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Divine Amnesia, Cookies, and Ice Cream

Divine Amnesia, Cookies, and Ice Cream

Last Saturday, my son accompanied me on my typical weekend errands, and after he patiently endured the tedium of Costco’s packed aisles and long lines, we were finally en route in the Dodge Millennium Falcon to an impromptu father-son lunch date. As we approached our destination, he randomly blurted out, “Dad, remember that time last […]

Culture and the Countercultural Cross – David Zahl

The talk given at the Here We Still Stand conference in San Diego last month, in which I offered up the first full-length taste of my forthcoming book #Seculosity (and had a lot of fun in the process). Many thanks to everyone at 1517 for putting it on:

PZ's Podcast: Revenge of the Creature

PZ’s Podcast: Revenge of the Creature

EPISODE 259 We’re talking about love today — wouldn’t ya know — and the relation of divine love to romantic love. It’s a familiar topic, but one that remains very fresh, at least as long as human memory and human loss remain conscious. Here is the key line, from a kind of monologue that occurs […]

My Dad, His Dad, Jesus, and His Bride

My Dad, His Dad, Jesus, and His Bride

Last month, my parents celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary…and the occasion caused me to realize that although my dad has never been a religious man in the traditional sense of the word, he was a picture of Jesus and the church, for me. The most succinct way I can say this graciously is that he […]

On the Upcoming Election: The Unexpected God Who Pushes Us Towards One Another

On the Upcoming Election: The Unexpected God Who Pushes Us Towards One Another

Because I attended an ecumenical seminary, the memories I have from my first few weeks of school involved a great deal of categorization. Who was a Presbyterian? Who was a Methodist? Who was a former Mormon turned United Church of Christ guy? That last one is a real person. He’s an Anglican priest in Canada […]

Stories Told Behind Auden's Back

Stories Told Behind Auden’s Back

The less you know about a person, the easier it is to venerate them, which is why you generally don’t want your children writing your biography. My favorite parts of biographies are not the quotes from the person being written about, but rather from those who knew them well — or — too well. This […]

Grace in Grandparenting

Grace in Grandparenting

My mom’s parents died when she was very young, and so the only grandparents I knew as a child were my father’s parents, who lived in the same town that we did. They were gracious babysitters, but my grandmother’s quirks were difficult, and they only got more challenging after my grandfather died when I was […]

An Open Letter to the Charter Representative

An Open Letter to the Charter Representative

This reflection comes to us from Rebecca Lankford. I have a confession: I recently ruined the day of a perfectly innocent Charter service representative. Or at least, I am fairly certain I did. My call to the Charter hotline began with a mere question about billing. An hour and several Charter employees later, my issue […]

At the Edge of Civilization, Part 3

At the Edge of Civilization, Part 3

Here is the final installment of a three-part series about my recent retreat at Gethsemani Abbey in rural Kentucky. A tiny shrew was clinging to the inside of the novitiate screen doors, trapped in the house! I took her up and she ran a little onto my sleeve and then stayed fixed, trembling. I put […]

PZ's Podcast: T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)

PZ’s Podcast: T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)

EPISODE 257 Mrs. Zahl recently used the word “periphery” to describe our attitude, mine and hers, to increasing numbers of institutions, groups, and schools of thought to which we have been attached and for which we have been engaged for a long time. It’s not that one has changed one’s mind, or believes differently. Rather, […]

When Obligation Freezes the Feelings: Sensing God with C.S. Lewis

When Obligation Freezes the Feelings: Sensing God with C.S. Lewis

This one comes to us from Scott Dalton. I thought I saw how stories of this kind [fairy tales] could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralyzed much of my own religion in childhood. Why did one find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the […]

Special Deja Vu Podcast Up Now!

Super excited to announce that over the weekend we dropped a special new episode of The Mockingcast, devoted to The Deja Vu Issue of the magazine. I love these magazine casts, not just cause I enjoy so hearing from Ethan and the various contributors, but because it gives us a chance to slow down the process and utilize some extra production flourishes–and give listeners a bit more.

This time around, Ethan takes us on a tour of issue, interviewing all-stars Jacob Smith, Nancy Hanna, and Simeon Zahl. Together they talk subjectivity, wedding dresses, lost doctrines, and where grace touches down in everyday life. Listeners also find out about an exclusive promotion! Very much worth your time (and worth sharing with others).

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