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About Sean Norris

Sean has earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry and is currently in the ordination process in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. As one of the original staff members, he helped David and the founding board members get Mockingbird out of the nest for the first couple of years. He is married to Kate Norris, with whom he plans to do pastoral ministry full-time.

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    Grace for Everyone

    In honor of Paul’s 60th birthday, I would like to share one of his statements that simply changed my life.  The story goes something like this: A long time ago, in a seminary far, far away Paul Zahl taught a class called Christian Social Ethics.  I was lucky enough to be one of the unsuspecting […]

    Brennan Manning on the Central Affirmation of the Reformation

    For some reason (i.e. the Holy Spirit) I felt like re-reading Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel this weekend. I guess I’ve been a little desperate and needy, and as is always said on this blog, “We need to hear the gospel again every day.” Few people have been able to write about the gospel like […]

    What is Freedom?

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the concept of Christian freedom. What exactly is it? How come most of the time I don’t feel free even though I’ve been a Christian for a while now? Is there a way to connect more with the freedom that was promised us? If you are like me, […]

    "Harvard’s Crisis of Faith"

    I read this article on this morning and thought it was worth sharing. There is a debate on Harvard’s campus over whether or not the school should require undergrad students to take at least one class on religion during their time there. Read it here. It is a helpful reminder of how the secular […]

    Don’t Call It A Comeback: The American Music Awards, Mickey Rourke, and the Thirst for Glory

    A couple of nights ago I watched the American Music Awards with my wife, and we were struck by all of the “comeback” stories in the entertainment world. Michael Jackson was up for 5 awards including Artist of the Year. He didn’t win that one, but he did win a bunch of others. His sister […]

    Death and Wal-Mart

    Well, I have been MIA for the past few weeks due to moving, traveling, etc., but I stumbled across this article on a week or so ago, and thought it worth mentioning. It turns out that Wal-Mart has begun to sell coffins online, that’s right, coffins. Now it is truly your one-stop shopping destination. […]

    The Last of the Munchkins

    Here at Mockingbird we are known to offer you some wonderfully divergent material from time to time, and this is right up that alley;) I just found out that the 70th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz was on Monday! 70 years! Since it is such an iconic part of our culture, […]

    T.O. and Romans 7

    Terrell Owens is no stranger to controversy, and with his new team, the Buffalo Bills, struggling everyone is waiting for him to start some…well, controversy. In response to this pressure the famous wideout seems to be having a bit of a Romans 7 moment. In an interview after practice this past Wednesday (read the article […]

    More Choices = Unhappiness?

    This past weekend one of the Op-Ed pieces in The NY Times caught my eye. Maureen Dowd’s column, entitled “Blue Is the New Black”, focused on the trend that women have grown unhappier since the 1970s. She cites “the General Social Survey, which has tracked Americans’ mood since 1972, and five other major studies around […]

    A Tribute to Patrick Swayze

    Monday was a very sad day. As I am sure you have heard by now, Patrick Swayze finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer and passed on at the age of 57. Having grown up with so many of his movies, I thought it appropriate to give a tribute to him here at Mbird, as we so […]

    "Liar, Liar Pants on Fire!"

    I just stumbled across this article on entitled “The Truth About Lying”, which takes a look at our current culture of lying. It offers a tough diagnosis (DZ actually posted about the same book that this article references last week. Check it out here). It exposes how we don’t even recognize when we’re lying […]

    Grace: More Than Tolerance

    Fresh off a visit to San Francisco last week and being that it is the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I have been thinking about grace a lot. I know you’re probably thinking, “What do Woodstock and San Fran have to do with grace?” Well, before I left for my very first visit to California last […]