How are Christians able to fulfill the Law of Love and be good neighbors in a fragmented age? Jake Meador contributes to answering this question in, “In Search of The Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World.” Jake joins Matt and Derek to discuss his recent book and untangle some of the modern presuppositions that have been found a home in the church today.


Intro + what caused Jake to write this book, and what makes his angle different than other authors [0:00 – 9:23]

How Jake’s approach is distinctly “Reformed,” and how these presuppositions shape his argument and critique of the current state of the church [9:23 – 18:20]

The boundaries of the “common good” – [18:20 – 24:00]

If the virtue of America is that it as a nation is a voluntary community, what are the issues we face in letting this principle go? Will it result in a kind of ethnic nationalism? [24:00 – 29:09]

What would Jake say to a hypothetical democratic-socialist who thinks his propositions are insufficient? [29:09 – 36:40]

Does the “common good” infer one most vote for certain political views? [36:40 – 42:08]

The book’s immediate and practical elements concerning vocation [42:08 – 49:00]

Tim Keller’s endorsement + conclusion [49:00 – 50:30]

Resources mentioned:

Book: “In Search of The Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World” by Jake Meador

Book: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance

Book: “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” by Rod Dreher

Article: “Global Economies, Immigration, and Precarious Places” by Matthew Petersen

Book: “Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics” by Oliver O’Donovan

Book: “The Ways Of Judgment: The Bampton Lectures,” by Oliver O’Donovan

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Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at