The Mockingcast is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by RJ Heijmen, Sarah Condon and David Zahl, and brought to you by Mockingbird Ministries, an organization which seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways. You can find out more about Mockingbird at www.mbird.com.
Audio production provided by TJ Hester.
Episode 213: Don't Count Another Man's Money
In which Sarah, RJ, and Dave talk spite, ubiquitous burnout, chaplaincy booms, and our conflicted relationship with newness. Also, Dave marvels at how refreshed the cicadas are looking.
Click here to read Charlie Tyson's review in The Atlantic on Why Are We So Spiteful?
Click here to watch Todd Brewer's talk on Anger ("If Jesus Had a Twitter Account") from our Tyler Conference.
Click here to read Jill Lepore's essay on Burnout in The New Yorker
Click here to read Katie Heaney's piece on The Clock-Out Cure in The Cut
Click here to read Vice's article on Why Chaplains Are in High Demand in an Increasingly Secular America
Click here to read Sam Bush's post on Facing the Strange
Click here to read Dave's post on Becoming a Cliché
Click here to order Spencer Reece's All the Beauty Still Left
Click here to listen to Natalie Bergman's new album Mercy
Click here to read the profile of Sinead O'Connor in the NY Times
Episode 212: The Secret to Complete Mastery
Recorded live in front of an audience at the Mockingbird Tyler festival, Sarah, RJ, and Dave talk ambivalent mothers, Nordic expectations, getting "on top of things", and elite religiosity. Also, Sarah indulges in some, er, splendid show-and-tell.
Click here to read How Adult Children Affect Their Mothers' Happiness
Click here to read about The Grim Secret of Nordic Happiness in Slate.
Click here to read Oliver Burkeman's newsletter on mastery.
Click here to read Audrey Pollnow's newsletter on elite American religion.
Click here to read Michael Gerson's sermon from The National Cathedral.
Special Episode: The Surprise Issue
Surprise! It's a special edition episode of The Mockingcast, in which CJ Green introduces the unpredictable content of the Surprise issue of The Mockingbird magazine. You'll hear an incredible personal essay read by author and professional listener, Helena Dea Bala; an interview on unexpected grief with the Rev Liz Tichenor; and a discussion about jazz and John Coltrane with musician Sam Bush. Plus some stuff about Disneyland. Lots of twists and turns, needless to say.
Click here to order the issue.
Episode 210: Don't Stop Beliebing
In which Dave, RJ and Sarah talk subtraction strategies, birth order effects, Bieber's redemption, and the spiritual dangers of courting controversy. But maybe that's just what a couple of oldest children (and one middle child) would discuss.
Click here to read The Washington Post's report on our aversion to subtraction when it comes to problem solving.
Click here to read Lynn Berger's article in Time on Birth Order.
Click here to read Zach Baron's profile in GQ on The Redemption of Justin Bieber.
Click here to read John Newton's letter on the dangers of courting controversy.
Episode 209: What If You Weren't Afraid Anymore?
In which Sarah, RJ and Dave talk vaccinated no-no's, real estate obsessions, recalibrated ambitions, and Easter messages. We almost titled it House Hunters: The Mockingcast Edition.
Click here to read The New Yorker's list of Things Fully Vaccinated People Are Still Not Allowed to Do.
Click here to read Anne Helen Peterson's newsletter, "I'm Not Ready."
Click here to read Nora Caplan-Bricker's essay "House Hunters" in The Point.
Click here to read Lotte Jeffs' piece "A Life More Ordinary" in Elle.
Click here to read Arthur Brooks' article on Humility and "How to Get Better at Admitting You're Wrong" in the Atlantic
Click here to watch RJ's Easter sermon.
Episode 208: God Is Insane
In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk last chance basketball programs, true selves, teenage errors, and gracious dispositions. Also, Sarah gets kicked off AOL Instant Messenger.
Click here to watch the trailer for Last Chance U: Basketball.
Click here to read the New Yorker's profile of Sherry Turkle.
Click here to read Vice's article on "Why Your ‘True Self’ Is An Illusion" by Shayla Love.
Click here to read Graeme Wood's piece "America Has Forgotten How to Forgive" in The Atlantic.
Click here to read DZ's reflection on Regret and here for his piece on The Doctine of Grace vs The Disposition of Grace.
Click here to view the painting by James Tissot that RJ references, "What Our Lord Saw from The Cross".
I get sooo excited for every episode!
This is such a beautiful podcast with a strong theme of grace. I can’t recommend it enough.
I look forward to it!
Every other Friday, I can’t wait for my mocking cast to pop up. It is usually exactly what I need. I have found myself crying, laughing, and thanking God for the content covered. Mockingbird ministries has changed the way I do ministry and view my own faith. Thank you!