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For God So Pitied the Fool: Humor and Hope in this Present Age

“Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step toward becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it is taken there is no hope.” – William Lamb (British Prime Minister from 1834-1841) Whenever I read the Book of Proverbs, I get uncomfortable when “the […]

The Book of Sarah: On Eczema and Existential Despair

About a week-and-a-half ago, my body decided to have an a-cute eczema flare-up. Having only previously ever experienced mild eczema, I could tell you about how this was far from a delight. I could tell you about how I have changed my routines to accommodate it, abandoning showers and walks, as if eczema were a […]

Romans 7 for Everyone: Death by the Hands of the Law

Disclaimer: This post does not mention the Coronavirus pandemic, Zoom, Zinc supplements, or social distancing. For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing […]

Grace in a Time of Corona Reminder

We hope you’ve been enjoying our daily video devotional series, posted every morning on our Instagram and Facebook pages. If you don’t have an account at either of those places (we salute you!), you should still be able to watch via the links provided. Or on our Vimeo page. We’ve also decided to upload the audio of each devotional to our Talkingbird podcast feed. So if you’re subscribed there (or access Mbird primarily through The Mockingapp), you won’t miss a thing!

Canceled Plans and Canceled People

This sermon comes to us from Will Ryan. I want to talk this morning about canceling. In the face of all the suspensions—the NBA, the NCAA, airports across the globe, and all the rest (including worship services)—I think it’s important to hear how Jesus responds to someone to someone facing another kind of canceling. Here’s […]

Biblical Criticism and Rational Ignorance

This one comes to us from David Clay. Growing up in church, I was aware that there were people who questioned the Bible’s authority on scientific and sometimes moral grounds. What I didn’t know about before going to college was the existence of a large-scale scholarly enterprise that systematically put the historical reliability of Scripture […]

Inspiration, the Many Gospels, and the “Good News”: Why Just Four?

You’ve probably seen the headlines: Jesus had a wife! (spoiler, the text was a fake), “Judas was framed,” or “Mary wasn’t a virgin.” The canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John where not the only gospel texts written by the early Christians. They were but four among many others. This discovery of other gospel […]

Because It Rains: Why Kobe Bryant’s Death Hit So Hard & Wide

The following was written by Isabella Yosuico. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) Why has a death like that of Kobe Bryant—and his daughter and companions—hit so many so very hard? Even non-basketball fans have been […]

A Future Not Earned But Given (THE FUTURE ISSUE IS HERE!)

In celebration of the Future Issue hitting the PO today, here’s Issue 15’s Opener, as well as the Contents page. If you haven’t subscribed, the time has come! Like every person who sped through HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, I immediately wanted to know what it all looks like today. After six-plus hours of radioactive waste and […]

Hopelessly Devoted: First Timothy Chapter One Verse Fifteen

This morning’s devotion comes from Paul Walker’s Almost Daily Devotional. Chris Stapleton sings a song called “Drunkard’s Prayer.” “When I get drunk, and talk to God / I say I’m sorry for the things I’m not / I mean every word I say / And I promise I can change / When I get drunk, […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Romans Chapter Three Verses Nine Through Twelve

This one comes to us from Paul Walker’s “Almost Daily Devotional”: The Third Sunday of Advent has been called “Stirrup Sunday” after the collect’s plea for God to “stir up” his power on our behalf. There’s nothing like a little churchy witticism to get you going on a Monday in mid December. Ecclesial wit aside, the […]

From Mary’s Womb

My son was being showered with attention and shouts of “Happy Birthday!” when another mom leaned over to me and quietly said, “Happy Giving-Birth-Day to you!” And I thought, “Yeah! Why is he getting all of the attention? I’m the one who went through childbirth!” Soon of course that attitude passed, and I continued celebrating […]