Posts tagged "Mark Galli"
Another Week Ends: Forsaking Simeon, The Donald, more Ayn Rand, Text Etiquette, Mel Gibson, Underage Drinking, Parenthood and Batman

Another Week Ends: Forsaking Simeon, The Donald, more Ayn Rand, Text Etiquette, Mel Gibson, Underage Drinking, Parenthood and Batman

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1. In the mockingcup-runneth-over department, Conference speaker Mark Galli provides a stunning Holy Week meditation in Christianity Today, “Mercifully Forsaken,” quoting among others St Paul, Martin Luther, Gerhard Forde and… our very own Simeon Zahl! Bravo:

Simeon Zahl, a scholar studying at Cambridge University, says, in a paper entitled “The Spirit and the Cross”: “One of the most reliable ways…

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2011 NYC Conference Recordings

2011 NYC Conference Recordings

A major thank you to everyone who helped put on the conference in New York! We could not be happier or more grateful for how it all went. We’re offering the recordings free of charge again this year; we only ask that those who were not able to attend this year *consider* making a donation to Mockingbird to help cover the cost of the event.

Download links are followed by an in-line player for each recording. You can also download all of the recordings in a zip file.

Devotion 1: Scales Falling From the Eyes – Paul Zahl

Jesus Shot My…

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Mockingbird Interviews Mark Galli (Slight Return)

Mockingbird Interviews Mark Galli (Slight Return)

Last year, many of us at Mockingbird discovered the writings of Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of Evangelicalism (started in 1956 by none other than Billy Graham). Galli’s grasp of the Gospel—God’s grace in Jesus Christ to broken human beings, including Christians who can’t get it together—was as deeply refreshing as it was (almost) unique in the wider world of Evangelical Christianity. We were so intrigued that we sought him out for an interview. Needless to say, it turned out to be a fascinating conversation, looking at the current landscape of Evangelicalism, the radical…

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Preliminary NYC Conference Schedule

Some details subject to change (slightly). To pre-register go here.

P.S. We’ve heard that people are getting great deals on hotel rooms in the vicinity via booking.com. Also, word has it that AirTran is having particularly good sale this week, and Delta is matching the price points. Just sayin.

P.P.S. For a great and provocative discussion of keynote speaker Mark Galli’s recent work, check out InternetMonk!

Galli: God’s Favor to Miserable Little Disciples

Galli: God’s Favor to Miserable Little Disciples

A new article from Christianity Today‘s Mark Galli, keynote speaker at the upcoming 2011 Mockingbird Conference, has this typically scorching humdinger on the annunciation and what it says about God’s grace to us:

“This announcement to Mary comes completely out of the blue, as if it were an act of sheer grace. Indeed, an act of grace to Mary and to us. Before we could decide for or against God, before we could show him how religious we are, before we could ask forgiveness for our first sin, before we were the apple of our parents’ eyes, before the foundation of…

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Another Zinger from Luther

“Someone asked Martin Luther what we contribute to salvation, and he said, ‘Sin and resistance!'”

-Michael Horton, in a Christianity Today interview by Mbird’s 2011 conference speaker Mark Galli

Another Week Ends: Procrastination, Galli on Miners & Prayer, Wes Anderson, JK Rowling & goodnewsforpeoplewithbigproblems

Another Week Ends: Procrastination, Galli on Miners & Prayer, Wes Anderson, JK Rowling & goodnewsforpeoplewithbigproblems

1. A wonderful and highly relevant article in this week’s New Yorker by James Surowiecki reviewing a new book on procrastination, The Thief of Time. A perfect storm of Law-related paralysis (also known as “perfectionism” – think Chinese Democracy), Romans 7-style inner divisions and general human silliness:

Philosophers are interested in procrastination for another reason. It’s a powerful example of what the Greeks called akrasia—doing something against one’s own better judgment. Piers Steel defines procrastination as willingly deferring something even though you expect the delay to make you worse off. In other words, if you’re simply saying “Eat, drink, and be…

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SAVE THE DATE! 2011 Mockingbird Conference in NYC 3/31-4/2

We are super excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today. All other details still being finalized. To receive the special pre-registration materials, please…:

Hope for Hungary-American Gypsies

“The most interesting conversation was with a Hungarian evangelist to Gypsies. He described Hungary as post-modern, post-Christian, post-reading (they don’t like it, apparently), and post-listening (they heard so much propaganda from the communists that they have a hard time listening long to anyone’s claims). All in all, it struck me that Americans may not be that much different from Gypsies.” . . .

