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Currently, I am three years into a four year doctorate in systematic theology under the supervision Dr. Notger Slenczka at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. I'm pretty much interested in what everyone else is, namely, the concept of lex semper accusat and the debate over the usus legis operate within the theologies of Robert Jenson, Gerhard Forde and Oswald Bayer ;-) Between my graduation from Washington & Lee University in 2000 and Trinity School for Ministry in 2007, I worked for FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) in Baltimore and Vero Beach, FL. Having served curacies in both Berlin and Austria, he and his wife now live in Louisiville, KY where he is an associate minister at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. You can hear "All the Gospel that's fit to preach," on my ITunes Podcast: Pelican Pie.

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    Forgiveness Has Risen: The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

    If any be pious and a lover of God, let him rejoice in this fair and radiant festival. If any be a faithful servant let him enter into the joy of his Lord. If any be weary with fasting, let him now enjoy his payment. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him […]

    Horton and Tigers and Bears: NYC Conference 2012

    When people are first introduced to the distinction between Law and Gospel, there is often some hesitancy towards it because of what it seems to imply, i.e., that the speaker is against the law. This concern, that somehow the law will be dismissed, evokes more fear and trembling in people than just about any other.  Interestingly, […]

    NYC Conference 2012: Become a Theologian with Mike Horton

    This year’s Mockingbird Conference–April 19th-21st—marks our 5 year anniversary, and it is fitting, in many ways, that our main speaker is Dr. Michael Horton. As I’ve already mentioned here, Dr. Horton has been one of a few “voices in the wilderness” for many years whom we can only hope to, ahem, mock. Within modern Christianity, […]

    Horton Hears a Mockingbird: NYC Conference 2012, Do Yourself A Favor

    It is hard to overstate how excited we are about this year’s Mockingbird conference main speaker, Michael Horton. Through his work as the Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Ca, editor of Modern Reformation and host of The White Horse Inn radio program, he has encouraged, educated and inspired countless people around the […]

    Beyond Imperatives: A Must Read on the Law

    There is an amazing post entitled “Luther on Law” over at our good friend Tullian Tchividjian’s blog which is written by another good friend of Mockingbird, Jono Linebaugh. As many of you know, there has been an ongoing discussion about the relationship between law and gospel over at the Gospel Coalition. Recently Jono was asked to […]

    Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

    [Update 1/10/12: We are very pleased to announce that Michael Horton will be the keynote speaker at this years Mockingbird Conference in NYC!] I thought the title should go ahead and communicate what I thought from the outset:) Almost 10 years ago now, I read a lecture by Rod Rosenbladt called The Gospel for those […]

    The (A)Peal of Maundy Thursday

    If you are part of a church that is celebrating Holy Week, then chances are you will be going to a Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday service today. This is a service where there is a celebration of the institution of both the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, and the mandatum, or “new covenant.” This Latin […]

    The Palm Before The Storm

    Good morning to you all! I’ve just returned from a theology conference in York where the topic, in recognition of this being the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, or Authorized Version, was HOLY WRIT: Authority and Reception. As with all conferences of this type, there was a wide variation in papers and presentations, […]

    The Law of the Book

    . . . and the Book of the Law: “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Gal. 3:10

    Art Imitates Law

    Oprah and the Real American Idol

    I ran across an fascinating interview on with Kathryn Lofton–Assistant professor of American studies and religious studies at Yale– who is the author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. The interview is entitled “Worshiping at the church of Oprah Winfrey.” The interview begins, “In the past quarter-century Oprah has become shorthand for self-help: a […]

    That’s Bound To Help: The Strange World of Precommitment Devices

    Over at Slate, there is a fascinating look into the lengths people will go to protect themselves against, well, themselves. In an article entitled, “The Odyesseus Option: How “precommitment devices” will force you to lose weight, stop drinking, and not sleep with that jerk on the first date,” Daniel Akst introduces us to a future […]