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2013 NYC Conference Recordings: Good News That Never Gets Old

Another heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on this year’s Mockingbird Conference in NYC, especially our friends at Calvary St. George’s Church. It’s a good thing most of the presentations below have to do with grace, as the very thought of trying to top it is incredibly scary…! Speaking of freebies, though, we are […]

2013 NYC Conference Book Table

A major thank you goes out to all who helped put on this past weekend’s conference in New York! We honestly could not be more pleased with how it all went. Recordings and video should be available soon — hopefully by the end of the week. Until then, here’s this year’s book table, with a […]

NYC CONFERENCE: FINAL SCHEDULE AND TALK TITLES!

In two short days (4/18-20), Mockingbird is hosting its Sixth Annual Conference in New York City! The event has come together beautifully, and the full schedule is below (click on any of the talk titles for more information). Although pre-registration is now closed, last minute walk-ins are still more than welcome. To reserve a spot, email us at info@mbird.com.

Thursday April 18th

4:30pm Registration Opens
6:30pm One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World – Tullian Tchividjian
7:30pm Dinner

Get your pre-release copy at the conference! Won’t be widely available til June.

Get your pre-release copy at the conference! Won’t be widely available til June.

Friday April 19th

8:15am Coffee and Registration
9:00am Morning Mini-Talks (20 minutes each)

10:45am Morning Breakouts

12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Afternoon Mini-Talks

2:30pm Afternoon Breakouts

7:00pm The Unlikely Believer: How a Smart-Assed Intellectual Crossed the Secular/Religious Divide – Mary Karr
7:40pm Q&A with Mary
8:00pm Dinner

Saturday April 20th

8:15am Coffee
9:00am Grace for Today: The End of To-Do List Christianity – Tullian Tchividjian
10:00am I’ve Just Gotta Get A Message To Me – David Zahl
10:45am Q&A with Tullian and others
11:30am Closing Remarks and Service
12:30pm Conference Ends

*Sally’s talk will not be taped or recorded.

Ministering to Winners: The Poor, Captive, Blind, Oppressed (and Other People Like You and Me) – A Conference Breakout

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One of the most moving moments for me at the 2012 Mockingbird conference in NYC was when the Reverend Aaron Zimmerman pointed out that most preachers are telling one legged people to run and win a two legged race. This breakout session is for those of us who have ever been frustrated by, extremely angry at, and even hated the people in the ministries we serve; those who have thought that the people we minister to (or the people doing the ministering!) are actually standing on two feet.

In this breakout session on Friday morning we will explore the glory story that has defined many of our ministries and/or experiences in church. Then we will look at how that glory story has been translated into our lives and why the Gospel is truly the word that can set us all free (or at least bring momentary relief as we hop along hoping for a finish line).

Here’s the audio recording from the breakout session

[audio https://mbird.com/resources/?show&file_name=07%20Ministering%20to%20Winners_%20The%20Blind%2C%20The%20Bound%20and%20the%20Broken%20%28People%20Like%20You%20and%20Me%29%201.mp3]

Or you can download it by clicking here.

Emotional Protestants, Gracious Storytelling, Stressed-Out Athletes, Young Kierkegaardians, Antinomian Unicorns, and Church Basement Addictions

We asked those who are giving “mini-talks” this Friday (4/19) at our 6th Annual Mockingbird NYC Conference to provide short teasers of what they’ll be speaking about, and they did not disappoint! If you’re looking six and a half more reasons to cancel what you have going on this weekend (or six and a half […]

Previously on Parenthood: Another Breakout Session

For the session I’m hosting—“Thou Art my Beloved Child: Parenthood for Prodigals”—we look at instances of surprisingly unconditional grace, mercy, and compassion (i.e., love) in the family context as seen in the TV show Parenthood. My emphasis is more on parenthood-the-topic than Parenthood-the-show so that anyone, whether a regular Parenthood viewer or someone who has never even […]

