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Reviewing The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography

I was honored a few months ago to be asked to review Alan Jacobs’ new biography of The Book of Common Prayer for Modern Reformation magazine, one of my/our favorite periodicals. Seeing as the issue in which it appears just hit stands (May-June), here’s a generous portion of the article. Be sure to head over to […]

From Stickers to Likes: Validation, Authenticity, and Social Media for the Children of the 90s

Modern Reformation’s May-June issue is out! If you haven’t already picked up a copy, this issue, entitled “Wired and Tired,” deals mostly with this our age of technology, and the unexpected weight it has brought to its users. Coming from the angle of identity and authenticity, one of the featured articles comes from yours truly. […]

Another Week Ends: Wiman’s Abyss, Opinionless Boyfriends, Compassionology, Lehrergate, Antinomianism, Revolution, Taylor Swift, and Wreck-It Ralph

1. Every once and a while something comes across your screen that is so beautiful and honest and profound and enlivening that you want to force others to watch it. If commands of this kind worked, that’s what I’d do here. I’m referring to the interview that Bill Moyers conducted with poet (and Poetry Magazine […]

As Though There Were Only One Real Kind: Reviewing David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

Modern Reformation was kind enough to publish my review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King in their recent issue. Some of the material will be familiar to those who read this site, but most of it is fresh and intentionally geared toward those who haven’t read Wallace. Needless to say, if you’re not subscribing […]

Another Week Ends: Twittercide, Paul Simon, Reality TV, Reasons To Quit, Better Book Titles, Community & Shallow Small Groups

1. A great little editorial on Slate about the recent instances of “Twittercide” committed by folks as wide-ranging as Gilbert Gottfried, Tucker Carlson, Keith Olbermann, and Rashard Mendenhall. The author wisely points out how silly it is to blame the medium – its immediacy is a big part of its genius after all – that […]

Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Soul

A moderately interesting look at 4-hour phenomenon Tim Ferriss in the NY Times. One gets the sense that although there’s clearly some energy here – it’s hard not to respect someone who goes to such lengths – all the optimization and efficiency talk is actually code for self-justification (and a very inflated anthropology). It sounds […]

An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel – Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

The latest issue of Modern Reformation contains articles from not one but three Mockingbird Contributors: Jady Koch, Nick Lannon and Sean Norris. Well done, guys! If you’re not a subscriber, do yourself a favor – ModRef is one of the best theological magazines going. It manages to be accessible to the non-academic and engaged in […]

The Power To Cut Through Humanity’s Baloney: Mockingbird in Modern Reformation

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the brand new Jan/Feb issue of Modern Reformation magazine. We are proud to report that two Mockingbird contributors have pieces published within its pages. The first is a feature(!) by Jacob Smith entitled The Authority Of The Bible: “It ain’t IS necessarily so!” The priceless tagline […]

PZ on The Future of Evangelicalism

The most recent issue of Modern Reformation contains an interesting little piece from my father on “The Future of Evangelicalism”. Here are a couple choice paragraphs: The reputation that evangelicals-and I count myself as one-have earned as being “intolerant” and “exclusive,” and especially homophobic, seems to have stuck. Many people are convinced that we draw […]

Grace In Practice – Reviewed! (Happy Birthday)

In honor of his birthday, which is tomorrow, I thought I’d post some excerpts of the glowing review that appeared in this month’s issue of Modern Reformation magazine of my father’s latest book, Grace In Practice. If you haven’t read the book, you really should. And if you’re not familiar with the magazine, do yourself […]

February Playlist

What I’ve been listening to this month: 1. Daniel [Elton John cover] – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Tortoise2. Cain Said To Abel – Bloc Party3. Tell ‘Em Willie Boy Is Comin’ – Tommy James4. The Comedians – Roy Orbison5. Stranger In Moscow – Michael Jackson6. Midnight’s Another Day – Brian Wilson7. Again And Again – […]