Place. On Christopher’s invite, I’m also responding to Matt’s earlier post with my idea for a book title and theme. For Every Tribe and Tongue : The Problem of Christendom and Pluralism

/ July 19, 2010

What makes good writing?

I just finished reading Diablo Cody’s Candy Girl, a memoir of the year she worked in the sex industry. When I first put the book down one of my main critiques is that it felt formulaic: Cody writes a breezy,...

/ July 13, 2010

On Land and Its Marks

Cross posted at Notes from a Small Place. This fall, I’m hoping to receive a visit from my good friend Mashley. (I wrote about their wedding earlier this week.) I’m hoping they’ll come up here for a Broken Social Scene...

/ July 8, 2010

Nothing Behind the Curtain – Reflections on a Wedding

Cross-posted at Notes from a Small Place, where I’ve had several posts related to marriage lately, hence the disclaimer below. Disclaimer: I kinda-sorta want to apologize to people who find so many marriage posts annoying or are bothered by sentimentality....

/ July 6, 2010

Baptized Consumerism – An Argument for Christendom

Cross posted at Notes from a Small Place. It started with a quote posted on Peter Leithart’s blog. If memory serves, it came from the pen of Collin Farrar in an essay on the apologetics of C.S. Lewis. Apologetics, Farrar...

/ July 1, 2010

Arguing with George William Curtis

I’d never heard of George William Curtis before this past Saturday. A quote of his popped up on my friend’s facebook wall, in what I assume to be a strange way of pepping himself up for the US/Ghana World Cup...

/ June 27, 2010