Posts tagged "David Zahl"
Best of 2010: Favorite Documentaries of SD

Best of 2010: Favorite Documentaries of SD

A week ago, DZ posted a sweet roundup of the documentaries he’s seen and loved this year. Here are a few more from me.

5. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale. John Cazale was one of the great actors of the 70s — perhaps of all time. You may know him from playing Fredo in The Godfather (the title of this documentary is a famous line between Al Pacino and John Cazale.)

I Knew It Was You is a touching look at this gifted artist, who’s stunning performances in The Godfather, The Godfather II, The Conversation, The Deer Hunter, and…

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THE MOCKINGBIRD SINGS: Pensacola & Good News for People with Big Problems, Plus

THE MOCKINGBIRD SINGS: Pensacola & Good News for People with Big Problems, Plus

1. The Pensacola Mini-Conference is a mere 11 days away! November 19th and 20th are your long-awaited chances to experience Mockingbird in all its physical, um, glory. The theme is “God’s Grace When We Need It Most: The Gospel For Hard Times,” and we promise it will be more fun than it sounds (you can read the previews of the content here), especially with the Mockingfather himself, Dr. Paul Zahl, speaking! Believe it or not, what we’re most looking forward to is PZ’s pre-conference seminar on preaching/ministry/life – not that any of us need help with our sermons, of course…!

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Scientists successfully teach gorilla that it will die some day

Following on from DZ’s earlier post on talking to kids about God and all the moral/ethical/theological issues surrounding it, here is a genius piece from The Onion about teaching a gorilla about the concept of mortality:

Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More

It’s been about two months since a clergy friend of mine gave me his copy of Mumford & Sons debut album Sigh No More, and it’s been pretty much the only thing I’ve listened to since then. And whether you picked them up from DZ’s January playlist or picked them up on the radio, odds are you’re loving these guys too (they’re kinda breakin’ out here in the states, but you probably knew that already)! And Mockingbird readers, I am happy to report to you that in this album we find the ever elusive gospel in a world full of…

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Another Week Ends: We Call When All The Cards Stop

Another Week Ends: We Call When All The Cards Stop

Filling in for DZ (a.k.a Charlie’s Dad!), I’ve dedicated these Week Ends to our tireless defense against spirituality, or, as it will, doubtless, come to be known: gnostosolipsism.

1. As Philip Yancey’s article Life in a Bubble attests to, few things illustrate the difficulty and necessity of properly distinguishing law and gospel like Christian educational institutions. Like the church, these organizations are easy targets for unexamined, lazy critiques along the lines of those exposed by PZ in his recent podcast: Green Light (1 & 2). The Law–not “those judgmental people”–is responsible for guilt and shame, and, as such, is…

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Another Week Ends: Parenting, Katy Perry, New Weezer, U2 and "God Told me to…"

Another Week Ends: Parenting, Katy Perry, New Weezer, U2 and "God Told me to…"

Filling in for DZ this week…

1. A great article from Chris Gottlieb for any parent who has ever been given unsolicited advice on their parenting skills ( I suppose that includes everyone?).

The author laments: I marvel at how comfortable people feel telling complete strangers about their purported parenting flaws…No infraction is too small or too strange to elicit comment. (The newspaper was too close to the baby’s eyes?) All my parent friends have experienced this no-win culture of judging parenting. Depending on their personalities, they have cowered, gotten angry or been demoralized by…

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Another Week Ends: Roger Ebert, Judgment, Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, and TS3

Another Week Ends: Roger Ebert, Judgment, Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, and TS3

Filling in for DZ this week…

1. An interesting piece from George Elerick over at the Huffington Post about the destructive power of judgment. Though his alternative of a love-filled justice leaves much to be desired, he’s on to something…

“We judge others and ourselves because we have forgotten in what it looks like to be generous towards the potential of another. Judgment is a kind of amnesia that blinds us from the need to be people of generosity. Judgment, much like cigarettes, can kill. Judgment also puts everyone below the judge.”

2. A worth-while follow-up to Mr. T’s recent post about…

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High Brow Grace: Just A Little, Not Too Much – Verdi’s "Stiffelio" and Rossellini’s "Stromboli"

High Brow Grace: Just A Little, Not Too Much – Verdi’s "Stiffelio" and Rossellini’s "Stromboli"

Earlier this year the Metropolitan Opera mounted a handsome production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Stiffelio”. It was well reviewed, and what caught the eye, in the photographs published in the New York Times at least, was the set created to represent the interior of a Reformed Church. It was Pieter Saenredam come to life.

