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The Point of Church Isn't to Make You Feel Whole

June 23rd, 2023 | 5 min read

By Jake Meador

On a spring day in 2007, I was baptized and joined a Presbyterian Church in America congregation here in Lincoln. For the past 16 years, the PCA has been my (and now my family's) home. What that means is that I was around for the young, restless, reformed craze when the PCA was the hot new thing. And now I've been around to witness a similar dynamic with the ACNA.

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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).

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