Pleasantly surprised by how well this came together and greatly encouraged by the response it received. Filmed at the Liberate Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL on 2/22:
Recently a friend asked me to recommend something that a young man considering a call to ordination might profitably read. I went through “the usual suspects” (i.e., Bishop Lightfoot, John Stott, W.H. Griffith-Thomas), but actually came up with a novel, or rather a novella, to help him spell out the issues.
It is sometimes true that a work of art — a song or painting or short story or movie — gets through to me in a way that propositional non-fiction, say Bishop Lightfoot’s treatise on the ministry, does not, or maybe even cannot. I believe this is because music or…
- London’s a Lonely Town – Dave Edmunds
- San Miguel – The Beach Boys
- I Can’t Go Back to Denver – Tommy James
- Look Out Cleveland (live) – The Band
- Fall in Philadelphia – Hall & Oates
- Memphis Tennessee – Elvis Presley
- Thanks for Chicago, Mr James – Scott Walker
- Paris 1919 – John Cale
- The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
- Life in San Fransisco – Girls
- Time Spent in Los Angeles – Dawes
- Another Lonely Night in New York – Robin Gibb
- Shanghai Surprise – George Harrison
- The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service
- Stranger in Moscow – Michael Jackson
- Vienna – Ultravox
- Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles
- London Town – Paul McCartney
EPISODE 163: Deetour
The Contraption just keeps getting bigger. And I sort of wish He’d stop.
This podcast shows Him widening His sphere of influence. Is the “widening” welcome? Well, yes, if you believe that Karen Young, in her magnificent song “Deetour”, speaks the truth. (How can what she sings be denied?)
I also talk about job searches in the parish ministry, and rector search committees. (How could one have been so blind?) Blame it on the Contraption!
Episode 163 is dedicated to JAZ, the Minister of Edits.
EPISODE 164: Happy Clappy
I feel like in order to begin, you have to come to the end….
The first issue of The Mockingbird, our brand new quarterly magazine, is in the mail! If you signed up for our mailing list, you should have one coming to you, free of charge. If haven’t, sign up before March 1st and we’ll happily send you one. If you want to subscribe, look no further than magazine.mbird.com. (Remember, Mockingbird’s monthly donors receive a free subscription!)
In the meantime, here’s the line-up for our maiden voyage.
The Real Real Orange County: Looking Back on MTV’s Laguna Beach by Dan Varley
There Is Nothing the Matter with My Heart: Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and My Myth of Me by Zach Williams
For the Record: Mockingbird’s Netflix Queue, Must-Hear TED Talks, A Kurosawa Primer, Top 5 Church Debates, and an Elvis Gospel Playlist
Transformational: The Hidden Spirituality of America’s Great Movement by Ethan Richardson
“Friends Don’t Get Serious”: John Cassavetes, James Baldwin and Tall Tales of Angry Men by Charlotte Hornsby
When a Measure Becomes a Target: Inside the Economics of Repentance by Will McDavid
A New Way to Tell It: An Interview with Francis Spufford (click here for a preview)
A Vision for the Storms by Blake Ian Collier
Coming to Terms with the American Hero Fix by Sarah Condon
Dying to Live: What Are the Side Effects of the Modern Hospital? by R-J Heijmen
Another Week Ends: Self-Making Atheists, Structural Dating, Indiscriminate Addiction, Christian Metal, Guilty Pleasures, and Failed Figure Skaters
1. In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik took the release of two new books about the history of atheism to issue one of his periodic ‘state of modern belief” pieces. Most of the word count is devoted to the question of when the burden of proof definitively shifted from atheists to believers (The Onion weighs in here), and while there are certainly some interesting tidbits, one can’t help but be distracted by: first, wasn’t the exact opposite thing was being said five years ago?, and second, the dichotomy he embraces from one of the books is downright weird, at least…
I’ve just finished reading Pete Townshend’s brutally honest autobiography Who I Am, and one section struck me as good Valentines Day fodder. Which may be a little ironic, given that Townshend and The Who are not known for making terribly romantic music. But by way of context, the end of the 70s found Pete in a pretty low place. The Who had suffered the death of drummer Keith Moon (and would soon endure an incredibly tragic riot at one of their concerts in Cincinnati), Pete’s drinking and drug use was off the charts, and that, combined with his philandering, had…
EPISODE 162: Rain Dance
Nobody’s talking about the truth, about the reality of… This Thing (Gerald Heard). I saw it so clearly the other day while surfing the cable news. Every single one of the cable news networks was talking about Obamacare. Every one, at the same time! And it was the same arguments, pro and con; the same advocates and same objectors; and the same unrelieved impasse.
