One of Mockingbird’s most distinctive features is the repetition. Like Christmas itself, we’re trying to point that one “old, old story,” that ancient theme, as we see it dug up time and again. It’s dug up in all sorts of places, of course, from 18th century poetry archives to slasher films, from church basements to top-tier corporate office towers. But it’s still resonating a singular focus–the Gospel–from these unforeseen, albeit obscure, sources.
Despite the wide-spanning scopes and intentions of some of our favorite “news” sources, the same thing unwittingly tends to happen. After all, reporting the news means telling and retelling…
Everyone is seemingly tired of talking about Tim Tebow. And yet, they talk. And talk and talk. I witnessed Kordell Stewart get visibly angry this morning on ESPN’s First Take when talking about the chances that Tebow is getting compared to chances that African American quarterbacks with the same skill set have gotten in years past. At one point, he simply sighed and said, “I’m just so tired of talking about Tim Tebow.” But even after Tebow’s Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs (hopefully this week by my beloved Steelers), we’ll talk about whether or not Tebow is the “quarterback…
The following preview comes to us from Alex Mejias of High Street Hymns who will be leading a breakout session Friday morning entitled “High Street Hymnody: Encountering the Gospel in Worship”. For more info about the fantastic work that High Street Hymns is doing, go here. To register for the conference, here.
“They [the righteous] praise only God’s grace, works, words and power as they are revealed to them in Christ. This is their sermon and song, their hymn of praise.”
– Martin Luther
In Colossians 3:16, Paul encourages the church to, “let the word of Christ richly dwell within you……
I have the privilege of leading a little “book club” at Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island. A few weeks ago we began reading/studying Gerhard Forde’s juggernaut “On Being a Theologian of the Cross”, a book that cannot be recommended highly enough. In trying to elucidate/introduce people to the theology of the cross (as opposed to a theology of glory), I’ve been pulling from all over the map. Last night, for example, the notes included many passages from Scripture, plus excerpts from Melancthon, Tyndale, Grace in Practice, Fitz Allison, A. McGrath, not to mention portions of OBATOTC.
1. I was reminded over the weekend of the brilliance of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, a SNL treasure from the 90s if ever there was one. Some favorites, including a few with thematic relevance:
I think a good product would be “Baby Duck Hat”. It’s a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck…
In light of the anticipated release of the next Terminator installment, I ran across this article entitled How Worried Should You Be About the Robot Takeover? P.W Singer writes:
Terminator: Salvation, the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise, takes place in 2018, a number of years after an artificial-intelligence network devised by the U.S. military, called Skynet, has turned on its masters and set off a nuclear war. The sentient computer now controls an army of killer robots tasked with hunting down and killing every last member of the human race. It’s Hollywood popcorn at its best, if not for the…
I recently read a fascinating article from The NY Times “Growing Up on Facebook” written by a middle aged woman, Peggy Orenstein, about her experience on Facebook. After signing up for an account, the author reveals how she felt confronted with her past. She received friend invitations from nursery friends, high school teachers, and college chums and discovered pictures of her from when she was sixteen years old. She says, “Ever since I signed up a couple of months ago, I have felt thrust into a perpetual episode of “This Is Your Life” (complete with commercials)… I am by turns…
Recently at our Mockingbird Hour meeting, we looked at the life and music of the mighty Brian Wilson. Love and mercy, strength in weakness, the bondage of the will, good vibrations (the Holy Spirit): it’s all there, in spades. In honor of the event, I’ve hunted down a video of the infamous “Surfnapping” skit from SNL in 1976. The skit was supposed to herald the return of Brian to the spotlight (after a decade spent in bed…), but in a typically Beach Boys turn of events, it ends up doing the exact opposite. See for yourself:
Our series “The Gospel According To The Office” continues tonight! Last week we watched the “Christmas Party” episode and talked about Motivation, and this week we’ll be watching the “Performance Review” episode and talking about Judgment. Which will be much more fun than it sounds, I promise. If you’re anywhere near the tri-state area, please join us! It happens from 7-9pm in The Cave at St George’s (209 E 16th St). In preparation, check out this recent clip from SNL:
WHAT: Mockingbird seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways.
WHY: Are we called Mockingbird? The name was inspired by the mockingbird’s peculiar gift for mimicking the cries of other birds. In a similar way, we seek to repeat the message we have heard - God’s word of grace and forgiveness.
HOW: Via every medium available! At present this includes (but is not limited to) a daily weblog, semi-annual conferences, and an ongoing publications initiative.
WHO: At present, we employ two full-time staff, David Zahl and Ethan Richardson, and two part-time, CJ Green and Bryan Jarrell. They are helped and supported by a large number of contributing volunteers and writers. Our board of directors is chaired by Mr. Thomas Becker.
WHERE: Our offices are located at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA.
WHEN: Mockingbird was incorporated in June 2007 and is currently in its ninth year of operation.
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