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God Isn’t Mad At You (I’m Not Blowing Smoke!) - Dr. Steve Brown

We’ve got a wonderful slate of videos coming in from the recent Mockingbird conference in Tyler, TX. Up first, a powerful message from author and Key Life founder Steve Brown. Topics include: the visage of Steve Brown, the Marlboro Man, a stable metanarrative, Arminian daisies, Firing Line, and a sovereign God.

God Isn’t Mad At You (I’m Not Blowing Smoke!) – Dr. Steve Brown from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Preachers in Sneakers: A Merciful Mirror

Preachers in Sneakers: A Merciful Mirror

When a friend sent me the Instagram account @preachersnsneakers, I was dumbfounded. A guy who goes by the name “Tyler” posts photographs of nondenominational mega-church pastors sporting sneakers alongside a cost analysis. It is funny and staggering. I had no idea that sneakers can cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. I mean, I feel […]

The Comfort of a Reasonable Religion

The Comfort of a Reasonable Religion

“I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” (Luke 19:40) The Parish which I serve as Rector is blessed with two campuses, both of which have historic cemeteries. What strikes me every time I walk among the stones in either location is the sheer volume of immense personal tragedy contained in […]

The Kicker: Steve Brown on Hidden Agendas and the Fondness of Christ

The Kicker: Steve Brown on Hidden Agendas and the Fondness of Christ

In preparation for our upcoming conference in Tyler, TX (next week!), we’ve pulled the following excerpt from our archives (originally published over at Key Life). Here, conference speaker Dr. Steve Brown discusses hidden agendas and the distinctly un-sneaky love of God: Some seriously misguided Christians once called a Jewish friend of mine a “Christ killer.” When […]

Confessions of a Fallen Soldier (in the Battle for Male Purity)

Confessions of a Fallen Soldier (in the Battle for Male Purity)

This post was written by Clifton Hanson. I know of too many instances where girls have been taught, implicitly or explicitly, that the love of God is somehow contingent on their ability to remain “pure.” So writes Sarah Condon in her recent piece for this site. Well, that gets right the heart of things, doesn’t it? […]

PZ's Podcast: Soul Searchin' Time, Blowing Away, Seasons in the Sun, and Soul Trajectory

PZ's Podcast: Soul Searchin' Time, Blowing Away, Seasons in the Sun, and Soul Trajectory

EPISODE 266: Soul Searchin’ Time The previous cast, “Surprise, Surprise”, raised the vexing question of exceptions in the practice of grace to sinners and sufferers. I spoke about the chronic inability of Christians who emphasize grace to embody it in relation to specific sinners and specific sins. One example I chose was from the Reformed […]

“All Is Lost…and All Is Not Lost”: An Introduction to <i>Life Is Impossible</i> by Nick Lannon

“All Is Lost…and All Is Not Lost”: An Introduction to Life Is Impossible by Nick Lannon

No one ever said life would be easy. But does your life ever seem…too hard? Does self-help, strangely, not work? If so, consider Life Is Impossible: And That’s Good News, the new book by longtime Mockingbird writer Nick Lannon. It’s a slim work, biblically sound and buoyed by vivid illustrations from culture and everyday life. Read […]

Swimming with Killer Whales, and Cars that Go Up, Up, Up

Swimming with Killer Whales, and Cars that Go Up, Up, Up

It is a scientific fact that there exists a space in the human gut that functions purely to process stories. We’ll call it the Story Organ. You hear a particular story and at once there begins this churning and grinding, like one of those plastic rock polishers you get from the nerd stores. Said Organ […]

"Already Obedient": Steve Brown and Imputation

"Already Obedient": Steve Brown and Imputation

With our conference in Tyler, TX, just around the corner (4/5-6), here’s a teaser for one of our speakers, the illustrious Steve Brown. This one comes from his book Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart, which he wrote after he’d finally “lived long enough and sinned big enough,” after he left pastoring his […]

Another Week Ends: Hipster Conformity, Mononucleosis, Greek Basketball Coaching, Curated Imperfection, and The Secular Work Ethic

Another Week Ends: Hipster Conformity, Mononucleosis, Greek Basketball Coaching, Curated Imperfection, and The Secular Work Ethic

1. Tis the season for sickness. B.D. McClay over at The Hedgehog Review got mono, and while the short term result was a bout of feverish nightmares, excruciatingly painful swallowing, thundering headaches, and seemingly unending fatigue, the long term result was this marvelous essay: “The Ills That Flesh Is Heir to.” Her essay is a […]

Welcome to the Jungle (of Ash Wednesday)

Those looking for a mockingtastic Ash Wednesday devotional and/or Lent-opening mic drop, be sure to check out the special episode of Same Old Song in which Jacob and Aaron surface the cognitive dissonance at work as well as the awkwardness of low anthropology, doing their best throughout not to dodge the existential gut-punch this day represents. They also talk about The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and GNR. As always, not just for preachers.

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a #Seculosity Book Trailer! (and Tour Dates)

Believe it or not, we’re exactly four weeks out from the release of Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It (April 2nd). Here’s the trailer, made by the amazing Mark Babikow, and easy to download and repost and/or share – hint hint nudge nudge:

In conjunction with the release I’ll be heading out on a tour to promote in April & May. The dates we’ve got confirmed are as follows:

  • April 3: Birmingham, AL (Cranmer House @ 7:00pm)
  • April 6: Tyler, TX (Mbird Tyler Conference @ 9:00am)
  • April 7: Houston, TX (Holy Spirit Episcopal Church @ 9:30am)
  • April 16: Oklahoma City, OK (Commonplace Books @ 6:30pm)
  • April 17: Dallas, TX (The Shaw’s @ 7:30pm)
  • April 26: New York, NY (Spring Mockingbird Conference @ 6:30pm)
  • May 2: Roanoke, VA (St Mark’s Fincastle, TBD)
  • May 3: Charlottesville, VA (Christ Episcopal Church @ 6:00pm)
  • May 5: Washington, DC (All Saints Episcopal Church @ 9:00am)
  • May 8: Bedford, NY (St Matthew’s, TBD)
  • May 10: Atlanta, GA (TBD @ 7:00pm)
  • May 17: Nashville, TN (TBD @ 7:00pm)
  • June 21: Orange County, CA (TBD)

There’s still a few open dates in there, so if you’re interested in hosting an event in your city, drop me a line at davidzahl@mbird.com.