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The Peril of Good Things (from <i>Milkman</i>, Pt 2)

The Peril of Good Things (from Milkman, Pt 2)

I tried to…unravel the distortions, have her right mind restored to her. She said it was impossible, that it was perilous to focus on good things when there were bad things, all these bad things, she said, that could not be forgot. She said old dark things as well as...
See It, Believe It! The Faith & Doubt Issue!

See It, Believe It! The Faith & Doubt Issue!

As early as January 30, we will be putting the thirteenth issue of The Mockingbird onto mail trucks to readers like you. We’re incredibly excited for you to see it. It’s colorful, it’s insightful, and believe it or not, despite the heady-sounding theme, it’s as winsome and down-to-earth and heartfelt...
Sobriety as More Than Deprivation

Sobriety as More Than Deprivation

Incredibly pleased to announce that the final addition to the speaker line-up at our upcoming NYC Conference (4/25-27)–our ‘mystery guest’–is none other than Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams and The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. Needless to say, her work has served as a mighty source of inspiration...
Moonlighters Anonymous

Moonlighters Anonymous

Moonlighting—also known as working a second job, having a “side hustle”—is a pretty standard theme these days. Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram, everyone’s got a home renovation project, a knack for macramé, and a small business opportunity. But in truth it’s been around forever. Loads of famous people “made it”...
The Quiet Misery of Children's Birthday Parties

The Quiet Misery of Children’s Birthday Parties

You get past the person at the front door. There’s throbbing music. You walk into a sea of black lights and unfamiliar faces. While this may feel like a bad choice you made in your 20s, this is not in fact a dance club in the meatpacking district. This is...
2019 Mbird NYC Conference (4/25-27): "Beyond Deserving"

2019 Mbird NYC Conference (4/25-27): “Beyond Deserving”

A bunch of details about our upcoming 12th annual conference in NYC are now up on conference.mbird.com. Some things to note: Our theme will be “Beyond Deserving: Hope in a World of Performance”! Speaking of performance, we didn’t get just any Conference YoYoist – we got JWYOYO! On Friday night...
The Art of Subtlety in Faith (and Doubt): Our Interview with Meghan O'Gieblyn

The Art of Subtlety in Faith (and Doubt): Our Interview with Meghan O’Gieblyn

Our first peek into the Faith & Doubt Issue is this interview with Meghan O’Gieblyn, author of the new book of essays, Interior States. We also were lucky enough to republish parts of her essay, originally published in The Point, “The Insane Idea.” Copies of Faith & Doubt can be...
Accommodating Parents and Their Anxious Kids (or, What I Really Want For Dinner Is Not To Make a Decision)

Accommodating Parents and Their Anxious Kids (or, What I Really Want For Dinner Is Not To Make a Decision)

This is what’s for breakfast, that’s what you’re wearing, and here’s how we’re getting to school. Nothing about the next hour is up for grabs, boys. Get to it! …I wish that’s how the morning routine in our house went. Alas, like a lot of modern parents, my reflex is...
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Another Week Ends: Evangelism Aversion, Everywhere Fundies, Jussie's Folly, Daddy Bill, Competitive Depression, and Bollywood Billie

Another Week Ends: Evangelism Aversion, Everywhere Fundies, Jussie’s Folly, Daddy Bill, Competitive Depression, and Bollywood Billie

1. The big news lighting up church circles at the moment is the polling numbers on evangelism released by Barna earlier this month. Christianity Today reports: “Nearly half (47%) of practicing Christian millennials—churchgoers who consider religion an important part of their lives—believe that evangelism is wrong. At least, they’re more than twice as likely as […]

Mockingbird E-Books Now Available!

Now available as Kindle e-books are some of our most recent publications, including Larry Parsley’s beautiful meditations on the Gospel of Mark, a (mostly) true epic by Charlotte Getz and Stephanie Phillips, and two burnished gems by Robert Farrar Capon. Full descriptions here:

An Easy Stroll Through a Short Gospel: Meditations on Mark, by Larry Parsley: a lovely, accessible devotional comprised of short entries on the Gospel of Mark. Larry walks verse-by-verse through the shortest official take on the biggest life ever lived, relating the text to relevant themes in daily life. “A gentle journey…Larry’s wisdom and eye for beauty might readily serve as inspiration for daily spiritual exercises.” – Dr. Paul Scott Wilson

Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Lost at Sea Found Their Way Home, by Charlotte Getz & Stephanie Phillips. For this visionary work, two of Mockingbird’s most profound contributors collaborated to create not merely a book but an entirely new genre: the spiritual memoir duet. Through their retellings of actual and spiritual adrift-ness, Charlotte and Stephanie illuminate the grace of God in life’s highs and lows. By turns moving and very funny.

