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After God’s Own Heart: Life, Death, and the Gospel in the Story of King David ~ Nick Lannon

In this wonderful talk from our recent conference in NYC, Nick Lannon helps us understand the story of King David in relation to our everyday lives.

After God’s Own Heart: Life, Death, and the Gospel in the Story of King David ~ Nick Lannon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Impossible Is Nothing… And Everything – Nick Lannon

Another stellar breakout from the NYC conference, courtesy of Rev. Lannon:

Impossible is Nothing…and Everything – Nick Lannon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Even My Slate? Jesus as the Ultimate Mr. Clean – Nick Lannon

Believe it or not, we’re not done with the videos from our 2015 NYC Spring Conference. Here’s a great one from Rev. Lannon:

Even My Slate? Jesus as the Ultimate Mr Clean – Nick Lannon from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

P.S. We’re hard at work nailing down everything for 2016 (4/14-16). Getting really excited! Look for an announcement in the next week.

Merry Halloween

Merry Halloween

Halloween has become more Christian than Christmas.

Christians have long had issues with Halloween. We’re not sure what to make of it, we’re not sure if it’s ok to celebrate it, if we’re celebrating demons, monsters, and evil things. Michael Jackson, at the beginning of the landmark video for “Thriller,” felt compelled to provide a disclaimer that this video, in which he turns into a werewolf and a zombie, did not endorse the occult. For the same reasons, many Christians have felt the need to speak out against Harry Potter and Spongebob Squarepants.

I myself have very mixed feelings about Halloween. I…

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Another Week Ends: Homo Animatus and Adventure Time, Dreher Reads Dante, Eulogies (not Résumés), Smugness Is For Real, Everybody Dies, Nuremberg Chaplains, and Christian Rap

Another Week Ends: Homo Animatus and Adventure Time, Dreher Reads Dante, Eulogies (not Résumés), Smugness Is For Real, Everybody Dies, Nuremberg Chaplains, and Christian Rap

1. In TV: Game of Thrones continues with a strong fourth season, despite some controversy on Sunday as it plumbed the worst of Martin Luther’s incurvatus in se (sin as being “curved-in on oneself”) in a scene horrific even by GOT standards. In animated television, it’s recently come to our attention that Rick and Morty on Adult Swim is absolutely brilliant, ht SA, if you have a high threshold for (lots of) ribaldry. Its first season has been perhaps the most creative in recent TV memory, as a boy (Morty) is dragged along into bizarre sci-fi escapades by his grandfather (Rick), a mentally damaged man whose…

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Another Week Ends: Self-Making Atheists, Structural Dating, Indiscriminate Addiction, Christian Metal, Guilty Pleasures, and Failed Figure Skaters

Another Week Ends: Self-Making Atheists, Structural Dating, Indiscriminate Addiction, Christian Metal, Guilty Pleasures, and Failed Figure Skaters

1. In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik took the release of two new books about the history of atheism to issue one of his periodic ‘state of modern belief” pieces. Most of the word count is devoted to the question of when the burden of proof definitively shifted from atheists to believers (The Onion weighs in here), and while there are certainly some interesting tidbits, one can’t help but be distracted by: first, wasn’t the exact opposite thing was being said five years ago?, and second, the dichotomy he embraces from one of the books is downright weird, at least…

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Another Week Ends: Geistless Zeit, Tony Soprano vs. Walter White, Coach Taylor as Gentleman, Netflix's PRISM, Marriage Apps, Hemingway, and Christianity as Marketing Label

Another Week Ends: Geistless Zeit, Tony Soprano vs. Walter White, Coach Taylor as Gentleman, Netflix’s PRISM, Marriage Apps, Hemingway, and Christianity as Marketing Label

1. To start off, Henry Allen over at The Wall Street Journal describes a contemporary cultural inertia he’s felt. An ironically self-described ex-“Ziggy Zeitgeist”, he’s now in limbo, the cultural doldrums, ht VH:

Now I am disquieted. It’s not that I see things changing for better or worse, for richer or poorer, or even not changing at all. It’s something else: The most important thing in our culture-sphere isn’t change but the fact that reality itself is dwindling, fading like sunstruck wallpaper, turning into a silence of the dinner-party sort that leads to a default discussion of movies.

Is some sort of cultural entropy…

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Moral Failures, Half-Way Love, and the Wonder of Imputation

Moral Failures, Half-Way Love, and the Wonder of Imputation

Heidelberg Catechism (1563) Question 60:

How are you righteous before God?

Only by true faith in Jesus Christ: that is, although my conscience accuses me, that I have grievously sinned against all the commandments of God, and have never kept any of them, and am still prone always to all evil; yet God, without any merit of mine, of mere grace, grants and imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never committed nor had any sins, and had myself accomplished all the obedience which Christ has fulfilled for me;

While professional athletes have undeniable talent,…

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The Belle Brigade Tries to Check Out

The Belle Brigade Tries to Check Out

The Belle Brigade was on Conan last night…and I really like the song they played, “Losers.”  The first lines really caught me:

There will always be someone better than you. Even if you’re the best. So let’s stop the competition now. Or we will both be losers.  And I’m ashamed I ever tried to be higher than the rest.  But brother I am not alone. We’ve all tried to be on top of the world somehow,’cause we have all been losers.

It’s also got a cool modern-Kingston-Trio vibe.  The song seems to be about the futility of attempting to live…

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Narrative and the Grace of God: The New ‘True Grit’

Narrative and the Grace of God: The New ‘True Grit’

Stanley Fish is doing our job for us over on the New York Times Online OpEd Section. Fish, an academic known for his postmodern literary criticism (think interpretive communities) and guest writer for the NYT, wrote a piece entitled Narrative and the Grace of God: The New ‘True Grit’ which sounds like something Nick Lannon would write about here at Mockingbird. Be Warned: Dr. Fish’s article contains spoilers though this post does not!

I haven’t seen the new Coen Brother’s movie yet, but rest assured that will be remedied in the next few days. Until then, I figured…

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An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel - Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel – Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

The latest issue of Modern Reformation contains articles from not one but three Mockingbird Contributors: Jady Koch, Nick Lannon and Sean Norris. Well done, guys! If you’re not a subscriber, do yourself a favor – ModRef is one of the best theological magazines going. It manages to be accessible to the non-academic and engaged in the real issues facing “people in the pews,” without sacrificing one iota of intellectual firepower – all delivered with a healthy dose of stridency and self-effacing humor. If the Protestant Reformation is even remotely a concern for you (as it is for us!), then Modern…

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The Year That Was (1999)

The Year That Was (1999)

A couple weeks ago, Dave Zahl asked me to produce a list of my own favorite films of the last decade. And in trying to come up with it I kept having the following frustrating experience. I’d think “Well, I gotta include movie _________. I mean that was amazing! Wasn’t that done in 2000 or 2001?”

And I’d look it up, and I was wrong. It was ALMOST in this decade. But it was actually made in 1999.

Which made me realize how very differently this decade ended vs. the last. 1999 was just a…

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