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Turn with Me to The Book of Ryan

Turn with Me to The Book of Ryan

This one was written by Blake Nail. The people of the Bible are often described as heroes. We see this in secular culture, where the characters of the “good” book are often mocked for “goody good” morals and ideals, which they supposedly manifest. We see this even in our churches. (At least from my limited experience […]

We All Have a Hunger

We All Have a Hunger

At seventeen, I started to starve myself. I thought that love was a kind of emptiness, And at least I understood then the hunger I felt, And I didn’t have to call it loneliness. Florence and the Machine’s new single Hunger comes out of the corner swinging. From the first line, you know this is […]

June Playlist

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40 Years in the Wilderness: God's Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) - Part 3

40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) – Part 3

This is the third and final installment in a series on the music and spirituality of Bruce Cockburn. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here. Act III: Uncertainty and Spiritual Drift (1987-1999) In my mind, the first two “Acts” in this narrative arc of Cockburn’s career represent two different forms of certainty or […]

PZ's Podcast: Welcome to the Club

PZ’s Podcast: Welcome to the Club

EPISODE 246 One of the best things about the recent Mockingbird conference in NYC was its unerring focus on universals and primary factors in human destiny and identity, rather than on contingencies and elements in life that do not endure, but pass away. Hence one’s love for Blue Magic. Blue Magic were a Philadelphia group […]

May Playlist

May is off to a rad start with new material from Jon Parks (!), Sons of Bill (!), and the collaboration of the year between Janelle and BW. And let’s not forget about Juliana Hatfield’s full-length ONJ tribute from last month – pure magic. Click here to listen on Spotify:

Touching Kevin’s Heart with Dirty Hands

Touching Kevin’s Heart with Dirty Hands

This one comes to us from Blake Nail.  Our culture is obviously in the middle of some division: some think it’s necessary, and others think it’s harmful. It seems people, especially on the internet, are on the hunt to shame, ridicule, or in some cases, completely ruin people’s lives and careers. Albeit sometimes over reasonable […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Ecclesiastes Chapter Two Verses One Through Three and Verse Eleven

Hopelessly Devoted: Ecclesiastes Chapter Two Verses One Through Three and Verse Eleven

This devotion is for anyone with a case of the Mondays… From The Mockingbird Devotional, today’s entry was written by Todd Brewer: I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless… when I surveyed all that my hands had […]

40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) - Part 2

40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) – Part 2

This is the second in a 3-part series on Bruce Cockburn. To read the first part, go here.  Act II: The Struggle Against the Darkness of the World (1980-1986) Three dramatic changes occurred in Cockburn’s life around 1980: (1) his 10-year marriage to Kitty—which had included the birth of their daughter Jenny in 1976—ended in divorce, […]

April Playlist

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Crying ABBA: An (Over-)Annotated Introduction to the Second-Best Selling Group of All Time

Crying ABBA: An (Over-)Annotated Introduction to the Second-Best Selling Group of All Time

Inspired by Ben Self’s wonderful Bruce Cockburn playlist the other day (pts 2-3 coming soon!), here’s what I’ve affectionately been informed is “the toughest sell” in A Mess of Help. No apologies: The Church of Wilson has drawn scores of worshippers over the years, including a disproportionate number of musicians. Those who are interested in […]

Sanctification Through Song

Sanctification Through Song

I am a poor singer. Like amusingly bad. I know it is amusing, because those nearest and dearest often actually chuckle at me. No bucket is big enough for me to carry a tune in it. Though I read music well, that has never translated to making my voice do what it’s supposed to do. […]