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  • And I Was Alive (With a Shard of Glass in the Gut): A Week with Christian Wiman MP3

    What a rare and inspiring privilege it was to be with poet and author Christian Wiman last week. I for one am still reeling–don’t know how it could have possibly been any richer. Thankfully, like his poetry in Every Riven Thing and his prose in My Bright Abyss, the talks he gave here in Charlottesville defy distillation. They require real attention–and while one might expect as much from an artis...

    21.05.2013

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    21.05.2013

  • 2013 NYC Conference Recordings: Good News That Never Gets Old MP3

    Another heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped put on this year’s Mockingbird Conference in NYC, especially our friends at Calvary St. George’s Church. It’s a good thing most of the presentations below have to do with grace, as the very thought of trying to top it is incredibly scary…! Speaking of freebies, though, we are once again making the recordings available at no charge; we only ...

    26.04.2013

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    26.04.2013

  • 16 Horsepower Grace and the Music of David Eugene Edwards MP3

    When I’m in the studio I have the opportunity to do things in a certain way, and I try to make records more pleasant sounding, records that you can listen to while you’re sitting in your room. But live, I want to rip your throat off with the music, I want to beat you into a pulp with the law. I bring the law, I bring it! So you wanted to live by it? You want to know what’s good and evil? OK, let...

    08.03.2013

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    08.03.2013

  • Now Available! Notes From The Underground (River): A Course in Grace in Practice MP3

    Announcing a brand new audio resource from Mockingbird! These 18 hours of lectures from Dr. Paul F.M. Zahl were recorded last summer during a week-long course he taught on his book Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life. They are now available for download on our Publications page for $30. The Gospel of forgiveness is a beautiful idea, but it can be difficult to connect with our daily, down-in-the-trenches l...

    08.02.2013

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    08.02.2013

  • Rod Rosenbladt Reads Martin Luther’s Christmas Sermon MP3

    This recording of the Great Reformer’s Christmas sermon was posted by the good folks at the White Horse Inn a couple of years ago (it was dug up from their tape archives). It’s a great read and an even better listen from the lips of Dr. Rosenbladt. I should note that it isn’t one of Luther’s actual sermons but an assembly of pieces from his many Christmas writings, put together by Ro...

    25.12.2012

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    25.12.2012

  • Can You Hear Me Now? Spiritualized on Transcendence, The Ache and Rock n Roll Redemption MP3

    We are privileged to be able to bring you this beast of an essay from Daniel Matthew Varley on one of our favorite bands (more info about Dan at the bottom): 1. Spiritualized’s 2003 album, Amazing Grace, features a cover photo of a bare outstretched female arm, elbow slightly bent, hand completely open, its fingers limp and arranged not unlike Adam’s in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. The im...

    12.12.2012

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    12.12.2012

  • From The New Yorker MP3

    Couldn’t be a more perfect opportunity to repost Aaron Zimmerman’s wonderful sermon, “Instant Karma Got Him”: Download: 01-Halloween-vs-Christmas-1.mp3

    05.12.2012

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    05.12.2012

  • December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2012 MP3

    ‘Tis (almost) the season, Mbirders, Dave has asked me to put up my annual Xmas mix again this year for your easy listening pleasure. Per usual, it showcases this years’ particular pop obsessions (Roxy Music, the Bee Gees, the Manics [although I left out the Dead!]), outre cover versions (Cee Lo, J Tull, Jon Anderson), and selections from my Christmas vault that I propose for canonization (Ed Gerhard, ...

    04.12.2012

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    04.12.2012

  • November Playlist: An Alternate History of The Rolling Stones MP3

    It turns out The Beach Boys aren’t the only band celebrating their golden anniversary this year. The Rolling Stones reached that landmark in 2012 as well! To commemorate, they’re playing some shows, releasing a new compilation, and have a new documentary coming to HBO on Nov 16th, Crossfire Hurricane. We thought we’d do our part by making this month’s playlist into an annotated “alte...

    31.10.2012

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    31.10.2012

  • Why It’s Never Alright: Dwight Yoakam’s 3 Pears MP3

    NPR recently did an album preview piece on the elusively multi-talented Dwight Yoakam, who even at his career’s “apex” has never seemed to be what the askers have asked him to be. The reviewer described 3 Pears, Yoakam’s newest of 25 career records and the first original in nearly seven years, as “weary and wary.”  It seems to be an apt description to me, and apt in a way tha...

