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The Power of "Free"

In a recent issue of the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell (of Tipping Point fame) writes a not-too-flattering review of Chris Anderson’ new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price, which is about the trend towards “freeness” in technological products and services and the psychological significance and impact of “free.” One passage from the article […]

Theologians of Glory vs. Theologians of the Cross: An Intro and Definition

Here at Mockingbird we use the terms “theology/theologian of the cross” and “theology/theologian of glory” quite a bit. As a result, we thought they would be the perfect terms to explore this week. In order to do so, I want to reference the late, great theologian Gerhard O. Forde. I think his definitions of the two […]

The Gospel According to Pixar: Toy Story

For those who haven’t seen the movie (it is 17 years old!), Toy Story is a tale about the secret lives of Andy’s toys. Whenever Andy leaves, a whole unknown toy world comes to life. This is a world of staff meetings, checker games, friends, and Plastic corrosion awareness meetings. Andy’s favorite toy is Woody, […]

Goodness Kills Love

At all events when, after many hours, the door was opened and people thronged in, they found the murderer unconscious and in a raging fever. The prince was sitting by him, motionless, and each time that the sick man gave a laugh, or a shout, he hastened to pass his own trembling hand over his […]

Big Foot Called My Unicorn an Antinomian

I came across a definition for the word Antinomian in a theological dictionary the other day which I think provides a wonderful opportunity for some clarification. Here it is: ANTINOMIAN: from the Greek anti, against, and nomos, law. A term coined by Martin Luther in his controversies with Johan Agricola, who objected at first to […]

Black Shabbos (Shalom Auslander’s Foreskin’s Lament)

The blurbs on the back cover describe Shalom Auslander’s recent memoir Foreskin’s Lament as angry, funny, irreverent, and bitingly hilarious. This is all true. But at its core Lament is a pithy chronicle of the effect of unremitting law in combination with violent abuse – especially as it applies to our relationship with our fathers […]

Does Imputation Really Exist?

Last year, here in New York City, Mockingbird hosted a theological discussion group on the topic “Does Sanctification Really Exist?” I have been thinking recently that we should host a follow-up called, “Does Imputation Really Exist?” My answer would be, “No, it does not, at least not in the way we have been saying that […]

The Kind of Man We Do Not Want To Be: Jurgen Moltmann on the Crucified God

So my friend and I recently started a book club and for our first selection, we picked The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology by Jurgen Moltmann. You know, just some light summer reading, the kind you do over a pear Florentine salad and a lemonade… Anyway, […]

The 2008 Mockingbird Conference: God’s Grace in a World of Glory

A week has passed and I can still hardly believe how well our first conference went! Sean and I want to thank everyone who came, and everyone who helped make it happen. It was an experience we will definitely keep with us for a long time to come. For those of you who couldn’t make […]