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    How to Make Your Morning Devotion Go Viral (from the Babylon Bee)

    How to Make Your Morning Devotion Go Viral (from the Babylon Bee)

    For the past two-plus years, we’ve relied on the Babylon Bee for good, fresh humor that speaks to the unique…comedy of the Christian life. Here’s an excerpt from their book, How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living. This, from “Chapter Five: Looking Really Spiritual Online.”

    It begins with an epigraph:

    “If a man reads his Bible but fails to post pictures of it on the Internet, did it really happen?” – Chinese Proverb, circa 2500 BC

    …to begin to revitalize your prayer life, you need to learn the biblical practice of posting pictures of yourself during your quiet times…

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    The Revolutionary Message of Won’t You Be My Neighbor

    The Revolutionary Message of Won’t You Be My Neighbor

    Grateful for this write-up on the new Fred Rogers documentary, opening in theaters this month! By our friend Mike Cosper:

    One of the achievements of Morgan Neville’s new documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, is the profound contrast he’s able to demonstrate between the world of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and the rest of children’s entertainment.

    We’re shown clowns being pounded in the face with pies, gun-wielding Transformers and grenade-throwing GI Joes, and (perhaps the most serious offenders) Ren and Stimpy committing various acts of violence upon one another. Then we see Fred Rogers, speaking gently and slowly into the camera, entertaining with…

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    Playing with the Enemy – Jamin Warren

    This wonderful talk from our recent conference in New York City features Jamin Warren, founder of videogame arts and culture company Kill Screen. Below, Jamin speaks about how fun and games help us cross the great divide:

    Playing with the Enemy – Jamin Warren from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    PZ's Podcast: Sanctification (Is Making Me Late)

    PZ’s Podcast: Sanctification (Is Making Me Late)

    EPISODE 249

    Ellis Brazeal recently pointed out a clear-and-present fact about what we call “sanctification”. Ellis observed that the moment we begin to think we have it, or have made it, it is completely nullified. In other words, the only actual sanctification at which one ever arrives is un-self-conscious.

    Another way of putting this would be to say that no amount of or “espece de” virtue-signalling will ever cut it. The moment you draw attention to your “growth” or “discipleship”, at that exact moment it gets disqualified as evidence of moral improvement. The only material sanctification is, to the evincer of it,…

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    Seeds of Renewal (According to Alan Jacobs)

    Seeds of Renewal (According to Alan Jacobs)

    We were so honored to have Alan Jacobs, esteemed author of How To Think (and many other books), speak at our 2018 New York Conference and are doubly grateful that he’s allowed us to post an excerpt from his second talk, delivered on Saturday, April 28th.

    The world really does seem different now; there are, in many Western nations, legal as well as social impediments to active religious belief and practice; it is hard to see a way back to some earlier state of affairs at which (supposedly) it was easier to believe and easier to display one’s belief in the public…

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    Let Not Conscience Make You Linger: H.F. Kohlbrugge’s Comma – Tim Blackmon

    What does Snoop Dogg have in common with the Netherlands’ best little-known theologian? Find out here, in this wonderful talk from our recent conference in NYC, featuring guest speaker Tim Blackmon.

    Let Not Conscience Make You Linger: H.F. Kohlbrugge’s Comma – Tim Blackmon from Mockingbird on Vimeo

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    PZ's Podcast: Dead Reckoning

    PZ’s Podcast: Dead Reckoning

    EPISODE 248

    Pastoral experience in hospital pre-op units provides abundant evidence for the existence of the soul. I first saw this evidence in Birmingham years ago, when someone we knew and loved was having to go into the operating room twice the same day, because the first “pass” that morning had failed. The situation was in fact do-or-die, and I had never before seen the look of fear which had come over the patient’s face as she was being prepared for her second procedure.

    Then another time, in Washington, as the gurney was being wheeled out to surgery, a kind of fluttering…

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    Devotion 2 – Sarah Condon

    The second devotion from our recent conference in NYC, given by our chaplain, the Rev. Sarah Condon:

    Devotion 2 – Sarah Condon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    Boycotting Communion (& Other Tales from a Divided Church and World) – RJ Heijmen

    From our recent conference in NYC (themed “The Grace of God in Divided Times”), here’s Thursday night’s opening talk with Mockingcast host RJ Heijmen.

    Boycotting Communion (& Other Tales from a Divided Church and World) – RJ Heijmen from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    The First Chapter of Bed and Board by Robert Farrar Capon - New Edition Available Now!

    The First Chapter of Bed and Board by Robert Farrar Capon – New Edition Available Now!

    And now we present an excerpt from the most recent addition to our Robert Farrar Capon series, his greatly esteemed work Bed and Board: Plain Talk About Marriage. An essential book for any Capon-lover, this was Robert’s first bestseller, and you’ll see why in this introductory chapter, reproduced below.

    “Bed and Board is necessary and offensive in the best possible way.” – Sarah Condon

    “…sage wisdom, biting humor, uncomfortable truths…never a page that must be forgiven for pedantic, sawdusty prose.” – Chad Bird

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    ABSURDITY

    The author celebrates the Holy Estate of Matrimony, professes disillusionment with the usual advices about it, and gives…

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    PZ's Podcast: Shoe Horn

    PZ’s Podcast: Shoe Horn

    EPISODE 247

    People are constantly trying to shoe horn their search for God into containers too tight for the Object of the search. This is probably true of some of your interests, whether it’s food or Hammer horror films or “Philadelphia Soul” — to name two of my current but chronic faves — or you name it. On something or someone, you are probably pinning very high hopes.

    The blogosphere is full of such shoe horns — interests such as a movement or style or movie or type of music that attracts your “ultimate concern” (Tillich). But they don’t actually produce for…

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