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- Why We Are All the Gorilla Mom
- When You Marry the Wrong Person
- Dear Gloria Steinem
- The Mortal Prayers of David Bowie
- Attachment Theory and Your Relationship with God
- Jim Carrey and the Terrible Search for Fulfillment
- Yesterday’s News
- The Ubiquity of Grief (and How I Tried to Climb the Ladder)
- Bumper Stickers and Background Screens
- The Prosperous Gospel of Stage 4 Cancer
- Smells Like Dream (Teen) Spirit
- Playing It Safe With Consumer Reports
- Kid Kierkegaard Chose… Poorly
- Christmas in Colombia: The Gracious End of FARC
- The Absolutely Fabulous Canterbury Cathedral
- Peter Leithart, Don Knotts & the Orthodoxy of Romance
- Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart (with Robert Jenson)
- Speaking of Faith, Fashion and Friendship (with Krista Tippett)
- Exploring the Oddball World of Christian Disco (1975-85) – John Zahl
- Shut Up and Dance With Me – Sarah Condon
- Brand New Me – Ethan Richardson
- The Most Foolish Job in the World – Curt Benham
- Wes Anderson and the Catastrophe of Redemption – David Zahl
Here’s a timely collaboration from Sarah Condon and Scott Jones:
Last week one of our friends (one of Sarah’s to be specific) mentioned how guilty she felt about not attending a women’s march in protest of the inauguration. Apparently a family member had chastised her for not going. “You can’t go to a freaking march,” Sarah barked back, “you are of no use to your small children if somebody blows you up in the street.”
Everyone seems to be looking for a right response to today’s event. There is a right response for women. A right response for conservatives. A right response…
This one comes to us from pastry-making imposter, Madeline D’Elia.
The social science concept of imposter syndrome, or imposter phenomenon (IP) as it should properly be called, has been in the spotlight for a few years now. It was the topic of Facebook CEO’s Sheryl Sandberg’s 2011 book Lean In, social psychologist’s Amy Cuddy’s 2012 Ted Talk, and Carl Richards’ piece in the New York Times. We’ve all heard the hackneyed expression, “fake it till you make it,” and IP can best be thought of as the deep seated anxiety that you will always be on the former end versus the…
This morning’s devotion comes to us from SM White.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are…
One last peek into the Mental Health Issue, right before we send off the Food & Drink Issue to print (in one short week). This one came from Brian and Debbie Solum, who were also featured in the Mockingcast special during that time, which you can listen to here. (Not to be missed!) If you’d like to send the story, or the whole issue, to a friend–they’re still available here.
We will be the first to admit that we are cynics when it comes to parenting. After almost twenty years of experience, we feel we can easily dismantle every Christian how-to book…
I’m feeling optimistic about our future — both mine, and Mary’s, personally; and also the future of our country and the world. This is partly because we are witnessing a kind of up-ending of shibboleths and “narratives” that have neglected universals in engaging with our deep human struggles and woundedness and given the floor to secondary elements, in particular identity-predicates. Secondary traits and qualities of a human being do not solve the inward hauntedness and heartbreak and rejections that make a misery of so many people’s lives. One’s color and background — the accidents of birth and inheritance: these…
Here’s one from hockey enthusiast, our friend, Scott Dalton.
If you’ve been paying much attention this season to ESPN’s commentary on the NHL, this article may have caught you off guard.
In the seemingly endless stream of ESPN’s NHL news, there sits an article written by John Buccigross that attempts to tap into the spirituality of one of America’s most violent sports: hockey.
With striking and overt spiritual imagery, Buccigross draws parallels to Catholic confession and an endless cycle of “rinse and repeat” justification he experienced in high school. He credits hockey for a feeling of renewal.
For Buccigross the Zamboni has been a…
Come join us next month (2/24-25) for our third annual event in downtown Tyler, TX! Our theme this year will be “The Soul of The Gospel”. Paul Zahl and Sarah Condon, along with a host of others, will guide us as we explore the question, “what remains when cultural attachments are relinquished or extinguished and religious traditions have run their course, what is the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of The Son of God?”
None other than Liz Vice will serve as our guest artist with a Friday night concert and Saturday morning worship.
P.S. Lonestar state double-whammy: Grace on the Big Screen event happens in Dallas next weekend (1/13-14)! Click here to view the schedule.
Mockingbird’s latest publication, Churchy by Sarah Condon, is flying off the shelves! A hilarious and deeply touching dispatch from the trenches of contemporary life, the book recounts the real life (and grace-saturated) adventures of a wife, mom, and priest as only Sarah can. The introduction alone, excerpted below, features tips on raising churchy kids of your own, and an explanation of the startling white robes seen here:
“Are you guys wearing KKK hoods?!”
