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Living in Sin: Making Marriage Work Between I Do and Death – Jason Micheli

From our recent annual conference, the following session features author and pastor Jason Micheli whose new book Living in Sin is available now. Discussing the story of Lazarus, bucket lists, and infomercials, Jason sheds light on the vows of marriage and the realities of everyday life:

Living in Sin: Making Marriage Work Between I Do and Death – Jason Micheli

The Unforgivables: Is There Hope For Those Consigned to Secular Hell? – Jeff Mallinson

The next video from our recent NYC Conference is here! This time courtesy of Dr. Jeff Mallinson. We’ve been referencing this one on an almost daily basis since he gave it. Brilliant, hilarious, and about as timely as it gets:

The Unforgivables: Is There Hope Even For Those Consigned to a Secular Hell – Jeff Mallinson from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

It Could Be Worse: The False Gospel of Optimism (and Pessimism) – Carrie Willard

In this talk from our annual conference in New York City, Carrie Willard discusses the pitfalls of wearing rose-colored glasses when life gets hard. Topics include pleasantly surprised pessimists, the tyranny of positive thinking, Psalm 89, and Steel Magnolias. Has to be the most delightful talk out there about worst-case scenarios:

It Could Be Worse: The False Gospel of Optimism (and Pessimism) – Carrie Willard from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Devotion #1 – Larry Parsley

From our recent gathering in New York City, here is the first devotion by conference chaplain (and author) Larry Parsley. Here Larry discusses the gospel of Mark, Veggie Tales, and a nerve-racking playground confrontation. For your daily dosage of fast-but-authentic gospel, press play.

Devotion #1 – Larry Parsley from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Isle of Snobs – Ethan Richardson

Patagucci. Children repping obscure literary magazines. Minimalism! Look out—snobs may be closer than you think. This morning we bring you the opening talk from our 12th annual conference in NYC. Ethan Richardson, editor-in-chief of The Mockingbird, makes low every mountain and discusses the fancypants in you and me.

Isle of Snobs – Ethan Richardson from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

2019 NYC Conference Book Table

Many thanks to all who attended and helped pull off the 12th annual Mockingbird conference in NYC! For all who couldn’t make it, and also those who could, each year we like to put together a virtual book table, with the various recommended readings and resources written by our speakers and guests. (Last week we […]

2019 NYC Conference Recordings

Thank you to everyone who helped put on this year’s conference in NYC, especially our dear friends at Calvary St. George’s and The Pixie and the Scout! What a fantastic time it was.

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Once again, we’ve uploaded all of the recordings to our TALKINGBIRD podcast feed–your destination for talks given at Mockingbird events, past, present and future.


If you’d rather go a la carte, the individual files are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and our Resources page for you to listen to, download and share–minus Alfie Kohn’s which was an in-person-only deal. Videos will start rolling out in the next couple weeks.

Please note: As always, the recordings are free. We only ask that those who were not able to be there in person *consider* making a donation to help cover the cost of the event.

Major thanks go to Margaret Pope, Meaghan Ritchey, Melina Smith, and Chelsy Haynes for all their incredible work behind the scenes, to Mark Babikow, Lino Martinez, and Thomas Sireci for making our AV dreams come true, and to the super talented Casey & Travis Squyres at Stellate Photography for capturing it all on camera! A few highlights below:

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2019 NYC Conference Breakout Previews, Part 3

With our annual NYC Conference just over one week away, here’s the final round of previews for our breakout sessions, which will be available during the 3:00pm block on Friday, April 26. You don’t want to miss Part 1 or Part 2 either. Register today! Newcomers warmly welcomed. Why Me Lord: A Brief Look at […]

2019 NYC Conference Breakout Previews, Part 2

The countdown is on for our annual NYC Conference, so here’s Part 2 of the previews for our breakout sessions. The following breakouts will be available during the 2:00pm block on Friday, April 26. Check out Part 1, too, for the morning session offerings. Also note: “all inclusive” registration, which includes [delicious, excellent] meals, is […]

2019 NYC Conference Breakout Previews, Part 1

With less than a month until our annual conference in NYC, we’ll be taking the next few weeks to share previews of our upcoming breakout sessions, covering a variety of topics both personal and spiritual. Here are the first five which will be available during the morning block on Friday, April 26. StoryMakers present: Imagination, Stories, […]

NYC Conference Update: Breakout Titles and Normie Premiere

Very pleased to announce the breakout titles and topics for our upcoming conference in New York City (4/25-27)!

  • StoryMakers presents: Imagination, Stories, and God – Melina Smith & co
  • Shooting Blanks: Baby Making in an Age of Anxiety – Ben Maddison
  • Living in Sin: Making Marriage Work Between I Do and Death – Jason Micheli
  • Love Is Stronger than Fear: Rethinking the Conversation about Privilege – Amy Julia Becker
  • I Died and Didn’t Go To Heaven: Grace, Grief, and the Big Question – Connor Gwin
  • Same Old Song: Live Recording and Q&A – Jacob Smith & Aaron Zimmerman
  • On Comic Books: Our Commonly Felt Need and the Search for Hope – Kyle Tomlin
  • When God Makes All Things Nude: Gospel Hope for Marriage When It’s Not All Princess Bride and Marvin Gaye – Charlotte Getz
  • Judgment, Grace, and Rest in Flannery O’Connor – Will McDavid
  • Beyond Gold Stars: A Law/Gospel Approach to Pedagogy – Bryan Jarrell
  • Why Me Lord: A Brief Look at the Scoundrels, Buffoons, and Ne’er Do Well’s whom God Pursues in the Parables – Erick Sorensen
  • Be Your Worst Self – Stephanie Phillips
  • Orange Is the New Blessing – Debbie Griffith
  • At Ego’s End: Where Grace Intersects Us – Josh Retterer
  • Sleeping in Church: A Short Story about a Sign From God – CJ Green

Pre-Register Today!

Also, as part of our pre-conference programming this year, on Weds April 24th (the night before the conference begins!) we’ll be hosting the NYC premiere of Normie, the new documentary from the team that brought us ASK. Stay tuned for details about a post-viewing Q&A with the filmmakers, but this is not to be missed. Tickets are available at

2019 Mbird NYC Conference happens 4/25-27!

A bunch of details about our upcoming 12th annual conference in NYC are now up on Some things to note: