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Season 1 of The Brothers Zahl Podcast is Here!!

Good news: It’s LAUNCH DAY for Mockingbird’s latest podcast, The Brothers Zahl!!

As of this morning all six episodes of season one (“God,” “Holiness,” “Evil,” “Church,” “Abreaction,” and “Grace”) are available wherever you get your podcasts.

Listen and/or subscribe by clicking on the image above — or searching wherever you get your podcasts, e.g. Spotify.

The aim was for the three brothers — one a writer, one a professor, one a priest, all in the “God business” — to paint a picture of how grace and faith intersect with everyday life (and have some fun in the process). You could almost think of it as a crash course in “Mockingbird theology” — or at least our approach.

We definitely pulled out all the stops on this project, production-wise, thanks to the super talented TJ Hester (and the irrepressible DJ JAZ) and could not be happier with how it turned out.

If you like what you hear, please spread the word! And while you’re at it, give us a rating and review on iTunes.

Absolution in Practice

Hiding the Evidence of Sin After a Deathbed Confession

Love Lingers at a Locked Door

A Valentine’s Day Themed Reflection for Those Who Don’t Live in a Fairy Tale.

Norman Rockwell, Ted Lasso, and Isaiah’s Coup de Grâce

I received a remarkable gift for Christmas, the kind a grown man shares on Instagram. No, not the mint condition New Wave Dave that one brother gave me. I’m referring to something from the other brother, a print of Norman Rockwell’s 1957 painting, “Lift Up Thine Eyes.” Perhaps you’ve seen it. In classic Rockwell style, […]

The Useful Sinner: A Story of Grace in Practice

God’s Chief Agents Have Often Been Notoriously Weak: Murderous Moses, Lying Peter, Adulterous David …

The One Thing She Needed

She was Still Haunted by the Old Failures of Her Practice; She Didn’t Save Everyone

Law and Gospel in Youth Ministry

So grateful to Rooted for inviting me to give this presentation back in August, which went public today. Hopefully the content applies beyond any specific age group!


“The Green Light of Forgiveness” Glimmers at the End of Taylor Swift’s Dock in evermore

This Album Reminds Us that We Can’t Come out of the Darkness Alone

A Letter Santa Rarely Receives

My Daughter’s Kind of Thankfulness is a Kind of Pre-Thanking

Thou Shalt Be Needed but Never Needy: Sad Clowns, Lonely Husbands, and COVID Friendships

Middle Age is Not the Time of Maximum Mastery. It is the Time of Maximum Need.

“Can I Ever Be Forgiven?” On the Radical Unity of Sinners

“If I Take Everything Good in My Life and Burn It to the Ground, Where Can I Turn?”

Advent in the Time of Corona

Advent is a pretty weird time. While we’re all listening to jingle bells, putting up lights around the house, and buying gifts for everyone, Advent speaks of a crazy-man prophet and the end of the world. Usually the gloom of hellfire feels out of place with the non-stop Mariah Carey we cannot avoid. But this year, the end of the world doesn’t sound all that crazy. Cause, you know … COVID.

So who’s up for hearing some good news?

Over the next few weeks, Mockingbird is releasing a series of devotional videos from a variety of contributors to brighten the darkness just a bit. Full of all the joy, insight, warmth, and grace we all need right now, they can be found on our Facebook and Instagram accounts!

DZ kicked off the series yesterday with his phenomenal sermon, “Can’t Hardly Wait.”