Mockingbird’s purpose is “to connect the historic truths of the Gospel with the realities of everyday life in as fresh and down-to-earth a way possible.”
That means we use a lot of illustrations. Whether it’s the films of Whit Stillman or Pixar, the music of Elvis or Michael Jackson, or recent headlines from the world of sports or psychological research, we’re always beginning with analogies, stories, illustrations, and examples to explain things like sin, grace, love, forgiveness, and redemption. At times, people object: should Christians be listening to/watching/reading that “culture” stuff?
Why? Because people generally don’t want to hear what we have to say.
“If one is to lift up the whole age one must truly know it. That is why those ministers of Christianity who begin at once with orthodoxy have so little effect and only on so few. . . . One must begin with paganism. . . . If one begins immediately with Christianity then they say: that is nothing for us–and they are immediately on their guard” (The Journals of Soren Kierkegaard, ed. and tr. Alexander Dru. Oxford, 1938. 201).
That’s why we’re here, folks.