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Champions She Shall Never Want

Champions She Shall Never Want

The following post was written by our friend, Matt Milliner, professor of art history at Wheaton College. 

I recently decided to leave Mockingbird. I do not mean that I was convinced over a bourbon-fueled colloquy with a recent Catholic convert that Sylvester Prierias was unimpeachably correct to respond to Luther’s attack on indulgences by defending papal authority. Nor do I mean that I brushed up on recent Pauline scholarship and determined that Luther’s existential read of Romans is passé. Least of all do I mean, by leaving Mockingbird, that the Mainline Protestant status quo—with its newfangled gospel of intersectionality—holds any lingering appeal….

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Freedom in Christ, or, How Can We Do What You Do…On The Dance Floor ~ Drew Rollins

A timely meditation from the best dancer hands down at this year’s EpiscoDisco, Drew Rollins. From our recent conference in NYC:

Devotion: Freedom in Christ or How Can We Do What You Do…On The Dance Floor ~ Drew Rollins from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Did It Have to Be Jesus? ~ Nicole Cliffe

One of the more vitalizing talks from our conference in NYC came from Nicole Cliffe, who co-founded of one our favorite humor sites, The Toast (may it now rest in peace). Be ready to laugh and cry as you hear this story of how a sarcastic Harvard grad found God.

Did It Have to Be Jesus? ~ Nicole Cliffe from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Architect: Fellow and Failing ~ Duo Dickinson

Another one from the conference! This talk certainly won the “shock factor” award. From the one and only Duo Dickinson.

Architect: Fellow and Failing ~ Duo Dickinson from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Another Decade Ends – David Zahl

Here it was, the capstone of our 10th Anniversary weekend, the moment when Mockingbird’s not-quite-fearless leader actually tried to describe (and he did so somewhat successfully) what it is Mockingbird is… or at least showed us what it’s tried to do these ten years. A great starting place for any new reader (or veteran one!) who’s still wondering what this is all about…

The Raising of the Crucified One ~ Fleming Rutledge

The speaker from the talk below received a standing ovation at our 10th Anniversary conference in NYC. Her book, The Crucifixion, has gone as viral as a 700-page theological magnum opus can. She’s Fleming Rutledge, speaking this time about the resurrection.

The Raising of the Crucified One ~ Fleming Rutledge from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

PS. Expect an excellent interview with Fleming in the upcoming Love & Death Issue of The Mockingbird. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can do so here!

Sisyphus’s Inbox ~ Oliver Burkeman

It was such a privilege to have journalist and best-selling author Oliver Burkeman speak at our recent conference in NYC! His incredible talk, about productivity and modern life, is available here:

Sisyphus’s Inbox ~ Oliver Burkeman from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Lost Doctrine of Sin – Simeon Zahl

Another wonderful talk from this year’s NYC conference: theologian  Simeon Zahl examines the inconvenient but foundational doctrine of sin.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Lost Doctrine of Sin ~ Simeon Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.


Thank you again to everyone who helped put on this year’s conference in NYC, especially our invaluable friends at Calvary St. George’s! What a truly special celebration it was.

We are rolling out the recordings a little differently this year, making them available first as fresh episodes of The Mockingcast. All of the plenaries are now up over on Fireside and iTunes for you to listen to, download and share–minus William Deresiewicz’s (which was an in-person-only deal).

Please note: The Mockingcast ‘feed’ is a fresh one as of a couple weeks ago, so even if you think you’re subscribed, you may not be. Just click here to sign back up, and you’ll be notified as soon as the breakouts are ready (not to mention when The Mockingcast itself returns, post-summer/DZ sabbatical. Hopefully these’ll tie you over til then!). We’ll also add everything to the Resources page in the coming days.

Major thanks go to Mark Babikow, Lino Martinez, and Collin Anderson for making our AV dreams come true. Major thanks also goes to Casey and Travis Squyres at Stellate Photography for capturing it all on camera! A few highlights below:

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As per usual, we are making the recordings available for free; we only ask that those who were not able to be there consider making a donation to help cover the cost of the event. Pretty much everything was videotaped, and we’ll be posting those clips over the next few weeks (a couple of the presentations won’t make much sense without the accompanying footage).

SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s NYC Conference will take place April 26-28th, 2018.

The Reformation Today: A Conference Breakout Preview

This preview comes to us from the host of this coming weekend’s festivities in NYC, The Rev. Jacob Smith himself.

This breakout is entitled “The Reformation Today” because “Is the Reformation Over?” has already been taken by everyone writing at First Things or The Gospel Coalition. Also, because at Mockingbird we believe the answer to that question is a resounding “NO.”

In order to make my pitch, I believe the shake up at the burger chain Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s has a lot to to say. For seventeen years, Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s defined their business not by amazing fast food burgers (when it comes to fast-food burgers they are the best) but instead by sexy models eating the burgers. Interestingly enough, this actually led to a drop in sales over time. A new ad campaign is throwing all that to the wind, with Carl Sr. coming back to office and taking Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s back to its roots: really, really good burgers and amazing customer service. Is the Reformation Over? It is–if the Reformation has to do with smoke machines or sermons on sex and community development.

As in life, the present is never understood by looking to the future (Carl Jr.).  We understand the present by looking to and understanding the past (Carl Sr.). In this breakout, we will take a trip back to our roots as Reformational Christians, and look briefly at some of the overlap between the English and German Reformations, which all came together in the person of Dr. Robert Barnes. Then using “The Reformation Essays of Dr. Robert Barnes,” we will define and answer the big question at the heart of the Reformation: “How is a person justified before God?” That is the question.  That question will help the church get out of the realm of trying to be cool and get back to the “Carl Sr. of Christianity.” With this question answered, we will examine some important pastoral implication in the midst of real pastoral ministry because when this question of justification is not answered correctly the real power and strength of Christianity is lost. This breakout is for anyone, especially those who are interested in pastoral care and practicing it from a perspective of “by grace alone!”

NYC Conference: T-Minus Two Days and Counting!

This is the week, people! High time we announced the final talk titles:

Thurs PM
“Rock n Roll All Night, Party Every Day: The Secret of Mockingbird’s Success” – Aaron Zimmerman

Friday AM
“Jackwagon Junction: The Losing Battle of Being in Charge” – Sarah Condon
“Hiding in Plain Sight: The Lost Doctrine of Sin” – Simeon Zahl

Friday PM
“Sisyphus’s Inbox” – Oliver Burkeman
“Culture Against Culture” – William Deresiewicz
“The Raising of the Crucified One” – Fleming Rutledge

Sat AM
“ARCHITECT: Fellow & Failing” – Duo Dickinson
“Did It Have to be Jesus?” – Nicole Cliffe
“Another Decade Ends: The First 10 Years in Flight” – David Zahl

View the full, final schedule here. We’ve also adjusted the menu ever so slightly (and added cold brew coffee!), which you can check out here.

Again, while the meals themselves are sold out, the conference is not. The more, the merrier in fact. Online pre-registration ends on Tuesday, but last-minute walk-ins are always welcome.

Oh and probably goes without saying, but there’s no cover charge on Friday night for this:

P.S. Those who’ve signed up for the pre-conference art tour with PZ, which is currently at capacity, will be receiving an email with details on Monday.

The Dynamite of Salvation: A Conference Breakout Preview

The Dynamite of Salvation: A Conference Breakout Preview

This conference breakout will be led by the one and only Scott Keith. If you want to read a longer preview of Scott’s talk, go here. 

Dynamite does one thing well: it blows stuff up. Dynamite is no more than an absorbent material, such as sawdust, soaked in a highly combustible chemical called nitroglycerin. The absorbent material makes the nitroglycerin much more stable. Attached to the nitroglycerin infused sawdust is either a fuse of a blasting cap. Once lit, the fuse or cap creates a small explosion that triggers the larger explosion in the dynamite itself. Once ignited, the dynamite burns…

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