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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 (christchurchcville.org).

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    Adam Sandler Narrates the #Seculosity of Travel

    Hilarious skit from this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, in which the once and future Bobby Boucher warns us of what a father figure of mine terms “the geographic (non-)solution.” Funny funny funny:

    Oh and the Seculosity Tour isn’t over yet! I’ll be in Atlanta this Friday and then Nashville next Saturday. Here are the specifics – hope you can come out:

    • May 10, 2019: Atlanta, GA (The Heck’s House 1869 Volberg St NW, Atlanta GA 30318 @ 7:30pm) – No need to RSVP, just show up!
    • May 18, 2019: Nashville, TN (Parnassus Books @ 2:00pm)
    • May 18, 2019: Nashville, TN (St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church @ 5:30pm)

    P.S. A certain multi-national conglomerate just knocked another 10% off the price, which means you can now get copies at nearly 40% off! No idea how long this will last, just be sure to leave a review when you get a chance. Pretty please?

    David Brooks Has His Mountaintop Experience

    David Brooks Has His Mountaintop Experience

    A short passage from the remarkable 21st chapter of the NY Times columnist’s new book, The Second Mountain, in which he recounts, well, you’ll see. I’d reprint the entire chapter if I could. The setting is the summer of 2013, just after the end of his 27 year marriage: That summer, I took my annual […]

    May Playlist

    You can listen on Spotify here. Oh and fans of the first track would do well to check out the new episode of The Well of Sound which is all about Tina Turner.

    From The New Yorker


    p.s. How’s that for some prime #seculosity?!

    Another Week Ends: Ruvolo's Mercy, Hoos Redeemed, Techno-Adulting, Friendseagram and lots of #Seculosity

    Another Week Ends: Ruvolo's Mercy, Hoos Redeemed, Techno-Adulting, Friendseagram and lots of #Seculosity

    1. First up, a jaw-dropping story of “forgiveness in a vengeful world,” in the form of an NY Times obituary for Victoria Ruvolo who died this week. Ms. Ruvolo’s widely publicized kindness toward her attacker provided emotional counterpoint to a senseless act that began in the early hours of Nov. 13, 2004. She was returning […]

    <i>Seculosity</i> Has Landed!!

    Seculosity Has Landed!!

    Beyond excited to announce that my new book Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It is officially out today! So excited, in fact, that we made another video to celebrate #markbabikowisagenius: A few ways to support the cause (after you’ve purchased the book): […]

    April Playlist

    P.S. Click here to listen to (the majority of) it on Spotify.

    P.P.S. Happy #Seculosity Eve! Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have it discounted by almost 30%, and only an algorithm knows how long that will last, so…

     

    Lenten Jams: "Triptych" by Roxy Music

    Pretty bummed to hear that art-rock pioneers Roxy Music won’t be staging a full reunion for their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow. Then again, it’s not as though there was ever an outside chance that they’d play their exquisitely weird Passion poem, “Triptych” off 1974’s Country Life, definitely my Lenten-themed musical discovery of the year. Fortunately, we can enjoy it right here right now:

     

    Another Week Ends: Success Robots, Weed Church, Blessed Poor, Affect Theory, Scientistic Limits, Fanny, and Twin Feather

    Another Week Ends: Success Robots, Weed Church, Blessed Poor, Affect Theory, Scientistic Limits, Fanny, and Twin Feather

    1. Don’t shoot the piano player but another week, another flurry of #seculosity… This first item comes from Peggy Noonan, who hit the college admissions scandal nail on the head in her “Kids, Don’t Become Success Robots” column in The Wall Street Journal. She writes: In the past decade or so I’ve observed a particular parenting […]

    Mark Hollis Had to Give It Up (and Get a Second Chance)

    To commemorate the untimely death last week of Talk Talk singer-savant Mark Hollis, here’s a seasonally appropriate–and face-melting–performance from what many consider to be the band’s peak. RIP Mark Hollis:

    Welcome to the Jungle (of Ash Wednesday)

    Those looking for a mockingtastic Ash Wednesday devotional and/or Lent-opening mic drop, be sure to check out the special episode of Same Old Song in which Jacob and Aaron surface the cognitive dissonance at work as well as the awkwardness of low anthropology, doing their best throughout not to dodge the existential gut-punch this day represents. They also talk about The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and GNR. As always, not just for preachers.

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    It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a #Seculosity Book Trailer! (and Tour Dates)

    Believe it or not, we’re exactly four weeks out from the release of Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It (April 2nd). Here’s the trailer, made by the amazing Mark Babikow, and easy to download and repost and/or share – hint hint nudge nudge:

    In conjunction with the release I’ll be heading out on a tour to promote in April & May. The dates we’ve got confirmed are as follows:

    • April 3: Birmingham, AL (Cranmer House @ 7:00pm)
    • April 6: Tyler, TX (Mbird Tyler Conference @ 9:00am)
    • April 7: Houston, TX (Holy Spirit Episcopal Church @ 9:30am)
    • April 16: Oklahoma City, OK (Commonplace Books @ 6:30pm)
    • April 17: Dallas, TX (The Shaw’s @ 7:30pm)
    • April 26: New York, NY (Spring Mockingbird Conference @ 6:30pm)
    • May 2: Roanoke, VA (St Mark’s Fincastle, TBD)
    • May 3: Charlottesville, VA (Christ Episcopal Church @ 6:00pm)
    • May 5: Washington, DC (All Saints Episcopal Church @ 9:00am)
    • May 8: Bedford, NY (St Matthew’s, TBD)
    • May 10: Atlanta, GA (TBD @ 7:00pm)
    • May 17: Nashville, TN (TBD @ 7:00pm)
    • June 21: Orange County, CA (TBD)

    There’s still a few open dates in there, so if you’re interested in hosting an event in your city, drop me a line at davidzahl@mbird.com.

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