Death and Life in the Artist’s Studio: A Breakout Session

In Dead Man (1995), a Native-American guide named “Nobody” confronts an accountant from Cleveland (played by Johnny Depp) about his own name. When Depp’s character affirms that, indeed, his name is “William Blake,” Nobody exclaims: Then you are a dead man! Each artist suffers to learn in her own way what William Blake must learn. […]

Walter White vs. Raylan Givens: The Two Hats of American Law

You think you know me? Well, I know you Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens. I know you like to shoot bad people…I heard about you shooting that gun thug in Miami, but you know? At any point, when you were looking at that gun thug, did you see your daddy’s face? These are the words of […]

Baby, You Can Drive My Karr: Conversion and the Poetry of Mary Karr (A Breakout Session)

Some of us have believed since we awoke into sentience. Others of us started out with our confidence invested elsewhere and only later were (or have yet to be) won over to the faith. Maybe because I am of the latter group, I think that, in a volleyball game, the johnny-come-latelies would crush the goody […]

Another Week, Another Amazing NYC Conference Update

Four very exciting bits of news to report about our upcoming conference in New York City, 4/18-20:

1. We can confirm that Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the much beloved Jesus Storybook Bible (and the brand new Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing), will be speaking to us on Friday 4/19 about “Communicating Grace to Children.” Not to be missed!!

2. The full slate of breakout sessions, mini-talks and special programming is now set. We’ve added six new ones since last we wrote:

  • jesus-story-book-bible-1What Does Salvation Feel Like? Protestantism and the Problem of Emotion – Simeon Zahl
  • Kierkegaard, Existentialism and Young Adult Anxiety – William McDavid
  • Big Foot Called My Unicorn an Antinomian: The Double Bind of the Law – Jady Koch
  • Death and Life in the Artist’s Studio – Dan Siedell
  • Thou Art My Beloved Child: Parenthood for Prodigals – Matthew Schneider
  • T.S. Eliot’s Parables of Self-Righteousness and Resurrection – Todd Brewer
  • It Came From the (Church) Basement: Addiction, Grace and Alcoholics Anonymous – John Zahl
  • Walter White vs. Raylan Givens: The Two Hats of American Law – Ethan Richardson
  • Baby, You Can Drive My Karr: Conversion & the Poetry of Mary Karr – Brad Davis
  • Crunch Time: What We Can Learn From Athletes About Dealing with Stress – Nick Lannon
  • The Prisoner, the Blind, and The Bound: Pastoring People Like You (and Me) – Jacob Smith
  • Hear Me: A Photography Exhibit – Kate Norris
  • The Romance of Grace – Jim McNeeley
  • I’ve Just Gotta Get A Message To Me – David Zahl

We’re working hard to finalize the timing on everything. The full schedule should be ready by the end of next week.

3. After years of delays and false starts, we will indeed be releasing The Mockingbird Devotional at this year’s conference. Brace yourselves – it’s a behemoth!

4. The beautiful conference postcards go out this weekend. To be sure you get one, sign up for our mailing list. And if you’d like extras for your friends/family/neighbors/nemeses, email us at info@mbird.com and we’ll get those out to you.

Pre-Register Today!

The Best NYC Conference Update Ever (Pre-Register Today!)

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A couple of very cool new details to report: First and most importantly, we can confirm that our co-headliner this year will be none other than award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist Mary Karr! This is a huge honor for Mockingbird, and we could not be more excited. If somehow you’ve missed the many posts we’ve done on Mary’s work, you can catch up here. Her official bio contains more than its fair share of colorful soundbites, the bit about 2009’s Lit (mandatory reading for those coming to the conference) being a particular highlight:

Lit chronicles Karr’s brazen battle into adulthood, taking readers on a journey into awe while tracing her search for the solid family she never had. On the way, she falls into the thrall of Jack Daniels, the blue-blood poet she marries, their child, and most bizarrely of all – Baby Jesus. Never have alcoholism and depression been rendered with more hilarity; no other modern memoir has so vividly brought to life the struggle with faith. As Francine Prose wrote in the New York Review of Books: “Contemporary Believers and nonbelievers have long been drawn to confessions, like Saint Augustine’s, that read like dispatches from the knock-down drag-out encounter between God and the stubborn sinner. Lit . . . is one of those.”

