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The Five Phases of Movement and Cultural Renewal

February 21st, 2022 | 2 min read

By Jake Meador

Start by listening to this Mark Sayers lecture from a conference in Melbourne a few years ago.

Sayers argues that one of the ways the discussion about Christianity and the west has gotten off track is that it’s not really reckoning with actual church history in a real way. The history of Christianity and church growth is one of regular booms and busts. Jacobs had an old TAC post about this in England. So we’re in a bust time now. But America has had other bust periods too.

Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. 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 The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).