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 23: Preaching and Hearing The Word In Holy Week And A Live Recording From #MbirdTyler2016
March 18th, 2016 | 36 mins 8 secs
This week we have Jacob Smith back on the podcast to talk about preaching and hearing sermons during Holy Week. David, Sarah and Scott also record live from the Mockingbird Tyler conference in the Lone Star State.
Episode 22: Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious, Let The Healing Begin
March 11th, 2016 | 49 mins 44 secs
This week Scott talks with David Dark, author of Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious. You can click here for the full length, unedited version of the conversation. Then Scott, David and Sarah talk about moral aligment,
Episode 21: The Power of Empathy, The Excesses of Leadership and The Episcopalian Skeletor
March 4th, 2016 | 53 mins 59 secs
In this episode we sit down with John Zahl to talk music and movies. Then David Zahl, Sarah Condon and Scott Jones discuss the contents of Another Week Ends.
Episode 20: Meet Our New Co-Host…
February 26th, 2016 | 41 mins 13 secs
In this week’s episode we debut our new co-host, Sarah Condon. Sarah is an Episcopal priest, wife, mom and regular Mockingbird contributor. She, David Zahl I talk about Donald Trump, Flannery O’Conner, Facebook-like options and the power of extending g...
Episode 19: A Lenten Theology Of The Cross
February 19th, 2016 | 41 mins 8 secs
This week we’re priveleged to have Mockingbird contributor and Rector of Calvary-St.George’s in New York City. (http://www.calvarystgeorges.org) He shares some thoughts on the theology of the cross and how it can inform the Lenten season,
Episode 18: The Protest Vote and The Magic of Protestantism
February 12th, 2016 | 56 mins
In this episode of the show we talk with some really interesting people. We begin with a conversation with J.R. Rozko, co-director of the Mission Alliance (www.missioalliance.org). They are doing a series of conference gatherings to explore what differ...
Episode 17: Everyone’s A Critic
February 6th, 2016 | 40 mins 58 secs
In this episode we talk with first time guest Stephanie Phillips about the dance working career moms have to do and how she changed her dance steps. Then David Zahl shares some thoughts about the nature of criticism (the literary and artistic kind),
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.