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John Lewis on Redemptive Suffering, Grace in Practice

Famously called “the conscience of the House,” the late congressman John Lewis began his career of activism at the American Baptist Theological Seminary. The following is an excerpt from his memoir, where he describes what he learned from his seminary professors: We talked a lot about the idea of “redemptive suffering,” which from the first […]

Just Mercy (and Chocolate Milkshakes)

For the past few years, so many people have suggested I read the book Just Mercy that I became determined to never read it, as an act of defiance. All I can say is that I’m thankful I finally joined the parade. The 2014 bestseller is the remarkable story of Bryan Stevenson, a young attorney […]

The Latest from the Mockingcast: Exploding Heads and Inedible Sandwiches, My Name is Soapbox, and From Minneapolis to Constantinople

Episode 191: Exploding Heads and Inedible Sandwiches In which Dave, RJ, and Sarah talk curated authenticity, shameful beaches, and imputing baseball coaches. Also, Sarah does some Corona math while and Dave weighs the wisdom of a Shakespearean admonition. Oh, don’t miss the surprise at the end. Click here to read Shannon Ashley’s column on Medium, […]

COVID Stole the Wienermobile and Everyone Is Grieving

Well, the virus finally hit my small town in rural Pennsylvania last week, and it hit in a way that surprised us all. Don’t worry, we’re all fine and healthy for the most part. But the virus hasn’t just come for our bodies and spirits. The most recent casualty of COVID-19 was our annual town […]

The Coach Who Changed Michael Lewis’s Life

Very late to the game on this one, pun intended. For years people have been urging me to read Michael Lewis. Moneyball, The Big Short, Liar’s Poker; these are required reading for American dads my age. I know his appeal extends beyond that demographic, but I’ve resisted nonetheless, leaning more in the Brandon Sanderson direction […]

PZ’s Podcast: Bright Road, Outer Ashen Limits, Kolchak and Corona, (You’re) Having My Baby, Narrative Schmarrative, and Speed Bump

EPISODE 297: Bright Road There is this unexpected plethora of gems coming at me just now in a Mockingbird vein. Last week there was Journey into Light, from 1951; and also The First Legion, also from that year. Today there is Bright Road, also a Hollywood movie, which came out in 1953. I feel like the surface of the moon […]

Godliness Cozies Up to Our Mess

I have struggled lately to be patient with messy people. If I’m honest, I have likely always struggled with this, but I see it acutely now. My faith (as I evolve in my understanding of it) continually drags me back to important truth — everyone deserves love, everyone and everything is likely redeemable, and cleanliness […]

“The Story of a Divine Mercy Killing”: The Best Part of My Divine Comedy Is That It’s Ours, Too

Missy Andrews on the Economy of Grace

A New Cup: Shots of Grace for Every Transition

Motherhood and the Permission to Be Messy

From Minneapolis to Constantinople

Quick update: the new episode of The Mockingcast, which we recorded this past Friday, is up.

Needless to say, this was a tough one so I’m extra grateful to my co-hosts for braving the discomfort around race and jumping in with me. I hope we didn’t put our foot in it too much.

The official description being “In which Sarah, RJ, and Dave talk picky eaters, casual racism, George Floyd, and Brendan the Navigator. Also, Dave presses some steel while Sarah reheats some frozen garlic bread.”

Click here to listen.

For further reading:

  • Click here to read CNN’s report on picky eating.
  • Click here to read The NY Times piece on How to Talk to a Racist.
  • Click here to read CT’s article on The Gospel Legacy George Floyd left in Houston.
  • Click here to read Fr Stephen Freeman’s “It’s Good To Be Here.
  • Click here to read the NY Review of Books article on A Tale of Two Churches.

We’ll be taking a couple weeks off as people travel but will be back in action the third week in June.

Also, today marks Todd Brewer‘s first day as Managing Editor of this website. The existing cast of characters isn’t going anywhere, just shuffling around a bit (stay tuned). But we are SO excited to have Todd aboard in this more official capacity. He’s been with us since day one and knows Mbird inside and out. Welcome Todd!!

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When a Fish Dies at the Children’s Hospital and Other Thoughts on Prayer

Or, What a Dying Fish Reminded Me about God