I started college at a small liberal arts school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon arrival, I affixed several family photos to the wall of my dorm room. After about a week of…
This one comes to us from our terrified academic friend, Duo Dickinson.
I am 61 years old. The last time I took a meaningful test was when I took, and passed, the last 2 (of 5) days of licensing exams to become an architect in 1982, 35 years ago.
But 20 years of testing from grammar school through licensing exams infected me with a disease so deep it’s unseen, unfelt and without consequence. Unless I am asleep.
By any objective estimate, I have lived a blessed life. I may have worked hard, but I have been given every advantage by circumstances I did…
From the Onion: God Announces Plans To Shift Majority Of Resources Tied Up In Humanity Project To Birds, Rocks
THE HEAVENS—Telling reporters it would be a more worthwhile enterprise in the long run, God, Our Lord And Heavenly Father, announced plans Monday to shift the majority of the resources tied up in His humanity project to birds and rocks. “I feel like I’ve kind of hit a wall with humanity and this is probably as far as it can go, but I have some exciting new ideas for rocks and birds that I’m really looking forward to exploring,” said The Creator of All Things, adding that He felt human beings had “pretty much run their course” at this point before explaining His intention to give promising rocks such as sandstone and gneiss the consideration they deserve and finally furnish birds with the longer beaks He previously did not have the opportunity to bring into being. “At this point, it makes more sense to devote my time and energy to developing a fourth classification of rock beyond igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, or maybe a bird with big tentacles, because humanity really isn’t worth any further investment. It would simply be wasteful to dedicate additional effort to humans when rocks and birds have so much more promise.” God went on to say that His job was already immensely more satisfying now that He was working on what He was actually passionate about.
As the clock strikes 2017, we wanted to give you a brief update about all that’s happening with Mockingbird. It’s been quite a lively year, praise God: in addition to keeping the website humming with fresh content, we hosted three fantastic conferences, released two beautiful issues of The Mockingbird magazine (Church and Mental Health), and published a pair of brand-new books, Churchy and More Theology & Less Heavy Cream.
The audience of our weekly podcast, The Mockingcast, grew to nearly 2,000 downloads per episode, placing it in the top 15% of podcasts on iTunes. In fact, it’s proved so popular–and fun–that last month we launched a fresh broadcast, the lectionary-focused Same Old Song. Meanwhile, our website registered more than a million pageviews for the second straight year. All this with only three full-time staff and four part-time.
We have some terrific projects on tap for 2017: topping the list would have to be our 10th Annual Spring Conference in New York City (4/27-29), for which we’re pulling out the stops. We’ll also be back in Tyler, TX on February 2/24-25 (contrary to the dates listed in the letter we sent out – whoops), and in a few short weeks we’re hosting a free event in Dallas (1/13-14) and helping with a men’s conference in Birmingham, AL (1/27-28). There are rumblings of another SoCal shindig in September, as well as a Fall Conference in Virginia. Stay tuned.
On the print side, the Food & Drink issue of The Mockingbird hits in January, followed by Love & Death in April. We are hard at work readying another four titles by the late Robert Capon for re-publication. There’s also talk of a prayer collection, a kids’ picture book, and possibly even another devotional. And let’s not forget the 500th anniversary of the Reformation…! (Keep your eyes peeled for the cover of the January issue of Christianity Today, wink wink nudge nudge.)
How You Can Help
Mockingbird relies on the generosity of individual donors and churches to fund its operations. Specifically, we need to raise $290,000 to keep fulfilling our mission in 2017. For more information about where the money goes, click here. Three easy ways to help might be:
If you believe in what we’re doing and want to ensure that it continues, consider making a donation to Mockingbird today. Thanks for reading, and we wish you a happy (brand) new year.
P.S. We’re extending the discounted earlybird pre-registration for our NYC Conference until January 3rd!
A little rundown of what content got traction in 2016 for those looking to while away the post-Christmas coma. Fresh material will be fairly sparse until the new year:
Honorable Mentions: Love to the Loveless Shown, 13 Signs of Bad Pastoral Care, But Now We’re Stressed Out, Roses for Your Sin, The Secret History of William Axl Rose [Deluxe Edition], The Gospel’s Steady Work of Reversal
Favorite Whiffs AKA Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time (and Still Does!)
Three Most Popular Mockingcast Episodes
Most Watched Conference Talks (Not Given By a Bestselling Author/Musician)
P.S. Earlybird rates for the above expire on Jan 1st! Pre-register today.