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John Donne’s "Batter My Heart" in John Adams’ Dr. Atomic

Mockingbird’s resident opera aficionado Ken Wilson offers forth a truly breathtaking moment of beauty: John Donne’s plea in Holy Sonnet XIV that grace will break his captive will, set to necessarily inadequate but characteristically gorgeous music by John Adams and sung by bass-baritone Gerald Finley in the Adams opera Dr. Atomic (about Robert Oppenheimer and […]

Preliminary NYC Conference Schedule

Some details subject to change (slightly). To pre-register go here.

P.S. We’ve heard that people are getting great deals on hotel rooms in the vicinity via booking.com. Also, word has it that AirTran is having particularly good sale this week, and Delta is matching the price points. Just sayin.

P.P.S. For a great and provocative discussion of keynote speaker Mark Galli’s recent work, check out InternetMonk!

2011 NYC MOCKINGBIRD CONFERENCE: PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Control and Freedom. Two words that dominate the emotional, spiritual and cultural landscape. Also two words that many of us spend our lives chasing after, mistaking one for the other, or believing they go hand-in-hand. Yet how friendly are these terms? What is the actual relation between freedom and personal control? Please join us this […]

GuestList: Top Ten Pieces of Culture (That Impacted My Life in 2010)

Another treat to tide you over until we shift back into full-speed next week, a guest year-end list from Carl Laamanen of the excellent Losing Sight of Land blog.  Human beings, especially those that really like popular culture, must love lists. This is the only explanation for the hundreds of year-end “best of” lists that […]

Christ Was Never In Christmas

A timely reflection from Mbird friend Russ Masterson:  The tug is relentless this time of year – look at things, buy things, think about things. In December materialism is like breathing, at least it is for me. In the Christmas season we tend to overshop and overeat – an admittedly weird way to celebrate the […]

December Playlist – A (Vegas) Xmas Story

Another guest playlist this month, this time from long-time Mbird friend Taylor Foran. Fully annotated too! As far as the Incarnation is concerned, I believe firmly in it…Eternity steps into Time, and Time loses itself in Eternity. Hence Jesus, in the eyes of God, a Man, and, in the eyes of men a God. It’s […]

For Advent: Fulke Greville’s Chorus Sacerdotum

Here is an inspired text for Advent ‘meditation’ from Fulke Greville, who became the Earl of Warwick, and lived from 1554 to 1628.  He regarded the chief point in his life as having been the bosom friend of Sir Philip Sidney.  Almost no one knew about Greville’s poems, some of the them distinctly ‘Calvinist’, until […]

Another Week Ends: Self-Evangelism, Jay-Z, Paradoxes, Susan Boyle, NASA, Friday Night Lights

1. Another scorcher from our 2011 NYC conference speaker Mark Galli entitled “Evangelizing Ourselves”, in which he unwittingly sums up much of our operating philosophy: How do we talk about our faith without making others feel denigrated or angry? For one, we can talk about our faith so that everyone feels equally denigrated and equally […]

November Playlist

An extended, guest playlist this month, “40 Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs”, from Mockingbird’s new graphic designer, Stephanie Fishwick (of A Rather Lovely Thing fame)! It’s an absolute tour-de-force: 1. I Could Drive Forever—Smog2. (That’s How You Sing) Amazing Grace—Low3. Rejoice—Pedro the Lion4. Rutti—Slowdive5. Somewhere—Sun Kil Moon6. Abraham—Sufjan Stevens7. If Only They Knew—Ester Drang8. Under […]

Mini-Conference Recordings – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Again, an enormous and very heartfelt Mockingbird thank you to everyone who helped out with last weekend’s mini-conference in Pensacola! In particular, Jeff & Kerry Hual and the Christ Church Pensacola staff. We are so thankful for how it all went. Links to the recordings of the presentations are below. If you find them to […]

Final Pensacola Preview: Revisiting the Gospel Message – Grace Again

The week of the Pensacola mini-conference is upon us! And to entice those of you who are still on the fence, we thought we’d offer one final preview from the main speaker himself, Dr. Paul Zahl. This event is not to be missed, so don’t wait another minute – register today. And for the updated […]

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 […]