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Confessions of a Former Youth Minister

Maybe We Were Closer to the Truth Then Than I Am Now. Closer to the Place Where God Resides.

Envying the “Other Me”

Am I the Only One Who Thinks About that Other Me, Living that Other Life?

Confirmation Bias and the Wisdom of Humility

“The Sigh of the Oppressed Creature, the Heart of a Heartless World”

Work is All We Have

We are Stewards of Our Lives, Not Their Makers.

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.

#GivingTuesday on Mockingbird

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Introducing “Dear Gracie”: The Mockingbird‘s Advice Column

Where in your life do you need help giving, receiving, or understanding grace?

In plain English, grace can be understood as a gift with no strings attached. When it arrives, it can be the most powerful surprise in a person’s life. But giving grace to others is harder than it sounds. During our most complicated moments — moments of grief, or a fight with a difficult roommate, or a confrontation with a philandering lover — grace can seem confusing at best. Especially for religious people. Of course we want to be kind, loving, and patient, but truthfully we also want to lay down the law when appropriate.

In the weeds of life, sometimes we all need a little guidance.

The Mockingbird is here to help. In our upcoming issue, we will introduce our first advice column featuring readers’ real-life quagmires. Behind the keyboard is Gracie — that is, Sarah Condon — with an opinion or two.

Send questions, with a pseudonym and general location, to magazine@mbird.com. While we can’t promise a response for everything, all emails will be kept confidential. We will only reprint your question, pseudonym, and general location. But no matter your circumstances, the word of Gracie is for everyone.

Ninety-Nine Problems (and an Actual Solution): The Holy Spirit’s Advice Column

“Ninety Percent of What’s Wrong with You Could Be Cured with a Hot Bath.”

On the Cusp of Humility

“It is Crock Pot Time in America. The Main Ingredient is COVID-19, Seasoned with Fear, Anger, and Unfollowed Wisdom.”

Halloween: A Recess for the Buffered Self

On Re-Learning to Live as “Porous Selves”

Mixed Drinks and God’s Word: The Ordering of Law and Gospel

“The Gospel is 100% ‘Yes,’ and if There’s a Hint of ‘No,’ then It’s all ‘No.'”

Confessions From Social Media’s Dr. Frankenstein

On The Social Dilemma and the Endless Struggle to Think Well of Ourselves