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Pastor to the Stars: A Letter to Adele

Dearest Adele, Thank you so much for the care package I received today. My nephew has just set me up with a new “boombox” I believe they call it, so I’m all set to listen to that “25” CD (he had to explain to me that your album titles correspond to your various ages at […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Three Verses Sixteen and Seventeen

June 9 in the Mockingbird Devotional comes from David Zahl. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is […]

From The Onion: Area Child Disappointed to Learn Parents’ Love Unconditional

Finally, America’s Finest News Source tackles the antinomian controversy, ht MS:

NewYorker_ConditionalLoveIRVINE, CA—Saying he doesn’t even feel like trying anymore, 8-year-old Max Bledsoe expressed his strong disappointment Monday after learning that his parents’ love is unconditional. “I always thought they loved me because I’d actually earned it, but unfortunately it turns out that their affection is apparently limitless,” said a frustrated Bledsoe, wondering aloud the point of doing well in school, learning how to play the piano, and always going to bed before 9 p.m. if his parents were just going to keep on loving him no matter what. “Look at me: I just wasted the last three years of my life trying to win their approval by being a good kid. And for what? To get the love that was coming to me anyway?” Bledsoe added that he envied his adopted younger brother, who really has to work for his parents’ love.

Of Bears and Ducks and Unconditional Love

One of my favorite things about being a parent is an excellent children’s book that is not only short, but packs a good gospel punch. Suzanne Bloom’s book, A Splendid Friend, Indeed, is such a book. When I first read it to my oldest son, years ago, I couldn’t help but try to choke back […]

Feeding Ice Cream to Adopted Children: Unconditional Love on This American Life

This comes from Mockingbird’s most recent publication, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Grace of God, written by Ethan Richardson. Chapter (Act) Eight of the book, “Adopted,” deals with the theological concept of adoption, through the lens of This American Life‘s episode on “Unconditional Love.” Act One of this episode tells the story […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: Take Shelter from Thyself

Premonition Take Shelter at   Premonitions of a storm coming, a storm that turns your loved ones into something they are not–strangers dangerous, poisoned, violent. The storm comes and things are taken–the life you’ve known is under alarming arrest–and your power to resist it is futile. The storm stands in your window and stares […]

The Law and Gospel (of Lent) according to Chocolat

Much like the nation of Greece, the season of Lent is characterized by “austerity measures.” And while such devotion can be beautiful, Lenten observance can also border on piety for piety’s sake, or what we might call works righteousness. Please do not misunderstand me: I enjoy and value the season. Who of us wouldn’t benefit […]

The Unconditional Love… of Rats

Pastis gets it…well, sort of. Rat decides that he needs to get unconditional love from others. However, as Goat rightly points out, Rat cannot simply command others to unconditionally love him; that is very true. To say that one will offer unconditional love hinged on some sort of condition prior to giving that unconditional love, […]

The Law and Gospel of that Crazy Little Thing Called “Love”, or The Best Advice Warren Buffett Ever Received

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about posting on parenting over the years, it’s that the theological import varies tremendously according to the point of view of the reader/hearer. That is, if your default is to put yourself in the position of child, talk of the unconditional love of a parent will be pure Gospel. […]

Green Shoots and the Law of the Stock Market

Many self-respecting optimists, especially those who are econ-optimists, are proclaiming to see “green shoots” and a return to the good ‘ole days. “The stimulus has worked,” people claim and justify the economy’s coming rebound by referencing housing starts and sales, oil and gas prices or something else. The stock market goes up and morale with […]