New Here?
     
About Mockingbird

Mockingbird is devoted to connecting the Christian message with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways.

Contact

Author Archive
    
    Orthorexia: The Fixation on Righteous Eating

    Orthorexia: The Fixation on Righteous Eating

    A first glimpse inside our Food & Drink Issue, by way of one Carrie Willard. The issues are flying off the shelf! Order up! 

    When my parents were married in the 1960s, advice abounded about home entertaining. Etiquette books and magazine articles included tips on how to invite guests from any social station into one’s home, what to wear when they arrived, and how to set the table for the occasion.

    With a few notable exceptions (Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking comes to mind), the focus seems to have been more on the etiquette of entertaining and all of…

    Read More > > >

    Deconstructing the Christian Music Industry, or, “What’s in a Name?” by Robert Farrar Capon

    Deconstructing the Christian Music Industry, or, “What’s in a Name?” by Robert Farrar Capon

    The following is excerpted from the recently released collection of shorts, More Theology and Less Heavy Cream: The Domestic Life of Pietro & Madeleine, by the inimitable Robert Farrar Capon. Below, the protagonists (Robert and his wife’s alter-egos) go toe-to-toe about, among other things, the nature of “Christian” anything.

    Madeleine zapped off the TV set with the remote control switch. “I refuse to look at that dumb name anymore.”

    “What dumb name?” Pietro asked, looking up from his newspaper.

    “Pacific Telesis,” she snapped. “It sounds more like a skin disease than a phone company.”

    “Maybe it’s not a phone company. Maybe it’s just a Christian punk rock band hiding…

    Read More > > >

    Seeing Upside Down, Pt 2: The Beauty of Failure in Movies (and Life) – Ethan Richardson

    Talk number three from our “Grace on the Big Screen” event in Dallas is here! Click here to watch the first part (tho’ both stand alone).

    Seeing Upside Down – Part Two: The Beauty of Failure in Movies (and Life) – Ethan Richardson from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    Jesus Came to Save (Even) Leslie Charping

    Jesus Came to Save (Even) Leslie Charping

    Here’s something of a revised obituary, brought to us by Ben Maddison.

    There is a train that goes past my house at 12:30 AM every night, which gives me a lot of opportunities to sleepily scroll through late-night Facebook: a weird and generally silent beast, driven by algorithms and insomnia. Tucked away in that late-night scroll fest—past the photos from yesterday and the hot new clickbait—was this Washington Post article on the obituary of a man named Leslie Charping.

    I’m not sure if it falls under the “weird news” category or the “fluff at the end of the broadcast,” but it stopped me…

    Read More > > >

    PZ’s Podcast: Eternal Return

    PZ’s Podcast: Eternal Return

    EPISODE 228

    I keep trying to make sense of the divisions we are almost all feeling currently. How can one get “under” them, i.e., in hopes of lessening them a little? Does anyone who is reading this enjoy feeling estranged from others, especially old friends, for example, because of political opinions? Very few, I’ll bet. But it’s happening.

    Then the insight came: Remember what it was like 47 years ago. Remember what it was like in the Spring of ’70. Everybody, and I mean, everybody, was up in arms! If you were a college student then, your campus was probably shut down….

    Read More > > >

    T-Minus Ten Days: Mbird in Tyler, TX (2/24-25)!

    We’re just over a week out from Tyler! Our man Mark Babikow put together a second little promo for it, which you can watch below.

    Also, I don’t think we ever formally announced our talk titles, so here you go:

    • “How Low Can You Go? The Soul of The Gospel?” – Paul Zahl, Friday PM
    • “Dear Reformation, It’s Not You, It’s Me: Theology We Love to Hate” – Sarah Condon, Sat AM
    • “You Complete Me? Grace, Loneliness and the Religion of Romance” – David Zahl, Sat AM
    • “Viva La Resistance: Personal and Pastoral Resistance to Grace” – Paul Zahl, Sat PM

    Those are just the tip of the iceberg, too. Click here for the full schedule. For those who arrive early, Sarah, Scott and DZ are doing a live recording of The Mockingcast on Friday afternoon (4pm). And let’s not forget about Stanley’s BBQ…! Or this incredible lady, who performs on Friday night:

    Pre-Register Today!

    Publish and Perish: Law in Academia

    Publish and Perish: Law in Academia

    A tonic for the anxious academic, written by our friend Matthew Milliner. 

    Every community has its own law. But academia’s penchant for the oppressive ought, its tilt toward domineering expectations of accomplishment is, one could say, special. The undergraduate — once justified by acceptance into the right college — is freighted with the inadequacy of not having gotten into the right MA program. Should this happen, the weight of PhD applications hovers like a fixed cloud. If the sun of acceptance breaks through, the gathering storm of comprehensive exams billows on the horizon. When these pass, the student — known now as a “PhD…

    Read More > > >

    In Praise of Chance

    In Praise of Chance

    An ode to the Rapper of good news, by Cody Gainous.

