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About Charlotte Donlon

Charlotte lives in Birmingham, Alabama, right by the train tracks that cut through the city. She's married to Tim, and they have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Brady. She's earning an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and she does freelance writing and copywriting. You can find her online at www.charlottedonlon.com and on Twitter at @charlottedonlon.

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Joshua Retterer

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Joshua Retterer

    This is the third installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found here and here.

    Charlotte Donlon: Let’s start at a beginning. When were you converted to Christianity?

    Joshua Retterer: My dad was radically saved when I was in kindergarten. And like many new Christians he was very evangelistic and worked his way through our family. God was was…

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    The Law, the Gospel, and Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)

    The Law, the Gospel, and Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)

    I probably heard the gospel many times during my childhood, but it didn’t register until I was a junior in college. When it finally grabbed my attention one fall night outside Gorin’s ice cream shop in the Five Points South neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, I saw my need to be rescued from my sin. I was with a friend who was a Christian when all of the puzzle pieces fit together. She prayed for me and with me after I acknowledged the fact that my efforts to perform and get my act together would never meet God’s expectations of holiness….

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    Preaching and Needing Grace, Again and Again

    Preaching and Needing Grace, Again and Again

    After I became a Christian during my junior year of college, I found myself attending a church where I heard the gospel of grace at Church every Sunday morning, at small group gatherings every Sunday night, and while sitting around kitchen tables and coffee tables with my new Christian friends as our conversations about Jesus lingered into the late hours of many nights. I soaked up the solid teaching and theology that was handed to me every time I turned around. At first I wondered why everyone kept talking about the gospel and how we all needed to “remind each…

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Sarah Condon

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Sarah Condon

    This is the second installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various Mockingbird writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. My subject this time was The Rev. Sarah Condon.

    Charlotte Donlon: How has your involvement with Mockingbird impacted you over the past several years?

    Sarah Condon: It’s changed the kind of priest I am. I think that’s fundamental. Had I stayed in seminary on the path I was headed, I think I would’ve quit by…

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    More Robert Farrar Capon & Less Thanksgiving Turkey

    More Robert Farrar Capon & Less Thanksgiving Turkey

    Like many people who are fans of Robert Farrar Capon, my introduction to him and his work was through The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection. I first read the book over ten years ago when it was being passed around a small group of women in my (at the time) small church who knew about good books. I’ve read it several times and tend to give copies away to friends who need this book. (I think everyone needs this book, so I’ve given away a lot of copies.)

    Capon opened my senses up to food and life and faith…

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: David Zahl

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: David Zahl

    This is the first installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various Mockingbird writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary.

    Charlotte Donlon: What has surprised you most about Mockingbird since it was started ten years ago?

    David Zahl: Well. I’m a little surprised it’s still here. When we started, our vision was (purposefully) rather vague. We had our theological convictions in mind, and a good deal of sincerity/energy, but we didn’t know how the…

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