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"Mercy Goes First": An Address to Seminary Graduates

“Mercy Goes First”: An Address to Seminary Graduates

[What follows is an edited version of remarks I delivered to Truett Seminary’s Fall 2017 Graduates. My talk was heavily influenced by Mockingbird, and with gratitude I post this here.] It has been about 30 years ago now that I waited to hold my seminary diploma in my hands, and I was saddened this week […]

At the Edge of Civilization, Part 1

At the Edge of Civilization, Part 1

In this wilderness I have learned how to sleep again. I am not alien… I close my eyes and instantly sink into the whole rainy world of which I am a part, and the world goes on with me in it. — Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable The Abbey of Gethsemani (alt. spelling) is […]

The Disappointment of Still Being Me

The Disappointment of Still Being Me

I turned forty-one last week, and to be honest, it was a total crock. I woke up that morning and nothing had changed. Actually, I woke up at 4:55 that morning because that’s when my six-year-old lumbered into the room, ready to begin his day. My husband Jason was already downstairs in the boys’ room […]

Déjà Vu Issue Shipping Today!

Always an exciting day when we get to ship out a fresh issue of The Mockingbird, and today is no exception.

I simply cannot wait for people to hold this one in their hands. It’s not only the most visually stunning thing we’ve ever done (thank you, Tom & Alyssa!), it includes a number of the articles that I’m personally most proud we’ve had the privilege of publishing over the years–all of it updated, polished, and prettified, with a bunch of brand new material thrown in. My own contribution, on “Underachieving Boys and the Masks Men Wear,” was rewritten almost entirely. You can peruse the Table of Contents and read Ethan’s full Opener here.

Taken together, The Déjà Vu Issue makes for as good a summary and/or jumping on point to Mockingbird as we’ve produced. In other words, if you’ve been looking for something to hook a friend, or simply to explain all the fuss, look no further.

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Ashley Horner is More Impressive Than You

Ashley Horner is More Impressive Than You

Ashley Horner plans to complete 50 Ironman-distance triathlons (a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run) in the 48 contiguous United States (and Haiti) … in 50 days. Her story is detailed in this piece for ESPNw by Kelaine Conochan. She’s a “fitness celebrity” but has never completed an Ironman-distance triathlon in her life. Excuse me? Ma’am? […]

PZ's Podcast: The Letter and My Antediluvian Baby

PZ’s Podcast: The Letter and My Antediluvian Baby

EPISODE 255: The Letter Pastorally — and generally — it is easy to miss the core of what’s going on with a person in pain. You may see some symptoms — tho’ sometimes even the symptoms are hidden — and may sub-rationally understand that something bad is taking place under the surface. But when it […]

Judgment and Relief at the End of Summer

Judgment and Relief at the End of Summer

In my neighborhood, the evidence of leaves already falling from the trees sounds a clear indictment and an unmistakable verdict: Summer is virtually gone…and I didn’t do enough to justify my existence. We didn’t do a good enough bona-fide family vacation—as in, we didn’t go anyplace exotic like Hawaii or Mexico or travel across country […]

Across the Great Divide – David Zahl

The final plenary from NYC in which we broach that topic and lose our sense of smell. Also, ABBA meets the King.

Across the Great Divide – David Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Catch Me

Catch Me

This one comes from Andrew Taylor-Troutman.  A new friend, who is joining the church I serve, offered a Rumi reading to me from his morning devotional: Hold up a mirror to your worst destructive habits, for that is how the real making begins. ~ 1995 was my first year of high school. That spring, my […]

Buster

Buster

This reflection comes to us from Rob Jirucha. Things like that always happen to you,” a good friend once said. This following a set of stitches on my chin from a dumpster behind a grocery store. Long story. But true enough. Like the family trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Over the unnecessarily too-high, pee-my-pants bridge. To […]

80/20 Dirtbag

80/20 Dirtbag

Christians are impossible. Have you noticed? They’re needy, demanding, insecure, oblivious, judgmental, hypocritical, weird and generally exhausting. And that’s just me. But seriously, there was a time in my (more)self-righteous youth when I wondered what was wrong with people who went to church. Why were they like that? So uncool? So difficult to be around? […]

Lucid Absurdities: The Gospel and a Life of Meaning

Lucid Absurdities: The Gospel and a Life of Meaning

This one comes to us from the Rev. Aaron Boerst. Have you ever been on the receiving end of the kind of inquisitive gaze that makes a person look like a confused puppy? I have. Everybody has at least one friend who, without warning and without frame of reference, bursts into a conversation with some […]