About the Show
The Mockingcast is a podcast inspired by the vision of Mockingbird Ministries. Mockingbird is a ministry that seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways. Behind our entire project lies the conviction that none of us ever move beyond our need to hear the basic good news of God’s Grace. In particular, none of us ever fully escape the gravitational pull of personal control (and anxiety) when it comes to life and how we live it. Hence the name “Mockingbird,” which refers to the curious characteristic of the bird itself: to repeat the message it has heard, over and over again. You can find out more about Mockingbird at www.mbird.com.
Episode 76: Pastrix
February 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 15 mins
Our guest this week is Nadia Bolz-Weber. She is a pastor, author, speaker, fitness jedi and poster child for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Then the roundtable tackles fat shaming, date hating, food solidarity and the definition of a sermon.
Episode 75: A Path Revealed
January 27th, 2017 | 56 mins 7 secs
Our guest this week is Carlen Maddux, author of A Path Revealed: How Hope, Love And Joy Found Us In A Deep Maze Called Alzheimer's. Then the roundtable talks "people analytics", living in bubbles and the foolish culture of the carnival.
Episode 74: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
January 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 11 mins
This week our guest is Paul Walker. Paul is the Rector at Christ Episcopal Church, where Mockingbird is headquartered. He’s also a longtime friend of Mockingbird and spoke at the first Mockingbird conference in New York City. After our conversation with Paul the usual suspects talk about the death of the American dream, frames of mind and the stories we tell ourselves.
Episode 73: Shameless
January 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
Our guest this week is Jennifer Underwood. Jennifer is a lawyer, wife and mother of 3. She blogs at the Houston Moms Blog. Then the roundtable talks about profanity and honest, shame, forgiveness and Silence.
Episode 72: Good Riddance
January 6th, 2017 | 49 mins 18 secs
Dr. Todd Brewer, New Testament Professor at General Theological Seminary, comes on the podcast to talk about Mockingbird’s best theology book list of 2016. Then the roundtable talks about, among other things, Good Riddance Day.
Episode 71: Star of Wonder, Star of Night
December 23rd, 2016 | 57 mins 49 secs
Our guest on our Christmas episode is Rev. Mandy Smith. She has recently written about dealing with mixed emotions during the holidays. She also created an advent art exercise to help cultivate child-likeness.
Episode 70: Oh What A Feeling
December 16th, 2016 | 1 hr 27 mins
This week’s guest is Simeon Zahl. Simeon is a theologian who teaches at the University of Nottingham. His work focuses on the role of emotion and feeling in the spiritual life. He’s also David Zahl’s brother. Then David, Sarah and Scott talk about judgyness, the significance of place and reflect on the legacy of Henri Nouwen.
Episode 69: Special Episode: The Holiday Survival Guide
December 15th, 2016 | 31 mins 52 secs
In this special episode of the Mockingcast Scott Jones is joined by Duo Dickinson, the renowned architect and episcopalian. They talk about what you do when your holiday is not so happy.
Episode 68: By Faith And Not By Sight
December 9th, 2016 | 55 mins 27 secs
Our guest this week is Benson Shelton, Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Culpeper, Virginia. Then the roundtable talks empathy, reality myths and Charlie Brown.
Episode 67: Silence
December 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 3 mins
This week’s guest is Makoto Fujimura, author most recently of Silence And Beauty: Hidden Faith Born Of Suffering. His book is a personal engagement with the great Shusaku Endo novel Silence, adapted recently to film by Martin Scorsese. Following the interview our roundtable discusses comprehensive credit ratings, atheism, and the forthcoming Scorsese film.
Episode 66: Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24th, 2016 | 16 mins 40 secs
Please enjoy this special Thanksgiving holiday episode of the podcast. Sarah and Scott with the help of some material from Evolving Out Loud reflect on what our Thanksgiving dinner tables tell us about ourselves.
Episode 65: Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart!
November 18th, 2016 | 59 mins 37 secs
Our guest this week is one of America’s great theologians, Robert Jenson. He’s joined by Adam Eitel, who helped put together Jenson’s most recent book A Theology In Outline: Can These Bones Live? Then we talk Episcopal heartbreak, attachment theory and the cult of progress.
Episode 64: Come Healing
November 12th, 2016 | 1 hr 7 mins
This week’s guest is Suzanne Stabile, co-author of a new book on The Enneagram entitled The Road Back To You. Then the roundtable talks about the past week’s events and the passing of Leonard Cohen.
Episode 63: Special Election Hangover Edition, With Jim Knable
November 10th, 2016 | 1 hr 18 mins
On this special episode of the podcast Scott sits down in NYC with singer, songwriter and playwright Jim Knable. For more about Jim you can go to www.jimknable.com.
Episode 62: He’s Back…
November 4th, 2016 | 49 mins 40 secs
Friend of the show Mark Oppenheimer returns to share about his recent adventure with Episcopalians. He also explains why he quit the NY Times and why he still writes to his daughter in cursive. Then the usual suspects talk Bill Murray, teen anxiety and Cormac McCarthy.