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Everything I Never Learned From Seinfeld

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of our all time favorite show’s premiere, we offer up a re-run of “a breakout session about nothing”: Rochelle Rochelle. Yo Yo Ma. Vandelay Industries. Marble Rye. Del Boca Vista. Get Out! The sea was angry that day. I’m a Da-ay Person. These. Pretzels. Are. Making. Me. Thirsty. You got […]

The Future of the Gospel: A Theologian’s Discussion with Michael Horton

The moment you’ve been waiting for! We are proud to present the final recording from our recent conference in New York City — and the first of what we hope to be many official conference videos — our very own Jady Koch (JDK) speaking with Dr. Michael Horton:

The Future of the Gospel: A Theological Discussion with Michael Horton and Jady Koch from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Many, many thanks to Mark Babikow for capturing it on film and putting everything together so beautifully!

2012 NYC Conference Recordings: Honesty, Humility and the Grace of God

A major thank you to everyone who helped put on this past weekend’s conference in New York! We could not be happier or more grateful for how it all went. We are offering the recordings free of charge again this year; we only ask that those who were not able to attend this year *consider* […]

2012 NYC Conference Book Table

Recordings will all be available on Friday. Until then, here’s this year’s book table, with a couple of embarrassing omissions rectified. Every year it’s a little different, depending on speaker and theme, but overall, it’s safe to say that it doubles as something of a “Mockingbird Reading List.” Enjoy: NON-FICTION Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book […]

Final NYC Conference Schedule (and 5th Anniversary Celebration): APRIL 19-21!

Believe it or not, this coming June marks five years of Mockingbird. And to celebrate, we’re having a party! Next Friday, April 20th in New York City. The event is timed to coincide with our national conference (full schedule below). Whether you are able to attend the whole conference or not, you are warmly invited […]

Disarming Parenthood: Love, Joy and Forgiveness in Family Life

April has arrived, AKA NYC Conference month, and so has our latest preview of the NYC Conference breakout sessions! This one comes the lovely and talented Melina Smith, who will be giving her session at 2:30pm on Friday April 20th. When I heard that the theme of Mockingbird’s 5th annual NYC conference was “Clear Eyes […]

Horton and Tigers and Bears: NYC Conference 2012

When people are first introduced to the distinction between Law and Gospel, there is often some hesitancy towards it because of what it seems to imply, i.e., that the speaker is against the law. This concern, that somehow the law will be dismissed, evokes more fear and trembling in people than just about any other.  Interestingly, […]

Light When All Is Dark: Mental Illnesses and Christian Hope

Continuing with our previews of the breakout sessions at the upcoming NYC Conference (4/19-21), here’s one we are particularly excited about, from esteemed guest presenter Kathryn Greene-McCreight. The session will take place from 2:30-3:30pm on Friday the 20th. In the words of twentieth-century mystic Adrienne von Speyr, “the first step in learning to love others […]

Grace in (Sexual) Addiction: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World

Undeniably one of the most powerful breakout sessions at our 2012 Spring Conference in NYC–indeed at any of our conferences–was presented by special guest Jay Haug on the subject of Sex Addiction. What follows is Jay’s preview of the session and the recording of the session itself: Pornography, cyber hook-ups, friends with benefits. What was […]


The full schedule for our Spring Conference is now up on the conference site! We could not be more excited about how the breakout sessions have come together – we’ve even added a third slate this year. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve decided to cut the pre-registration fee for those who register online between now and March 20th. Simply select the “All-Inclusive Early Bird rate” which costs the same as the student one – $100/person or $150/couple – and includes meals. We will be getting in touch with those who are already registered to see if they would like to take advantage retrospectively. Again, this offer will expire on March 20th and only applies to web registrations. What are you waiting for?

Morning Breakout Sessions – 10:45am-12:00pm

  1. Grace in (Sexual) Addiction: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World – Jay Haug
  2. Mockingbird at the Movies: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Love – Nick Lannon
  3. These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty: Human Nature, Humor and Seinfeld – David Zahl
  4. This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Honesty of God – Ethan Richardson

Afternoon Breakout Sessions I – 2:30-3:30pm

  1. Disarming Parenthood: Love and Forgiveness with Young Children – Melina Smith
  2. How Did You Find Me Here? Fear and Rescue in American Music – Ethan Richardson
  3. Light When All Is Dark: Depression, Mental Illness, and Christian Hope – Kathryn Greene McCreight
  4. What Would Don Draper Do (to Eric Taylor)? Downward Mobility and Grace in Mad Men and Friday Night Lights – RJ Heijmen

Afternoon Breakout Sessions II – 3:30-4:30pm

  1. The Future of the Gospel: A Theological Discussion with Michael Horton – Jady Koch
  2. Grace in (Sexual) Addiction, Take 2: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World – Jay Haug
  3. CORAM DEO: An ‘umble Poetry Reading and Discussion – Brad Davis

In addition, we are finalizing the details of a PZ’s Podcast reception (with the Man Himself), which will likely take place on Friday evening. Bios and previews coming soon.


Mockingbird Spring Conference in NYC: APRIL 19-21!

“To know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. The first product of self-knowledge is humility.” –Flannery O’Connor

“To live outside the law, you must be honest.” –Bob Dylan

Honesty. Is there a scarier word in the English language? For some, it is a luxury they can’t afford, for others the last stop on the train. Yet what a relief it is to be unburdened of our defensiveness – with our loved ones, with ourselves, with God. To live in freedom and humility rather than exhaustion and fear. Join us for a few days in Manhattan this Spring as we explore how God’s grace – in all its clear-eyed honesty – creates hearts full of hope.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Michael Horton, noted author, theologian and radio host of The White Horse Inn. Other contributors include Aaron Zimmerman & David Zahl of Mockingbird, with devotions from conference chaplain Jacob Smith. There will also be eight breakout sessions, covering a wide range of topics, from film, music and literature to parenting and aspects of life in local churches.

If the past four years are anything to go by, the conference is sure to be a time of warmth, fun and maybe even a little emancipation. And on Friday evening, we’ll be celebrating the 5th anniversary of Mockingbird – not to be missed!

The event is open to anyone and everyone. Just be sure to pre-register ASAP, as space is limited.

There are a number of price options this year:

  • 3 Days: With Meals $150, No Meals $100
  • 2 Days: With Meals $100, No Meals $75
  • 1 Day (Friday): With Meals $75, No Meals $50
  • 1 Day (Thurs or Sat): With Meals $50, No Meals $25
  • 1 Meal: $25

In addition, this year we are offering a special across-the-board rate for students and seminarians, an All-Inclusive registration of $100/person or $150/couple (friend, spouse, colleague, etc). Simply be sure to select one of the “seminarian/student” options. For information about other scholarships, please contact us at