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Suburbia at the Mid-Century: Church

Suburbia at the Mid-Century: Church

Two thousand years of Jesus in our lives had a crest when The American Dream was real.

It was Mid-Century: after America rose from the fugue state of The Great Depression to wrest control of the globe from evil. The extreme, violent and costly effort changed the world – but especially America. Millions had died, were physically wounded and everyone was deeply affected. Those warriors who survived were wounded: some physically, but all were changed by a life or death struggle.

1945 saw those millions come home to create a new place – a sanitarium of peace in a new juggernaut: the…

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O No, Captain! My Captain!: On the Suicide of Robin Williams

O No, Captain! My Captain!: On the Suicide of Robin Williams

In the film Dead Poets Society, Neil Perry, a young prep school boy, goes against his father’s wishes and performs in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The father blames the boy’s teacher, John Keating (played by Robin Williams) for Neil’s disobedience, demanding Mr. Keating stay out of the boy’s life. In reaction to the situation, that evening Neil’s father takes him home, telling Neil he plans to enroll him in military school.

Later that night Neil, unable to handle the thoughts of his possible future, takes his own life.

Of course, today this plot holds a bitter irony since one of Robin…

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PZ's Podcast, 84-89: Yvette Vickers, Protestant Episcopal SuperMarionation I&II, Bette Davis Eyes, Tana and Tahrir, and Pacific Overtures

PZ’s Podcast, 84-89: Yvette Vickers, Protestant Episcopal SuperMarionation I&II, Bette Davis Eyes, Tana and Tahrir, and Pacific Overtures

Thanks again for your patience with us this past week. As you’ll see, while the site slept, some of us were busy!

Episode 84: Yvette Vickers (f. 4.27.11)

Newspapers and blogs seem to settle for the categorical in reporting such events as the discovery, on April 27, 2011, of the body of Yvette Vickers in her house in Benedict Canyon.

Yvette Vickers’s death becomes a “bizarre” event, and gets linked to the Gothic, even, as it applies to the kinds of movies in which she appeared. (She gave knockout performances, by the way, in her two “legacy” films: Attack of the 50…

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I’m Gonna Always Love You – Little Miss Piggy and the Muppet Babies

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mockingbird:

The Ripped and the Righteous: The Gospel According to Jack LaLanne

The Ripped and the Righteous: The Gospel According to Jack LaLanne

Frank Bruni cooked up (!) quite the enlightening editorial in Saturday’s NY Times about the recently deceased fitness guru Jack LaLanne, tracing the ways LaLanne was responsible for turning exercise into a religion, the gym into a temple, etc. I’ll spare you a diatribe about the superficiality of “discipline” for discipline’s sake – Bruni says/implies what needs to be said/implied – what’s more interesting here is that although LaLanne may not have come up with the outside-in approach to self-improvement (that particular ‘face’ has been launching ships since the Stone Age), he was certainly instrumental in figuring out how to…

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PZ's Podcast: P.E. II

PZ’s Podcast: P.E. II

EPISODE 26

High-Church Christianity is an interesting phenomenon. You have the ultimate High Church: the Church of Rome. But then you have High-Church Lutherans, High-Church Anglicans, even High-Church Methodists and High-Church Baptists. Yes, really. It all starts to get relative, though the gold standard will always be the Roman Catholic Church. (There are Low-Church Roman Catholics, interestingly enough.)

This is the second and final podcast concerning the portrait of Episcopalianism as found in the novels of James Gould Cozzens (for the write-up of the first, go here). First, there is an Episcopal funeral as remembered by a thirteen-year-old boy whose mother…

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The Origin of Every Clash That Takes Place Between People

The Origin of Every Clash That Takes Place Between People

A couple of never-been-bettered passages about the legal side of life from Paul Zahl’s Grace in Practice. As close as it gets to Mbird 101:

p. 6: But the law, no matter where it comes from, is always the law heard. I hear ‘you shall’ and ‘you shall not’ as adversarial. This is the key to understanding human psychology and human action. All ideals and all delineations of what is absolutely good are heard and understood as accusatory statements… Say what you will about its idealistic intent, about its being the ultimate ‘design manual’ for men and women, the…

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PZ's Podcast: P.E.

PZ’s Podcast: P.E.

EPISODE 25

I used to get mad that no one introduced me, during 35 years of being an Episcopal minister, to the writings of James Gould Cozzens. Here was a man who wrote in detail and insight about the inner workings of Episcopal parishes, Episcopal clergy and Episcopal people. In novels like The Last Adam, Men and Brethren, By Love Possessed, and Morning Noon and Night, the Episcopal Church figured, again and again and again. And the portraits were accurate.

Just one glance at pages 289-294 of “The Last Adam”, published in 1933, offered the…

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Deep Notes Of A Blast From The Past: James Gould Cozzens' Men And Brethren

Deep Notes Of A Blast From The Past: James Gould Cozzens’ Men And Brethren

The reason that the neglected American novelist James Gould Cozzens (1903-1978) finds a resonance with Mockingbird has to do with his observations on human nature — he believed in Original Sin — and with his unforgettable, discomfiting descriptions of reality, things as they are, De rerum natura.

Moreover, Cozzens had an archaeological personal link with the Episcopal Church: its outward life, its inward life, its rectors and its wardens, its original constituency and its continuing adaptations, its historic strengths and repeating weaknesses. Cozzens was “P.E.” (“Protestant Episcopal”, which is old lingo for Low Church but not necessarily Evangelical)…

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A Sermon For Yeardley And For George

As many of you know, The University of Virginia made national headlines this past week with the deeply tragic news of the murder of undergraduate lacrosse player Yeardley Love, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend George Huguely.  Our friends and soon-to-be colleagues at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville have found themselves at ground zero of this horrific event – hundreds of UVA students attend their services each week. The Rev. Paul Walker, rector of CCC, delivered the following sermon yesterday, to the heart of this hurting community, which we felt was important to share: 

To download the mp3, click here. And here…

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The Power To Cut Through Humanity's Baloney: Mockingbird in Modern Reformation

The Power To Cut Through Humanity’s Baloney: Mockingbird in Modern Reformation

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the brand new Jan/Feb issue of Modern Reformation magazine. We are proud to report that two Mockingbird contributors have pieces published within its pages. The first is a feature(!) by Jacob Smith entitled The Authority Of The Bible: “It ain’t IS necessarily so!” The priceless tagline for the piece is “The Bible is authoritative not because it is a manual for living, but because it reveals to us Jesus who has the power to cut through all of humanity’s baloney. And the first paragraph reads as follows:The world seems to be…

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