About Jake Meador

Jake Meador is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he majored in English and History. He currently works as a blogger and social media consultant with Rent Ping Media here in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A Place for Liturgy

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In his book Word and Church Anglican theologian John Webster writes, "At its best… attention to 'context' can remind theology that there is no pure language of Zion, and that theology's conceptual equipment is borrowed from elsewhere. But at its worst it is a form of mental and spiritual laziness, an unwillingness to admit that theology must go about its own business if it is to speak prophetically and compassionately about the gospel to its neighbors.”In other words, when theology ceases to … [Read more...]

Is the Breaking Bad Finale Too Neat?

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 **Warning: Massive Spoilers** Amidst the mostly unanimous praise for Breaking Bad’s finale this past Sunday there was one steady complaint from a fair share of critics: Was the finale too neat? Alan Sepinwall raised the point at HitFix but Matt Yglesias’s wooden criticism at Slate may have been the firmest on the point.The trouble with the criticism (and to his credit, Yglesias himself acknowledges this) is that it represents a fundamental misunderstanding of what Bre … [Read more...]

Out with the Old

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Edith Schaeffer died this past Holy Saturday at her home in Gryon, Switzerland at the age of 98. She was a retired missionary, writer, and speaker who, along with her husband Francis, founded the residential study center L’Abri in 1955 in the small Swiss village of Huemoz. Over the next 30 years, the two would work to radically alter the shape of American evangelicalism and American Christianity more broadly.As others have noted, the Schaeffers were themselves fundamentalists when they first … [Read more...]

Politics and the Bible as Narrative

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From Oliver O’Donovan’s The Desire of the Nations:If political theologians are to treat ancient Israel’s political tradition as normative, they must observe the discipline of treating it as history. They may not plunder the Old Testament as though it were so much raw material to be consumed, in any order and in any variety of proportions, in the manufacture of their own theological artefact. They are dealing with a disclosure which took form in a succession of political developments, each o … [Read more...]

Doubting the Value of Doubt

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Writing about John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, "I could not have believed beforehand that Calvinism could be painted in such exquisitely delightful colors." It’s a fascinating comment about a book whose wisdom we are in danger of forgetting as millennial Christians. To take only one example, consider Bunyan’s discussion of doubt and despair found a little past the book’s halfway mark. In the scene, Christian and Hopeful have been taken captive by the Giant Despair … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy Has Won?

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In an interesting read from Time Magazine, Mary Eberstat, author of this new book on secularism, argues that "in the war over Christianity, orthodoxy is winning." She uses a fight over an Episcopalian church in Virginia, in which a breakaway traditional group in the church lost its legal battle with the mainline sect for ownership of the church's physical property, as an example of how orthodoxy is "winning":That traditionalist breakaway congregation in Virginia is larger than the one on th … [Read more...]

The Economic and Political Roots of Our Friendship Crisis

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Yesterday Jordan Monge asked the question “why don’t we talk about friendship more?” The post was prompted by a talk she heard given by Wes Hill on the topic of spiritual friendships. (For what it’s worth, you really should start reading Wes’s blog on a regular basis.) This is an issue I’ve thought about a good bit because of the role friendship has played in my own life.I'll get to some causes of our neglect of friendship below, but first I want to give some personal background that informs my p … [Read more...]


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