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Why I Am Coming to NYC

Why I Am Coming to NYC

Each year it seems like such an undertaking: spending money on travel for myself that could have been used for a family vacation; enduring crowded flights and dreary layovers; trudging to and fro on subway lines and unfamiliar avenues, a stranger in a strange land – all to spend a few fleeting days at a religious conference. Is it worth it, you may ask? Well, I wrote what follows after last year’s conference, and it sums up the reason why I intend to make this annual pilgrimage to New York City as long as there is a Mockingbird…

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Breaking The Fourth Wall: The Mockingbird Preaching Seminar

Breaking The Fourth Wall: The Mockingbird Preaching Seminar

A few priceless transcriptions from the second talk of the preaching seminar that Paul Zahl conducted at the Fall 2010 Mini-Conference in Pensacola, FL. The first talk had to do with the message itself, while this one, entitled “Breaking the Fourth Wall” (also the title of seminar as a whole), dealt mainly with the means and method of its communication. The full preaching seminar files are available on a pay-what-you-want/can basis on our Publications page.

I see the preacher as a channel for the uninterdicted compassion of Christ that connects with the listener who is in some kind of need. How…

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Mini-Conference Recordings - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Mini-Conference Recordings – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Again, an enormous and very heartfelt Mockingbird thank you to everyone who helped out with last weekend’s mini-conference in Pensacola! In particular, Jeff & Kerry Hual and the Christ Church Pensacola staff. We are so thankful for how it all went.

Links to the recordings of the presentations are below. If you find them to be helpful (and you were not able to attend the conference in person), we ask that you *consider* making a donation to help cover the cost of putting it on. In fact, do so and as a token of our appreciation, we’ll send you the audio…

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Final Pensacola Preview: Revisiting the Gospel Message - Grace Again

Final Pensacola Preview: Revisiting the Gospel Message – Grace Again

The week of the Pensacola mini-conference is upon us! And to entice those of you who are still on the fence, we thought we’d offer one final preview from the main speaker himself, Dr. Paul Zahl. This event is not to be missed, so don’t wait another minute – register today. And for the updated schedule and other details, visit the microsite:

This Friday night’s talk, entitled “Revisiting the Gospel Message — Grace Again”, will simply describe what grace is, and how it works. I’m interested in what grace, or one-way love, has to offer tortured relationships. For “tortured”…

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A Mini-Conference Preview, Part 3: I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)

A Mini-Conference Preview, Part 3: I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)

With the upcoming Mockingbird Mini-Conference now less than six weeks away (!) we continue our series of posts to familiarize everyone with the conference theme and why we chose it – sort of a preview of what the talks will entail, and one that we hope will grab you (and convince you to register ASAP!). This week’s contribution is a preview of “Grace in Addiction: Help for Those Who Cannot Help Themselves” courtesy of John Zahl and Tom Becker:

Addiction is no laughing matter. The devastation it causes forces us to question the limits of the human will’s ability to…

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Another Week Ends: Cyber Bullies, eBay, Glenn Beck, FUNdamentals, Madonna, TV roundup

Another Week Ends: Cyber Bullies, eBay, Glenn Beck, FUNdamentals, Madonna, TV roundup

1. A quick study in opposites: In an NPR story about the rise of cyber-bullying and public humiliation, “It’s Not the Web, It’s Us” sociologist C.J. Pascoe wisely states, ‘we shouldn’t place all the blame for [cyber-bully] actions on new technology. ‘I think the problem starts pre-technology, which is, what are the motivations we have in humiliating another person, and humiliating them sexually?’ she says. ‘That’s the issue we need to deal with, and then follow up with concerns about new media.’”.

The good people at ebay might beg to differ:

2. The NY Times Magazine ran a cover…

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A Mini-Conference Preview, Part 2: The Singer and The Song

A Mini-Conference Preview, Part 2: The Singer and The Song

With the upcoming Mockingbird Mini-Conference now less than seven weeks away (!) we continue our series of posts to familiarize everyone with the conference theme and why we chose it – sort of a preview of what the talks will entail, and one that we hope will grab you (and convince you to register ASAP). This week’s contribution is a preview of the “Preaching Pre-Conference” courtesy of Paul Zahl:

St. Francis wished to say that the person and example of the messenger is the main thing. A whole ‘nother tradition has wished to say that the message is the main thing….

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A Mini-Conference Preview (Part 1 - Everybody Hurts... Sometimes)

A Mini-Conference Preview (Part 1 – Everybody Hurts… Sometimes)

With the upcoming Mockingbird Mini-Conference only fifty days away (!) I wanted to start a series of posts familiarizing everyone with the conference theme and why we chose it, sort of a preview of what my talk will entail, and one that I’m hoping will grab you (and convince you to register ASAP).

I’ve come to understand in my own life that the deep substratum that trumps all other categories of human identity is suffering. We all suffer. And this conference seeks to reach people on that level. Let me explain:

One morning last Spring, a member of my Sunday…

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SAVE THE DATE! Pensacola Mini-Conference November 19/20

SAVE THE DATE! Pensacola Mini-Conference November 19/20

Looking for a warm weather retreat this Fall?! I’m very pleased to announce that the second annual Mockingbird Mini-Conference at Christ Church in Pensacola, Florida will take place on November 19-20, 2010. Our primary speaker will be Dr. Paul F. M. Zahl, with a number of other, to-be-announced Mockingbird contributors also on tap to make presentations. Not to be missed!

Plans are in the works for Dr. Zahl to host a pre-conference seminar/workshop on preaching during the day on Friday the 19th, with the main conference taking place Friday evening and through the day on Saturday the 20th.

More…

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Displaced Persons in an Alien World

Displaced Persons in an Alien World

On Saturday afternoon as I walked out the Chantry doors of Saint George’s, the sky was grey, the air was a damp chill, and the cherry trees with their paper-parchment blossoms had somehow lost their luster. Indeed, the world seemed a very different place from the world I had left on the Thursday prior, as I walked in through those same doors to enter the world of the Mockingbird Conference.

Now, though, as I headed up 16th Street to catch the subway and begin my long trip home, I was engulfed with a profound sense of loss, one that could…

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Kanye West Meets the Left Hand of God

Kanye West Meets the Left Hand of God

I’m still reeling from Gil Kracke’s excellent breakout session at the recent Pensacola Mini-Conference, “Like A Rolling Stone: The Law of Inertia and Human Psychology.” If you haven’t listened to it, do yourself a favor. I can assure you that it will not disappoint!

One of Gil’s primary illustrations of incurvatus in se – St. Augustine’s conception of “man curved in on himself” – had to do with the Kanye West incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, in which Kanye showed himself to be the very height of self absorption, a kind of incurvatus in se run amok. In…

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Hello, Belly Button...

Hello, Belly Button…

It’s been two weeks since the Pensacola Mini-Conference, and Gil Kracke’s excellent break-out session is still very much on my mind. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, do yourself the favor. You won’t be disappointed!

Gil started his thesis from a very old concept, called incurvatus in se, a term that some say originated with Augustine, and which can be defined as a life lived looking “inward” at ourselves rather than looking “outward” to God.

The idea of incurvatus in se is sort of like a form of spina bifida, whereby our backs are curved inward on themselves so…

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