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Mbird Tyler 2017 (2/24-25): The Soul of the Gospel


Come join us next month (2/24-25) for our third annual event in downtown Tyler, TX! Our theme this year will be “The Soul of The Gospel”. Paul Zahl and Sarah Condon, along with a host of others, will guide us as we explore the question, “what remains when cultural attachments are relinquished or extinguished and religious traditions have run their course, what is the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of The Son of God?”
None other than Liz Vice will serve as our guest artist with a Friday night concert and Saturday morning worship.


P.S. Lonestar state double-whammy: Grace on the Big Screen event happens in Dallas next weekend (1/13-14)! Click here to view the schedule.

Things Done and Left Undone – David Zahl

Alrighty, just under the wire, here’s DZ’s closing presentation from the OKC Conference (10/28-29):

A View From the Back Pew – Carrie Willard

Our next video from the OKC Conference comes to us from the remarkable Carrie Willard. We guarantee you’ll never think of school uniforms the same again:

Falling Into Grace, Part Two – John Newton

Such a privilege to offer up the second half of John Newton’s wonderful presentation in Oklahoma City on his (wonderful) book Falling Into Grace. Click here to watch part one.

Falling Into Grace, Part Two – John Newton from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Lazaretto, or Where Is That Moral Progress I Was Promised? – Scott Johnson

Here comes the next video from Oklahoma, and the first of the breakout sessions. This one arrives courtesy of Dr. Scott Johnson, our resident expert in classical Greek and all things White Stripes-related:

Lazaretto, or Where is that Moral Progress I was Promised? – Scott Johnson from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

The Gospel Monday Through Friday – Alex Large

The second video from OKC is here! And it’s a wonderful one, courtesy of Mbird stalwart Rev. Alex Large. Enjoy:

The Gospel Monday through Friday: Glimpses of Grace in Relationships – Alex Large from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

2016 OKC Conference Recordings: Grace in the Grind

2016 OKC Conference Recordings: Grace in the Grind

An incredibly heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped put on our conference in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago, especially the good folks at All Souls Episcopal Church, The Anglican Foundation, and the indefatigable, ueber-gracious Carol Johnson. We’re also supremely grateful to The Brothers Carr for running the book table and to Mark Babikow, our ridiculously underpaid A/V guru.

As per usual, we’re making the recordings available at no charge; those who’d like to contribute to the cost of putting on the event can do so here and we’ll be sure get those funds to the powers-that-be. Download links are followed by an…

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Falling Into Grace, Part One – John Newton

If you weren’t able to make it to our recent conference in Oklahoma City, fret not! Here is the first conference video featuring John Newton on his book Falling Into Grace. (The audio of all the talks will be available later this week–check the site regularly for more.)

Falling Into Grace, Part One – John Newton by Mockingbird on Vimeo.

This Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City!

aprcover8Very flattered to be interviewed by Carla Hinton of The Oklahoman about the *free* conference we’re hosting in Oklahoma City this coming Friday and Saturday (10/28-29).

Click here to read the article, which I think does a nice job of explaining what we’re trying to do. If you’ve got friends in the area who might be interested in dropping by, definitely forward it their way.

There’s still/always room for last-minute walk-ins, but please, if you are planning to eat with us on Friday evening, we ask that you register over at ASAP.

P.S. The first one hundred people through the door will receive a complimentary copy of the mental health issue of The Mockingbird!

P.P.S. Deepest thanks to The Anglican Foundation and All Souls Episcopal Church for their supreme generosity in making it possible to keep the registration fees at zero.

The Tenth Annual Mockingbird NYC Conference: 10 Years of Grace

Hard to believe that the 2017 Spring Conference will be our 10th annual get-together in New York City. It happens April 27-29, 2017 and you are warmly invited. Registration is now open! We’re so excited we produced a video about it:

We would love to see you there. Get your tickets here

Earlybird prices expire at the end of the year.

P.S. Just over two weeks til Oklahoma City! Click here for more info about this *free* event.

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.


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


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.