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Stop, Look and Listen, Baby! The King Goes Rubberneckin'

Stop, Look and Listen, Baby! The King Goes Rubberneckin’

I realized the other day that we’ve talked far too little on this site about Elvis Presley. I hereby pledge to do my best to rectify the situation. After all, we do believe that God became (Tiger) Man…

Elvis has one of the more powerful and extensive (and underrated) Gospel catalogues around, but that’s not the focus of this post. This post is about “Rubberneckin’,” the song off the record From Elvis In Memphis. Some may call it sacrilege but I consider those sessions to have produced his greatest recorded work. They fully capture his brief revitalization at the end of…

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Pensacola Mini-Conference Round-Up (Audio and Text Files) - UPDATED

Pensacola Mini-Conference Round-Up (Audio and Text Files) – UPDATED

A major thank you to everyone who was involved with our first ever mini-conference at the end of January. About 60 of us gathered for 36 hours at the beautiful Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola, FL, to hear about “God’s Grace In A World Of Glory”. It was a blast!

The conference opened with dinner Friday night (Mbird cake!), followed by the opening talk from Dr. Mark Mattes: “The Theology Of The Cross Today” – the audio of which you can download by clicking on the title.

On Saturday, Dr. Mattes (pictured below) kicked things off with his characteristically profound “Luther As…

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Mini-Conference in Pictures

Mini-Conference in Pictures

Thanks to all who made this conference such a success!

Our speakers: Mark Mattes, Gil Kracke & David ZahlOur clergy: Neal Goldsborough & Tim BackusOur staff: Jenni Boyden & Kerry HualOur volunteers: Jim Boyden, Leann Nowak, Bonnie Benz,

Dina Stackhouse,…

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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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REMINDER: Mini-Conference in Florida! Jan 29-30th

REMINDER: Mini-Conference in Florida! Jan 29-30th

A few more details about the upcoming mini-conference in Pensacola later this month. Our gracious hosts at Christ Church, led by our very own Jeff “Mr Christmas” Hual, have put up an ultra-informative “microsite” about all things conference-related, which you should all visit post-haste. When you do, you will discover a number of exciting facts, including (but not limited to):

1. Our speaker will be the brilliant theologian, professor and writer Dr Mark Mattes, of 2008 NYC Conference fame (not to mention recent Browder interview fame). If our theme (“God’s Grace In A World Of Glory”) sounds familiar, that’s because it…

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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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SAVE THE DATE: Mockingbird Mini-Conference in Pensacola, FL! Jan 29-30th, 2010

SAVE THE DATE: Mockingbird Mini-Conference in Pensacola, FL! Jan 29-30th, 2010

Calling all Mockingbirds in the Southeast – in conjunction with Christ Church Pensacola, we are proud to announce our first ever mini-conference! The event takes place Friday 1/29 – Saturday 1/30 in Pensacola, FL (18 W. Wright St, Pensacola) and will feature talks from none other than Dr. Mark Mattes.

The theme will be “God’s Grace In A World Of Glory”. Together 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…

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Love Doesn't Justify; Faith does: an interview with Dr. Mark Mattes

Love Doesn’t Justify; Faith does: an interview with Dr. Mark Mattes

Regular readers of our blog will, no doubt, be familiar with the deep thoughts of our favorite philosopher-hunter, David Browder. Recently, he forwarded me a discussion that he had been havingwith one of our heroes, Dr. Mark Mattes, who gave these addresses at our first-ever Mockingbird conference in 2008 and is the author of the MUST-READ The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology. They thought that their conversation may be of interest to us here on the blog, and were they ever right. We’re hoping that this will be a regular feature here, but in good reformation-theological form, we’re just…

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Slightly Expanded And Significantly More Organized Conference Book Table List

Slightly Expanded And Significantly More Organized Conference Book Table List

Here’s the full list plus a couple of relevant additions, linked to sites where they can be purchased. Although everything comes highly recommended, this is by no means meant to be a definitive list (stay tuned…). For the sake of newcomers we have divided the non-fiction into three itunes-inspired categories: Basics, Next Steps and Deep Cuts. In other words, the books are organized according to accessibility rather than importance.

NON-FICTION
Basics
1. Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book.
3. Manning, Brennan. The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News For the Bedraggled, Beat-up and Burnt Out
3. Martyn, Dorothy. Beyond Deserving: Children, Parents And Responsibility Revisited.
4. Norris, Sean….

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Can't See the Forest for the Blogs. . .

Can’t See the Forest for the Blogs. . .

When trying to compile a list of my favorite theological blogs, I ran into an immediate problem: I don’t actually read that many! One reason for this is that I am able to have a “one-stop-shopping” approach to blog consumption due to the fact that almost all of the people that I’m interested in reading contribute to this blog (or are on our blogroll).

The difficulty for me is not that I’m detached from the ongoing debates and/or unaware of the contemporary issues,–I mean, who can resist wading into a debate over the theological appropriation of Zizek’s ontology:)—its just that…

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Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

When I had the idea of writing a series on the “New Perspective,” I initially thought that it would be a group of posts about its intricacies and arguments, how it distorts and misunderstands the Gospel. But then I realized – it’s simply not that interesting.

That’s not to say that the New Perspective is unimportant, just that there is nothing that I would write about it that hasn’t already been (better) said/written regarding the way it misunderstands sin, God, and people. (Other than that, it’s really good stuff). If any of you are interested in the details of the “New…

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The 2008 Mockingbird Conference: God's Grace in a World of Glory

The 2008 Mockingbird Conference: God’s Grace in a World of Glory

A week has passed and I can still hardly believe how well our first conference went! Sean and I want to thank everyone who came, and everyone who helped make it happen. It was an experience we will definitely keep with us for a long time to come. For those of you who couldn’t make the trip, here’s how it all went down:

[Note: we’ve whittled down the size the mp3s from the previous post so that they’ll take up roughly half as much room on your hard-drive.]

On Thursday evening April 3rd, we convened at St George’s Episcopal Church for the…

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