Mark Galli from: A Little Raising of Hands:

Breaking Good Habits

Breaking Good Habits

Over on the Psyblog, an (ambitiously named:) article entitled How to Banish Bad Habits and Control Temptations illuminates the distinction between self-control/denial and Christianity.“Top of the list for unwanted activities,” relates the article, “were excess sleeping, eating and procrastination (no big surprises there in a sample of students). The top strategies to combat these were:Vigilant monitoring: watching out for slip-ups and saying “Don’t do it!” to yourself. Distraction: trying to think about something else. Stimulus control: removing the opportunity to perform the habit, say by leaving the bar, fast-food restaurant or electronics store.For strong habits it was the vigilant monitoring…

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Read, Mark (Galli), Learn and Inwardly Digest

Read, Mark (Galli), Learn and Inwardly Digest

It seems that we can’t get enough of Mark Galli. In a recent (web only) article entitled, Asking the Right Question: why neither worm theology or worth theology will do, he continues along a line of theological inquiry that is running parallel to what we are working through here. He writes:

We read the Bible not just to answer our questions but to frame the questions themselves. In our state of confusion, we’re always tempted to ask the wrong questions. But God is so gracious he reveals not only the core issues that…

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Another Few Weeks End: Hitchens & Galli, OK Go, Shaun White, Big Love and more Elvis

Another Few Weeks End: Hitchens & Galli, OK Go, Shaun White, Big Love and more Elvis

After taking a few weeks off to ponder all things Elvis-related, and to try out a new smaller-but-more-frequent approach to posting, I am returning to the weekly round-up. Mainly in response to the surprising and flattering popular demand (a la EP…?). Regardless, it will probably end up being more of a bi-weekly round-up from here forward. Here goes:

1. Everyone’s favorite evangelical atheist, Christopher Hitchens, brings us another blast of what is becoming his trademark ‘insightful lack of insight’ in Vanity Fair this week, rewriting the 10 Commandments [Warning: considerable language and smugness]. It is truly astonishing – in the same…

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Mark Galli on Transformation

Mark Galli on Transformation

Mockinghero Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today, does it again:
From Point of Crisis, Point of Grace: Why it’s crucial to recognize how little we’re being transformed.:
To those who wonder what good is Christian faith if it’s not going to make a difference, I reply: If you’re a Christian mainly because you want to be changed, that’s a problem. If you’ve given your life to God mostly because you are tired of yourself and want to be a different person—well, that may suggest you’re merely using God to fix you. That’s not faith. That’s not love of God. That’s…

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Galli of Christianity Today (pt. 2)

Exclusive Interview: Mark Galli of Christianity Today (pt. 2)

Last week we posted part 1 of Mockingbird’s exclusive interview with Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today. Galli’s experience—from local pastor, to magazine editor, to columnist, to author—has all reflected and informed his passion for a cross-centered, true-to-life articulation of the Gospel. Part 2 of the interview explores Galli’s view on transformation in the Christian life, the place of spiritual disciplines, and the future of Evangelicalism. Enjoy!

Mockingbird: Earlier you pointed out the tendency among Evangelicals towards activism, an “addiction to the horizontal.” As someone who’s been in the Evangelical world for a long time, do you see connections…

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Mockingbirds of the World Unite

Mockingbirds of the World Unite

Along the lines of our recent interview with Mark Galli, I’ve been encouraged by the discovery of a few more “voice(s) crying in the wilderness.” Over at everyone’s favorite evangelical-catholic magazine, First Things, I ran into this article by Jared C. Wilson of the blog: gospeldrivenchurch. I highly recommend the whole article, Dude, Where’s my Gospel. Here is the opening:

Gospel deficiency is the major crisis of the evangelical church. The good news has been replaced by many things, most often a therapeutic, self-help approach to biblical application. The result is a Church that, ironically enough, preaches works, not grace, and…

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