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It's Up! The Humor Episode of The Mockingcast

Sliding in right between last week’s podcast and next week’s live taping in NYC, we are delighted to deliver this ridiculous journey into the Humor Issue, at the direction of editor Ethan Richardson. Ethan is joined by Ben Maddison and Aaron Zimmerman, who provide enough foolishness on their own, as well as two special guests: Harrison Scott Key, author of The World’s Largest Man, which won the Thurber Prize for being funny, even when it was sad; and Caroline Henley, who invites us into the black, bizarro world of the short-lived, MTV2 comedy Wonder Showzen. We also play the first ever game of “Who Said It: Wonder Showzen or Soren Kierkegaard?” See if you can guess…

That description alone can’t hold a candle to the fun that awaits you, both within the cast and in reading the magazine. A huge shout-out to TJ for the amazing mixing and production.

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On #Adulting and Mail-Order Food

On #Adulting and Mail-Order Food

This post comes to us from real-life grown-up, Ben Maddison. A friend of mine, a Gen-Xer if you’re into imprecise but incredibly accurate labels, asked me the other day why Millennials (myself included) have so much difficulty becoming adults. From Girls to Awkward to The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to pretty much any media depiction of 20-somethings, Millennials seem incapable of getting their lives together. Maybe they are overly-coddled, prone…

Jesus Came to Save (Even) Leslie Charping

Jesus Came to Save (Even) Leslie Charping

Here’s something of a revised obituary, brought to us by Ben Maddison. There is a train that goes past my house at 12:30 AM every night, which gives me a lot of opportunities to sleepily scroll through late-night Facebook: a weird and generally silent beast, driven by algorithms and insomnia. Tucked away in that late-night scroll fest—past the photos from yesterday and the hot new clickbait—was this Washington Post article on the obituary…

Jorts Be Gone! <i>Queer Eye</i> and the Power of Imputation

Jorts Be Gone! Queer Eye and the Power of Imputation

This one was written by Ben Maddison. I wear roughly the same outfit combination every day. Tight-ish jeans, brown leather shoes, button up shirt with a smart print, blue blazer and accompanying accessories. I have enough of these outfits to work a Monday-Sunday schedule, then wash (sometimes) and repeat. I’m certainly no style expert; I know what I like, and I have a general sense of what’s currently fashionable, but they don’t make…

Let’s Have an Uncomfortable Talk About Infertility and (I Guess) Grace

Let’s Have an Uncomfortable Talk About Infertility and (I Guess) Grace

This moving reflection comes to us from Ben Maddison. Sitting alone in the doctor’s office at a quarter past two on a Wednesday, I held out hope that I was still in control of my life. After a year and a half of trying—of home tests and office tests, and pills and vitamins and online tips, and all those pesky “lifestyle changes”—I waited for the doctor to come in and give me the news I wanted. I sort of knew I was grasping at straws. That…

2019 NYC Conference Breakout Previews, Part 1

2019 NYC Conference Breakout Previews, Part 1

With less than a month until our annual conference in NYC, we’ll be taking the next few weeks to share previews of our upcoming breakout sessions, covering a variety of topics both personal and spiritual. Here are the first five which will be available during the morning block on Friday, April 26. StoryMakers present: Imagination, Stories, and God — Melina Smith & co “Watch the whole world around you with glittering eyes.”…

NYC Conference Update: Breakout Titles and Normie Premiere

Very pleased to announce the breakout titles and topics for our upcoming conference in New York City (4/25-27)!

  • StoryMakers presents: Imagination, Stories, and God – Melina Smith & co
  • Shooting Blanks: Baby Making in an Age of Anxiety – Ben Maddison
  • Living in Sin: Making Marriage Work Between I Do and Death – Jason Micheli
  • Love Is Stronger than Fear: Rethinking the Conversation about Privilege – Amy Julia Becker
  • I Died and Didn’t Go To Heaven: Grace, Grief, and the Big Question – Connor Gwin
  • Same Old Song: Live Recording and Q&A – Jacob Smith & Aaron Zimmerman
  • On Comic Books: Our Commonly Felt Need and the Search for Hope – Kyle Tomlin
  • When God Makes All Things Nude: Gospel Hope for Marriage When It’s Not All Princess Bride and Marvin Gaye – Charlotte Getz
  • Judgment, Grace, and Rest in Flannery O’Connor – Will McDavid
  • Beyond Gold Stars: A Law/Gospel Approach to Pedagogy – Bryan Jarrell
  • Why Me Lord: A Brief Look at the Scoundrels, Buffoons, and Ne’er Do Well’s whom God Pursues in the Parables – Erick Sorensen
  • Be Your Worst Self – Stephanie Phillips
  • Orange Is the New Blessing – Debbie Griffith
  • At Ego’s End: Where Grace Intersects Us – Josh Retterer
  • Sleeping in Church: A Short Story about a Sign From God – CJ Green

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Also, as part of our pre-conference programming this year, on Weds April 24th (the night before the conference begins!) we’ll be hosting the NYC premiere of Normie, the new documentary from the team that brought us ASK. Stay tuned for details about a post-viewing Q&A with the filmmakers, but this is not to be missed. Tickets are available at conference.mbird.com:

Another Week Ends (in Charlottesville)

Another Week Ends (in Charlottesville)

I’ll be honest with you. It would’ve been nice to return from sabbatical some other week. As you might imagine, a front row seat gives the viewer a different perspective. But you’d think it would loosen the tongue, not tie it up. Why haven’t I been able to write about what took place here last weekend? Well, for starters, I am (we are) still very much dealing with the local fallout. I’m referring to the incredibly…

Mary Definitely Knew

Mary Definitely Knew

They brought the baby to our doorstep. Five days old. Directly from the hospital. One outfit. Four pre-made bottles. A handful of diapers. A package of wipes. And a packet of papers that offered no definitive judgment on the proper pronunciation of her name. “I think it’s…” the social worker said. “I’m pretty sure.” A statement full of confidence, backed by the full weight and authority of the State of New Jersey. Like any new parents, we…

The Weight of Masculinity, Toxic or Otherwise

The Weight of Masculinity, Toxic or Otherwise

In our house, emotions were embraced. I was never told that “boys don’t cry;” it was never implied that men hide their emotions. When your dad is a professional opera-singing pastor-psychologist, and your mother a high-powered hospital executive, you get different messages about gender norms than most. As if you needed proof: my parents let me dress in a bathrobe and red heeled slippers and pretend to be Wendy from Peter Pan…