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Oklahoma City Conference Schedule!

With just over a month until our Fall Conference in Oklahoma City (10/28-29), we are excited to announce the final schedule, including talk titles, below. We’ll be exploring the theme, “Grace in the Grind: The Gospel in Contemporary Culture”, and we hope the weekend will provide rest and respite from the stress of daily life. As a reminder, thanks to the generosity of The Anglican Foundation and All Souls Episcopal Church, this conference is completely free! Just please be sure to pre-register ASAP so that we can plan accordingly.

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Friday Oct 28th

12:30 – Registration opens

1:00pm – Welcome and “Falling Into Grace, Pt 1” – John Newton

2:15pm – “The Gospel Monday thru Friday: Glimpses of Grace in Relationships” – Alex Large

3:15pm – Breakouts

  • “Lazaretto, or Where Is That Moral Progress I Was Promised?” – Scott Johnson
  • “The Kingdom of Heaven According to Hollywood: It’s Not Where You Think It Is” – Carrie Willard
  • “Repentance as an Act of Rebellion” – Jonathan Mitchican
  • “Grace All the Way Down” – Mac Stewart

6:00pm – “Falling Into Grace, Pt 2” – John Newton

6:45pm – Anglican Foundation presentation

7:00pm – Dinner and Drinks! (menu coming soon)

Saturday Oct 29th

8:30am – Doors open

9:00am – “Sacraments, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Pop Culture and the Loss of the Enchanted Imagination” – Jonathan Mitchican

9:45am – “A View from the Back Pew: Grace in the Grind of Family and Church” – Carrie Willard

10:45am – “Things Done and Left Undone: Hope Beyond the To-Do List” – David Zahl

11:30am – Concluding service

12:30pm — Book Table closes

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See you in Oklahoma!

The Spiritual Life of a Justified Sinner, Pt 2 – Ted Peters

Here’s the magnificent second part of Ted Peters’ presentation from our New York Conference last April. Find Part 1 here! 

Sin Boldly! The Spiritual Life of a Justified Sinner, Pt 2 – Ted Peters from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Grace in the Grind: 10/28-29 in Oklahoma City!

Couldn’t be more excited to announce our Fall Conference in Oklahoma City (10/28-29), pre-registration for which is now open. Details below.

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The never-ending bustle of the 24/7 workplace. The three-places-at-once gymnastics of the after-school carpool. The siren’s call of the smartphone screen. The ever-quickening treadmill of doctors’ appointments. Whatever the stage of life, our daily grind has become inescapably breathless. There are simply not enough hours in the day!

We invite you to take a breather with us this October (28-29) in Oklahoma City as we explore how the Christian faith addresses a world overfilled with expectation and obligation, hurt and division. The emphasis, as always, will be on where the comfort and reprieve of the Gospel meets us where we actually live–in places that matter (and some that don’t).

To help, we’ve assembled a truly wonderful group of speakers. The conference kicks off at 1pm on Friday, October 28th at All Souls Episcopal Church, extends through dinner that evening, ending just before lunch on the Saturday the 29th. We’re putting the final touches on the full schedule, so check back in soon for that update. If past events are anything to go by, it is sure to be a spirit-lifting time, jam-packed with grace, laughter, and delicious food. We hope you’ll join us.

Best of all, like the grace of God, this conference is entirely free! Just be sure to pre-register ASAP so we can plan accordingly.

Only if it’s not another thing to stress over, that is.

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A Just Relief: How the Gospel Inspires Justice and Mercy – Raleigh Sadler

Just when you thought the NYC Conference videos were finished!

A Just Relief: How the Gospel Inspires Justice and Mercy – Raleigh Sadler from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Grace in Practice 10 Years Later: A Conversation

Don’t think we’ve posted the wonderful on-stage conversation that took place in NYC between PZ and Scott Jones:

Grace in Practice 10 Years Later: A Conversation Between Scott Jones and Paul Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

The Most Foolish Job in the World: Planting a Grace-Centered Church – Curt Benham

Sad to say, we’re nearing the end of our NYC Conference videos. Before we get there, though, here’s a great one from the inestimable Rev. Benham, who serves at (the wonderful) Village Church in Atlanta:

The Most Foolish Job in the World: Planting a Grace-Centered Church – Curt Benham from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Good News at World’s End: Grace in Eschatology – Will McDavid

Here’s the next breakout video from our NYC Conference, in which Macon’s favorite son takes us out of our comfort zone to deliver, well, comfort (as only he can). Enjoy:

Good News at World’s End: Grace in Eschatology – Will McDavid from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: The Relief of Grief – Lauren Larkin

Very excited to present the next breakout session video from NYC, from long-time contributor and friend Lauren R.E. Larkin. Just wish the digital version came with candy too:

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: The Relief of Grief – Lauren Larkin from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Costly Grace? A Fresh Look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Javier Garcia

The NYC Conference video train keeps chugging! With a wonderful breakout session from our good friend Professor Garcia.

Costly Grace? A Fresh Look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Javier Garcia from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

The Best Crutch There Is: Religion as Relief – David Zahl

You know where you are?! You’re at the 2016 NYC Mockingbird Conference, baby. Time to watch the final talk (more session vids on their way):

The Best Crutch There Is: Religion as Relief – David Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

The Future’s Past: Time Travel and Justification in Fiction, the Bible and You – Adam Morton

Another fantastic breakout from NYC, this time courtesy of The Rev. Adam Morton. We should’ve posted it when we first had the chance…

The Future's Past: Time Travel and Justification in Fiction, the Bible and You – Adam Morton from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Shaped By What You Love: Scottish Stories, Sexy Sailboats, Soulful Cycles & Lemonade Cleanses

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A hearty thank you to all who helped put on the event last weekend in Orange County, especially Nick Bogardus and the good people at Cross of Christ Church in Costa Mesa. What an amazing and hilarious time. The rundown of the evening was:

  • An Introduction from Nick Bogardus
  • Mike Cosper telling Stories of Scottish Corpses
  • Jeff Mallinson Surfing the Tao (on a Sexy Sailboat)
  • Yours truly on Foodie Cults and Fitness Fads

Here’s a taste, pun intended:

The audio files can be downloaded via the Recordings page and we’ll have the other videos for you on Friday.