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My Relationship With God Is Better Than Ever

My Relationship With God Is Better Than Ever

(This essay was originally published in issue 3 of The Mockingbird. All issues and subscriptions, including issue 4 which ships tomorrow, are available available here).

“We can permit ourselves to be more romantic than the romanticists and more humanistic than the humanists. But we must be more precise.” —Karl Barth, “The Christian’s Place in Society”

image courtesy of Lutheran Satire

Every recess for eight years, I was picked last on the team for two-hand-touch football. The turning point came in the ninth grade, when recess was replaced by study hall.

But, before that, there was another turning point I had blundered right past: the opportunity…

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When A Measure Becomes a Target

When A Measure Becomes a Target

We are now just a couple weeks out from the release of Issue Two of The Mockingbird. It is the Identity Issue, and you won’t believe what all it has to say about, well, you. If you’re not subscribed yet, subscribe here.

In anticipation for the release, we’ll continue posting a selection of pieces from the first issue, including this essay from Will McDavid on the “Economics of Repentance.” To read the essay in full, go to the magazine’s webpage, here.

“The first messenger that gave notice of Lucullus’s coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that he had his head cut off for…

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Paging Dr. Carpenter: Elvis Presley's Change of Habit

Paging Dr. Carpenter: Elvis Presley’s Change of Habit

A early version of this essay appeared in the first issue of The Mockingbird, our print quarterly. The final version is taken from A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock n Roll.



I couldn’t believe my eyes. If previous forays into the music and life of Elvis Presley had taught me anything, it was that the King was fundamentally surprising. Just when you thought you had him pinned down to a specific style or period or even medium, some fresh aspect of his talent would appear in your blind spot and blow your mind. I knew this…

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