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    Freedom and Why We’re Afraid of It

    In case you missed it, last week DZ gave a brilliant talk at 1517‘s “Here We Still Stand” conference on “Freedom and Why We’re Afraid of It.”

    PZ’s November Movie Picks, Part One

    Mark your calendars! PZ and John Glover have compiled and annotated another list of movies playing on Turner Class Movies this November 2020. Tune in to watch long overlooked movies featuring Christian themes and theology. All times are Eastern, and streaming offerings are noted in parentheses. November 1, midnight and 7:00 am, The Seventh Victim […]

    Making Advent Fun Again, with StoryMakers

    When we think back on 2020, it’s hard to describe, and it seems like there has been nothing “normal” about it. As parents and churches think about birthday parties, Sunday school, and Christmas activities, it is hard to imagine how Advent could be that “magical” time of year in 2020. Thankfully in God’s mercy over […]

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    PZ’s October Movie Picks

    Just in time for Halloween season, PZ and Mbird friend John Glover have annotated a list of movies playing this month on Turner Classic Movies. As one might expect, the Hammer horror films feature prominently. These classic movies are absolutely saturated with Christian themes and theology. (All times are EST). October 5th, 8 pm, Cash […]

    The Latest from The Mockingcast: The Land of Bland, All Shall Be Swell, Defunding Your Inner Police, and Those Upgrades Can Wait

    Episode 196: The Land of Bland For too long, the podcasting industry has flooded our ears with self-indulgent commentary and lazy sermonizing. Well, the answer to your commuting conundrum is finally here! We at Mockingbird are obsessed with side-stepping the noise and bringing 200 proof grace directly to your earbuds. Simple and seasonal, yet thoughtfully […]

    Pandemic Poetry from W. B. Yeats

    Written during the height of the Spanish Flu in 1919 and while his wife was herself stricken by the disease, W. B. Yeats penned this reflection, “The Second Coming”: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the […]

    “Himself,” from Pearly Gates: Parables from the Final Threshold

    The following short story comes from Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, excerpted from her newly released book, Pearly Gates: Parables From the Final Threshold. A free preview of the first three stories is available here! “I suppose,” said the man, “you expect me to worship you.” “It is the customary preamble to entry,” conceded the Lord. “Ha!” […]

    The Lord’s Prayer for Prodigals

    The following is from the coda of Wesley Hill’s magnificent book, The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father, pp. 99-101. It’s taken a couple of years for me to realize how much looking at [Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son”] hanging over my kneeler has affected the way I pray […] In […]

    The Disruptive Grace of God

    From the introduction of George Hunsinger’s book, Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth, p. 16-17. Grace that is not disruptive is not grace […] Grace, strictly speaking, does not mean continuity but radical discontinuity, not reform but revolution, not violence but nonviolence, not the perfecting of virtues but the forgiveness of sins, not […]

    Social Media and Choosing Your Own Narrative

    This post from Stephanie Phillips was originally published on Mbird in October of 2014. Safe to say that it’s still incredibly relevant. I engaged in a Facebook fight recently. This hasn’t happened in a while. I try to avoid commenting on the status updates and posts that particularly (and regularly) annoy me–not so much out […]

    Law, Gospel, and “Cruel Optimism”: An Excerpt from The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience

    There’s so much to love in Simeon Zahl’s latest monograph, The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience. In addition to being a theological tour de force, the book offers numerous outstanding reflections on how theology might explain the experiences of everyday life. The following comes from Chapter 4, “Grace in Experience”, pp. 172-75 (emphasisadded). [A vital […]