I wasn’t interested so much in Obamacare as I was in the repetitive nature of the “conversation”. “Over and Over and Over Again” (Dave Clark Five).
Then I understood why. I understand why it’s all…
- Wolfman Jack – Todd Rundgren
- Heaven Sent – INXS
- Anticipatin’ – The Explorers Club
- Faith In Something Bigger – The Who
- Junk – Brainpool
- Milk Train – The Everly Brothers
- Eight Days a Week – Kristine Sparkle
- Dance Apocalyptic – Janelle Monae
- I’m Scared – Burton Cummings
- Keep Me Turning – Pete Townshend
- Get Behind Me – Scott Walker
- Breathless – Nick Cave
- Mirage – Mack Starks
- Good Graces – Johnathan Rice
- Pensacola – Jolene
- Tough – Martin Vogel/Bruce Springsteen
- No. 1 Party Anthem – Arctic Monkeys
- Come to Jesus – Mindy Smith
Also, two quick announcements:
- This coming Friday evening and Saturday morning in Louisville, KY, the docket at St Francis in the Fields’ annual renewal conference is packed with Mockingbirds! Myself, Jacob Smith, and Jady Koch are gathering to discuss “What Would Jesus Tweet?” (#thegospelinthe21stcentury). Click here for more information. Everyone who registers for the event gets a complimentary copy of The Mockingbird Devotional!
- A job opportunity in the Mbird-o-sphere: Here in Charlottesville, the Christ Church Preschool is looking for a new Head Teacher. It’s a 30 hour/week position, teaching 3-4 year-olds, a mix of kids from local and refugee families. The school is a small-but-thriving attempt to incorporate the grace message into preschool education, and the Head Teacher will be a key part of the Christ Church and Mockingbird community here in C’ville. Email us at email@example.com for more information.
I recently read Tim Keller’s book on work, Every Good Endeavor. One of the most important takeaways for me was learning more about John Coltrane, who is the inspiration for Keller’s title. Keller quotes the original liner notes to Coltrane’s most famous album, A Love Supreme, which use the words “every good endeavor.” This week I bought the album, something I should have done a long time ago. Here are those original liner notes, now in a CD booklet. Keller only excerpts the notes, but I feel the whole thing was worth sharing—”a love supreme” turns out to be Coltrane’s…
Dr. Cave, again, in vivid form, tells us about love. This time he delves into literary philosophy of Lorca, and the term “duende,” which means the power of spontaneity, the language of the heart, and also the Portuguese term “saudade,” which is a deep, rooted longing for something/someone that is absent. In thinking of rock’n’roll music, Nick Cave believes that a true love song is not true without this saudade. Any other “love song” without this longing, is not a love song, but a fraud, a “hate song.”
And then there’s his very carnal description of the Song of Songs. Take…
For the rich possibilities of dialogue between 80s New Wave and the old, old story, look no further! This one comes to us from Tyler Beane:
This is a great Aimee Mann tune from the late ’80s when she was still heading the band ‘Til Tuesday. The song is about a gal experiencing what I read as depression following the loss of “a boy,” probably a boyfriend. The song has a lightness to it, a breeziness to the pop. However, when the song moves to the lyrics “This time” in “Why must I take it so hard this time” in the…