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Law & Gospel: News from Across the Sea

Law & Gospel: News from Across the Sea

The following is excerpted from Mockingbird’s newest resource, Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints), which is available here. This comes from the beginning of the Gospel section:

‘News’ expresses something different from ‘knowledge.’ We live in a time of unprecedented knowledge: a day’s worth of new data now would, in terms of raw amount of information, be the envy of entire centuries past. Knowledge equips us to better live in the world around us: The scientist must be in control in the lab, and the factory manager needs good data on her employees’ output, the cost of raw…

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Ricky Eat Acid’s Aural Law/Gospel

Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Ricky Eat Acid’s Aural Law/Gospel

While listening to music, I’ve found there are certain details or aspects in songs that I will tend to gravitate toward or focus on more.  A lot of times, these aspects can, in a sense, make or break a song for me and can be something as menial as a specific chord change, a song’s particular drum sound or pattern, a short musical riff, etc. When I gravitate toward an aspect like this, I tend to disregard a lot of other elements in the song to the point where if that one aspect were missing, I might not enjoy the…

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Welcome to Mbird 2.0!

Welcome to Mbird 2.0!

At long last, the new site is here! We encourage you to explore. Beyond the crisper presentation, there are a variety of new features for you to check out. One of our chief aims with this new site was to create a platform that made better use of our increasingly vast archives (there’s gold in them hills…); we understand that the range of topics we cover can be a bit frustrating for folks who are only interested in certain aspects. To that end, we’ve introduced a number of new ways for content to “bubble up,” that is, to find past…

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Mindfulness Therapy and The Quicksand of Internal Judgment

Mindfulness Therapy and The Quicksand of Internal Judgment

Fantastic article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the new “wave” of cognitive-behavioral therapy known as mindfulness. Its understanding of the counterproductive power of (internal) judgment is pretty darn eerie. Not only that, but as a school of thought, it appears to recognize the futility of information as a change agent, as well as the essentially passive nature of true self-improvement. In fact, if you can get beyond the slight New Age can-do bent in the language, mindfulness might well represent the next step in a Law/Gospel approach to psychotherapy. But don’t take my word for it (ht WDR):

Even people…

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Terrence Malick: Maybe/Hopefully Bringing Us The Gospel (in 2011)?

America’s resident cinematic genius is about to strike again, with what could be a very Law/Gospel-ripe piece of work:

“Wake me up inside…” (part 5b): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

“Wake me up inside…” (part 5b): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

(iv.1.58.4 cont.) In the doctrine of reconciliation humanity is not only confronted with the positive side of the truths in Jesus Christ, but also the negative side of the truth of sin in the world initiated by humanity and its victim. By Jesus’ atoning work, God reconciles covenant breaking humanity to Himself by Himself. Consequently, the doctrine of sin is dealt with simultaneously and in conjunction to the doctrine of reconciliation. It is not of its own ontological identity as something that “exist[s] in and for itself” as a part of God’s creation; rather it…

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Another Summer Ends: ITunesU Playlist

Another Summer Ends: ITunesU Playlist

It has been a while since I’ve updated our ITunesU Mockingsyllabus, so consider this some last-minute beach listening pleasure for all of you who are looking for a way to pass the time putting the finishing touches on your tan. For all of you who want to broaden the repertoire of your innocuous Cocktail banter by adding “relative successes of the Vietnam War” to Original Sin, Law/Gospel and the bound will, this collection is for you.

1. History of the International System: James Sheehan, StanfordIn our polarized world of sound-bite partisanship, it is instructive and humbling to actually learn about…

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Debbie Downer

Debbie Downer

I’ve been asked why do we, who like the Reformation and support a Law/Gospel paradigm in theology, always focus on ourselves as sinners? Aren’t we like Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live who litters every fun conversation with sad and depressing news? When people want to talk about living out a life of love for the glory of God, we talk about our weakness, our need, and our inability. What about intimacy, healing, and fruit in a relationship with Jesus? Intimacy is wonderful; healing is great, and fruit is awesome! The question is not “what” is good (that’s God’s holy…

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In Defense of Heidi

In Defense of Heidi

Ever since the first season of the Hills, I have been following the adventures of Speidi with as much self-righteous indignation as the next guy. Nobody can agree on how to provide health insurance to everyone in the US, but we can agree on one thing: Heidi Montag is ridiculous. But as I came back from the gym the other day, fresh off of a new haircut and shortly after changing my Facebook picture in celebration of Doppelgänger week, like Nathan to King David, Liza (my wife) pointed out the fact that “We are all (the would-be) Mrs. Botoxhead.“ I…

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Law and Gospel: So Easy A Caveman Can Do It?

You all have no doubt seen this commercial and are familiar with the excellent song from 3 Doors Down. I laugh every time I see this, but I just noticed the law and gospel in it last night.

The cavemen in the commercial are doing something that makes them feel like they have accomplished something, then the Geico advertisement pops up and makes them feel like it’s nothing. In much the same way I go through my life trying to “shine with my own light”, but the law pops up and reminds me that my own efforts are nothing.

Then there’s the…

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10 Favorite Non-Album U2 Tracks

10 Favorite Non-Album U2 Tracks

The band is back in the spotlight in a major way this week, with the release of their new record and their stint on Letterman. Needless to say, it’s put me in a serious U2 phase. But having heard their more well-known songs so many times, I find myself digging deeper and deeper into the catalog to get my fix. Here’s my current top ten non-album tracks, heavy on latter-day material:

Staring At The Sun [Monster Truck Mix]. I have to confess, after Achtung Baby, Pop is my favorite U2 record. And being a sucker for Oasis, I always loved “Staring…

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Mockingbird takes over the world, part 1

Mockingbird takes over the world, part 1

Following up on a couple of posts from last week, one about Joss Whedon’s new TV series, Dollhouse, the other about the absurd amount of commercials on television, there’s an article in this morning’s NYTimes about how Fox is doing an experiment they’re calling “Remote-Free TV”, in which commercials are limited to sixty seconds at a time and ten minutes per hour, as opposed to the usual eighteen. Any guess as to which TV series will serve as the guinea pig for this bold endeavor? That’s right, Dollhouse!

So, the lesson here is two-fold:

1. Keep it up Mockingbirds, we’re…

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