1. How confident are you? Over at The New York Times, David Brooks surveyed his readers to get a sense for self-confidence, lack thereof, and the ways males and females experience confidence differently. While the word itself is a bit vague and murky, and Brooks found few trends in the survey data, the individual responses are definitely worth a look:
But it was really hard to see consistent correlations and trends. The essays were highly idiosyncratic, and I don’t want to impose a false order on them that isn’t there. Let me just string together some of the interesting points…
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We asked those who are giving “mini-talks” this Friday (4/19) at our 6th Annual Mockingbird NYC Conference to provide short teasers of what they’ll be speaking about, and they did not disappoint! If you’re looking six and a half more reasons to cancel what you have going on this weekend (or six and a half more reasons to feel silly about not doing so), look no further:
Just Watched — Up There With the Most Grace-Centered Films of the Last Few Years, If Not THE Most
1. What Does Salvation Feel Like? Protestantism and the Problem of Emotion — Simeon Zahl.…
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Four very exciting bits of news to report about our upcoming conference in New York City, 4/18-20:
1. We can confirm that Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the much beloved Jesus Storybook Bible (and the brand new Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing), will be speaking to us on Friday 4/19 about “Communicating Grace to Children.” Not to be missed!!
2. The full slate of breakout sessions, mini-talks and special programming is now set. We’ve added six new ones since last we wrote:
- What Does Salvation Feel Like? Protestantism and the Problem of Emotion – Simeon Zahl
- Kierkegaard, Existentialism and Young Adult Anxiety – William McDavid
- Big Foot Called My Unicorn an Antinomian: The Double Bind of the Law – Jady Koch
- Death and Life in the Artist’s Studio – Dan Siedell
- Thou Art My Beloved Child: Parenthood for Prodigals – Matthew Schneider
- T.S. Eliot’s Parables of Self-Righteousness and Resurrection – Todd Brewer
- It Came From the (Church) Basement: Addiction, Grace and Alcoholics Anonymous – John Zahl
- Walter White vs. Raylan Givens: The Two Hats of American Law – Ethan Richardson
- Baby, You Can Drive My Karr: Conversion & the Poetry of Mary Karr – Brad Davis
- Crunch Time: What We Can Learn From Athletes About Dealing with Stress – Nick Lannon
- The Prisoner, the Blind, and The Bound: Pastoring People Like You (and Me) – Jacob Smith
- Hear Me: A Photography Exhibit – Kate Norris
- The Romance of Grace – Jim McNeeley
- I’ve Just Gotta Get A Message To Me – David Zahl
We’re working hard to finalize the timing on everything. The full schedule should be ready by the end of next week.
3. After years of delays and false starts, we will indeed be releasing The Mockingbird Devotional at this year’s conference. Brace yourselves – it’s a behemoth!
4. The beautiful conference postcards go out this weekend. To be sure you get one, sign up for our mailing list. And if you’d like extras for your friends/family/neighbors/nemeses, email us at email@example.com and we’ll get those out to you.
This post isn’t about what you think it might be … The other day my husband shared with me the following excerpt from a post from a blog we like to read, “Free-Range Kids” authored by Lenore Skenazy,
Dear Free-Range Kids: My kids have a children’s bible which says “and Jesus went away.” Kind of destroys one of the central tenets of Christianity.
Yikes! For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son a long vacation? “Judas! What is this ticket to Bermuda for?” The possibilities are pretty endless. — L.
I find Lenore’s response…
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