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Crazy Busy: In Demand (and Fully Justified) Every Hour of the Day

Crazy Busy: In Demand (and Fully Justified) Every Hour of the Day

I believe “fish in a barrel” is the phrase that applies here. The NY Times’ Opinionator has been running an ongoing series about anxiety that has provided more than a little fodder for us, and this past week’s may be the apex, Tim Kreider’s column, “The Busy Trap.” It’s really worth reprinting in its entirety. Essentially, Kreider outlines one of the most transparent and potent expressions of The Law (i.e. who you must be/what you must do/how you must do it) in our cultural context: busyness. Perhaps more than anything else in modern American life, busyness serves as an almost…

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"Lonnie Loosie" on the Bound Will

"Lonnie Loosie" on the Bound Will

An article that appeared in Monday’s New York Times discussed something absolutely fascinating to me. I had no idea of the problems that the New York City cigarette tax has created for so many New York residents.

According to the article, an average pack of smokes now costs $12.50 in Midtown Manhattan, a price that is outrageous. Even with the salary premiums that New Yorkers enjoy when compared with other parts of the country, such a high price is going to price people out of the habit…or should price people out. But instead, it simply turns them to…

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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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Death and Resurrection in Church Planting. And Life.

Death and Resurrection in Church Planting. And Life.

Here at Mockingbird we pride ourselves on being Theologians of the Cross. That is to say, we believe that God works, most often and most powerfully, through weakness and defeat, rather than in strength and victory. As Paul writes, recounting God’s answer to him in the midst of suffering:

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in…

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I’m Gonna Always Love You – Little Miss Piggy and the Muppet Babies

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mockingbird:

The Ripped and the Righteous: The Gospel According to Jack LaLanne

The Ripped and the Righteous: The Gospel According to Jack LaLanne

Frank Bruni cooked up (!) quite the enlightening editorial in Saturday’s NY Times about the recently deceased fitness guru Jack LaLanne, tracing the ways LaLanne was responsible for turning exercise into a religion, the gym into a temple, etc. I’ll spare you a diatribe about the superficiality of “discipline” for discipline’s sake – Bruni says/implies what needs to be said/implied – what’s more interesting here is that although LaLanne may not have come up with the outside-in approach to self-improvement (that particular ‘face’ has been launching ships since the Stone Age), he was certainly instrumental in figuring out how to…

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Some Things Never Change - RJ Heijmen

Some Things Never Change – RJ Heijmen

Continuing with our series of entries from Judgment & Love, here is RJ Heijmen’s chapter. RJ is head minister of St. Paul’s Church in New York City – you can subscribe to his terrific podcast here. Again, J&L is a collection of 35 true-life stories illustrating the powerful truth that when love is shown in the face of deserved judgment, lives are changed. To order your copy at the reduced price of $10, go here or click on the button at the bottom of the post.

“We love because…

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Judgment And Love: The Expanded Edition

Judgment And Love: The Expanded Edition

Mockingbird is proud to announce the release of Judgment And Love: The Expanded Edition! A collection of 35 true-life stories illustrating the powerful truth that when love is shown in the face of deserved judgment, lives are changed, this book also serves as an accessible and heartfelt introduction to the realities of the Christian message.

Edited by Sean Norris and featuring contributions from pretty much all of the bloggers that you find here, we are really excited about this project. The new edition has been given a complete face-lift and is over 50% longer (i.e. tons of new content!). Copies are…

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How Does An Expert View Heaven?

A GREAT video on Heaven. It’s comforting to know that Heaven will be 1400 times the size of New York City. And please if you’re going to watch it, watch it all the way through. I wouldn’t want you to miss the special treat at the end.

I LOVE this stuff. Could watch it all day long. It’s part of who we are, embrace it!

Crossing The Line

I read an interesting article a week ago about a wealthy clubbin’ hemophiliac Episcopal priest (a particular area of interest for me). The article reported that this minister makes trips to New York City (where he also receives medical treatments) to frequent clubs where he spends tens of thousands of dollars on drinks and even tips very generously.

While the story is very interesting in and of itself, what fascinated me most was the response of his Bishop who temporarily removed him from all active ministries. In an another article, the Bishop said that if the…

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