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THE MOCKINGBIRD SINGS: Pensacola & Good News for People with Big Problems, Plus

1. The Pensacola Mini-Conference is a mere 11 days away! November 19th and 20th are your long-awaited chances to experience Mockingbird in all its physical, um, glory. The theme is “God’s Grace When We Need It Most: The Gospel For Hard Times,” and we promise it will be more fun than it sounds (you can […]

Brennan Manning on the Central Affirmation of the Reformation

For some reason (i.e. the Holy Spirit) I felt like re-reading Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel this weekend. I guess I’ve been a little desperate and needy, and as is always said on this blog, “We need to hear the gospel again every day.” Few people have been able to write about the gospel like […]

Funny Because It’s True

From the 9/13/10 issue of the New Yorker: St. Paul: “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment…” (Romans 12:3) Jesus: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil […]

Thursday Afternoon Blues: Blind Willie McTell and Mark Miller

Mockingbird friend Mark Miller has just released an amazing record called “Ain’t It Grand: The Gospel Songs of Blind Willie McTell.” It’s really quite astonishing – gospel blues of the highest order with some jaw-dropping slide guitar. Get your copy today, and then tell everyone you know! We need to support this very worthy project. […]

Do You Feel Lucky? Imputation and "The Cooler"

The word “imputation” is the best attempt to translate into English a Greek word that means things like “regard,” or “attribute,” or “accredit,” or “credit.” In a nutshell, it boils down to something like “the treatment of something as having attributes that it does not intrinsically have.” Simple, right? At the recent Mockingbird conference, C. […]

C. FitzSimons Allison’s Kitten Story

 From 1962’s Fear Love and Worship: “One reason for the joy in heaven over a sinner’s repentance is the unique power which comes with forgiveness. The repentant sinner, having been forgiven and having been taken back like the Prodigal Son, learns a lesson of love that the righteous do not know. On his return the […]

Michael Spencer – The Internet Monk, 1956-2010

We just received the very sad news that our friend and inspiration Michael Spencer, also known as The Internet Monk, died yesterday at his home in Oneida, KY. Please say a prayer for his family. As a writer and thinker, Michael pioneered the Gospel-centered ecumenism that we shamelessly try to imitate/emulate here. His site remains […]

The Distinctives, Part II

From our Anglican 39 Articles of Religion… XI. Of the Justification of Man. We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very […]

All My Sons: The Law in Three Acts

This weekend, at the recommendation of fellow Mockingbirder David Gaston, I went to see a community theater production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Afterward, the reaction of a woman sitting behind me said it all: “I think I’ll go stub my toe now, so I’ll feel better” Arthur Miller’s play is all about sin, […]

Good News? Shut Up About It. Mockingbird at the…TV

Can the news be that good if no one wants to hear it? I often find myself chuckling derisively at the preaching in churches that I see on television. “Ha!” I’ll snort. “What an offensive message. No one’s going to like that very much!” Then, as you might imagine, the camera pans around to reveal […]

The Gospel

Do you remember the Pearl Jam song “Wishlist” from the album Yield? Well, it’s one of my personal faves, and in it Eddie Vedder sings a very profound line, I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good. I don’t know about you, but in the past I used to find myself […]

The Cuddly Menace

It’s been a while since anyone at Mockingbird has talked about the link between theology and extraterrestrials. Too long. So here’s a web site you all may want to check out. I can do nothing better than give an extended quote from the first page. =================I was in a supermarket recently searching for a brown […]