2014 NYC Conference Recordings: Identity, Anxiety & the Christian Message

An incredibly heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on this year’s Mockingbird Conference in […]

Mockingbird / 4.15.14

An incredibly heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on this year’s Mockingbird Conference in NYC, especially our friends at Calvary St. George’s Church. We took some risks this time around, and if reports are to be believed, it sounds like they paid off. Phew!

We are once again making the recordings available at no charge; we only ask that those who were not able to attend this year *consider* making a donation to help cover the cost of the event. Download links are followed by an in-line player for each recording. Almost everything was videotaped, and we’ll be rolling the clips out gradually over the next few weeks (some of the presentations won’t make much sense without the accompanying footage). At the bottom we have provided a link at the very bottom to download everything in one big file.

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Thursday April 3rd

Devotion 1, “Presentation” – John Zahl

Can You See the Real Me? – David Zahl

Friday April 4th

Devotion 2, “Profession” – John Zahl

The Chimera of Identity in an Anxious World – Paul Walker

Communicating Grace Through Story – Sally Lloyd-Jones*
As we hopefully made clear beforehand, Sally’s wonderful talk was not recorded or taped.



Morning Breakouts

I’m New Here! What’s Going On? – RJ Heijmen

Stephen Colbert and the Ancient Pulpit of Satire – Ethan Richardson

Everything New Is Moralism Again – Jacob Smith

What’s My Faction? (Teen) Angst and Young Adult Dystopias – Deborah Leighton

The Uglier Ditch: First Century Love in the Present Tense – Jono Linebaugh

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Devotion 3, “Pedigree” – John Zahl

Jesus, Nietzsche & Me – Tim Kreider

Thomas Cranmer’s Gospel of Divine Allurement – Ashley Null


Afternoon Breakouts

Ye Who Are Heavy Laden: Anxiety, Suffering and the Gospel – Lauren Larkin

Online Honesty and Instagram Authenticity – Bryan Jarrell

Eden and Afterward: Introducing an Mbird Guide to Genesis – William McDavid

Grace in Identity-Induced Despair: The Literature of Reynolds Price – Win Bassett

It Can’t Mean That: The Terrible Parables of Jesus – Nick Lannon

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Devotion 4, “Predisposition” – John Zahl

Can You Say the Creed (and Still Call Your Soul Your Own)? – Francis Spufford


Saturday April 5th

Devotion 5, “Passion” – John Zahl

The Rationalist Delusion and the Perils of Certainty – Jonathan Haidt

On Not Being C.S. Lewis – Francis Spufford

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Bonus Track:

Presenting Comfortable Words: A Reception in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl – Jady Koch, Todd Brewer & Paul Zahl