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What Do We Have That's Good?

May 9th, 2024 | 6 min read

By Jake Meador

About 1/3 of the way through the film Apollo 13 Ed Harris, playing the role of Mission Control Flight Director Gene Kranz, advises his staff on how best to help the Apollo astronauts currently stranded in space and with only a very small chance of making it home. He says they need to work the problem, not make things worse with guesses, and then think in terms of "status." Then he asks, "what do we have on the spacecraft that's good?"

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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).