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Short Story Wednesdays: “A Father’s Story” by Andre Dubus

This week, we turn to Andre Dubus’s “A Father’s Story”, available here. “Ethics demands an infinite movement, it demands disclosure. The aesthetic hero, then, can speak but will not.” -S. Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling On July 23, 1986, Andre Dubus pulled over onto the side of the road to help a couple of strangers, male […]

To Christ Our Lord – Galway Kinnell

The legs of the elk punctured the snow’s crust And wolves floated lightfooted on the land Hunting Christmas elk living and frozen; Inside snow melted in a basin, and a woman basted A bird spread over coals by its wings and head. Snow had sealed the windows; candles lit The Christmas meal. The Christmas grace […]

PZ’s Podcast: Return to Form and A Slight Shiver

Episode 113a: Return to Form After a long drought, I’m back. But the tack is somewhat new or, rather, old. The cast is a study in defeatedness, the karma of boy Watson in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), and the “absurdist” position taken by a young clergyman, Henry Francis Lyte, in 1816 (it took). It also […]

Shakespeare Thursday: Sonnet 56

Sweet love, renew thy force. Be it not said
Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
Which but today by feeding is allayed,
Tomorrow sharpened in his former might.
So, love, be thou; although today thou fill
Thy hungry eyes even til they wink with fullness,
Tomorrow see again, and do not kill
The spirit of love with a perpetual dullness.
Let this sad int’rim like the ocean be
Which parts the shore where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that when they see
Return of love, more blessed may be the view;
Or call it winter, which, being full of care,
Makes summer’s welcome, thrice more wished, more rare.

You Can’t Argue With Grace: Fathers, Sons, and This American Gospel

Another from Mockingbird’s most recent publication, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Grace of God. Based on the evocative power of NPR’s This American Life, Mockingbird writer Ethan Richardson touches on the theological potency of selected episodes of the program. This excerpt discussses TAL episode 432, “Know When to Fold ‘Em” and the […]

Kierkegaard on Erotic Love, Divine Sorrow and True Imputation

We’re embarking on one of Kierkegaard’s bizarre thought-experiments here, on the love of God in Christ. It’s anthropomorphic, it’s controversial, and it’s all possibly a crock of you-know-what…but it’s deeply moving and, to this blogger’s mind, it brings out some brilliant aspects of God’s love and imputation’s reality. God’s eternal motive with regard to man […]

Her Guilt Sanctified Us: Love and Exchange in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

A beautiful meditation from Michael Allen on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: “And the years folded up like pocket handkerchiefs. Sammy left town long ago; Cholly died in the workhouse; Mrs. Breedlove still does housework. And Pecola is somewhere in that little brown house she and her mother moved to on the edge of town, […]

The Burned-Over Place: A Passage from Who Will Deliver Us?

We could not be more excited that Mockingbird has been able to bring Paul Zahl’s book Who Will Deliver Us?: The Present Power of the Death of Christ back into print! One of my favorite sections comes from Chapter 3, which is entitled “Christ Died for Our Sins”, p. 41-43: I believe in the atonement […]

Who Will Deliver Us (From Nepotism)? Paul Zahl in the 80s

We couldn’t be more excited to announce the re-publishing of Mbird “founding father” Paul Zahl’s Who Will Deliver Us?: The Present Power of the Death of Christ. It came out just as Thriller was hitting its stride in 1983 and believe it or not, the original title was “The Blood of Christ in an Age […]