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It’s a Trap!

Caught Against Our Will in Jesus’ Dragnet.

Why Me, Lord: A Brief Look at the Scoundrels, Buffoons and Ne’er Do Well’s Whom God Pursues in the Parables – Erick Sorensen

Next in our series of conference videos, Erick Sorensen discusses a God who couldn’t care less about our lists of accomplishments, as illustrated by the parables of Jesus. Press play for a fresh take on familiar tales, which Sorenson re-casts in light of real-life stories featuring scoundrels, sinners, and nobodies … like us.

Why Me Lord: A Brief Look at the Scoundrels, Buffoons and Ne’er Do Well’s Whom God Pursues in the Parables – Erick Sorensen

Not Yet: Serena Williams and Delayed Forgiveness

“I’m sorry.” “I forgive you.” These are two sentences that I find myself constantly demanding of my children…and I find that whether or not they mean them is immaterial. It’s like that great line in Liar Liar when Jim Carrey’s asking his son to recant his wish that his father would be unable to lie. […]

Penny & Sparrow on Fleeing a Lover

There is, in fact, no BuzzFeed quiz for “Which Son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son Are You?”—and if there were, I’m not sure people would take it. As the story goes, a decently well-off man has two not-that-decent sons. The younger, wild and fugitive, asks his father for an advance on his inheritance. […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Five Verses Fourteen through Thirty

July 7’s devotion comes, ironically enough, from our returning honeymooner himself, Ethan Richardson. To order The Mockingbird Devotional, look no further than here. …He who had received the one talent came forward, saying, “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I […]

NYC Preview: The Terrible Parables of Christ

I can’t believe Jesus. He said some things that just can’t be true. In fact, almost everything he said can’t be true. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like some it: He said that he came to fulfill the law. I like that. He said to love others and to love God. That’s tough […]

T.S. Eliot’s Parables of Self-Righteousness and Resurrection (A Conference Breakout)

Perhaps this is not your issue, but I often find that the language we speak as Christians when talking about Christianity simply fails to really connect. Whether it be in a sermon, prayers, or music, full of talk of ‘justification’, ‘grace’, ‘redemption’, etc., when we hear the words, nod our heads in assent, but fail […]

Robert Farrar Capon on Trees, Dead Lumber, and the Carpenter’s Narrow Door

From his exegesis of the Parable of the Narrow Door (Luke 13:22-30), in Kingdom, Grace, Judgment, Capon playfully restores a parable so often dripping in condemnation and proving back to its macroscopic continuity with the Gospel message. He starts off talking about its continuity with the story of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18-21): One other […]

That’s Some Arthur You’ve Got There: Robert Farrar Capon on the Layoff of the Accountants

A particularly vivid unpacking of Christ’s lesson on dinner party etiquette in Luke 14:1-14, this time from pages 282-284 of Father Capon’s Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus: That, I take it, is the point of Jesus’ words against reciprocation and repayment. Jesus is saying, ‘Listen, you are absolutely […]

Left Handed Power, Divine Lifeguards, and Our Fatal Love Affair with the Law

Robert Farrar Capon was a key figure for us at Mbird, and not just because he was an Episcopalian with a profound appreciation of God’s Grace and a great sense of humor (though that certainly helps). The man possessed the sort of creative mind that one almost never sees in a theologian. Indeed, his gift […]