    19.10.2012

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    19.10.2012

  • C’ville Conference Recordings: Hope Amidst the Ruins MP3

    A major thank you to all who helped with this past weekend’s conference, especially everyone at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. Not sure how it could have gone any better! It was undeniably some of our richest content yet. The audio files for the presentations are below, listed in chronological order, and embedded to be playable on this site. You may download them by clicking on the title. As a...

    03.10.2012

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    03.10.2012

  • Happy Labor Day! MP3

    We’ll resume our regular blogging tomorrow. For today, check out this *amazing* cut from the new Dylan record: Download: 03-Narrow-Way.mp3

    03.09.2012

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    03.09.2012

  • September Playlist? MP3

    It’s Not the End of the World? – Super Furry Animals Why Can’t I Be You? – The Cure (Terry) Who’re You Gonna Marry? – Paul Westerberg Is Your Love in Vain? – Bob Dylan How Funky Is Your Chicken? – The Jackson 5 Who Is It? – Michael Jackson What Have I Done to Deserve This? – Pet Shop Boys What Do You Do When Love Dies? – Dusty Springfield I...

    31.08.2012

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    31.08.2012

  • C’ville Conference Preview: Goodbye Surfing, Hello God! MP3

    Maybe beauty is your thing. Maybe family dynamics fascinate you. Or maybe it’s mental illness or addiction or eccentricity. Maybe you’re interested in the intersection of commerce and art, or the rise (and fall) of the American music industry, or simply post-WWII America in general. Maybe irony is your strong suit, or maybe it’s heart-on-your-sleeve earnestness. Maybe you’re sensitive and ...

    30.08.2012

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    30.08.2012

  • You Can’t Argue With Grace: Fathers, Sons, and This American Gospel MP3

    Another from Mockingbird’s most recent publication, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Grace of God. Based on the evocative power of NPR’s This American Life, Mockingbird writer Ethan Richardson touches on the theological potency of selected episodes of the program. This excerpt discussses TAL episode 432, “Know When to Fold ‘Em” and the memoir of David Dickerson, abo...

    07.08.2012

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    07.08.2012

  • August Playlist MP3

    This Summer – Superchunk Trains to Brazil – Guillemots The Free Electric Band – Albert Hammond Deadly Nightshade – John Howard Beat the Reaper – Laurie Styvers Maver – Stone Temple Pilots This Life – Bruce Springsteen It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy – Passion Pit The Prayer – Bloc Party The Love You Love – The Walkmen Miss Sweeney â€...

    31.07.2012

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    31.07.2012

  • Crazy Busy: In Demand (and Fully Justified) Every Hour of the Day MP3

    I believe “fish in a barrel” is the phrase that applies here. The NY Times’ Opinionator has been running an ongoing series about anxiety that has provided more than a little fodder for us, and this past week’s may be the apex, Tim Kreider’s column, “The Busy Trap.” It’s really worth reprinting in its entirety. Essentially, Kreider outlines one of the most transparen...

    03.07.2012

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    03.07.2012

  • July Playlist MP3

    Lucky One – Michael Penn Overdrawn – White Sea Mr. Wilson – John Cale Lahaina Aloha – The Beach Boys Spanish Moon (live) – Little Feat Long Time Gone – Richard Betts Need Shelter – Neal Casal Rapture (Sweet Rapture) – AA Bondy Church Without A Name – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition Pinball – Brian Protheroe Goodbye Suzie – John Howard Lo...

    03.07.2012

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    03.07.2012

  • “Time-Ins and Spoon-Fed Love”: An Excerpt from This American Gospel MP3

    This comes from Mockingbird’s most recent publication, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Grace of God, written by Ethan Richardson. Chapter (Act) Eight of the book, “Adopted,” deals with the theological concept of adoption, through the lens of This American Life‘s episode on “Unconditional Love.” Act One of this episode tells the story of Rick and Heidi Solomon, ...

    18.06.2012

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    18.06.2012

  • June Playlist MP3

    Goin’ On – The Beach Boys Everything Hits At Once – Spoon Long Promised Road (live) – Carl Wilson The 1st Mistake I Made – The Bee Gees Broke Down – Slaid Cleaves Listening to the Wind That Blows – Wilco & Billy Bragg Big Sur – Mike Love Stevie – Saint Etienne This Summer – Squeeze If I Can’t Change Your Mind – Sugar Thou Shalt N...

    01.06.2012

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    01.06.2012

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