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12 Days of Christmas: December 30

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives...

/ December 30, 2019

12 Days of Christmas: The First Sunday After Christmas

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven...

/ December 29, 2019

The 12 Days of Christmas: Holy Innocents

At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.” Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel...

/ December 28, 2019

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