But Wait, There’s More!

Turns out that Verdi’s 1850 “Stiffelio” is a neglected work of art. Because it was to be produced in Italy, its subject, a married Protestant minister, was controversial at the time. Therefore Verdi altered the original, and…

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A Letter From The Board: Mockingbird, Charlottesville and R.E.M.

A Letter From The Board: Mockingbird, Charlottesville and R.E.M.

On June 1st, Mockingbird will be moving its headquarters from New York City to Charlottesville, Virginia. One of Mbird’s chief supporting parishes since day one, Christ Episcopal Church has graciously invited us to make our “nest” there, and we have accepted! You may remember that The Rev. Paul Walker, rector of Christ Church Charlottesville, was the founding president of Mockingbird’s board of directors.

We see this as a tremendously positive development. The move will put Mockingbird on more solid ground financially and institutionally, allowing us to embrace our calling as a resource ministry with deeper confidence and enthusiasm. While the past…

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Rod Rosenbladt is our Hero

Rod Rosenbladt is our Hero

Many of you may already be familiar with our distinguished conference speaker, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, but for those of you who are not, I thought I would put up a few posts that illustrate just why he is so important to us and why you should run, not walk, to next week’s Mockingbird conference in NYC. Way back when this ministry was not even a glint in DZ’s Mockingeye, we ran across his article entitled, “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church”, that has, I think, remained a foundational document for what we are trying to do here–one of…

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Pensacola Mini-Conference – THIS WEEK!

Pensacola Mini-Conference – THIS WEEK!

Final reminder: our first ever mini-conference happens this Friday and Saturday at Christ Church in Pensacola, FL. The illustrious Dr. Mark Mattes will be our speaker, and there will also be breakout sessions from Jeff Hual, Gil Kracke and David Zahl. To view our full-length invitation, click here. For more details, or to register, please visit the mini-conference website (only $20/person or $30/couple). It should be amazing.

IMPORTANT: The online registration deadline is this Wednesday, January 27th. If you decide after the deadline – on Thursday, or even (gasp!) Friday – that you’d like to join us for all or part…

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The Year That Was (1999)

The Year That Was (1999)

A couple weeks ago, Dave Zahl asked me to produce a list of my own favorite films of the last decade. And in trying to come up with it I kept having the following frustrating experience. I’d think “Well, I gotta include movie _________. I mean that was amazing! Wasn’t that done in 2000 or 2001?”

And I’d look it up, and I was wrong. It was ALMOST in this decade. But it was actually made in 1999.

Which made me realize how very differently this decade ended vs. the last. 1999 was just a…

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Best Films of the Decade

DZ has been demanding that I produce some kind of end-of-the-decade list for movies. I realized tonight that I had one more day left. So here it is.

First let me say again what a wonderful time the last several years has been for character driven documentaries, stories about people and their struggles and joys and failures, rather than ideas and issues. I posted a list of these a while back along with some thoughts about each. I still feel like these are some of my favorite movies of the decade.

Apart from those documentaries, here are my…

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Mockingbird Mini-Conference Details

Mockingbird Mini-Conference Details

This January 29th and 30th, please join Christ Church Parish and Mockingbird Ministries in Pensacola, Florida as we explore the theme, “God’s Grace in a World of Glory”. Together with our speakers Dr. Mark Mattes and David Zahl, we’ll delve into the theological and cultural underpinnings of how God’s forgiveness finds and transforms us even in the midst of our hectic modern lives. Our approach will be biblically-rooted and Cross-centered, with an emphasis on how the Gospel speaks to the problems and demands of everyday life.

For lots more information, including programs, schedule and nearby accommodations, please visit the Conference Website.

The…

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"Broken" – The Season 6 Premiere of House

"Broken" – The Season 6 Premiere of House

My wife and I have been big House fans for some time, but the demands of school have been keeping me away from the television these days. However, between my wife’s telling me that I had to see the season premiere, “Broken,” and DZ’s flagging it last week (see #5), I caved. (How could I not with that title?) I’m not going to attempt to analyze it, but rather am just going to give a little background for those who might not be familiar with the series and offer a few choice quotes from the episode to entice you into…

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