I am bumping this to the top again, as the article is now online.  

A few months ago, Christianity Today gave their magazine an overhaul.  Among the changes was a new regular feature that they are calling “Who’s Next.”  The goal is to highlight younger evangelicals who are pursuing interesting projects, and to introduce them and their goals to their vast audience.

I was humbled and honored when they contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in being featured.  And thankful.  Very thankful.  Here at Mere-O, we have tried the last few years to honestly, candidly, and insightfully address some of the deeper issues of Christianity and our relationship to the world around us.  And we’ve sought to do so from a standpoint that is grounded in the “mere orthodoxy” of classical Christianity–what Jim Belcher calls, “the classic, consensual tradition of the gospel.” As any writer will attest, recognition is both gratifying and daunting, but all the more so when it comes from Christianity Today.

I say “we” in the above because Mere-O has never been simply my platform.  While I have been the most consistent voice, most of the best content has been (and still is) produced by my brilliant compatriots, all of whom are friends and colleagues from Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute.  I feel honored to have them write here, and am always encouraged by their witness.

The article isn’t yet online.  I’ll certainly link to it when it is.  For those that have seen it, I should also note my gratitude to Jay Fram, the brilliant photographer who did quite well with the meager raw materials he had to work with.

In the meantime, if you’re new here to Mere-O and want to get acquainted, here are a few things you can do:

1)  Subscribe to the blog via RSS.

2)  Follow me on Twitter or “friend” (it’s not a verb, but go with it!) me on Facebook.

3)  Read a few recent posts (a list of some of my favorites is below).

4)  Drop a comment to me in the comments.  We require registrations here at Mere-O, but that’s simply so we can ban people if they cause too much trouble.  That’s never happened, and I doubt it will.

5)  Send me an email and say “hi.”  Matthew dot L dot anderson at gmail dot com.  I respond to all my emails (eventually).  Unless you’re crazy.  Then I might not.

Again, thanks to Mark Galli and Christianity Today for their kindness.  It is my hope and prayer that we will continue to be faithful to our mission of articulating a robust orthodoxy in the midst of a world full of heresies, and that we will find many more co-belligerents along the way.

For a sampling of content, check out:

Blest Be the iTies that Bind:  Reflections on Online Church

Mark Galli on the Underlying Unity of a Balkanized Evangelicalism (see also his response)

The Enlightenment and Evangelicals

What Marriage is For:  Robert George’s Latest in an Ongoing Conversation

The New Evangelical Scandal (Not at Mere-O, but it’s probably my best work to date.  Someday, I’ll be known as the guy who wrote something besides this article, but today is not that day.)

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

5 Comments

  1. I’m not a reader of that particular magazine but my sincere congratulations on the recognition.

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  2. Prufrock,

    Thanks. I’m kind of stunned, though. I thought of all our readers, you would be the most likely to be a subscriber. Maybe even have TWO subscriptions. : )

    matt

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  3. Received my copy of Christianity Today and was intrigued by the article. Congratulations and God Bless.

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  4. Thanks, Kristie. It’s much appreciated. And thanks for the ‘follow’ on Twitter, too. : ) I’ll reciprocate sometime this weekend (probably–I’ve got grad school apps to get out the door, so life is dicey right now!). : )

    Best,

    matt

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  5. I am an Orthodox Christian convert from various streams of Roman Catholicism, “The Jesus Movement”, evangelicalism and Anglicanism (yeah, I’m old). I got to your blog from Christianity Today’s recent email edition. When I have time to peruse the archives more I hope to contribute more. I like what I have seen so far. If we will wrestle with God and are willing to endure the wounds, we will emerge with a new name and an unimaginable legacy by His grace.

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