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 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.
Episode 1: The Mockingcast Premiere Episode
October 30th, 2015 | 20 mins 48 secs
This is the first edition of the Mockingcast, the podcast of Mockingbird Ministries (www.mbird.com). In our first episode, Scott Jones converses with the Director of Mockingbird, David Zahl, about the content of their weekly roundup post “The Weekender...