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The 12 Days of Christmas: St. John the Evangelist

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head...

/ December 27, 2019

The 12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Day

Thanks to Mere O contributor John Shelton, we have a series of Christmas reflections to share over the 12 days of Christmas. Today’s reflection comes from Ali Kjergaard. But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish....

/ December 25, 2019

A Hidden Life as Temptation Narrative

How do we live when nobody is looking, or when the collateral damage of pursuing good might outweigh complicity in evil? Terrence Malick’s film A Hidden Life is based upon the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant who...

/ December 19, 2019
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Mere Orthodoxy Best of 2019

Here is our annual list of the top pieces we published in 2019 and the general year in writing at Mere O. January Can We Reject Paedobaptism and Still Receive Paedobaptists? Several of our most read pieces this year came...

/ December 18, 2019

The 2019 Eliot Awards

Each year in December we publish our Eliot Awards at Mere Orthodoxy for excellence in long-form writing over the past 12 months. You can read our previous editions using the links below: 2018 Eliot Awards 2017 Eliot Awards We will...

/ December 17, 2019

Come, Desire of Nations, Come: An Advent Reflection

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts. -Haggai 2:7 Congregations always enjoy a spirit of levity for Advent hymns. Everyone...

/ December 12, 2019

Baby Yoda Explains Christian Denominations

Contributions from Jake Meador, Jon Askonas, Chris Krycho, Matthew Loftus, Christian Young, and John Shelton. Credit to Twitter users Jake Raabe and Woke Space Jesuit for some joke ideas. Weird Baptist Twitter: Do not violate Baby Yoda’s soul freedom by...

/ December 6, 2019

Martin Luther, the Rule of Faith, and the Bible

Luther teaches that the catechism holds the entirety of the Christian faith. Even the educated laity and clergy need simple words and short summaries; how much more the simple and uneducated? Actually that’s why Luther thinks the simple need the...

/ December 2, 2019

Ecumenism of the Grave

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” — 1 Corinthians 15:19 Walt Whitman was one of the first in America to articulate the modern sensibility with respect to death. He...

/ December 2, 2019

Book Review: Kids These Days by Malcolm Harris

For awhile in the Mere O Writers Room we had a quote from one of our members pinned as the channel topic: “It’s hard to transgress liberalism with strippers.” It’s a memorable way of making an important point: Once you...

/ November 29, 2019