All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy and author of "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World." 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.

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (II)

Here is Kaunda, still setting out what he means by “African Humanism,” in the opening chapter of A Humanist in Africa. Here he is arguing that there are certain values in traditional African culture (an admittedly tricky term which he doesn’t...

/ June 24, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (1)

For reasons I may explain later, I’m doing a bit of a deep dive on some pan-Africanist thinkers right now, currently working on Kenneth Kaunda but with plans to also return to Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah later, both of...

/ June 22, 2022

What I Saw at the Justice Summit

Last week I spent two days on the south side of Chicago attending the justice summit at Progressive Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Dr. Charlie Dates. These are some general observations from my time there, though I expect that...

/ June 21, 2022

Keep Going

One of the disorienting effects of the last several years has been the shattering of friendships and alliances as reactions first to Trump and later to COVID (and to a myriad of other things in between) have broken apart many...

/ June 14, 2022

Ten Weeks Without Twitter

A week or so ago a few friends and I in a group chat were discussing a news story and how it didn’t map particularly well onto the established talking points of America’s respective political ideologues.

/ May 31, 2022

Institutional Trust v Relational Trust

My colleague at Davenant, Justin Redemer: Relational trust will replace institutional trust in the next decade. — Justin Redemer (@j_redemer) May 27, 2022 This is correct. It is also extremely bad.

/ May 27, 2022

If Teddy Roosevelt is a Nationalist then “Nationalism” has No Meaning

Sen. Hawley in Compact: Roosevelt advocated a robust, realistic American nationalism. He believed in the nation-state, and in the American nation above all. He didn’t seek to outsource US sovereignty (like the liberals) or make all the world a client of...

/ May 25, 2022

Christian Communities at Work

Any sort of Christian community, be it a household, a church, a study center, or even something as large as a Bruderhof community, needs to practice three types of work as part of their life, it seems to me.

/ May 17, 2022

Reality and Reformed Media

Over the weekend I gave a paper at a small conference that was basically pitched as “let’s offer the most sympathetic, from-the-sources account we can of modern ideas about self and nature, then let’s knock them down with Walker Percy...

/ May 10, 2022

Re: John Adams’s Fear

This is worth a read from David:

/ April 27, 2022