And just to whet your appetite even more, how could we not reproduce that incredible quotation from the unbelievably great essay “Facing Altars”, included in her poetry collection, Sinners Welcome:

mkarrPeople usually (always?) come to church as they do to prayer and poetry—through suffering and terror. Need and fear…

The faithless contenders for prayer’s relief who sometimes ask me for help praying (still a comic notion) often say it seems hypocritical to turn to God only now during whatever crisis is forcing them toward it – a kid with leukemia, say, husband lost in the World Trade Center. But no one I know has ever turned to God any other way. As the old adage says, there are no atheists in foxholes. Maybe saints turn to God from innate righteousness. The rest of us tend to show up holding out a tin cup. The church I attended said it best on the banner stretched across it’s front: SINNERS WELCOME.

Secondly, we can announce the full slate of mini-talks, breakout sessions and other programming. Our best line-up yet? Could be:

  • What Does Salvation Feel Like? Protestantism and the Problem of Emotion – Simeon Zahl
  • Kierkegaard, Existentialism and Young Adult Anxiety – William McDavid
  • Big Foot Called My Unicorn an Antinomian: The Double Bind of the Law – Jady Koch
  • Death and Life in the Artist’s Studio – Dan Siedell
  • Thou Art My Beloved Child: Parenthood for Prodigals – Matthew Schneider
  • T.S. Eliot’s Parables of Self-Righteousness and Resurrection – Todd Brewer
  • It Came From the (Church) Basement: Addiction, Grace and Alcoholics Anonymous – John Zahl
  • Walter White vs. Raylan Givens: The Two Hats of American Law – Ethan Richardson
  • Baby, You Can Drive My Karr: Conversion & the Poetry of Mary Karr – Brad Davis
  • Crunch Time: What We Can Learn From Athletes About Dealing with Stress – Nick Lannon
  • The Prisoner, the Blind, and The Bound: Pastoring People Like You (and Me) – Jacob Smith
  • Hear Me: A Photography Exhibit – Kate Norris
  • The Romance of Grace – Jim McNeeley
  • I’ve Just Gotta Get A Message To Me – David Zahl

Pre-Register Today!

To give you more of a sense for Mary, check out the GBV-soundtracked promo for Lit here.

Spring Conference in NYC (4/18-20): Pre-Registration Now Open!

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Just when we think we have settled our account, life presents a new one, more difficult to pay. – T.S. Eliot

One of The Onion’s most brilliant headlines has got to be “Man Gets Life in Order for 36 Minutes.” Who can’t relate? The story captures something important about our daily lives. Try as we might, need and trouble never seem to go away – in relationships, in work, in the world, in ourselves. It can be exhausting, to say the least! Fortunately, the good news of God’s grace has no expiration date. Join us in Manhattan this coming April 18-20th as we explore what the Christian faith has to say to us about today… tomorrow… and the next day.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Tullian Tchividjian, noted author, pastor and all-round hero. We are still waiting to confirm a couple of very special guests, but rest assured Tullian will be joined by other members of the Mockingbird team, with devotions from conference chaplain Drew Rollins. There will also be a number of breakout sessions, covering a wide range of topics, from television and social media, to addiction and theology, to literature and parenting. The full schedule will be up by Feb 1st.

If the past five years are anything to go by, the conference is sure to be a time of warmth, fun, great food, and maybe even a little emancipation. We hope you can come!

The event is open to anyone and everyone. Our emphasis at Mockingbird is always on keeping things as down-to-earth as possible. Just be sure to pre-register ASAP, as space is limited.



For more details or to pre-register today, click here!