Believe it or not, this coming June marks five years of Mockingbird. And to celebrate, we’re having a party! Next Friday, April 20th in New York City. The event is timed to coincide with our national conference (full schedule below). Whether you are able to attend the whole conference or not, you are warmly invited to drop by that evening and raise a glass with us from 7:30-10:30pm in the Chapel of St. George’s Church (209 East 16th St, btw 2nd and 3rd Avenues, a few blocks from Union Square). If you are not registered for the conference and would like to eat, dinner is $25 – otherwise, simply come as you are. If you are unable to join us, but would like to make a gift in honor of the occasion, you may do so on the Support page of our website.

The final schedule for next week’s NYC Conference is below. It now includes all the talk titles, as well as links to the previews of the various breakout sessions. It’s not too late to pre-register – simply visit our conference site at Walk-ins are more than welcome for the presentations – if you are planning to eat with us, however, we ask that you pre-register (or drop us a line at by Monday April 16th. Please note that the Grace in (Sexual) Addiction breakout on Friday afternoon is open to the general public.

Thursday April 19th

4:00pm      Registration Opens
6:30pm      Opening Worship Service
7:00pm      “The Zoolander Antidote: Telling the Truth (About You)” – Aaron Zimmerman
7:45pm      Welcome and Dinner

Friday April 20th

8:15am       Registration and Coffee
9:00am      “A Lucky Break: How Grace Frees Us From Being Control Freaks”  – Michael Horton
10:00am    Q & A with Michael Horton
10:45am     Breakout Sessions A

  1. Grace in (Sexual) Addiction: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World – Jay Haug
  2. People Are Strange: Modern Family, the Un-Free Will and the Roots of Compassion – RJ Heijmen
  3. These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty: Human Nature, Humor and Seinfeld – David Zahl
  4. This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Honesty of God – Ethan Richardson

12:00pm   Lunch
1:15pm       “Hans, Franz and the Truth About God” – Aaron Zimmerman
2:00pm     Q & A with Aaron Zimmerman
2:30pm     Breakout Sessions B

  1. Disarming Parenthood: Love and Forgiveness with Young Children – Melina Smith
  2. How Did You Find Me Here? Fear and Rescue in American Music – Ethan Richardson
  3. Light When All Is Dark: Depression, Mental Illness, and Christian HopeKathryn Greene McCreight
  4. Mockingbird at the Movies: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Love – Nick Lannon

3:30pm    Breakout Sessions C

  1. The Future of the Gospel: A Theological Discussion with Michael Horton – Jady Koch
  2. Grace in (Sexual) Addiction, Take 2: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World – Jay Haug
  3. CORAM DEO: An ‘umble Poetry Reading and DiscussionBrad Davis

6:45pm      PZ’s Podcast Reception with Paul Zahl
7:30pm      Mockingbird 5th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner

Saturday April 21st

8:15am       Coffee
9:00am      “Bent and Broken: Theological Origins of the Blues” – Michael Horton
10:00am     Q & A with Michael Horton
10:45am     “Glad and Sorry: Gospel Modesty in an Age of Anxiety” – David Zahl
11:30am     Closing Worship Service and Q&A
12:30pm    Conference Ends