All posts by 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 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).

People Aren’t Avatars for All the Good and/or Bad Things

Here’s a bit of PCA trivia for you. In the last two years, three of the denomination’s most influential pastors have gone home to be with the Lord. They are Frank Barker, Harry Reeder, and Tim Keller. Of the three,...

/ May 25, 2023

Remembering a Kind Man

I first came across Tim Keller’s name around 2005 or 2006. I grew up in the kind of church that thinks John MacArthur is a liberal and so I was doing the old millennial version of deconstructing pretty hard by...

/ May 22, 2023

The Neo-Liberal Feminists are Boring

I had a couple people ask about my thoughts on some of the pushback against my thread last week, particularly as it relates to Dr. Robinson’s essays here. There are two separate issues so I’m going to try to take...

/ May 10, 2023

Stop engaging swarms.

There is a simple reason that many neo-fundamentalists and progressive evangelicals keep swarming, harassing, and slandering people on social media: It keeps working. If it works, why would they stop? If you want them to stop, you need to ignore...

/ May 5, 2023

The Disintegration of Character

About a year ago something happened on Twitter that persuaded me to change my habits on the platform—effectively abandoning the platform and automating my feed.

/ April 26, 2023

Church as NGO

One of the most pressing problems facing the church in the west right now is how we can course correct after 40 years of failed discipleship strategies. The past decade has exposed the fact that many of the people in...

/ April 21, 2023


One of the more formative experiences of my Christian life came a couple days after my arrival at Rochester L’Abri. It was Sunday evening, which meant high tea. It was an old L’Abri tradition dating back to the Schaeffer’s: Sunday...

/ April 13, 2023

A Church That Can’t Exist in the World

Recent years have seen many evangelical thinkers become more alert to the work that individual doctrines do in our broader understanding of the Christian faith and life. The neglected, occasionally despised, and much misunderstood doctrine of divine impassibility, for example,...

/ April 5, 2023

Concerning Candor

A few readers, responding to the recent PR style essay, have asked what I meant when I referred to adopting a posture of candor as opposed to postures of aggressive belligerence or a kind of apologetic suppliance.

/ March 23, 2023

The Therapeutic, Ctd.

Last year we raised a number of concerns about the ubiquity of therapeutic discourse within the evangelical movement. In particular, a number of writers associated with Mere O, including myself, are alarmed by two things in particular: First, the ways in...

/ March 22, 2023