Category: Devotional

The Rhythms of Family Worship

Any program for recovering the vitality of the Church—whether the Benedict Option or some other—must have as one of its goals that ministers work “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be...

/ April 27, 2017

Singing as Part of Family Worship

The Mere O family worship series has been characterized so far by a markedly Reformed style. Jake’s and Eric Parker’s posts both emphasize catechesis, reflecting their roots in a tradition that has been notable for its mighty historic catechisms. My...

/ April 25, 2017

Family Worship: The Voice of Rejoicing in the Christian Home

I’m pleased to publish this contribution to our family worship series from Shane Anderson. “The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous!” (Psalm 118:15)

/ April 21, 2017

On Family Worship and Failure

The latest post in our series comes from Eric Hutchinson.

/ April 17, 2017

Family Worship as Spiritual Formation

The first post in this series comes from my friend Eric Parker.

/ April 13, 2017

On Reinvigorating Family Worship: A Mere O Project

I’m excited to announce a short series of posts we’ll be running in the coming days on family worship. I have had a growing sense of the need for this sort of series for awhile, due in part to the BenOp...

/ April 12, 2017

“Trials are Precious”

Going to interrupt our Trump coverage for a moment to share this video. On December 8, my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a drug complication to treat some blood clots in his lungs. He had emergency brain...

/ May 6, 2016
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Young, Restless, and Reformed Homeboys on Lenten Fasting

Last spring, I wrote about my skepticism about the newfound trendiness of lenten fasting among Evangelicals of my generation. The trend continues apace. Here’s Glenn Packiam, pastor of New Life Downtown in Colorado Springs (it’s a “parish” of the more...

/ March 5, 2014

A Loving Father and Difficult Gifts

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will...

/ August 20, 2012

This is Not Vanity: Reflections on Turning Thirty

I have, that I can remember, never marked my birthdays here at Mere-O.  For most of my online history, I have kept such moments private, as making much of them invariably seems to satisfy no one. But today I enter...

/ January 20, 2012