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David Zahl is the director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog. He and his wife Cate reside in Charlottesville, VA, with their three sons, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church (

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    Where Coach Mosley’s Compassion Comes From

    Two updates to Friday’s weekender and the unfolding saga of Netflix’s amazing Last Chance U: Basketball series.

    1. If you’re not convinced to take the plunge yet, here’s a clip of Coach John Mosley talking about faith and ministry during a live Q&A this past weekend, in which he and his assistants also predicted the outcome of Monday evening’s NCAA championship game. Genius:

    2. If you’ve finished the series, check out this touching update to the Joe Hampton story.

    P. S. Couldn’t be more excited to announce that Coach Mosley will be joining us via Zoom for a session at the upcoming Mbird Tyler Festival (May 6-8)!! Be there or be square. Full schedule coming later today.

    Another Week Ends: Last Chances and Good Fridays

    The caption above has been running through my head since I first saw it a couple weeks ago. It hits home especially on Good Friday. What have we learned about ourselves this past year that we’d rather forget? Maybe some things we didn’t know last April, or didn’t know in quite the same way? The […]

    The Consolation of a Low Anthropology

    “A Philosophy of Consolation Directs Us to Two Important Salves: Understanding and Companionship.”

    The Doctrine of Grace vs. the Disposition of Grace

    The way you hold a position is oftentimes just as important as the position you hold.

    You’ll Probably Regret Reading This

    The Burden of Regret May Be Lighter Than That of Guilt, But It Adds Up.

    Season 1 of The Brothers Zahl Podcast is Here!!

    Good news: It’s LAUNCH DAY for Mockingbird’s latest podcast, The Brothers Zahl!! As of this morning all six episodes of season one (“God,” “Holiness,” “Evil,” “Church,” “Abreaction,” and “Grace”) are available wherever you get your podcasts. Listen and/or subscribe by clicking on the image above — or searching wherever you get your podcasts, e.g. Spotify. […]

    Announcing The Brothers Zahl Podcast!

    Coming late February! Click here to stream the full trailer — and be sure to subscribe!

    Also available on Spotify.

    Norman Rockwell, Ted Lasso, and Isaiah’s Coup de Grâce

    I received a remarkable gift for Christmas, the kind a grown man shares on Instagram. No, not the mint condition New Wave Dave that one brother gave me. I’m referring to something from the other brother, a print of Norman Rockwell’s 1957 painting, “Lift Up Thine Eyes.” Perhaps you’ve seen it. In classic Rockwell style, […]

    February Playlist

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    The Miracle of Great Art (by Bad People)

    “Any chance you have for revenge, take it. Never let that pass you by.”

    Confessions of a Former Youth Minister

    Maybe We Were Closer to the Truth Then Than I Am Now. Closer to the Place Where God Resides.

    Law and Gospel in Youth Ministry

    So grateful to Rooted for inviting me to give this presentation back in August, which went public today. Hopefully the content applies beyond any specific age group!