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When Hope Turns to Ashes: The Weakness of John the Baptist

This post comes to us from Nathan Carr: When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Mt 11:2-3) Here sits a man whose life has been spent in the […]

Crying in the Car with Megan Thee Stallion

As a married man, as a godly man, and especially as a Gen X-er, I probably shouldn’t entertain the likes of Megan Thee Stallion. However, when I caught the radio edit of Savage the other day, the Law/Gospel theologian in me heard reverberations of redemptive implications inculcated in verses rapped about otherwise frivolous matters. Most […]

Book Review: The Great Belonging

Out today! Happy to feature Sarah Sanderson’s glowing review of The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other, the newly-released book by Mockingbird friend and contributor, Charlotte Donlon. To order it, click here.  Recently, I noticed an unusual pain in my chest, just at the top of my breast tissue. Worried it might have […]

The Local Love of God in a Global Hellstorm

It strikes me that, while the ozone is evidently thinning by the second, the space between earth and heaven seems as opaque as ever. Where is this God who calls us his very own? Where is this God who is apparently in control? By my estimation, society as a whole has devolved into something like […]

David Chang Has Nothing To Be Depressed About

A trenchant passage from David Chang’s new memoir Eat a Peach, a book which has made headlines for its openness about the chef/restaurateur/Netflix personality’s history of depression. Apparently Chang decided to shift the direction of the book after the death of his good friend Anthony Bourdain. I for one am glad he did, ht CWZ: […]

“Where is the Promised Joy?”

John P. McNamee’s 1995 memoir, Diary of a City Priest, traces a year of his parish ministry in inner-city Philadelphia. It’s a tough read. McNamee does his best to minister spiritually and physically to parishioners and neighbors alike, aware at all times that his efforts don’t begin to budge the needle of intergenerational poverty and […]

Deferred Maintenance: Finding God in the Breakdown Lane

Earlier this week, right before dinner time, our refrigerator started to sound slightly off. Its normal low purr became something of a soft wheeze. When my wife made a passing remark about it, I shot back, “It’s fine! I think it does that sometimes,” as if I were defending the fridge for having been personally […]

In Praise of Emotional Time Travel (Sort of)

It arrived while we were at the beach. I had almost delayed our trip to be there to receive the package in person. Even from afar I could feel the tectonic plates of my personal archaeology click into place. After decades of dreaming and pining, a copy of New Mutants 87 was mine. We’re talking […]

Please Scream Inside Your Heart

A couple weeks ago the Wall Street Journal wrote about how several theme parks in Japan have recently reopened, but in an effort to keep the coronavirus contained, they’ve banned screaming on roller coasters. To enforce this no-screaming policy, their message is this: “Please scream inside your heart.” Of course, it didn’t take long for […]

Black Sheep, Doubt, and Unburdening

This thoughtful post comes from Trevor Almy: From as early as I can remember, I’ve been at least mildly eccentric; that is to say, I don’t conform to the cookie-cutter, southern Christian stereotype. Growing up, my idiosyncrasies accentuated my feelings of weirdness in a church where the “standard” Christian youth was a high-performing student athlete. […]

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 […]

July 4th, Sufjan, and the Wake-up Call of Death

Thankful for this post from Grace Leuenberger: This week, Sufjan Stevens announced a new, forthcoming solo album titled The Ascension, his first since Carrie and Lowell debuted in March 2015. I remember listening to the album on that frigid March morning, sitting with my legs cramped underneath my dorm room desk. Tears sprung up in […]