229 episodes

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.

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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 229: The Opposite of Adulting

    Episode 229: The Opposite of Adulting

    In which RJ, Sarah and Dave talk insane crafts, normie churches, dying neuroscientists, the healing power of children's books and hope in a weary world.



    Click here to respond to the opening appeal and support The Mockingcast.
    Click here to order a copy of The Success & Failure Issue of The Mockingbird Magazine.
    Click here to join our digital mailing list.
    Click here to listen to the recordings from our recent New York Conference.
    Click here to read the Vanity Fair interview with Kelly Williams Brown.
    Click here to read Brad East's post about Church for Normies.
    Click here to read David Linden's piece in The Atlantic, "A Neuroscientist Prepares for Death."
    Click here to read the NY Times report on the $200,000 Facelift.
    Click here to read Joey Goodall's article on Viewing the World With the Eyes of an 8-Year Old.
    Click here to listen to Krista Tippett's interview with Kate DiCamillo.
    Click here to read David Newheiser's piece on An Uncertain Hope.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 228: Failed Saviors Anonymous

    Episode 228: Failed Saviors Anonymous

    In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk library fines, viral dynamics, sad teenagers, and Easter vendettas. Also, Sarah has quite a run-in at the airport.



    Click here to read the report about returned library books in NYC.
    Click here to read Matt Pearson's commentary on the returned library books for Mbird.
    Click here to read Virginia Heffernan's essay for Wired about The End of Alcohol.
    Click here to read Jonathan Haidt's essay on Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid.
    Click here to read Derek Thompson's report on Sad Teenagers.
    Click here to watch/listen to RJ's Easter sermon. And here to listen to Dave's post-Easter one.


    For more info about the NYC Conference, click here.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 227: Goblin Forgiveness

    Episode 227: Goblin Forgiveness

    In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk goblin modes, unproductive sabbaticals, shaming complexes, and historical miracles. Also, Sarah takes a tour of a church crypt, and RJ sees yellow (and a lot of movies).



    Click here to read The Guardian's piece on Goblin Mode.
    Click here to read Peter Seversen's post for Mockingbird on The Gift of Leisure in a Hustling World.
    Click here for Becca Rothfeld's rundown of The Shaming Industrial Complex.
    Click here to read Aja Romano's column for Vox, Everyone Wants Forgiveness, But No One Is Being Forgiven.
    Click here to read Rinee DiResta's piece for The Atlantic, "The Ukraine Briefly Put America's Culture War in Perspective."
    Click here for David Clay's post on God's Hand in Human History.


    *For more details, or to pre-register for our upcoming conference in New York City, please click here. *

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 226: No Fanny Packs in Heaven

    Episode 226: No Fanny Packs in Heaven

    In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk healthy forgetfulness, vengeful superheroes, theories of enchantment, and personalized religion. Also, Dave breaks some troubling news to a bunch of children.


    Click here for more details or to pre-register for our upcoming conference in New York City (April 28-30).



    Click here to read the NY Times column on forgetting the pandemic.
    Click here to read Blake Nail's review of The Batman on Mbird.
    Click here to read The Atlantic's profile of Chloe Valdary and her Theory of Enchantment.
    Click here to read Richard Beck's newsletter about Joel Osteen and CCM.
    Click here to read Sarah's column on The Relief of Lent.


    Click here to learn more about The Tent to which Sarah is contributing.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 225: Stop Nagging Me (and Start Nagging God)

    Episode 225: Stop Nagging Me (and Start Nagging God)

    In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk cheugy parents, happy churchgoers, urgent prayers, and long defeats. Also, while Dave makes a Pink Floyd faux-pas, RJ does some stitching.



    Click here to read Katie Couric's confession of cheugy-ness.
    Click here to read the NY Times Magazine's interview with Laurie Santos.
    Click here to read The School of Life's entry On Nagging.
    Click here to read Torey Lightcap's piece on Polite vs Urgent Worship in America Magazine.
    Click here to read Jason Micheli's post on why Nobody Is Making a Docuseries about Ordinary Churches.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 224: The Least Pleasurable Sin

    Episode 224: The Least Pleasurable Sin

    In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk porch pirates, fading friendships, trivialized trauma, and hopeful humor. Also, God works through a robot vacuum cleaner.



    Click here to read Meghan O'Gieblyn's answer to the question "Do Good Doorbell Cams Make Good Neighbors?" in Wired
    Click here to read Jennifer Senior's essay on "It's Your Friends Who Break Your Heart" in The Atlantic.
    Click here to read Lexi Pandell's column on "How 'Trauma' Became the Word of the Decade" in Vox
    Click here to watch Stephen Colbert's surprising response to Dua Lipa's question about humor and faith.


    For more information about Dave speaking at RJ's church on Feb 26&27, visit the website for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, FL.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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