Bed and Board: Plain Talk About Marriage, by Robert Farrar Capon. The first book written by the acclaimed theologian/writer/chef/priest, Bed & Board tackles head-on the themes of marriage and family life with an unyielding eye on the grace of God amidst everything. Robert plays with the absurdity of life and the greater, more wonderful absurdity of God’s unrequited love. “Bed and Board is necessary and offensive in the best possible way.” – Sarah Condon

Exit 36: A Fictional Chronicle, by Robert Farrar Capon. With a tinge of mystery/noir, this novel takes place over the course of a month in the life of a parish priest. Father William Jansson faces suicide, gossip, adultery, and ultimate redemption, in this sly and often unorthodox investigation of religion — a novel quite unlike any other. With a special foreword by our friend Chad Bird. “Capon’s voice is needed now as much as it ever has been.” – The Very Rev. Mark Strobel

In addition to these four, you can now access nearly every other title in our collection as an e-book. Kindle editions are on hand at Amazon or accessed through our recently revamped store, where you can peruse our full offering.

I Am Not Karl Lagerfeld

I Am Not Karl Lagerfeld

A man who designed things died this week, but what ended was his central, lifelong design: himself. I design things every day, but I am completely clueless about my own design. Death imposes reflection on us, whether we like it or not. So when I see a person pass away who was virtually a cartoon of […]

Prisons of Sadness and a Love Much Greater Than Evolution Requires

Prisons of Sadness and a Love Much Greater Than Evolution Requires

I was going to save this for tomorrow’s Another Week Ends column, but it’s just too good not to highlight all on its own. I’m referring to the sermon that author and journalist Michael Gerson gave at The National Cathedral this past Sunday. He opens with the admission that he’d missed the initial preaching date […]

Why Microsoft's Super Bowl Ad Won't Leave Me Alone

Why Microsoft’s Super Bowl Ad Won’t Leave Me Alone

This one comes to us from Ed Uszynski. It will be pretty easy to forget Super Bowl LIII, its halftime show, and its commercials, as none of the three produced much inescapably memorable drama. But the Microsoft ad touting its XBox Adaptive Controller is proving surprisingly harder to shake simply because I moved from initially hating it […]

It’s Not Up to You

It’s Not Up to You

You have to believe me when I say that it’s not my intent to carry on eviscerating children’s television. I’m only in my late-twenties but I fear my online persona at times comes across too curmudgeonly. Nevertheless, the vocals from my 2-year-old’s favorite Disney Junior show recently assaulted my eardrums…and my theology. I’m no stranger […]

You Can't Come to My Wedding Unless You're Just Like Me

You Can’t Come to My Wedding Unless You’re Just Like Me

I’ve been married for fifteen years and I don’t have any younger sisters, and so it’s been a while since I’ve been exposed to the bridal industrial complex except in a very peripheral way. But I do follow several advice columnists on social media for the high entertainment value of Other People’s Problems, and I […]

From the Bottom of a Well

From the Bottom of a Well

This reflection comes to us from Juliette Alvey. We are welcomed into God’s family kicking and screaming. How many baptisms have you witnessed where the baby or small child (not usually the adults, although you never know what’s going on on the inside) are doing just that—kicking and screaming. Why are all of these people […]

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Language, Witness, and Control: Some Thoughts on Rhetoric and Grace

Language, Witness, and Control: Some Thoughts on Rhetoric and Grace

Reading Hannah Arendt’s marvelous book on The Human Condition, I came across a particularly thought-provoking paragraph on the ancient ideal of speech. Arendt draws a sharp contrast between the Greek household—which was ruled by necessity, the need to provide food and shelter and to raise children—and the political life. The two were distinct because once […]

The Risk in the Naming of Love

The Risk in the Naming of Love

There’s a trope in teenage romance movies where one of the young lovers will drop the L word at the wrong time. Worse, they might even say, “…forever.” After that, you know the relationship’s going to bomb. It’s too early, and the kids don’t know each other. They haven’t yet uncovered how much they doubt […]

The Pity Party Is Canceled (At Least for Now)

The Pity Party Is Canceled (At Least for Now)

I am really good—dangerously good—at throwing pity parties. I can wallow with the best of them. And the past couple weeks have been the party to end all parties, mostly because God just refuses to go along with my plans. I’m not getting my way, and life isn’t going exactly as I think it should, […]