Table of Contents for Issue 20 of The Mockingbird Magazine

Nick Mohammed, Bruce Cockburn, & more.

Mockingbird / 5.4.22

How could we possibly describe how it feels to be releasing the twentieth(!!) issue of The Mockingbird magazine? That a print publication like this should even exist — well, sometimes it seems frivolous but, for that same reason, essential. These pages are dedicated not only to fine language and art but more than anything to grace: fresh expressions of surprise, gift-receiving, and the power of unconditional love despite everything. Issue 20 is the Success and Failure issue. In it, we talk a big game about the upshots of failure — but to our readers, subscribers, and donors who have kept this thing going over the years: Thank you. You make us feel like a roaring success.

Below, find the table of contents. The essays tell of ineffective religious crusades, under-baked pastries, unfinished races, stalled business ventures, and pastors with controversial haircuts. Sarah Condon’s incisive advice column continues, and David Zahl returns to the soapbox to preach on the shell game of status games. Be sure to look at the interviewees, too, and judge for yourself whether or not this lineup is a success. Keep your eyes on this site — and, if you subscribe, your mailbox! — for more.

Pre-order here. Shipping next week.



Undercover Campus Crusade
by Grantland J. Rollins

The Pastor You Got, Not the Pastor You Wanted
A Life of Never Failing Up
by Tasha Genck Morton

No Hero Stories
Eff-Up Nights and the Power of Failing in Public
by Joseph McSpadden

The Long Defeat
Alan Paton’s Quest to Become an Instrument of God’s Peace
by Bryan Jarrell

This Failure Isn’t Half Bad
The Dining Room Table as a Metaphor for Work
by Karen Stiller

Scarlet Letter Secrets
The Good News about Bad Words
by Grace Leuenberger

The Cross and the Finish Line
Ali Kjergaard

What Truly Matters
The Apostle Paul as Paradigm and Paradox
by Todd D. Still



The Saints and Sinners Matchmaker | Karen Wright Marsh

The Squiggly Line of a Successful Life | Madeline Levine

Inverting the Pyramid | Nick Mohammed

“Big Circumstance” Has Brought Us Here | Bruce Cockburn



Quick Walk to Figure Out Everything by Nate Klug

My Jonathan Edwards by Nate Klug

Had it not been spring! by Stephen Sexton



Neon: A Legend by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson



Shell Game by David Zahl



Dear Gracie… by Sarah Condon

5 1/2 Habits of Remarkably Ineffective People by Bill Borror

The Confessional

A Bruce Cockburn Starter Playlist by Ben Self


Cover photograph by Tim Davis.


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One response to “Table of Contents for Issue 20 of The Mockingbird Magazine”

  1. […] The Success & Failure Issue of The Mockingbird magazine — our 20th issue! — is now available for preorder. Can you believe we got Nick Mohammed — Ted Lasso’s Nate the Great! — for an interview? And Canadian folk music legend Bruce Cockburn? Read the intro to Issue 20 here and check out the table of contents here. […]

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