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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!”

Hallelujah!

12_j2We are overjoyed by the news that broke in New York City yesterday, that Calvary St George’s Church has officially called founding Mboard member and frequent contributor Jacob Smith to be their third rector. Jacob and his wife Melina have not only spent ten years in “the trenches” building one of most gracious, creative, and non-contrived ministries in the city country (the stories they could tell…), they have done it with humor and humility and extraordinary love. We are so grateful for them, and for everyone at Calvary St George’s.

This is not an insignificant development for Mockingbird, either. The parish not only provided us with space and support during our formative years, they have have played host to our NYC Conferences for the past nine years, and will again this coming spring. As if our tenth anniversary conference (4/27-29/17) wasn’t going to be special enough already…!

For a (small) indication of how wonderful this news is, listen to some of Jake’s sermons. Or better yet, watch the talk he gave at our conference a couple years ago:

Good Enough? Where Positive Psychology and the Gospel Meet – Sasha Heinz & Jacob Smith

All systems go for the next breakout video from our NYC Conference! This one was a real treat:

Good Enough? Where Positive Psychology and the Gospel Meet – Sasha Heinz and Jacob Smith from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

From the NYC Conference: Absolution Is Just

This from our Calvary-St. George’s host, the one and only Rev. Jacob Smith

Absolution is Just – Jacob Smith from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

I’m New Here! What’s Going On? – Jacob Smith & Sarah Condon

A crowd favorite from our Spring Conference, featuring quite the dynamic duo:

I’m New Here! What’s Going On? – Jacob Smith & Sarah Condon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Everything New Is Moralism Again – Jacob Smith

Our video coverage of the NYC Conference rolls on with a killer breakout from the one and only Jacob Smith:

Everything New Is Moralism Again ~ Jacob Smith from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

What Would Jesus Tweet? The Gospel in the 21st Century (Conference Recordings!)

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An enormous thank you to all the fantastic people at St Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Louisville, KY, who made the What Would Jesus Tweet mini-conference possible earlier this month! What a privilege it was to meet so many new friends; the warmth and graciousness of the welcome we received was nothing short of overwhelming. To read a (very generous!) re-cap of the event, go here. The recordings are now available, both on our Resources page and here, in the order in which they were given. Click on the talk titles to download, or on the players below to listen:

Talk 1: What Would Jesus Tweet? – David Zahl

Talk 2: Everybody’s Anxious, Nobody’s Bored – David Zahl

Everything New Is Moralism Again – The Rev. Jacob Smith

The Psychology of SalvationDr. Eric Johnson

Talk 3: What We Talk About When We Talk About Freedom and Closing Q&A – David Zahl and Jacob Smith

Ministering to Winners: The Blind, Poor, Broken, Oppressed (and Other People Like You and Me)

In which our hero falls into a pile of excrement and discovers the theology of the cross… Must watch for ministers–and human beings–of all persuasions:

You may download the recording of this session by clicking here.

2013 NYC Conference Recordings: Good News That Never Gets Old

2013 NYC Conference Recordings: Good News That Never Gets Old

Another heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on this year’s Mockingbird Conference in NYC, especially our friends at Calvary St. George’s Church. It’s a good thing most of the presentations below have to do with grace, as the very thought of trying to top it is incredibly scary…! Speaking of freebies, though, we are once again making the recordings available at no charge; we only ask that those who were not able to attend this year *consider* making a donation to help cover the cost of the event. Download links are followed by an in-line player for each recording….

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Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Eight Verses One Through Ten

Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Eight Verses One Through Ten

This morning’s devotion comes from Jacob Smith. A reminder that this devotion (and 364 others) will be released at the Spring Conference in the long-awaited Mockingbird Devotional: Good News for Today (and Every Day).

“…Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said…” (ESV)

This is the account of the first Easter morning. However, on this Easter morning there is no linen, no brass instruments, no baked hams or Easter eggs, and no large lilac hats. Instead, the initial tone of the first Easter morning is…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Eight Verses One Through Ten

Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Eight Verses One Through Ten

In light of Holy Week, this week’s devotion looks forward to Easter morning, wherein we find great hope for the hopeless, in the midst of great suffering and great loss. It comes from Rev. Jacob Smith, who will be the chaplain for this month’s NYC conference.

Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said (vv. 5, 6).

Matthew 28 opens with the account of the first Easter morning.  However, on this Easter morning there is no singing, no hams baked, and no large ornate hats. …

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2010 Mockingbird Conference Details

2010 Mockingbird Conference Details

While you’re enjoying the fruits of our recent mini-conference, we wanted to share a couple of exciting updates about our upcoming conference in New York City, April 15-17th:

1. The preliminary schedule is now posted. Though subject to change (esp Saturday morning), we hope that it will help you in planning your travel. [Updated 2/11/10].

2. Publicity materials are now online. Click here to download the conference invitation or here to obtain a flyer/ad that you can post at church. This is shaping up to be quite the once-in-a-lifetime event, so please spread the word!

3. The breakout session topics have been finalized,…

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