Fathers and Sons in the Shadow of the Cross

My third anniversary as a father is fast approaching and I find myself asking, like David Byrne, ‘How did I get here?’ I’m 40 now. I’ve got a toddler. I’ve got a proper job. I’ve got a little gray hair. I eat vegetables and watch my fiber intake. I quit going to clubs years ago; […]

From Martin Yee: Preaching The Gospel To Ourselves

Shortly after moving to Singapore *come visit!* I stumbled upon a blog by Martin Yee, which is entirely in-tune with Mockingbird.  One of his recent posts had a quote that was too good not to share with all y’all: The White Horse Inn Blog has noted that unlike the Law the Gospel is not in […]

White Trash, Freaks, Lunatics, God and Mrs. Turpin

The following excerpt comes from Flannery O’Connor’s short story entitled ‘Revelation’, which is found in her collection Everything That Rises Must Converge. I stumbled upon it by way of a sermon by Tim Keller, and my, what a gem! Toward the end of the tale the main character, Mrs. Turpin, a religious person in the […]

Death, Loneliness and Beauty – According to Charlie Chaplin (Simul Justus…)

‘Will Durant, author and philosopher, was also in Hollywood lecturing at UCLA. He was an old friend and occasionally dined at our house. They were amusing evenings. Will, an enthusiast who needed no stimulant to intoxicate himself but life itself, once asked me: “What is your conception of beauty?” I said I thought it was […]

Jesus and the Myth of the Super-Christian

From Craig Barnes’ must-read The Pastor As Minor Poet: We do not peddle images of the super-Christian and tell our parishioners to try harder to attain this goal. That’s just another false image. And it will also leave us only with more judgment by tossing the not-good-enough Christian onto our heap of failures….So, with poetic irony, […]