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 16: Regret, Resolve and the Possibility of Relief
January 29th, 2016 | 40 mins 11 secs
In this episode of the Mockingcast we have Sarah Condon reflecting on the futility of the New Year’s Resolution and how it connects to the Lenten journey. We also have Ethan Richardson sharing his take on the contents of Another Week Ends,
Episode 15: A Conversation With Mark Oppenheimer
January 25th, 2016 | 50 mins 33 secs
This special edition of the Mockingcast comes to you by the good graces of Greg Strawbridge. Greg is a pastor in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He’s also a musician and an online sound producer extraordinaire. You can find his interviews,
Episode 14: Talking Science, Shame, and Satire in the wake of the Snowpocalypse
January 22nd, 2016 | 20 mins 39 secs
This week we talk about the contents of Another Week Ends with David Zahl as he hunkers down in preparation for the first impending blizzard of 2016.
Episode 13: David Bowie, David Brooks and the God Who Hates When We Hate Our Mess
January 15th, 2016 | 31 mins 5 secs
In this week’s episode we cover the highlights of Another Week Ends with David Zahl. As usual all the content we mention can be found on our website: www.mbird.com. Have a great weekend.
Episode 12: Mockingcast Special Edition: The State of Theology and Church in 2015
January 12th, 2016 | 30 mins 22 secs
In this special edition of The Mockingcast we talk with Will McDavid about the state of the Church as of 2015. We also get a rundown on Todd Brewer’s best theological reads from 2015.
Episode 11: The Power of Confession, The Fear of Failure, and Paul Zahl on Donald Trump
January 8th, 2016 | 35 mins 3 secs
In this episode C.J. Green breaks down the highlightd of Another Week Ends. We consider the power of Derek Webb’s recent published confession, talk about failure and mediocrity, and consider how the story of our lives isn’t always one we can chart with...
Episode 10: Have Yourself A Mockingbird Christmas Time
December 24th, 2015 | 24 mins 6 secs
This is our Christmas Show. It’s short, sweet and full of Christmas cheer. Enjoy. And Merry Christmas! Show Notes: Here is the essay by Dan Harmon which was quoted at the beginning of the show.
Episode 9: Stuff Your Face In Front Of The Elf On The Shelf, Right After You Go See Star Wars
December 18th, 2015 | 49 mins 37 secs
In this episode we not only run down some of the most interesting stories in Another Week Ends, we talk about food shaming and judgment at holiday parties, as well as offering our own review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Episode 8: Find Your Safe Space
December 11th, 2015 | 30 mins 32 secs
Another week ends…In a world that seems unpredicable, chaotic and sometimes downright scary both the religious and the irreligious seem drawn to creating hermetically sealed safe spaces. But no matter what you can’t escape door to door proseletizers.
Episode 7: There’s No Shame In Being Bill Murray
December 4th, 2015 | 31 mins 42 secs
This week we talk about the increasing burden of shame in our culture and the new trend of “prayer shaming.” We also talk a little about Bill Murray as secular saint and consider why we’re all drawn to D.I.Y. spirituality.
Episode 6: Thanksgiving Edition…Grace and Gratitude
November 25th, 2015 | 35 mins 6 secs
Every year at the end of November we gather with friends and family eat, drink and watch football and listen to people tell us how grateful we should be. What’s the source of gratitude and what robs us of the ability to be grateful?
Episode 5: Asking Polly What To Do When You’ve Been Pulverized In Palo Alto
November 20th, 2015 | 24 mins 44 secs
In this episode of the Mockingcast we look at the a phenomenon in Palo Alto and what it tells us about the performance pressure cooker in which we all find ourselves. We also ask what grace has to do with it.
Episode 4: Wonder As A Wellspring Of Life
November 13th, 2015 | 25 mins 44 secs
How does wonder shape the way we approach people outside the faith, people with whom we deeply disagree and how might it help us see our own stories? All that and Guns N’ Roses on this week’s edition of the Mockingcast.
Episode 3: Mockingcast Special Edition: The Technology Issue Preview
November 13th, 2015 | 25 mins 16 secs
This is a special episode of the Mockingcast where we preview the most recent issue of the Mockingbird Magazine, which deals with Technology and how it shape us and our culture. You can order the issue here: http://magazine.mbird.com/shop/.
Episode 2: The Surprising Jesus And The Story of Self-Justification
November 6th, 2015 | 22 mins 4 secs
In our second episode we consider what it takes to accept failures, begin again with levity and grapple with self-deception. We also conclude with a thought about the Jesus that makes it all possible.