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    PZ’s Podcast: Cross Dressing and Left Hand Path

    PZ’s Podcast: Cross Dressing and Left Hand Path

    EPISODE 193: Cross Dressing

    “I’m absolutely captivated by a movie called The Gallant Hours (1959), starring James Cagney and directed by Robert Montgomery.

    For one thing, it presents an ideal picture of how a person should be thanked for faithful service. And what a piece of work the “Church” is,
    that it’s so rarely able to give thanks for the work of its servants. (Oh, unless they’re newly dead. Thank God he’s dead!) It’s almost as if the Church specializes in forgetfulness concerning the brightest and best. I’ve seen that happen in about 500 cases, my own, of course, being an exception.

    More importantly,…

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    Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 2: The Collapse of Human Civilization

    Everybody Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt. 2: The Collapse of Human Civilization

    This is the second installment of author Ted Scofield’s series on “everybody else’s biggest problem.” If you missed his introduction to the series, you can read it here. New installments will be posted every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

    “The United States has become a greedier, meaner, colder, more selfish, and more uncaring place. This is no wild inferential speculation but, rather, the informed consensus of the American people.” – James Patterson & Peter Kim, The Day America Told the Truth

    “James Patterson is an American author with a net worth of $350 million … Patterson earned $90 million in the last 12…

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    Law & Gospel: News from Across the Sea

    The following is excerpted from Mockingbird’s newest resource, Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints), which is available here. This comes from the beginning of the Gospel section:

    ‘News’ expresses something different from ‘knowledge.’ We live in a time of unprecedented knowledge: a day’s worth of new data now would, in terms of raw amount of information, be the envy of entire centuries past. Knowledge equips us to better live in the world around us: The scientist must be in control in the lab, and the factory manager needs good data on her employees’ output, the cost of raw…

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    New Country, Same Old Sin

    New Country, Same Old Sin

    This one comes to us from none other than Asher Noble. FTB:

    On July 16th, Australian rock band Tame Impala released their highly anticipated new album, Currents. I don’t claim to be a music critic, but I know when I hear music I like. The band released four singles off the record prior to its formal debut, which formed the soundtrack to spring for my friends and me. It’s hard to describe what was so good about these tracks, but they stuck, and we developed a somewhat cultish fandom for Tame Impala. The resulting excitement for the full-length release was new…

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    A Pie in God’s Face

    A Pie in God’s Face

    Here’s one from Paul Walker, via his most recent sermon:

    There is a moving scene in Peter De Vries novel called The Blood of the Lamb. The narrator, Don, grows up in a strict religious family. As he gets older he struggles with doubt. He needs a God who is bigger than the moralistic entity of his childhood. As an adult, he encounters deep suffering. His wife is mentally ill and finally commits suicide. He is left alone with his young daughter, Carol, who is the joy and love of his life.

    Don and Carol share the wonder of life together. They…

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    I’m New Here! What’s Going On? – Jacob Smith & Sarah Condon

    A crowd favorite from our Spring Conference, featuring quite the dynamic duo:

    I’m New Here! What’s Going On? – Jacob Smith & Sarah Condon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Seven Verse Forty Six

    Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Seven Verse Forty Six

    This morning’s devotion comes to us from Jady Koch.

    …“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, ESV)

    In this cry of Jesus from the cross, it seems paradoxical that these despairing words have given people such comfort. In Cross-Shattered Christ, theologian Stanley Hauerwas explains that those who have suffered, who live in the aftermath of Auschwitz or 9/11, are those who seem to quickly identify with this verse: “We do so because we think we have some idea about what it means to be forsaken…” But he continues:

    That we can even begin to entertain such thoughts is but…

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    Everyone Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt 1: An Introduction

    Everyone Else’s Biggest Problem, Pt 1: An Introduction

    Very excited to kick off a series of posts from Ted Scofield, author of the novel Eat What You Kill (soon to be a major motion picture from the acclaimed producer of Wall Street, American Psycho and many other films). Ted was a featured speaker at our 2015 Spring Conference in New York City, which is also where he and his wife, artist Christi Scofield, reside. Here comes the introduction:

    “Slam Dunk”

    I thought I had a slam dunk. No, I knew I had a slam dunk, and I told my editor so.

    Two consistent data sets, with tantalizingly disconnected conclusions and implications….

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    PZ’s Podcast: PZ’s Fabulous New Dating Tips for Gals

    EPISODE 190

    This is a word to your future self. I’m not sure you can hear it now. But in five or ten years… OMG. You’ll hear it then, inside your head pounding like a perpetual hammer, and… you’ll remember.

    It’s a comment on internet dating, and a massive warning. You may want to say back, Don’t take away the only hope I have for a non-alone life. Don’t pour cold water on the one thing I’ve got.

    But it’s not cold water. It’s actually balm in Gilead. But to your future self! In five or ten years, and maybe in five or six months, “You’ll come running back” (Time Is On My Side, The Rolling Stones). You’ll hear this again and say, Dang!

    Incidentally, at the end of the cast I offer a future. There is still a way. Love is out there, but… yet… nevertheless… however… better to be alone than be crucified on the altar of a man’s body and mind collapsing aeons before yours does.

    This is your Ghost of Christmas Future speaking.

    The Films of 2015 (So Far)

    The Films of 2015 (So Far)

    Here’s part one of a cinematic round up from Mbirder Josh Encinias. Part two to be published at the end of December.

    I have a confession to make: I see a lot of movies. Mostly older films in New York City’s repertory theaters, but I see my share of new ones. MoviePass makes it possible to feed my growing habit. But it wasn’t always this way. In the mid-2000’s, I quit watching films because I decided an enlightened spirituality shouldn’t be involved with contrivances like film. I wanted the reel deal; life unfiltered.

    The veneer of a life unfiltered is purity, or…

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    2015 Kanuga Renewal Conference: Rest

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    An enormous thanks to all those who make last week’s Renewal Conference at Kanuga happen. It was such a joy and privilege to be asked to provide the content, and spend a week with such a wonderful group of people (in such a beautiful place). Best of all, the time itself proved genuinely restful for all involved. The recordings of the main sessions are now up on The Mockingpulpit as well as the Recordings page, but for those who would rather stream or download directly from here, you’re in luck.

    1. Rest for the Restless – David Zahl

    2. Christian Obstacles to Rest – Jacob Smith

    3. Rest in the Bible, part 1 – Jady Koch

    4. Rest in the Bible, part 2 – Jady Koch

    5. How Rest Is Applied – Jacob Smith

    6. The Life of Rest – David Zahl

    7. Closing Question and Answer Session – DZ, JS & JDK

    PZ’s Podcast: Scuppernong and Why Weepest Thou?

    PZ’s Podcast: Scuppernong and Why Weepest Thou?

    Episode 188: Scuppernong

    Tupper Saussy (1936-2007) was a composer and musician that helmed a group in the late 1960s who were called The Neon Philharmonic. Even if you have never heard of The Neon Philharmonic, you’ll recognize their famous hit entitled “Morning Girl”.

    Tupper Saussy — it’s a Huguenot name — was also a wanted fugitive for ten years, a devout and thoughtful Christian, a painter, a playwright, and a famous libertarian.

    What interests me, though, in addition to his music as The Neon Philharmonic, is his personal fate. Saussy came into the sights — by his “own deliberate fault” (BCP) — of…

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