    Someone alert the end-time prophets: Jesus is coming back a day early. And it’s all thanks to one of the many stars of the 2017 Grammys, and a somewhat unlikely hero — he’s only 23 years old, and he has never sold an album. Chance the Rapper made an album so good that the Recording Academy had to change the rules just so they could give him awards. And awards they did give him — Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, and Best New Artist.

    I’m not your typical rap fan…

    Read More > > >

    Never Tell Me The Odds: Expectation and Redemption (On Screen and Off) – David Zahl

    Second video from Dallas is here! Cue up the Badly Drawn Boy:

    Never Tell Me the Odds: Expectation and Redemption (On Screen and Off) – David Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    Hopelessly Devoted: Romans Eight Verses Thirty-Eight Through Thirty-Nine

    Hopelessly Devoted: Romans Eight Verses Thirty-Eight Through Thirty-Nine

    This morning’s devotion comes to us from Luke Ferraguti.

    These last few weeks have got me in a real slump. Not that there haven’t been any moments of relief (I love watching a good comeback story. Here’s to you, Tom Brady), but life’s just hard sometimes. Mix together a few disappointing moments, a load of work, and the flu, and you’ve got a recipe for the blues. I’m currently a graduate student studying music performance; and here, like most places on earth, there’s no shortage of disapproving glances and unmet expectations. In these moments, when the pressure really bears down, I…

    Read More > > >

    Sure Could Use A Little Good News

    Sure Could Use A Little Good News

    This one was written by news junkie Greg Gelburd.

    So often the morning news is terrible, terrible. A young son is killed by a stray bullet in the street. Drone attacks in Yemen are “successful,” and while an ISIS leader is killed, so are his family of five children and wife; there are photos of their grieving relatives. Then I dwell on the new president, plagued by thoughts I’d just rather not have. I feel sadness seeing lost lives, and I feel anger at news from Alabama of a man released from prison after being wrongly accused and convicted of rape twenty years ago. On the…

    Read More > > >

    Special Food & Drink Mockingcast (Plus, What Would You Eat If You Weren’t Afraid?)

    Excited to announce a brand new special episode of The Mockingcast, dedicated entirely to the Food and Drink issue of The Mockingbird! Scott really went to town on this one, compiling multiple interviews with contributors and excerpts from the mag itself (and a host of other goodies as well). Click here to listen. Fair warning: not to be consumed on an empty stomach!

    Also, as another preview of the print edition, just before Thanksgiving Break we asked our readership what they would eat if they weren’t afraid—afraid of indigestion, afraid of death, afraid of angry spouses, social scrutiny, moral reproach? More as a thought experiment, we wondered what we’d really reach for if all the rules were wiped clean from the counter: What would you allow yourself to indulge in were it not for the consequences—bodily and ethical and otherwise?

    Maybe you read about it and thought, “I have no deep-seated issues with food. I eat what I want and, believe it or not, what I want is healthy, natural food.” Fair enough (what’s your secret?!). For everyone else, loosen the belt a notch and grab a stack of napkins, cause here’s what you came up with:

    • Cheetos in a can
    • Krystals
    • KFC Double Down Sandwich
    • Hot McDonald’s fries!
    • Wendy’s chocolate Frosty
    • My mother’s oatmeal cookies
    • Cinnamon Life cereal with whole milk
    • BBQ sauce with anything
    • Onion rings
    • Cookies & Cream ice cream
    • A sack of Five Guys fries
    • Talenti’s pumpkin pie gelato
    • A try of cannolis with extra marscapone
    • New Jersey bagels with cream cheese and lox
    • Triple chocolate fudge cake
    • Cracklin’ Oat Bran
    • Pork soup dumplings
    • Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese Family box (all for me)
    • Those enormous Great Harvest salted butterscotch cookies
    • Deep-fried Oreos
    • A vat of queso with warm tortillas
    • Bagel dogs with sauerkraut
    • Fluffernutter milkshakes
    • All you can eat Brazilian steakhouse
    • Dominos Ultimate Pepperoni Feast
    • Shake Shack anything
    • Several tubes of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
    • Fruit by the Foot, Swedish Fish and Gushers
    • French fries everyday, at every meal
    • Hot Krispy Kremes
    • A dozen Krispy Kremes in five minutes
    • A half-dozen Krispy Kremes, squeezed together into a ball, eaten like an apple
    • My wife’s mojo-marinated roast pork
    • Bacon bacon and more bacon
    • Chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery
    • Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts toasted with butter
    • Momma’s Pancake Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
    • McDonald’s Big Mac Extra Value Meal with an apple pie

    Click here to order the Food & Drink Issue today! And those who’ve already wolfed their copies down, feel free to share your favorite bits in the comments. Or what (else) you’d eat if you weren’t afraid.