The Mockingcast is a 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.
Special Episode: The Sports Issue
In this special extended episode of The Mockingcast, Ethan Richardson takes us on a tour of The Sports Issue of The Mockingbird magazine, featuring interviews with journalist Anna Katherine Clemmons, legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi, and former Falcons cornerback (and current chaplain) Jason Webster--beamed in, it would seem, almost straight from Friday Night Lights. The game is on!
Click here to order the issue.
Episode 200: A Mockingcast Birthday Extravaganza!
In which we celebrate the 200 episode milestone by talking soul toupees, American happiness, None elevator pitches, and the compelling perfectionism of Yeshua. Also, Dave comes to grips with his ADD, Sarah starts a new hobby, while RJ serenades them both like some kind of overgrown Dutch choirboy.
Click here to read about Soul Toupees.
Click here to read Ruth Whippman's article on America the Anxious.
Click here to read Eric Weiner's piece on what it's like to be a None.
Click here to read a portion of Francis Spufford's Yeshau chapter from Unapologetic.
Click here to read the article Dave mentions about mid-life crises.
Click here to read Sarah's post on Overconfident Men and Underestimating Women.
Episode 199: Night of the Living Swingset
In which Sarah, RJ, and Dave talk living inside the news, POW uncertainty, segmented sleep, and American paradoxes. Also, RJ peeks behind the Iron Curtain while Sarah scores some great lamps (buffalo check).
Click here to preview and/or order the Sports Issue of our magazine.
Click here to pre-order the new Mockingbird Devotional, Vol 2.
Click here to read (and subscribe to!) Oliver Burkeman's newsletter, The Imperfectionist.
Click here to read Lisa Miller's column in The Cut, "My Therapist Was Right About Uncertainty."
Click here to read about Second Sleep on Tedium.
Click here to read Arthur Brooks's explanation why Americans have gotten unhappier as they've gotten more comfortable.
Episode 198: I Feel Guilty About Liking This
In which RJ, Sarah, and Dave talk private lives, political junkies, Craigslist confessionals, and the surprising hope of 2020. Also, RJ feels his (lonely) feelings while Sarah buys a birthday cake.
Click here to read Mo Perry's Great Rearranging newsletter.
Click here to read the NY Times article about "the real divide in America."
Click here to read CJ's write-up of Helena Dea Bala's Craigslist Confessional.
Click here to read Chad Bird's rationale for why 2020 Is A Great Year For the Church.
Episode 197: Play Now
In which RJ, Dave, and Sarah talk gracious play, burned out children, burned out workers, burned out clergy, and the hope of unconscious bias training. Also, RJ gets down to some liturgical reggae.
Click here to read Sam Anderson's article on the NBA bubble.
Click here to read our interview with theologian Nimi Wariboko.
Click here to watch the video for The Pioneers' "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah."
Click here to read Anne Helen Peterson's interview about millennial parenting in The Atlantic.
Click here to read the excerpt of Anne Helen Peterson's Can't Even in Wired.
Click here to read Anne Helen Peterson's newsletter about clergy burnout.
Click here to read Peter Ormerod's column on unconcscious bias training in The Guardian.
Episode 196: The Land of Bland
For too long, the podcasting industry has flooded our ears with self-indulgent commentary and lazy sermonizing. Well, the answer to your commuting conundrum is finally here! We at Mockingbird are obsessed with side-stepping the noise and bringing 200 proof grace directly to your earbuds. Simple and seasonal, yet thoughtfully sourced and designed to fit in with your busy lifestyle, brace yourself for your new favorite listening experience. There is only one Mockingcast, and this is it.
In all seriousness though:
To read the interview with Lana Del Rey, click here.
To read the review of The Twittering Machine in Book Forum, click here.
To read Bloomberg's "Welcome to Your Bland New World," click here.
To read Duo Dickinson's "Love Across the Political Divide," click here.
Oh and to read DZ's reflection on the Before films, click here.
Customer ReviewsSee All
The Mockingcast is easily my favorite podcast. Dave, Sarah, and RJ bring varied deep insights into our culture through a law/gospel lens. Fascinating and so helpful, also very funny.
Speaking to Me!
Do yu know that - every single episode - you give me something to ponder, another point of view to consider, and something to smile about.?! Your grace-filled work brightened my day before Covid, and has been absolutely essential during this pandemic. Thank you so much!
Thank you, David, RJ, and Sarah for another insightful reflection on culture from a Grace perspective! I particularly appreciated the discussion around influencers and “authenticity” as it has become another metric for virtue.
I love listening to Mockingcast!
(A fan from Calvary-St. George’s NYC)