Podcast review: “The Mockingcast”

A pastor's favorite podcast.

Hosts: RJ Heijmen, Sarah Condon and David Zahl
Mockingbird Ministries

One of the pitfalls of being a pastor is that I don’t get to go to church. As hard as I try, there feels to be a chasm between helping people connect with God and connecting with God myself.

The Mockingcast has become my veritable podcast church. Every other Friday I sit in my pastor’s pew and wait to listen to my three Episcopalian friends, RJ, Sarah and Dave, talk about the ways “grace and its absence plays out in unexpected and compelling ways.” This podcast has irrevocably changed the way I do ministry. All those ungodly common virtues we all know so well – perfectionism, cancellation, self-loathing, FOMO, imposter syndrome, cynicism – are met with confounding grace and undeserved mercy.

Perhaps what is most compelling about the Mockingcast is that it is honest without pretension. So if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, if you’re fed up with the quest for fixing yourself and others, this podcast might be an auditory pew worth filling.

You’re not alone. RJ, Sarah and Dave will be the first to tell you that they are ridiculous sinners. Even so, they believe that God’s ridiculous grace is bigger than the worst of us and our world. And that’s good news worth listening to.