NOW OPEN: Earlybird Pre-Registration for 2015 Spring Conference!

Earlybird pre-registration is now open for our annual Spring Conference, which happens April 16-18th in New York City! Details for the event are still coming together, but we assure you that you’ll not want to miss this one. Speakers already confirmed include author and preacher Nadia Bolz-Weber, journalist Jamin Warren (founder of Killscreen magazine), Mockingbird’s own Jacob Smith, Sarah Condon, and David Zahl, among many others. Our chaplain will be The Rev. Jim Munroe.

As always, in addition to the main presentations, there will be a number of breakout sessions, covering a wide range of topics, from theology to literature, television to psychology, music to parenting. If the past eight years are anything to go by, the conference is sure to be a time of grace, humor, and maybe even a little emancipation (not to mention delicious food). We hope you can join us! We’ll announce the full schedule in mid-January.

The event is open to anyone and everyone. If you plan on attending, we only ask that you pre-register beforehand. The earlybird rate is $100/person, which covers the entire event, meals and program, a significant discount on the normal price ($150/person)–makes a great Christmas present! Please note that the earlybird option is only available for those who wish to register for the entire event. The offer expires on January 16th, at which point all other pricing tiers will open.

Click here to Pre-Register!

Living By Grace (and According to Frankenstein) – Matthew Fenlon

Watch out, here comes another session from the Houston Conference:

Living by Grace (and According to Frankenstein) – Matthew Fenlon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

I Feel Like I Win When I Lose – David Zahl

The closing talk (pre-bagpipes!) from Houston. More videos on their way:

I Feel Like I Win When I Lose – David Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

For more about The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, go here.

Grace in Parenting: I Have No Advice – Sarah Condon

This one will have you in stitches (when you’re not tearing up). Enjoy:

Grace in Parenting: I Have No Advice – Sarah Condon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

The Risk of Grace, Pt 1 – Tullian Tchividjian

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s Tullian’s first talk from Houston. The man does not shy away from vulnerability! PtL:

The Risk of Grace, part one – Tullian Tchividjian from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

p.s. She said yes.

The Good News of a High Risk God – Aaron Zimmerman

The first video from our Fall Conference in Houston is ready for blastoff! Enjoy:

The Good News of a High Risk God – Aaron Zimmerman from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Once again, huge thank you goes out to Mark and David Babikow for making this happen.

2014 Fall Conference Recordings: The Risk of Grace

2014 Fall Conference Recordings: The Risk of Grace

An enormously heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on our Fall Conference in Houston, TX: our friends at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for hosting, The Magills for playing such fantastic music (click here to check out their stuff on iTunes), Mark and David Babikow for being such lifesavers on the audio/visual front, Jim and Tricia Zucker for making the Slaid Cleaves connection, and many more. We are beyond grateful.

We’re once again making the recordings available at no charge; we only ask that those who were not able to attend this year *consider* making a donation to help cover the…

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Drifting Closer in the Dark: An Introduction to the Musical Folklore of Slaid Cleaves

Drifting Closer in the Dark: An Introduction to the Musical Folklore of Slaid Cleaves

We could not be more excited to have Slaid Cleaves join us for the Houston Conference next week. It’s just one of the reasons we hope you’ll meet us there.

There’s plenty of eye-rolling when it comes to American country and folk music, mainly because so much of what used to constitute its storytelling now seems untrue. Songs about rust and horses and top hands and tree yodelers—this used to be far-reaching content; it has since shrunken into American oblivion, re-visited mainly in nichey beer bars by minor players. For anyone other than the Americana devotees, country songs consist, at best, of naïve nostalgia about “simpler times”, and at worst, of abject denial about who we are. And perhaps it is true.

Fall Conference in Houston – HAPPENING NOW!

The full schedule for our Fall Conference! Be sure to check out the conference site for more details or to pre-register.

Friday October 17th
9:00am Opening Prayer Service and Devotion – David Browder
9:30am The Good News of a High Risk God – Aaron Zimmerman
10:30am Morning Breakouts

12:00pm Lunch – Tex Mex Extravaganza
1:30pm Risky Business: Jesus Meets a Control Freak – RJ Heijmen
2:15pm Afternoon Breakouts

6:15pm Talk 1 – Tullian Tchividjian
7:00pm Dinner – BBQ Feast
7:30pm Slaid Cleaves in concert (with The Magills opening!)
Saturday October 18th
9:00am Opening Worship and Devotion
9:30am Talk 2 – Tullian Tchividjian
10:15am Q&A with Tullian
10:45am I Feel Like I Win When I Lose – David Zahl
12:30pm Book Table closes


Introducing Eden and Afterward – Will McDavid

Another gem from our conference from Will McDavid, discussing his new book, Eden and Afterward.

Eden and Afterward: Introducing a Mockingbird Guide to Genesis ~ Will McDavid from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

2014 Fall Conference in Houston TX (10/17-18) – Pre-Registration Now Open!


Grace works without requiring anything on our part. It’s not expensive. It’s not even cheap. It’s free. – Robert Capon

The grace of God does not play it safe. It is imprudent, risky, foolish. It cannot be contained by the walls we build and masks we wear. It moves beyond deserving, pushing the envelope of forgiveness and dispersing the shadows of shame and guilt. God, “whose property it is always to have mercy”, does not flinch from reality–not from our hopes and dreams, our hurts and disappointments, our proudest moments or most embarrassing failures.

This October, at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, we invite you to explore “The Risk of Grace” with us, how the Gospel fearlessly addresses the control freak in us all. Our keynote speaker will be preacher and author Tullian Tchividjian. He will be joined by a host of Mockingbird contributors, including David Zahl, Sarah Condon, Aaron Zimmerman, and RJ Heijmen. The Rev. David Browder will serve as the conference chaplain. We’ve even enlisted one of our favorite Texas singer-songwriters, Slaid Cleaves, to play a concert for us!

As always, the emphasis will be on where the freedom of the Gospel touches down in places that matter (and some that don’t), from romance and parenting to pop culture and social media, theology and literature, and lots more. Look for info about accommodations next week and the full schedule in early August. The event will run all day on Friday (9am-9pm) and half-day on Saturday (9am-12:30pm). The conference fee is $60, which covers the full program, plus lunch and dinner on Friday (which will be delicious). Childcare is provided for all the main sessions.


Thomas Cranmer’s Gospel of Divine Allurement – Ashley Null

The fun never ends! Here’s Dr. Null’s presentation from our NYC Conference, which was delivered immediately after Tim Kreider’s. It was quite dramatic:

Thomas Cranmer’s Gospel of Divine Allurement ~ Ashley Null from Mockingbird on Vimeo.